Modern aquatic cen­tre

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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

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