Adelaide | A major fire has roared through a three-storey building in the Adelaide CDB, collapsing its roof and sparking fears the property’s facade could give way.
The blaze broke out in the Wing Chun Academy, a martial arts centre, off Hindley Street just after midday on Tuesday.
It forced the evacuation of nearby buildings, including the Hotel Grand Chancellor, as more than 70 firefighters battled to bring it under control.
Several roads around the scene were closed and people were urged to avoid the area.
The blaze took about two hours to contain and a Metropolitan Fire Service spokeswoman said it had caused significant damage.
“Crews are currently digging away in the roof up there so they can make sure the fire is thoroughly out,” she said.
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Exclusive | English writer, actor and TV host Stephen Fry is coming to Adelaide for a special event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in South Australia.
The Don Dunstan Foundation and Adelaide Festival Centre are presenting the November 29 talk, which will see the celebrated raconteur and gay rights advocate interviewed by ABC journalist Annabel Crabb.
Fry – best-known as the host of British television quiz show QI and for sketch comedies such as Blackadder and A Bit of Fry and Laurie – is expected to discuss gay rights, mental health, his love of nature “and whatever else tickles his fancy”.
“He’s just such an amazingly entertaining and spirited person, and he has a set of values that are easily ca Full Story »
Adelaide | A replacement for the Repatriation General Hospital’s palliative care unit will be built at Flinders Medical Centre, the State Government has announced.
A 55-bed rehabilitation centre containing the 15-room palliative on its fifth floor is set to be constructed on the Flinders site.
The building is designed to replace the bulk of the Repat’s rehabilitation services and all of its palliative care services after the hospital’s closure.
SA Health Chief Medical Officer Paddy Phillips said the new palliative care facilities would be an improvement on the Repat’s palliative care unit, Daw House Hospice, which was built in 1988.
“The current facilities are no longer suitable for modern day palliative care, which has advanced significantly over the past 30 years,” he sai Full Story »
ADelaide | Premier Jay Weatherill has distanced himself from a suggestion by the head of his Government’s urban development agency that “we want people living on the riverbank”, including west of Morphett St – but he has refused to rule it out.
As InDaily reported yesterday, Renewal SA chief John Hanlon told a Property Council forum that riverside residential development on-Torrens would help realise the Government’s vision of dramatically increasing the population of the city of Adelaide.
But Weatherill said he was “a bit surprised” at the comments.
“I think you might call that a rhetorical flourish,” he said.
“We haven’t really grappled with that … we hadn’t really thought about turning what’s essentially parklands into residential.”
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PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Reporting on a subject that is sacred to your readers is one of the most difficult tasks for a writer.
One of the pinnacles of Gonzo vainglory appeared in CREEM magazine in October 1975 – some bright spark at the punk fanzine hired the poet Charles Bukowski to review a Rolling Stones concert.
Bukowski first took himself to the horse races. The track was opposite The Forum, where the concert was to be. He cased the joint. He wrote of the fear and anxiety and the amount of leg on show; the hollerin’ drunks and cigar smokers, the banks, the cost of eggs. He covered tax and bullfights and Hemingway and the difference between good money and sucker money, borrowed money, stolen money and desperate stinking diminishing money.
Then he went home for a hot bath, a Full Story »