For member Luke Crawford, the most exciting part of the construction of Spinal Life Australia’s Cairns Healthy Living Centre is the opportunity for him to return home to his friends and family.
The Cairns resident, who sustained a spinal cord injury after a motor accident in 2015, has been living on the Gold Coast for the last few months as it is the only place in Queensland he can currently access important rehabilitation services.
Luke said once the Cairns Centre was complete, he hoped it would allow him to return home and continue his rehabilitation work there.
“I’ve made some great progress in just the first few weeks, but I would definitely rather be in Cairns,” he said.
“I like the Gold Coast and I have a few friends here, but I grew up in Cairns; it’s home to me.
“At the moment I’m not sure how long I’ll have to stay on the Coast, I want to keep up my rehab as it’s been working well but it also means spending more time away from my family and friends.
“If I could continue my rehabilitation closer to home, it would be fantastic.”
Luke said his brother had a property near the future site of the Cairns Centre, on the corner of Lake and Smith Street.
“I guess he can give me first-hand updates about the progress,” he joked.
“I heard about the centre on the grapevine, but I didn’t realise construction was starting this year.
“I’m very much looking forward to the centre’s completion as it could be my ticket home.”
Luke has also previously been assisted by Spinal Life Australia through its Allied Health Services and Peer Support team.
For more information about the Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre, visit spinal.com.au/cairns