Give me back the old Parap pool

Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

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

Pic­ture: MICHAEL FRANCHI

The new Parap pool has been bril­liant for some but there are rea­sons to be nos­tal­gic for the old one

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