Give me back the old Parap pool
WHENEVER I find myself in a new town, I try to find its public pool.
I’ve swum in cavernous Chinese aquatic centres, an idyllic Timorese piscinas lined with bougainvillea, and dozens of Australian neighbourhood pools.
Public swimming pools and the unspoken rules which govern them are more or less the same all around the world.
The only adjustment you need to make is which side of the lane you swim down (it’s the same side you drive on, or risk a head-on collision).
Public pools are among the most egalitarian places on the planet.
Everyone is equal in a cap and goggles. If they have a ruling class, it’s the old women who swarm in every day to do their laps or water aerobics. They strip off in the middle of the change room unapologetically and unselfconsciously with no regard for what anybody else thinks.
I spent five years through school and university working at public pools in Rockhampton and south-east Queensland. Even on the coldest winter mornings, a line of regulars formed at the gate by 4.45am, impatient to get their ON TERRITORY KID ANGUS COPELIN-WALTERS DECISION TO FIGHT AGAINST SONY’S OBJECTIONS OVER HIS NEW BUSINESS WHICH BEARS RESEMBLANCE TO THEIR TRADEMARK SHOW SHARK TANK
Good on you Angus! Chantelle ON FLAGGED LAWS TIGHTENING POOL FENCING REGULATIONS
The nanny-state marches on, further destroying more of our once freedom-loving lifestyle. Dave Wane daily fix. I didn’t know many of their names, but almost a decade after I did my last pH test, I can still remember their faces and the nicknames my colleagues and I gave them.
There was “Slappy Man”, whose unconventional freestyle stroke involved windmilling his arms at full force at the water with his fingers splayed and twisting his body about wildly in the water.
It may not have won him
Fencing a pool is not a lifestyle, it is a lifesaver. If you want to own a pool you need to take responsibility for that and help protect those who are unable to protect themselves. We are not talking about protecting drunken yobos or short sighted bogans (although most of our laws are there to try and protect them). The fences are there to protect the children. Even if you don’t have your own children these laws are there to protect others’ children ... These laws are well overdue. Mark
Do we fence all the suburban lakes, streams, creeks and natural waterways in the rural area too @mark???? Margaret any medals, but it was undeniably a fantastic workout.
There was “The Abyss”, a woman who got her nickname because her backstroke resembled someone falling to their doom.
“Pink Flippers” and “B.O.” probably don’t bear explanation.
It’s counter-intuitive, but Darwin’s perpetually warm climate means the public pool isn’t as big of a deal here as it is elsewhere. When it’s swimming weather all-year round, it’s more worthwhile to splurge on a backyard pool.
But even in the Top End, where every second household has its own pool, public aquatic centres are still massively important.
The best time of year to swim in one of Darwin’s public ON NT TEACHERS SET TO BE HIGHEST PAID IN AUSTRALIA
Highest paid teachers and worst student results. Only in the public service. Mike You can lead a horse to water. Leftovers
So after our conversation a few weeks ago, your position is that we should pay teachers more than anywhere else in the country, regardless of the consistently appalling outcomes? Vincent ON NT PARLIAMENT PASSING REFORMS TO INCREASE PROTECTION FOR RENTERS
More unnecessary intervention in the market by the Labor Socialists? Dave Wane
Landlords also need protection against lazy and useless property managers. Happy to take the management fee and do nothing. Simon
I always thought it was a good idea to blacklist renters who trash other people’s houses. Why would anyone want to reverse that? Brad
By the way ... It’s the owners property, not the tenants, regardless of how long they stay there. It’s just like Housing Commission residences are the Government’s property, not the occupants, and similar for commercial tenants. WE take the risk with OUR money. When exactly are Landlords going to gain more protection from bad Tenants? The NT badly needs a Landlords Association to protect our properties and our rights. It’s all becoming way too one sided. Phil
A Landlord Association would at least assist lobbying the decision makers!
Informing a delinquent tenant they were about to be placed on the TICA blacklist got months of rent paid very quickly and resolved a lot of stress. Chantelle
The new Parap pool has been brilliant for some but there are reasons to be nostalgic for the old one