Solly Lew is having a pool party for the general public. All are welcome. Maybe I will revise my opinion on philanthropy by the rich, US style. Solly has built the public a swimming pool, an infinity pool no less. While it looks like it might be attached to his home, he has built it on Crown ground, so it is clearly for the use of the public.
I wouldn't mind doing a lap or two. I'll try not to wee in it but its the cold you know.
Quite an important principal is at stake here. Crown land is public land. Not land to be annexed for use of the rich. I thought we got past that a couple of hundred years ago.
Conservationists and local residents are planning a protest. Good on them. It will be interesting to see how this one ends up. The rich taking over public land and being permitted to by the state government? Will Premier Ballieu's sister Kate (recommended reading, by Dina) be at the barricades again? Which way will the council swing? Pro new money or pro old establishment. Will anti Semitism be brought up?
I am reminded of a visit to Pipeworks. I remember nothing about Pipeworks or what it is (a market?), except for a car. We walked past the car in a car park. The car said to us, 'Move away. You are too close'. Of course intrigued, we moved closer. 'You are in a prohibited area. Do not touch the car. Move away'. It was pre mobile phone days and I expect it would now also say, 'I am calling the police'. I told my Thai friend at work about the amusing car, and he said that if it was in Thailand, the car would quickly be smashed up. Apparently that is how Thai's deal with infringements of a public space.
Of course in Australia that doesn't happen, but if the local residents, protesters and conservationists smashed up Sol's pool, who would want to see them prosecuted?
Now where is my six pound sledgehammer?