Hy­drother­apy pool prom­ise

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A RE-ELECTED Coali­tion Govern­ment will pro­vide $300,000 for a hy­drother­apy pool to be built in Childers.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt an­nounced the funding com­mit­ment yes­ter­day and un­der­lined the im­por­tance of the pro­ject to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The Childers com­mu­nity has been very vo­cal about the need for a hy­drother­apy pool and I have lis­tened to their con­cerns,” Mr Pitt said.

Hy­drother­apy pools are used for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for the el­derly and also those with a dis­abil­ity and in­jured pa­tients.

“Not only would a hy­drother­apy pool be a great as­set to the com­mu­nity, it would mean pa­tients would no longer have to travel to Bundaberg for treat­ment.”

Mr Pitt said Hin­kler has an older than av­er­age pop­u­la­tion and this in­vest­ment would have ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits for the ag­ing res­i­dents in the Childers area.

“This is giv­ing re­gional res­i­dents the same re­sources as big­ger towns, so they are get­ting a fair go.”

For­est View Childers chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jenny Nixon wel­comed the an­nounce­ment and said a hy­drother­apy pool would not only ben­e­fit the res­i­dents at the aged care fa­cil­ity, but also dis­abled res­i­dents in the area.

“Res­i­dents at For­est View would def­i­nitely make use of the pool and it means they won’t have to do a 100km round trip to Bundaberg for treat­ment,” Ms Nixon said.

For­est View of­fers both res­i­den­tial care and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

“Hy­drother­apy is very use­ful for peo­ple who are un­der­go­ing phys­io­ther­apy af­ter hav­ing a joint replacement, so it would help peo­ple in those sit­u­a­tions.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

SPLASH­ING OUT: Keith Pitt with Jack Dempsey and Stephen Ben­nett.

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