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Authorities aren’t happy with a backyard pool’s giant carnival slide makeover

Staff writers, November 23, 2017 5:25PM The Daily Telegraph

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Perth friends constructed a huge water slide in their backyard. Picture: Instagram media_cameraPerth friends constructed a huge water slide in their backyard. Picture: Instagram

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A group of friends in Perth inherited an old fairground slide and turned their pool into one of the most popular, and potentially most dangerous, attractions in town.

Luke Newton, 25, and a bunch of his friends have turned a carnival-sized slide into a waterside, showing off their work in a time-lapse video.

The multicoloured creation towers above Newton’s house and takes up most of his backyard.

The 12m long, three-lane structure plummets* 4.5m into the swimming pool.

Newton offered to open up his backyard for people to try it out, posting an image of the giant slide on social media and was inundated* with comments of people wanting to give it a go.

However the local council caught wind* of the waterside and are attempting to shut it down.

City of Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob confirmed the city had heard about Mr Newton’s waterside.

“The City received a complaint from a local resident worried about the potential of serious injuries or death from a large waterside structure on a Heathridge property,” he said.

“The water slide leading into a residential pool — is in breach* of building and planning laws, specifically posing a serious safety and wellbeing risk as it provides unrestricted access to the pool.

“The land owner has been told the City would not support the structure in its current form due to the safety risks it poses including uncertainty of the stability of the structure. ”​

Supporters of the homemade ride have offered suggestions how to abide by local laws, including extending the pool fence so it goes around the slide.

“I wanna fight this, the community love it, everyone’s having fun, it’s not fair,” said Newton.

GLOSSARY

plummets: drops quickly
inundated: flooded
caught wind: heard about it
breach: break

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Activity 1.

If you could build anything you wanted in your yard or home, what would it be?
Draw your idea and write a few sentences explaining what it is and why you chose it.

Extension:

Design a safer pool slide for Luke Newton’s backyard.
Don’t forget to label the safety features in your design and explain how they will make the slide safer to use.

Time: allow 70 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Design and Technologies English, Visual Communication Design

Activity 2.
Imagine that you are the person who complained to Joondalup Council about the slide.
Write a letter to the council explaining what you think about the slide and what the council should do about it.

Extension:

Do you think that local councils should decide what people can build in their backyards? Write a few sentences to persuade someone to agree with your point of view.

Then take the other side and write down some reasons that might persuade someone to agree with the other point of view.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Ethics, Critical and Creative Thinking

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(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

No “e” please!

Try and write a paragraph using only words that don’t have the letter “e” in them.

It’s challenging to write without using the letter “e” — especially a whole paragraph!
Start off with some shorter sentences and see how you go.

Extension:
Now try write some sentences with the letter “e” in them and relate them to today’s story.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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