Modern aquatic centre
I have been reading about the steering committee being formed to examine alternative uses for the former Apex Caravan Park site.
It is well suited for public and community use and, as it is next to Cobram swimming pool, a fully redeveloped, integrated and modern aquatic centre should be considered.
Such a centre should include a water slide and water park, which would provide an attractive recreational and leisure activity for younger families within the Cobram community and surrounding catchment areas.
It would also serve visitors and tourists visiting the town. The vision should not just be restricted to this though.
Cobram, as do many communities, has an ageing population. As a nation we have the challenges of developing community infrastructure enabling us to age well and to remain independent as long as we can.
An aquatic centre should incorporate a Hydrotherapy pool. Hydrotherapy is used by those in rehabilitation after acute illness or injury and for managing chronic and persistent pain.
Conditions which benefit include arthritis and a number of neurological and other medical conditions.
Cobram has Irvin House and Ottrey Lodge, both of which have undergone or are undergoing expansion plans.
Also, a large number of retirees have moved to Cobram to assume residence in Oasis Village and Green Palms Springs Village.
A long-term horizon should be examined with a view to 10, 20 and 30 years ahead.
It should not be a case of either or a water park or hydrotherapy pool. It can be all done by integrating the existing pool site, with the former caravan park site and constructing an aquatic centre.
The steering committee, in terms of funding, could examine grants from state and federal governments.
Health and aged care departments would be interested as hydrotherapy has proven results and would fit within government guidelines of managing and encouraging better health and aged care outcomes.
Chronic pain costs the Australian economy many millions of dollars annually and a Hydrotherapy pool would be a great investment in reducing these costs.
I grew up in Cobram and, although I live in Melbourne, I have many family members and friends who still live there and I visit frequently.
A company of community projects were funded wholly or partially by public subscription.
The Cobram sports stadium sold bricks at various levels to members of the community and the RSL did a similar thing in funding a war memorial.
Apex was long involved with the Peaches and Cream Festival, which has sadly lapsed. It raised substantial funds for many community projects.
I think the Apex Caravan Park was one of those.
An integrated aquatic centre would have the appeal and advantage of benefiting multigenerations and demographics.
Older people through Hydrotherapy, as well as younger people with accident or workplace injuries.
A waterslide and fun water park would benefit families, while a side benefit would be a venue for tourists.
It could be developed in stages as funds are raised and committed. Peter Sutton, Murrumbeena