Newcastle council chief executive Jeremy Bath gives his take on parking

Kind Soul: Jeremy Bath will not stop the sharing of valid parking tickets. Jeremy Bath won’t be killing kindness any time soon.


Topics has been writing about the kind souls who leave valid tickets in the slots of ticket machines in Newcastle.

A couple of readers said they hoped Newcastle City Council’s brown bombers don’t take action to stifle this kindness.

That is, they hope the parking inspectors don’t start removing valid tickets from slots, left by kind folks who no longer need them.

Topics began to worry. By revealing these kind acts, would we kill them off?

We paused for a second, then relaxed.

There’s just no way the council’s interim chief executive Jeremy Bath wouldallow the killing of kindness. Would he?

In an email to Topics, Jeremy confirmed he will not be killing kindness.

“If you can find someone willing to share a valid parking ticket, then good luck to you!”, Jeremy said.

“While there seems to be a rule for just about everything council-related these days, a ban on kindness is certainly not on the cards!”

Thisis great to hear. Topics feels much better now.

Topics has also been writing about parking in Newcastle CBD lately.

We had a big whinge about parking costing $4 an hour. We’re lobbying for this to be changed to $1.50 an hour.

Jeremy weighed in on the matter.

“As for parking meters, the logic goes that the price point is set not to maximise revenue but rather to encourage a healthy turnover of spaces,” he said.

“It’s to allow visitors to the city to come and go with relative ease.

“That said it’s certainly less easier to find a park right now, as our city goes through the growing pains of record development and light rail construction.

“We are working on solutions, so stay tuned on that front.”

Jeremy then urged us to send out a message about the need for kindness.

We’re happy to do so. More kindness is definitely needed.

Jeremy added that kindness was particularly needed when discussing “the great Novocastrian tradition of debating the price of parking in the CBD”.

Not So KindWe’re glad that Jeremy Bath won’t be stopping the sharing of valid parking tickets. But not every area has kind leaders.

“Further to your article on parking and parking costs, I was at Byron Bay recently and up there you must insert your total registration number into the machine,”Stan Spink, of East Maitland, said.

“A highly-coloured four-wheel-drive goes around monitoring the situation. A real eye opener for sure. No doubling up there.

“It must work along the lines of the technology that police currently have, where they can identify whether a car is registered or not whilst travelling along.”

Geez. In Byron Bay, of all places, they seem to have killed kindness.

Ooroo Cobber Some people say ooroo, but others say hooroo. Others say hooray.

Is it ooroo or hooroo?

Topics wrote last Friday about the word ooroo and how itoriginated. A few people told us it came from hooroo and hooray. Butwhere did hooray come from?We’d heard of hip hip hooray, but before we came to Newcastle we’d never heard anyone say hooray or hooroo.

We wonderwhere and when people first started saying ooroo or hooroo. Perhaps that’s asking a bit much. But someone, somewhere would know. Maybe.

The Urban Dictionary may have an answer.

It said hooroo was a “truly wondrous and magical” word, which was“credited to someone’s Uncle Wally”.

Readers Darrell Johnston andKaren Oddy pointed us towards another definition of hoorooin the Urban Dictionary.

This said the word was an Australian way of sayinggoodbye, which “originates from the practice of lonely guys out in the bush, who after meeting and talking of their plight would often say goodbye before going off to ‘hoo a roo’.

“Roo is a shortened name for kangaroo and hoo comes from the sound a kangaroo makes when surprised from behind,” it said.

“Guys would say ‘time to hoo a roo’on parting and this gradually became shortened to hooroo.”

Hmmm,not sure we believe that one.

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