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TUESDAY AUGUST 13 2019 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA POPULAR Darwin recreational hub Parap Pool will go under the council microscope, ensuring usage is maximised for competition and ratepayer costs are kept to a minimum. Darwin Alderman Robin Knox has called for the review of the public facility, which will be tabled at the council to Microscope on Parap Pool WILL ZWAR Civic Reporter night, asking for comparisons to be shown between the new and old pools power bills. Im curious to know if we are heating and cooling the big (50m) pool, do we need to be doing that for a big pool when we have no competitions there, Cr Knox said. Im sure if were heating and cooling, its costing us more than the previous pool. Cr Knox said there could be options to help the council cut operational costs and save ratepayers money. We should be looking for a cover to hold the heat in at night. We have a cover at Nightcliff pool during the dry season, when we have these cold nights, it drops the temperature in the pool quite considerably, she said. I do support heating the little pool for lessons, I was actu ally one of the people who called for that but we should put a cover over it to trap the heat. Cr Knox said a proposal to install solar panels on the pools roof would also benefit from a review of the minimum costs required to run the pool to see if the cost of solar panel installation would be worth the return made from solar energy. Part of the reason Id like to get this report is we want to put PV panels on the roof too and I want to first get efficiencies where we can, she said. We still have to be careful because we want to produce enough energy to cover the costs of the PV panels. Built to FINA regulations, the Parap Pool has capabilities to host national swimming competitions but Cr Knox said she also wanted to see how often it was being used for such events to ensure ratepayers were getting the best value out of the pool. We built a FINA compliant pool, want it used as often as possible for what swimming society and community wants, she said. If the report is supported by the council, Cr Knox has asked for it to be returned to the council in September. Ride out remaining cool nights THE cool Darwin nights could be coming to an end very soon according to the weather bureau. Though the weather remains dry and windy for now, a wave of humidity promises to return later this week. Eisley and Enzo Langbid are making the most of the remaining Dry before it becomes too hot. A bureau spokesman predicted a minimum of 18C last night. He said the next few nights would be just as cool before the humidity returned mid next week. Fire bans are expected to continue until Wednesday as the dry air and gusty winds continue. Moisture is expected to return on Wednesday reducing the fire danger risks across the northwest of the Top End. In turn, the temperature will rise. Eisley Langbid, 6, and little brother Enzo, 2, enjoy the sunshine at East Point Coastal Reserve as southern Australia shivers Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Activists risk farms future A PORK farmer has told federal politicians that one of his daughters considered dumping her long-held plan to get involved in the business after animal activists invaded the familys farm. Ean Pollard has shared his experience at a Senate inquiry scrutinising proposed laws cracking down on activists who incite farm invasions. He says activists broke into his piggery in the NSW town of Young in the middle of the night around Easter last year. Mr Pollard received abuse through emails, letters and phone calls. The challenging aftermath rocked the interest of his two daughters in getting involved in the farm, he said, leaving one to weigh up what she should do when she finished university. Auctions on the rise CAPITAL city home auction clearance rates continue to climb nationally, with strong results in Sydney and Melbourne leading a property market recovery. Partial figures released by CoreLogic show an average 70.4 per cent of the 1107 auctions held across Australia during last week had cleared, well up on 66.4 per cent of 1107 auctions held the week before. CoreLogic auction market commentator Kevin Brogan confirmed the latest improvement was mostly attributed to the countrys two largest cities by population, where clearances rates of more than 70 per cent have been recorded. Weve got a really strong result out of Sydney this week, above 80 per cent - thats a kick up, Mr Brogan said. Treasurer values US AUSTRALIA and the US need to work together now more than ever before, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has declared. His declaration comes as the Opposition tries to put the spotlight on divisions within the Government on a rising China, against the backdrop of a China-US trade war. Mr Frydenberg told an American-Australian Leadership Dialogue dinner in Perth that Australia had a duty to stand with the US in times of global uncertainty. Its not only our privilege to be strong, its our duty to be strong and this is where Americas place in the world is so important, he said. Its more important than ever that our two great nations, the United States and Australia, work more closely than ever. Alleged killer vulnerable A SYDNEY man accused of killing his elderly parents is vulnerable in custody and needs protection as he recovers from injuries sustained during the alleged attack, a court has been told. David Reid, 46, held his heavily bandaged right arm aloft as he appeared via video link in a Sydney court yesterday, charged with murdering his 71-year-old mother Dianna Reid and 75-year-old father Victor Graham Reid last Tuesday. Hes currently on selfharm watch and he needs protection, barrister James Glissan told the court. Hes in a very vulnerable position and needs care. Reid was arrested last week after police found his parents bodies in their Sutherland home. Blanc de Blanc Encore 7pm | The Victoria Spiegeltent Man With The Iron Neck 7.30pm | Darwin Entertainment Centre Amy Hetherington 8pm | Happy Yess Damien Power 8.45pm | The Lighthouse Rimfire Energy Bamboo Bandstand 6.30pm & 8pm | Festival Park Tjungu 7pm | The Lighthouse Blood on the Dance Floor 6pm | Browns Mart Theatre View the full program at darwinfestival.org.au WHATS ON TODAY