Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders and NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell visited Yawarra Community School today to celebrate the opening of its hydrotherapy pool and carpark, the third and final stage of the school build.
Yawarra Community School, named after the Wiradjuri word for ‘care’ or ‘to take care or watch’, opened in 2019 and caters for up to 40 special needs students from K-12. The school supports these students via personalised learning, specialist services such as speech and occupational therapists and social benefits.
As well as the new hydrotherapy pool, which has an accessible access ramp and hoist to assist with pool entry, as well as heating installed under the tiles, the school includes four state-of-the-art classrooms, a gym and special program facilities.
“This is a project that came about thanks to amazing support, lobbying and resilience from the community, so it is great that the wider community will benefit from it.”Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders
Mr Saunders said the new pool will benefit the broader community.
“There is limited access to hydrotherapy pools in the region and the school has plans to deliver programs that support students of the school, other schools in the area and the wider community,” he said.
“This is a project that came about thanks to amazing support, lobbying and resilience from the community, so it is great that the wider community will benefit from it.
“The construction of the pool project also supported the local economy, with the contractor hiring 53 local tradespersons and sourcing local building materials wherever possible.
The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.
Minister Mitchell said she was pleased to mark the opening of the $4 million pool. “Hydrotherapy pools can deliver a range of health benefits, particularly for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and motor neuron disorders, offering a way to achieve their therapeutic goals while having fun,” she said.