Health benefits

Aquatic Center Health Welcome – Bundaberg Now

Coral Coast Physiotherapy Director Ben Heidenreich is delighted to use the new aquatic facility in Bundaberg

Development plans for the Bundaberg Regional Aquatic Center have been well received by local health providers for its ability to improve wellbeing and fitness.

The development, which is due to start construction later this year, will include a 50m indoor heated competition pool, a 25m heated indoor pool, an indoor program pool, a cafe and a spectator area.

The space aims to provide a space where athletes can train, accessible to people of all abilities and which the whole community can enjoy.

Ben Heidenreich, director of Coral Coast Physiotherapy and Allied Health Clinic, said the facility would increase the level of service provided to the community and accommodate Bundaberg’s long-term growth over the next 20 to 30 years.

“This will be an asset to the region and enable Bundaberg to host regional and national level events and training camps in preparation for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics,” he said.

“The additional swimming pools and fitness, teaching and therapy rooms offered as part of the project will enable the region to provide comprehensive fitness and health services tailored to its needs.

“These facilities will provide better amenities for residents and visitors, while having a positive impact on economic and community activity.”

Ben said the Council’s plan for the aquatic center would, in particular, provide valuable social, community and tourism infrastructure, create sustainable jobs and support economic development.

He said it would also help those who needed access to water for health reasons.

“We have two paramedical clinics in the area that provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic exercise, speech therapy and podiatry services to our community,” Ben said.

“To date, there has been a real lack of quality aquatic facilities in the area, and residents have not been able to fully experience the benefits of aquatic therapies.

“We currently provide services to NDIS, DVA, MyAgedCare and private patients and all would benefit more from adequate aquatic treatment.”

Ben said the pool would also provide an integral training ground for the sports sector and the community at large, regardless of skill or age.

“We provide services to local sports organizations such as Central Queensland Sports Academy,” he said.

“They would benefit greatly from having a national standard aquatic facility to help improve their training standards with the goal of representing their state and nation in their chosen sports.

“To provide a contemporary facility that meets modern standards for equitable access, including ramp and sling access into the pool, in line with the demands of Bundaberg’s aging population.

“We really hope that this project will come to fruition and that we will be able to access the facility to expand the delivery of our allied health services.”