Daylesford community is demographically one of the oldest communities in Victoria, with an average age of 53.
Many local residents include those who have moved into this lovely area specifically to retire. Aging in Daylesford however, means finding alternative ways of supporting recovery from therapeutic treatments and injuries, including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy facilities for the Daylesford community are currently limited to the costly Hepburn Spa, or travelling 45 minutes to Wendouree or 40 minutes to Kyneton. With many injuries, this travel impost is simply not possible.
Perhaps it’s time for us to explore another way?
Through the Daylesford Community Bank a recent forum revealed that the passion to develop an Aquatic Centre is as strong as ever. Springs Medical director Jon Birrell says “Hydrotherapy after injury or operations have proven to be the most beneficial. Jon has been a long term passionate supporter of the local need for a local Hydrotherapy facility, along with Glen Campbell CEO of Daylesford Community Hospital. Jon and Glenn are members of an interim steering committee tasked with progressing the conversation with the community to determine if indeed there is enough broader interest and commitment to take the idea of a Daylesford Indoor Aquatic Centre further.
We are seeking your involvement.
We want your feedback.
As the weather heads towards the cooler months, a small froup of committed individuals has been exploring wheather it's time for a year-round Daylesford Indoor Acquatic Centre.
They have formed the Daylesford Indoor Acquatic Centre Association (DIAC) and elected an inerim steering committee under the chairmanship of local businessman Mark Rak.
"A recent community forum conducted throguh the Daylesford & District Community Bank expressed great interest in a heated indoor acquatic centre - with potential facilities to include a public gymnasium, hydotherapt facility as well as swim facilities supporting fitness, learn to swim and other water sports".
Have your say: Is it time for our community to embrace the possibility of designing and developing an Indoor Aquatic Centre that can provide year-round access to swim facilities, perhaps including heated hydro-therapy for our more elderly, and learn to swim facilities for our toddlers and school children? Are we passionate enough about developing a Daylesford Indoor Aquatics Centre? Are we ready to take this on as a community project? What are your thoughts? A survey has been launched on Facebook’s DIAC page, and their website on www.DIAC.com.au. Hard copies are available at the Daylesford Community Bank and the Springs Medical Centre. Survey results will be available after survey closes at the end of April.
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