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Today, readers comment on mooted state government changes to the Adelaide Park Lands Authority board.

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Commenting on the story: Councillors fear axing under changes to park lands authority

The Adelaide park lands should never be encroached upon. They are what makes Adelaide unique. – Joan Nelson

Until reading this article I always assumed that given the amount of government interference in the park lands, that the State Government substantially contributed to the maintenance of them.

It should be a case of no pay, no say.

We have had a change of government with no change of behaviour. – Graham Wilkinson.

I am a passionate supporter of our city parklands.  They are truly unique to what I regards as the world’s most liveble city.

Whenever I host visitors to Adelaide, driving them away fro the airport I explain the history and legacy of Colonel William Light, and his true vision for a park land surrounding the town  of Adelaide, and its residential precinct to the north of the River Torrens.

I went to school in the city and spent countless hours playing sport in the south parklands, and rowing on the Torrens Lake.  I recall serious conversations with my school mates about a grand prix circuit around Victoria Park, long before Adelaide secured the F1 GP in the mid 1980s.

Head of the River on the “duck pond” as we described the Torrens always had us discussing the relocation of the weir downstream to the West End brewery. This would have given the rowing regattas a more realistic challenge, just like those on the Thames in London.

When horse racing left Victoria Park I was genuinely pleased that a permanent motor racing pit building was resisted.  But saddened to see the O-Bahn tunnel entry/exit part way into the East park lands, when it would have been more practical for this to have been located  part way along the eastern end of Grenfell St.

Hopefully this dialogue might capture Minister Knoll’s attention, or from someone in council, and consider me as a candidate on the revised parklands authority. – Dr Paul Szuster

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