Archive - 2012

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Marrickville Council makes decision on Petersham Pool
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The future of Petersham’s Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre
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A final tune from Tav, the music man at Manuka Pool
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In the deep end at almost 80-year-old Enfield Pool
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Swimming with seahorses at Watson’s Bay Baths
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Country towns, The Castle and Chewton Pool

Marrickville Council makes decision on Petersham Pool

At the 17 April Marrickville Council meeting, a decision was made on the future of the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre aka Petersham Pool. The good news is that there will continue to be a pool in Petersham Park. At the meeting it was resolved to tender the works, closing the pool over the 2012-13 season (depending[…]

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The future of Petersham’s Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

Petersham Pool closed yesterday for winter. We now wait to see what its future will be. Will it be redeveloped into a 25-metre, 8 lane pool?  Will it continue as it is or will it close forever? Most of the locals who swim regularly at the patched-up, 49-year-old pool would like to see it remain as[…]

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A final tune from Tav, the music man at Manuka Pool

John ‘Tav’ Taverner played his final song at Manuka Pool last Sunday. He went out with a bang and a bit of emotion with Billy Thorpe’s version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ on full volume around the 81-year-old swimming pool. “It’s the song I play every so often when I am in the mood,” says the[…]

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In the deep end at almost 80-year-old Enfield Pool

Fear, that’s what I feel, just for a moment when the depth of the water in a pool drops suddenly. I experienced this the other day when I visited Enfield Pool for the first time. I was swimming along and then all of sudden a line appeared across the white tiles and the depth dropped[…]

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Swimming with seahorses at Watson’s Bay Baths

Seahorses like hanging out at Watson’s Bay Baths.  Their natural home is seagrass but over the years they have taken a liking to the pool’s shark nets. Scuba diver Dave Thomas says they prefer them because it gets them off the ground and away from predators. “And they can’t chase things down, so they rely[…]

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Country towns, The Castle and Chewton Pool

When you live on the coast you take having somewhere to swim for granted. There’s the beach, ocean pools, the harbour, bay baths or the local chlorine complex. But it’s a different story in inland Australia, particularly in the smaller towns. The river or lake may be an option but they are not always safe.[…]

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