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Today, readers comment on the past and future of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, and management of an Aboriginal gallery on the old RAH site.

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Another pool of cash for ageing Aquatic Centre

Commenting on the story: City council considers $2m Aquatic Centre renovation, $2m putt-putt for North Adelaide

I have no objections against the refurbishment of the aquatic centre. 

But the $2.2 million dollars for a putt-putt course should be spent on alleviating the homelessness problem in the city. – Mike Lesiw

At around the turn of the century a memorable battle was fought by the then state peer organisation SwimmingSA to have the Adelaide Aquatic Centre upgraded, and for the headquarters of state swimming to remain at North Adelaide with a city/parkland focus. 

The matter became entirely political which saw campaign promises deliver a new aquatic centre at Oaklands Park (Marion). 

No one listened to well-founded arguments that the parklands site was historic and iconic and currently (then) attracted regular attendance by students who wished to remain in the North Adelaide precinct for food and accommodation, not to mention being a more central location for the many volunteer technical officials who travelled from Adelaide Hills, Gawler, northern suburbs and Henley.

It appears good planning now takes a very poor second place to political promises as we observe election impacts on sporting facilities, aged care and hospital facilities. The rezoning of Mount Barker, Freeling, Buckland Park etc. were yet again political decisions, not examples of good planning. 

So how do we get good planning decisions based on community consultation, when despite the new community engagement charter, the people and the councils which represent them are not in charge of state coffers nor in any position to pay the piper? – Carol Bailey

Adelaide city council needs to consult with Victor Harbor who have a vibrant aquatic centre.

The Fleurieu centre has great facilities and is highly popular with all ages.

Forget the mini golf, just focus on health and aquatic activities. It should sell itself. – Jenny Esots

New gallery needs a single guiding hand

Commenting on the story: Kaurna concerns over Aboriginal art and culture gallery

As to the gallery proposal, my observation is that an organisational structure should be developed that is independent of the AGSA, the SA Museum and any other outfit that feels it should “own” this project.

Co-operation between institutions is a very appealing sentiment, but “competitive tension” between institutions is a more powerful means of generating interest, audiences and outcomes.

Back office functions such as IT and HR could certainly be shared, but curatorial activities, programming, marketing and benefaction are best handled by the institution running the show. – Michael Zerman

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