Allan Bashforth from Nambucca Heads doing his hydrotherapy at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
Allan Bashforth from Nambucca Heads doing his hydrotherapy at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Alistair Brightman

Swim centre revises entry fee

PEOPLE needing aqua-therapy in Hervey Bay have had their voices heard, with the Fraser Coast Regional Council voting unanimously in favour of fee and infrastructure changes to the aquatic centre in Torquay.

At a recent meeting in Maryborough, council agreed that people undertaking a certified rehabilitation program involving swimming would receive a discount on entry fees at the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.

The discount will apply only to people who have a letter from their doctor indicating that water-based exercise is a requirement of their rehabilitation program.

Under the revised charges, a 20 entry pass will cost $33, a saving of $28. A half year season pass will cost $77, a saving of $87 and a full season pass will cost $142, a saving of $151.

The council already offers pensioner concessions and has signed with Disability Service Queensland to offer the companion card.

The helpers or support workers of companion card holders receive free entry to the aquatic centre.

An Eli Waters man spoke passionately during the public participation of the meeting on the need for aqua-therapy of a “large demographic” of the region.

The man said this was a good “first stage” to help pensioners get the health assistance they need, and he congratulated council for “eventually” recognising the need to look after those in need of aqua-therapy.

The FCRC was also updated on infrastructure upgrades to the centre, that include a new lifeguard station, the replacement of heaters in the 25m outside pool and application for grants for a roof over the pool and for a new lifting device and replacement wheelchair for the covered heated pool.



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