Last week Peter McMahon (Secretary) and Don Turner (President) re-presented to the current council, a presentation given to council in 2015. This is in relation to the site of the future Phillip Island Aquatic Centre and a response to the surprising decision by the current council to not build the centre net to the new medical hub as was intended. More news to come following the council meeting this week and the power point presentation can be viewed by clicking on the following file.
We all know the importance of exercise in our daily lives. For people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, swimming may well be the perfect exercise, as it can keep them more active and healthy. Swimming does not jar the joints like, basketball, jogging, football, soccer or tennis. Unlike golf or bowling, it keeps you moving for a length of time, rather than having to expend some energy and then rest. That is important for cardiovascular fitness in that it allows one to pump blood and oxygen more efficiently. Swimming also exercise both the upper body and the lower body muscles at the same time, something that many other sports do not and can burn from 350 to 420 calories per hour. It is especially good for those who have numbness or lack of feeling of the feet (due to diabetic neuropathy) as it will do no harm.
As with other exercises, swimming makes you feel good by producing endorphins. Finally, swimming can help diabetics tone their body; they will lose calories and lose weight, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and in the process of becoming fit, help to control their weight. All these are very good reasons to try swimming when someone has diabetes. Being in the water is also calming mentally and physically which can help diabetics more easily cope with the stresses associated with their medical condition.
The incidence of diabetes is increasing dramatically in Australian society, particularly as overweight and obesity become more prevalent. Swimming in a heated indoor pool, available for use in a variety of weather conditions from hot and/or humid, to cold and/or rainy and/or windy and all weathers in between is so convenient and practical, to ameliorate diabetes caused by those conditions. Convenience and practicality are major facilitators of keeping people exercising once they begin. As we age, many of us gain weight and can no longer engage in the vigorous sports that we may perhaps have enjoyed; but swimming can provide the vehicle to enable all ages to maintain optimum fitness to the maximum of their ability and health status. Improved health from swimming is an almost a fail-safe guarantee.
This article was produced by members of our committee with research from long suffering Diabetics help from Diabetes Australia & general health providers.
Authorised by: Peter McMahon Secretary PIACF Inc.
According to the census of 2011. Phillip Island has 44% of its population in the 50 – 85 + age group.
It is an alarming fact that I in 5 Australians suffer from arthritis according to Arthritis Australia (AA). That body is Australia’s peak arthritis body. It provides support and information about arthritis, promotes awareness of the challenges faced by people with arthritis, funds research and keeps health professionals informed.
If you have arthritis or at risk of developing a musculoskeletal condition (a disease that affects people’s muscles and bones) you may feel confused about how safe it is to exercise with arthritis. The answer, according to AA, is that it is perfectly safe to exercise with arthritis and in fact it is beneficial. Even for those in terrible pain, for whom exercise is the last thing that they want to do, that is exactly what they should be doing. Staying still will only make joint pain worse, cause muscles to wither and put more strain on the very joints that they need to protect. Regular and consistent exercise (based on advice from a medical or para-medical practitioner) can help to ‘manage’ arthritis, relieving the pain and inflammation to enable a better quality of life. The Joint Movement® exercise program was researched and initiated by AA, in conjunction with leading health and fitness experts, in response to the uncertainty people reported about whether exercise would help or worsen arthritis symptoms.
And what about the role of water exercise in ameliorating the symptoms of arthritis?
Exercising in warm water is one of the most comfortable and effective ways that a person with arthritis can exercise. That is because the water supports their body, taking the weight off inflamed and painful joints. For such classes, the water is heated to 340C, as the warmth helps tight joints and muscles to loosen up and relax, easing any soreness and soothing any pain.
The role of the water in such exercises is two-fold: not only does it soothe and support the human body but it also offers resistance to movements, acting a bit like a weight to help strengthen muscles during the exercise. Under guidance from a physiotherapist, the water can offer as much or as little resistance as one likes; press hard on the water for maximum resistance, press less for less or minimal resistance. That enables participants to instantly adapt the exercises to suit their individual needs, and means that the exercises can be beneficial for different people with different levels of strength and mobility.
Each class begins with a warm up, followed by a selection of exercises that move through the body to give a full body work-out for overall wellbeing, and ends with a warm-down. The exercise regime covers the whole body, not just specific joints – it works those joints that are affected by arthritis as well as those that aren’t, acting as a preventative measure as well as treatment.
In 2014, the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Committee presented a Submission to the Bass Coast Shire Council, in order to convince Council that Phillip Island needed to have its own Aquatic Centre. In May 2014 Council resolved that such an Aquatic Centre was indeed required. As part of the research for the submission (and included in the submission) the Committee determined that the average age profile of the permanent population of Phillip Island was 5 years older than the average for all Victorian municipalities. Surely it is not too much of a stretch to propose that the incidence of arthritis in the Island population would therefore also be higher than the State average. That supposition highlights even more why Phillip Island needs its own Aquatic Centre NOW.
This article was a collaboration carried out by members of our committee including sourced from “Arthritis Australia.”
Authorized by: Peter McMahon Secretary PIACF Inc
The Phillip Island Aquatic Centre may have just become another step closer. In an Australian first, Goodwill Bills created a way for supporters of the project to contribute to it for free.
Peter McMahon from the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund announced in December of last year that if the community could raise $2M then the rest of the funding may be attained from other sources. Mr McMahon now reports “We are delighted to support another fundraising option in 2016, with an initiative that household within our area can get behind. It’s a great chance for us to raise substantial funds for the project” while everyone benefits in the savings.
Goodwill Bills is an innovative way to buy electricity, which generates a return to the communities that get behind the scheme, while at the same time saving householders money on their bills. Goodwill Bills connects customers with better deals, while redirecting the marketing spend of participating retailers to create a donation to the preferred charity of each participating customer.
So far, Goodwill Bills members are saving an average of $436 per year on their energy bills, while at the same time creating up to $64 per year in donations to their preferred cause.
Mr McMahon explained how the program works. “Supporters of the Aquatic Centre simply go online to GoodWillBills, register and then select from two nominated energy retailers, it’s easy, and quick”.
Goodwill Bills has selected two leading energy retailers: online retailer Click Energy - Australia’s highest rating retail energy provider based on customer satisfaction; and Powershop - Ranked by Greenpeace as Australia’s greenest power company. Both offer market leading deals, and give customers choice on the type of retailer that they want to buy from.
While large charities like Amnesty, Beyond Blue and The Reach Foundation have already got on board, the program is open to any charity, including local organisations like the PIACF.
Goodwill Bills members get access to some of the best deals in the energy market through retailers willing to support local communities.
Goodwill Bills founder Mark Donaldson said that while the impetus to start the venture was to help raise funds for charity, so far, every Goodwill Bills member had also made a saving on their bill, with some saving as much as $1200 per year. “There are substantial savings available, and the idea of buying energy from a company that will also put something back into their customers’ communities is getting a great response.”
“We believe that there is a better way for energy companies to interact with customers. We want to disrupt what they do now, and give them an option to paying companies like i-Select and instead funnel that money back into great causes. It is exciting to see two companies with great pricing get behind this idea”.
“Importantly, there is no contract or exit fees involved so if you are not satisfied, there is no obligation to stay. And customers can double check the savings they are likely to see by either using an online calculator or simply sending us a photo of a recent bill. We’ve developed Goodwill Bills to help grassroots organisations tap into a new source of funding, and we’re thrilled to be able to get behind the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre as part of our first community campaign.”
Potential benefit to the Phillip Island community and economy
With some 14,000 rateable dwellings recorded on Phillip Island/San Remo in 2015, the opportunity is huge. If each of those dwellings switched their energy provider, it would result in total savings of ~$4.6M going back into peoples' pockets based on current average savings rates, and an additional $423,000 donated each year to the PIACF.
Don Turner has been a long-time supporter of the Aquatic Centre project.“I’m amazed at the savings that are available, its easy to think that switching is too hard, and people end up paying too much, saving money and helping a project as important as the Aquatic Centre is a fantastic opportunity”.
Families wanting to sign up to the campaign, or find out more details about the offer, should visit the website GoodWillBills to register and choose a new energy supplier.
Sadly, with the recent drowning at Woolamai Beach, we are reminded of a letter we received when we were compiling our Submission to Bass Coast Shire Council.
This letter is included below which I hope will again enable all residents to get behind our drive to raise money, to allow this very important piece of infrastructure to go ahead, as soon as possible.
We were told when amalgamation of Councils took place, an Aquatic Centre should be built on Phillip Island, when will our Council understand, why this centre is needed.
It is not for any other reason than for better HEALTH and WELLBIENG but also a tool to help SAVE LIVES.
Bass Coast Shire Council
76 McBride Avenue
Wonthaggi VIC 3995
Attention Mr Paul Buckley - Chief Executive Officer
SUPPORT FOR AN AQUATIC CENTRE ON PHILLIP ISLAND
Dear Mr Buckley
I write to express the support of Surfing Victoria for Bass Coast Shire to commit to the provision of an Aquatic Centre on Phillip Island.
The benefits of an Aquatic Centre to the Phillip Island for both the permanent and visitor populations would be invaluable in providing for not just the health and well being of the community but also will play a part in public safety.
With the pristine beaches of Phillip Island attracting both surfers and beach goers from not just the island but the state and from around the world the water safety and swimming skills honed at such a facility will play an important part in keeping our community safer.
Chief Executive Officer
If anyone would like to help us achieve our goal we have established a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation to raise the vital funds to help build our Aquatic Centre.
Below I show two ways you can deposit your donation, or just look out for members of our committee at various functions, were you can make a donation, purchase a Bumper Sticker or raffle ticket.
For Tax Deductibility
For non Tax Deductibility
NAB Cowes BSB 083593, Account No. 560653544.
Unfortunately we CAN’T give you tax deductibility.
(Make sure that you notate your name).
We hope that once everyone reads and understands what we are endeavouring to do, they will donate to our tax deductible fund through our partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to raise $2million.
At long last, we have a chance to actually achieve a Phillip Island Aquatic Centre. But I must remind you that, if we fail this time to reach our fundraising target, Council will decide to rebuild Wonthaggi’s Centre first, at a cost to all Bass Coast ratepayers of $24 million, for little real improvement in that centre’s aquatic facilities.
Discussions were held with 4 schools in the immediate catchment area–San Remo Primary School, Newhaven Primary School, Newhaven College and Cowes Primary School. The findings of the consultation are represented by the feedback below.
With the exception of Cowes Primary School, which has its own pool, every other school expressed that the level of activity in aquatic education activities is lower than is desirable. Newhaven Primary School stopped running an aquatic education program for students following the closure of the Silver Water Resort pool to non-guests. Lessons had previously been conducted at Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre but the travel time and the lack of appropriate lane availability resulted in lessons being discontinued at that venue. The teachers now believe that almost 50% of the children at the school cannot swim to a level that reflects the aquatic risks of a seaside area. They have tried to access Cowes Primary School pool but there is limited lane availability. They believe that the construction of an aquatic centre on Phillip Island is a necessity if children are to learn basic aquatic safety skills. San Remo students participate in aquatic education activities at the Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre 4 times per year. In many cases these lessons are the only time the children undertake aquatic education activities. Teachers estimated that at least 10% of students have no water familiarisation experience before attending school. The schools would like to offer more opportunities for students, but the 3 hours round trip impacts on other programs. It was believed that the construction of an aquatic centre on Phillip Island would result in a significant increase in aquatic education opportunities for San Remo students.
Newhaven College utilises the Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre for swim lessons. 175 students participating in 8 lessons each year. However, the 3 hour round trip is extremely disruptive to other programs. The program for senior school students is limited due to accessibility and travel time issues. The school believes that the construction of an aquatic centre on Phillip Island would result in a significant increase in aquatic activities and programs conducted at the school. This would involve conducting swim squads, an expanded aquatic education program and expansion of courses offered in the senior school.
Students at Cowes Primary School have higher levels of access to the pool located on their site. Programs are run in both terms 1 and term 4 and students experience nearly 20 hours per annum of aquatic education programs. Cowes Primary School is satisfied that the students at the school receive adequate aquatic education instruction and are well prepared to safely swim in the bay and patrolled open beaches.
Summary (Taken in full from our 2010 Phillip Island Aquatic Centre feasibility study)
There was genuine concern that the low level of aquatic education programming at Newhaven Primary and San Remo Primary fails to provide children with the necessary skills to minimise the risk of drowning associated with living in an area surrounded by sea. There should be opportunities for all schools in the area to further utilise the Cowes Primary School and this should be explored further in the short term. However, until a year round indoor facility is created, the travel time to Wonthaggi Aquatic Centre will continue to limit aquatic education opportunities for children who attend schools in the Phillip Island and San Remo district.
Kelly is a new member of our Committee and this is her story of why she joined and why she is so passionate about a pool for Phillip Island.
Learning to swim on the island was never an easy task. As a child you had the option of paid private lessons at the Anchor Belle, or school sports in an outdoor pool that ran for a maximum of 3 months in a year. Being from Cowes Primary School, I was one of the few lucky ones who actually had access to that pool. However, I was never what you would call a strong swimmer. Capable, yes, but not strong.
When I enlisted in the Defence Forces, where your main focus is to remain fit for duty, it was imperative that I improved upon my base level of survival swimming prowess. So I jumped back into the pool. Faced with the lack of aquatic facilities provided in our local area, I was forced to regularly drive the huge (and time consuming) distances to Wonthaggi, to gain access to a pool with, at best, only one to two lanes available. That is, if they weren’t using those lanes for their own community swimming lessons, competitive swimming or senior Aqua classes.
Upon incurring an injury I received treatment from various health professionals. All of them came to the same conclusion - for potential rehabilitation whilst avoiding surgery, low impact exercise and localised stretching were required, both primarily achieved through water-based activities. Being in my mid-20’s and coming from a highly active background, I would not have considered regularly attending “Aqua Movers”, but that was the light activity that I was permitted to do, together with my lap swimming program. Again, I am required to travel to gain access to such facilities and again experience minimal lane availability and severely limited time frames to utilise the services. Every visit is a battle between exacerbating my injury by sitting in the car for too long and exercising enough to make the trip worthwhile. But I don’t have a choice.
As an aquatic centre advocate, I see it as my responsibility to support the fundraising goal we've spent decades trying to achieve. No matter how that task is approached, it really begins and ends with local support. Reaching the $2 million goal will give our kids a better chance of surviving in our (sometimes dangerous) waters by allowing them to learn to swim competently on their own turf. The Centre will also assist every single age-group of our community to maintain active and good health. All we need to get this project up and running is a show of strong community backing via your financial support!
If you would like to help us build this Aquatic Centre by donating to our funds, you can do that in one of the following ways:
For Tax Deductibility
For non Tax Deductibility
NAB Cowes BSB 083593, Account No. 560653544. (Make sure you notate your name).
Unfortunately we CAN’T give you tax deductibility.
To find out more please visit our website at www.piac.org.au
The following article is reproduced from the Phillip Island Advertiser 9.12.15
Phillip Island Aquatic Centre Fund secretary Peter McMahon is a determined man. He has no doubt that a pool can be achieved on Phillip Island by the Year 2018, a date which marks 150 years since the island was settled, but it will need Council to rethink their current ideas. He is appealing to the community to get behind a pool appeal, and has outlined the positive changes that have eventuated this year which can enable this to happen.
First and foremost, the fact that the Bass Coast Shire Council has at long last approved the construction of a pool on Phillip Island, representing a major shift from their 2014 stance, whereby they decreed council would look at developing a pool on Phillip Island in another fifteen years.
“The situation 18 months ago was that council resolved to build a pool at Wonthaggi, and look at Phillip Island fifteen years hence,” said Peter this week.
Thanks to the dedicated and intensive work being undertaken by Peter and the PIACF committee, that, has now changed. “The current Bass Coast Shire Council resolution is that two Aquatic Centres can be built in the shire. One at Wonthaggi and a second on Phillip Island.”
It remains the case that Phillip Island residents have to raise 50% of the cost of their facility, which Peter estimates overall to be in the vicinity of $10 million. As opposed to the agreed Wonthaggi pool redevelopment, this has a current estimated price tag of $22.5 million, but comes with no similar community contribution rider. Nevertheless, says Peter McMahon, we can do it.
Bass Coast Shire Council has approved a site for a Phillip Island pool, on land behind the Cowes Cultural Centre. “Now that the land has been secured by council resolution, it’s all systems go for us,” Peter said.“We will need to raise $2 million to make it happen. We understand a grant is available from Sport and Recreation Victoria for $ 3 million which means we can do it.That will give us our $5 million.
The PIACF has also established a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF), which is able to accept donations on behalf of PIACF. All donations made to ASF for PIACF are tax deductible.
The Foundation sources donations from philanthropic organisations. “They have agreed to help us and are very much on side,” Peter McMahon comments. “This group raised $24 million for sporting groups in Australia last year.”
PIAFC will be seeking community support over summer, and are soon to launch a fund raising program. “For the first time in the 20 years this community has been working to build a pool, there is now a real chance of us achieving this facility by 2018,” he says. “We very much want it to coincide with the island’s 150th celebrations.” And here’s a thought, he adds.“If 20,000 people donated just $100 each, we would have our $2 million in a heartbeat.’
Full details of the partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation are contained in a PIACF advertisement in this edition.To donate, go to the Australian Sports Foundation website, and click on to the Phillip Island project pointer. For further information and a question and answer format page, go to www.piac.org.au
We can do it, a very enthusiastic Peter advises. Many of the obstacles faced at the council level for the last decade have all now been cleared. “We’re on the way. Come with us.”
PIACF will publish a regular column in the Advertiser in 2016, keeping the community closely informed, and showing the progress of the PIAFC quest to raise $2 million.