Corowa Ladies Probus Club

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

The de­ci­sion by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil to opt for a 50-me­tre out­door pool seems to defy logic and ra­tio­nal think­ing.

Hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the pub­lic meet­ing on March 26 where the four pool op­tions were dis­cussed, par­tic­i­pated in the coun­cil’s “Draft Age­ing Well Strat­egy” (ap­plauded by coun­cil­lors at a re­cent meet­ing), been in­volved in the re­cent com­mu­nity strate­gic plan con­sul­ta­tions and be­ing a reg­u­lar swim­mer my­self, I would have thought the in­door 25-me­tre pool op­tion was clearly the best de­ci­sion for Corowa and dis­trict.

I have also spo­ken to teach­ers, lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pists, com­mu­nity health staff and peo­ple work­ing in the aged care area and early child­hood who can see the ben­e­fits of en­dors­ing an in­door pool op­tion. The ben­e­fits for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion are ob­vi­ous, (one in four peo­ple are aged over 65 in Corowa) swim­ming is highly rec­om­mended for this age group.

Many have al­ready voiced their strong sup­port for a heated in­door pool open 52 weeks (per an­num) and many cur­rently swim and shop in Wan­garatta and Wodonga to ac­cess an in­door pool.

Young moth­ers with young chil­dren have also been trav­el­ling for sim­i­lar rea­sons.

Corowa has shown it can change, be in­no­va­tive and has ini­ti­ated a range of projects that have re­sponded to the needs of a broader com­mu­nity young and old, with a new cin­ema, com­mu­nity gar­den, skate park, play­grounds and bike tracks.

Let us be bold, brave and have the fore­sight to de­velop an in­door heated pool that caters for all ages.

Let us in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple swim­ming, improve tourism and have a fa­cil­ity that responds to real com­mu­nity needs. Corowa Ladies Probus Club next meet­ing will be on Mon­day, June 18 at 10.30am at the Corowa Golf Club. The meet­ing will be fol­lowed by a guest speaker. Visi­tors wel­come.

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