Drawn by Luna Park’s magic

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SCI­ENCE was never my strong­est sub­ject at school.

I en­joyed the ex­per­i­ments – OK, maybe just the one mak­ing stink bombs – but I never quite got my head around the the­ory.

I vaguely re­mem­ber a les­son about cen­trifu­gal force, which had some­thing to do with spin­ning and some bloke called New­ton.

Stuck to the wall of Luna Park’s Ro­tor as it hit top speed and the floor dropped away, mem­o­ries of that les­son came flood­ing back.

Along with the corn dog I’d just eaten.

Luna Park is cel­e­brat­ing its 80th an­niver­sary this year, so I thought it was time I checked it out.

Since the fun park opened to the pub­lic on Oc­to­ber 4, 1935, its grin­ning en­try por­tal has be­come a Syd­ney icon (and ter­ri­fied the oc­ca­sional child).

Af­ter wob­bling away from the Ro­tor, I de­cided Coney Is­land was more my pace.

I spent a cou­ple of hours fling­ing my­self down the slides, get­ting lost in the mir­ror maze, whirling around the Bar­rels of Fun and try­ing to look cool on the Turkey Trot’s mov­ing planks.

I failed in that last one but that’s part of the fun of Coney Is­land.

I found out that this Coney Is­land is the world’s only op- er­at­ing ex­am­ple of a 1930sstyle fun house and I reckon that’s some­thing to cel­e­brate.

Next time I visit Luna Park I might work up the courage to try the Wild Mouse. Be­fore lunch, of course. BLACK­TOWN and Pen­rith coun­cils will be safe un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s plan to get rid of up to a third of the states 152 coun­cils.

It is un­der­stood both Black­town and Pen­rith coun­cil’s will be largely un­af­fected by the changes, stat­ing they would only be af­fected by mi­nor changes to bound­aries.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said: “Black­town is a quite a big coun­cil and we are not part of any ma­jor amal­ga­ma­tions.

“It has been pre­vi­ously demon­strated that forced amal­ga­ma­tions do not work, there needs to be cau­tion and a view for res­i­dents that it will not cause is­sues in the fu­ture – which is a State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion.”

A spokes­woman from Pen­rith Coun­cil said the coun­cil had not been ap­proached to amal­ga­mate.

“Coun­cil has not adopted a po­si­tion that is op­posed to

Journo Jack gets a dif­fer­ent view of the world in Coney Is­land at Luna Park.

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