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  • www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian Special Feature, Sunday, January 24, 2010 — 47

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    Join the club SWIMMING options in the Northern Territory are plentiful.

    Heading to the local pool to cool down, learn to swim or perfect the

    swim strokes are popular options.

    There are also a variety of surf and swimming clubs to join.

    Swimming Northern Territory has nine clubs: Alice Springs,

    Casuarina, Darwin, Katherine, Nightcliff, Nhulunbuy, Palmerston and

    Rural, Tennant Creek and Top End Storm (Palmerston).

    Each branch caters to people keen to advance their swim style in

    a training environment and improve their overall skill and confidence

    in the water.

    General water safety, recreational and fitness swimming programs

    are offered, along with opportunities to advance to club, state or

    international competitive levels.

    Competition ranges from the McDonalds 9 and Under series to the

    four-day NT Open and Age Championships, which will be held at

    Casuarina Pool from Thursday, March 11.

    Great open water swimming meets also take place in Lake Bennett,

    Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon and interstate venues such as

    Nagambie Lakes in Victoria and the Sydney International Regatta

    Centre in Penrith, New South Wales.

    Look out, crocs about

    S ALTWATER crocs love the wet season.

    The monsoonal rains that flood the inland

    waterways allow them to move around.

    Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger Tom

    Nichols said as a result, crocs often turned up in

    unexpected places.

    ‘‘It’s not uncommon for crocodiles to start popping

    up in places you might not expect to find them such as

    drains and small creeks,’’ Mr Nichols said.

    ‘‘Members of the public are often our eyes and ears

    for saltwater crocodile sightings and we encourage

    everyone to report any sightings to us.’’

    He said last week there was a croc sighting at Cullen

    Bay, and he believed that croc was captured in a trap

    soon afterwards.

    The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service

    actively manages saltwater crocodiles with a trapping

    and removal program designed to reduce the risk of

    crocodile incidents across the Top End.

    ‘‘We’ve pulled two out of the drains between

    Casuarina Coastal Reserve and Leanyer recently and

    we retrieved a 70cm saltwater crocodile from Palm City

    Spas and Pools in Yarrawonga,’’ Mr Nichols said.

    ‘‘We urge everyone to be extremely cautious around

    any waterways in the Top End and to heed all safety

    signs around beaches and recreation areas.’’

    On Monday, a 2.2m male saltwater crocodile was

    trapped in Katherine region’s Nitmiluk National Park.

    Fortunately, swimming and canoeing at Nitmiluk

    National Park was prohibited mid December because of

    water level rises and turbid river conditions. It is

    expected to re-open after the wet season.

    Obey signs at waterholes and rivers to stay safe.

    And remember that croc danger is real so don’t risk

    your life.

    For more information, visit www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise

    To report estuarine (saltwater) crocodile sightings in

    the Darwin region, phone 0419 822 859 or in the

    Katherine region phone 0407 958 405.