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Pollution is the main reason given for the closure of rivers to wild swimmers. However in Australia, Cr Peter Jamieson is calling for a re-think on the current ban on swimming in the Port River which has been in place since the early 1960s. Water testing shows that pollution problems have now all but disappeared and so he is asking the council if they should promote swimming between Bower Rd and the expressway bridges. He suggests the council could look at setting up pontoons, a training pool with floating walls, ladders on wharfs and possibly a diving platform. After a 50 year ban this is welcome news for wild swimmers.