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Your views: on Shed 26, public transport and a clipper ship

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Today, readers argue for and against saving a Port Adelaide wharf survivor, comment on planned bus network reforms, and applaud ongoing work on an historic ship.

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Commenting on the story: Shed 26 supporters rally for last-ditch rescue effort

In regards to Shed 26, why not reverse your decision Cedar Woods, and become the developer of choice who listens to the people.

Port Adelaide and in fact broader Adelaide residents would be so impressed, and it would go a long way to dispelling the belief that developers don’t care about what people think, they only care about the money.

Take a positive spin on this, it would do you good.

What Port Adelaide needs more than anything else is a Kaurna cultural centre and that unique historical shed would be perfect.

Think of the stories that are held within those walls.Sue Gilbey

This is one of the defining moments of the Marshall government and I for one am monumentally disappointed that this ‘shed’ is not being re-purposed as part of the new development at Port Adelaide, which was signed off by the previous regime in SA at the eleventh hour before they lost government. 

I agree with the sentiments expressed in the open letter to the Premier and Minister.

Once demolished, this central piece of maritime history in Port Adelaide is gone forever. 

Just look at how Cedar Woods is developing the current development on the Glenside Hospital site; this historic site is being built on with totally inappropriate dwellings, shoebox size and they removed 84 significant and regulated trees from this space, the original Parkside Mental Hospital and farm.

They have not respected the history of the place by their current over-development on this site and crowding around the heritage buildings from the 1800’s. 

Once again, this site was sold for $29.5m by the previous government, so that Cedar Woods could make a massive profit as the expense of this state’s colonial heritage. 

Why not have a Heritage Lottery in this state to fund repurposing historic buildings for the 21st century like Shed 26? 

I and many others had hoped that Shed 26 could have been repurposed, just as other docklands buildings have been amazingly repurposed in Sydney, Hobart, Perth and Picton NZ, with creative and amazing plans from enterprising SA architects. 

Docked in Port Adelaide, we have the world’s oldest clipper ship, City of Adelaide, which was built in Sunderland, England, and launched on 7 May 1864. 

This surviving piece of maritime history made 23 annual return voyages from London and Plymouth to Adelaide, South Australia, carrying passengers, wool, and copper from Adelaide.

Look at how London have included the ship ‘Cutty Sark’, the last surviving tea clipper,  as a huge tourist attraction as part of the maritime history of the UK.

 What a lost opportunity for this State to repurpose Shed 26, restore and create another wonderful maritime tourist attraction with the City of Adelaide as its centerpiece. 

Architects created the iconic SAMRI ‘cheese grater’ building on North terrace, why can’t the Marshall government be architecturally creative at Port Adelaide, so we can all be proud to celebrate the pioneers and the colonial history of our state of SA? – Di Wilkins

With the greatest of respect to all supporters of Shed 26 at Port Adelaide, it is an eyesore that should give way to an innovative structure signifying the transformation of Port Adelaide.

Shed 26 has historical but absolutely no architectural value.

Why not be creative and build something that will stand out, thereby making the port and Adelaide a drawcard. Michael Schilling

I have lived in the Port Adelaide area now since 1996 and I, like many other locals, have been frustrated by the lack of real progress in its re-generation during that time.

There are marvellous old buildings that have real potential and these are what the conservative traditionalists would be better focusing their efforts on.

For example, the western suburbs has no effective or iconic arts centre that can hold theatre performances or host alternative non-mainstream films like those that Trak Cinema in the Eastern suburbs or Nova in the city would show. 

Hart’s Mill, like many other half-hearted efforts to change things in Port Adelaide, is half restored. 

The misguided people who are making such a fuss about preserving a building which is quite frankly an eyesore would be better spending their efforts trying to secure the capital that would be needed to restore properly a building such as Hart’s Mill; so the community can actually have a building we can be proud of and that would serve a broad community purpose.

Roll on the next misguided campaign to preserve an eyesore when attempts are made to knock over the Fisherman’s Wharf Markets. When will it end? Christopher Saint

Commenting on the story: Killing The Messenger: News Corp’s failed pitch to save suburban weekly

One must also note that when stopping delivery to many households, the company also changed the online access, which had been free, just like the printed copy to PAID access only through Adelaide Now website. Anne Smith

For a while I’ve been thinking every time I pick up my weekly Messenger newspaper: “Well, at least NewsCorp provides this for free.”

The last vestige of that corporation’s social conscience is about to be extinguished. Vale, Messenger. – Carol Faulkner

Commenting on the story: Knoll’s knot: His ‘complicated’ plan to fix Adelaide’s struggling public transport

A consummate performance by the transport minister in not answering questions. 

We tap on at the moment but we don’t tap off.” Surely Mr Knolls has used public transport in Melbourne at one point or another. The tapping on and off is an agreed nightmare that we have avoided here in Adelaide. It makes Melbourne people want to move here.

“I don’t think we would necessarily need to punish people that drive cars to get them to use public transport .”

This is a world first. All over the world people are being punished for not using public transport except car-addicted Adelaide, where apparently spending appalling amounts of money destroying South Rd and cutting the city into two is what? A strategy to get people to leave their car at home?

And this: “Every public transport expert I’ve spoken to over the past couple of weeks say that the way to increase patronage is to increase and improve bus services.” 


We have the makings of a bus service that could be so good if some money was thrown at it.

Pleased to hear that the experts all think that, though it seems exceedingly obvious to those who use the system.

But why do that when you can take money away from public transport and build more facilities for cars instead? Cathy Chua

Commenting on the story: Historic clipper ship City of Adelaide taking shape

I am delighted to see the City of Adelaide is in safe hands.

I was there when it came into Irvine harbour when it arrived wrapped in black plastic, and was forever known as the bin bag boat.     

Through the years she became part of the harbourside in dry dock and despite some valiant efforts to save her it was not to be.

We stood at the wharf as she was towed away and are left with the indentations of her resting place while she was here.

I wish you well in your journey to bring this wonderful historic clipper to her former glory. – June Watson, Irvine Ayrshire, Scotland.

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