Disability helpers back pool plan

Disability service providers and residents living with disabilities are disappointed about petitions to stop the proposed Aquatic Wellness Centre at Merrylands.

Peter Calderone, a program manager for disability service provider Break Thru People Solutions Merrylands, said pool facilities should be accessible and centrally located for everyone.

"I understand that some Wentworthville and Guildford residents are used to having a swim centre practically in their backyard but in this day and age, our facilities should be accessible to residents living with disabilities and offer services that facilitate rehabilitation and keeping active," Mr Calderone said.

"We have to take our disability service clients all the way to St Marys and Homebush for facilities that cater to people living with a disability.

"If we try to use the Guildford pool, we can only bring a handful of our clients out at a time because it's really tricky to access. And even if they made it more accessible, our residents living with disabilities still wouldn't have nearby hydrotherapy or a place where they can socialise after classes."

Greystanes resident Tracey Quinn lives with a disability.

She said facilities should meet all of Holroyd community's needs, regardless of where they live in Holroyd.

"I live in Merrylands and I need to go to a swim centre outside the local council area so that I can have access to one that is suitable to today's standards," Ms Quinn said.

"Plus, if I'm going to go to a swim centre, I'll go with friends so we can all support each other and after travelling the distance, we need a venue where we can sit down somewhere quiet, have something to eat and talk about how to keep ourselves well and happy."

On March 2, residents can post questions on an online forum via the council's Facebook page.

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