Pool party pumping but keep a lid on it

MAKING A SPLASH: Kevin Wong, left, with pal Felix Zhang, right, on an inflatable dinosaur at Merewether Ocean Baths. An inflatable party planned for the baths is unlikely to go ahead but there’s still hope. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIF you, like Topics, enjoy a dip in Merewether Ocean Baths, then listen up.
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You may have seen a cheeky invite that went out on Facebook recently luring punters to the baths for an unauthorised party even Corey “I’m not taking off my glasses” Worthington would be proud of. The idea was to have as many people as possibleblowing up their inflatable toys at the baths. At last count, more than 500 indicated they would be attending.

It was locked in for Saturday, a date organisers helpfully predicted would be a “warm summer’s night” (the weather bureau is actually forecasting rain, but that’s not the point).

There was a suggestion to hire a DJ. A Bunnings-style sausage sizzle was also on the cards.

Those weird-looking pink swan inflatables began to pop up everywhere in anticipation.

One of the organisers suggested punters should blow up their inflatable at the Newcastle Supercarsto go in the running for “special VIP treatment”.

Yes, it was all fun and games, but had anyone actually checked in with the council?

It would appear not, as Newcastle council itself pointed out. Eager not to rock the boat, the council waded in gently.

“We’ve noticed your event on Facebook has a very keen following and we admire your enthusiasm,” was the icebreaker. “However, please be aware of your responsibilities as an organiser of a proposed event.”

The council went on to spell out all the hurdles to a hosting a public event.

It is generally conceded the pool party is now dead in the water –even after an olive branch was extended to the lord mayor.

But in an attempt to bypass council’s major event rules, it’s now simplysuggestedto attend the baths with an inflatable toy at 7pm on Saturday.

Salt with your avoPOPULAR demographer Bernard Salt is in Newcastle on Monday to talk about a new report he’s done, intriguingly titled The Newcastle Lifestylepreneur Movement.

Firstly, we’d like to point out that there is no such word as Lifestylepreneur and, secondly, that the affable Salt is the man who started the whole “smashed avo” debate in Australia.

His temerity in saying that babyboomers may well think that the youth of today are too busy eating smashed avocado with crumbled feta than saving for a house struck a national and indeed global chord, trending on twitter and creating a new term for our already groaning national lexicon.

CONTROVERSY: Demographer Bernard Salt and smashed avo.

Salt has since been very quick to point out his words were more about taking the mickey out of middle age rather than chastise youth. In any case, he has nothing but praise to pepper on Newcastle’s reformation from steel city to the hotbed of entrepreneurialism its become.

“I can’t say it’s the best,” he told Topics when asked if Newy could claim the title of the city with the best lifestyle in the country, “because it’s like saying who your favourite child is.”

What he will say is that he admires how the city has had a comeback.

And most importantly, he thinks we should all sing the praises of the microbusinesses and sole traders who are leading the charge.

“I want Australians to admire people who create a business as much or more as they do of those who play cricket,” he says. “We need to broaden our hero admiration – and it’s hard to start a business.”

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