Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today visited the Castlemaine indoor pool at the Castlemaine Fitness Centre to announce the installation of the first hydraulic lift chair for Castlemaine, with a second to be installed at Chewton outdoor pool in the near future.

The $36,000 for both swimming pools is thanks to the great community support for the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project.

“The funding for this project is being used to install hydraulic chair lifts for two swimming pools: one indoor pool in Castlemaine and one outdoor pool in Chewton”.

There are no disability accessible swimming pools anywhere in the Mount Alexander Shire. Anyone with a physical disability needs to travel between 40-57km to either Bendigo or Kyneton to get in and out of pools safely. Providing disability access includes the aged and less able population and reduces significant travel time and expense”.

“The local community will benefit directly from the upgrades, particularly our seniors and anyone with a physical disability”.

Swimmers who previously had to travel outside the Shire to use a pool will benefit through saving travel time and expense. They will also benefit by feeling more included and socially connected to the local community. The chairs will enable more community members to get active through water exercising.

“Thanks to the dedication of the Chewton Pool Committee, the Castlemaine Community House and Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group, this project was one of 237 projects chosen by locals across Victorian communities to receive funding”.

Pick My Project funded 16 projects in the Loddon Campaspe region.

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP