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Rosewood pool now equipped with wheelchair hoist

Rosewood and District Community Bank's Eirys Heit tries out the new disability hoist at the Rosewood Aquatic Centre with the help of New Hope Colliery executive general manager mining Jim Randell (left) and Ipswich City Cr David Pahlke.
Rosewood and District Community Bank's Eirys Heit tries out the new disability hoist at the Rosewood Aquatic Centre with the help of New Hope Colliery executive general manager mining Jim Randell (left) and Ipswich City Cr David Pahlke.

PEOPLE with a disability in the Rosewood area can now make a splash at the local pool through a special new piece of equipment.

Ipswich City Councillor David Pahlke said council had supplied and installed a Pelican pool and spa hoist, floating sling and wet area wheelchair at the Rosewood Aquatic Centre.

"Council joined forces with New Hope Colliery and the Rosewood and District Community Bank to fund the cost of this important equipment," Cr Pahlke said.

"It is wonderful that we can work in partnership to benefit the local community in this way," Cr Pahlke said.

New Hope Colliery and the Rosewood and District Community Bank jointly provided half of the $15,000 needed for this project with the other half covered by council.

Cr Pahlke said the hoist could carry a load up to 150kg and rotate up to 360 degrees  equipment allowing a person with any type of disability to have access to a pool without manual lifting.

"This means all members of the community will be able to enjoy a cooling dip at the Rosewood pool throughout the summer," he said.

"This new equipment will help not only people with a disability, but also local seniors."

Topics:  disabled access, ipswich city council, rosewood


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