FINALLY there’s some good news for those left high and dry by Albury Wodonga Health’s decision to shutdown its hydrotherapy pool.
The enterprise’s owner Tap-Ky Duong has acted after the health body decided to close its health-focussed pool at Albury base hospital because of hygiene concerns.
However, there is a significant catch with the hydrotherapy area not expected to open at GT Aquatics until February.
A wall in the existing pool and improvements to enable access have to be made.
GT Aquatics obviously sees a business opportunity in investing in hydrotherapy, but nevertheless there is a sense of community in the action it has taken.
It is a welcome attitude after Albury Wodonga Health’s clumsy handling of the hospital pool’s closure several weeks ago.
The administrative body should have been more direct with those who use the pool for pain relief and exercise.
That lack of nous was then compounded by producing a list of alternative pools that could be used for hydrotherapy.
Embarrassingly it included Wodonga’s WAVES centre, which is not even open and has been subject to a major retiling, and North Albury’s Gould Swim Academy.
The health body’s physiotherapy manager Melissa Lucas defended the listing by saying it just wanted to provide users with pool options on the Border.
That sounds fine in theory, but in practice all it was likely to do was irk those already annoyed by the shutdown at the hospital.
What Albury Wodonga Health should be doing is laying out clear plans for a new or rejuvenated hydrotherapy pool, giving users hope it is committed to the service.