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