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Frustrating wait almost over for locals
Calwell Kingswim manager Steve Clarke at the building site that is the new swimming facility.
Photo: Matt Bedford
A long-awaited swimming pool will
finally open in Calwell after lengthy
delays throughout the process.
The pool will be used to teach
children and adults how to swim.
Ancillary uses will be hydrotherapy
and aqua exercise.
Multiple setbacks have failed to
overshadow the pool s opening,
initially slated for September, but
pushed back to Wednesday this week.
In a recent attack, vandals targeted
the empty pool when they smashed
full paint tins and tins of adhesive on
to the pool floor.
Manager Steve Clarke said the
attack postponed the opening by about
"We assume it was local kids. They
came in and they found paint tins and
some adhesives and just tossed them
into the air basically, but into the pool.
They hit the ground and splattered
everywhere," Mr Clarke said.
"Everything had to be ground off,
and then the whole surface had to be
Mr Clark said he was upset about
what he hopes will be a final setback.
"We had 1000 families who were
booked in to come for a swim on
Monday (last week), and we had to
contact every family.
We had upset children, upset
families, and 35 upset teachers who
didn t get to start work."
In the initial stages of the project,
developer Phil King was going to pull
the plug after a dispute with the ACT
government over fees of about
The government backed down and
waived a significant portion of the
fees, allowing construction to get
"There were laws in place in the
ACT to stop people banking land for
their own benefit. Our situation was
different. We didn t have the money to
proceed with the project and every
time we were about to go, something
else happened," Mr Clarke said.
"There has been quite a fight, and
we ve been supported by quite a
number of local people who wanted
the project to go ahead," he added.
Mr Clarke said the 20-metre pool
will be run at 33 degrees -- "like a
warm bath" -- ideal for babies, children
Nepal's dark side
Hope and Opportunity is the name of
a collaborative photography
exhibition showcasing the beauty of
Nepal, and its darker side.
Canberra photographer Leonie
Keogh explores the darker side of
Nepal, where it s estimated up to
10,000 women and girls are
trafficked into the sex industry. Ms
Keogh is founder of Project Didi,
which supports women and children
in Nepal. "We ve got some beautiful
landscapes, some people, street
things and a few others ... we re
hoping to sell the prints on display,"
Ms Keogh said.
The exhibition will open on
Thursday and run through to
October 23 (weekdays only) at CIT
Reid Campus, Design Space block
F15. For more information email
CONDER'S 20 YEARS
Charles Conder Primary School has
celebrated its 20th birthday. An
assembly, the sinking of a time
capsule and tree planting all took
place as part of the event. Principal
Jason Walmsley said the school was
making the most of its 20th year,
hoping to hold another ceremony at
the end of 2014 with the original
principal and a reciting of the
original school song. The school, at
the foothills of the Brindabella
Ranges, is part of the Lanyon cluster
of schools. It was established in 1994
and was named after the Australian
artist Charles Conder. It has about
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