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Your views: On a new concert hall, land tax and more on "Old Mate"

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Today, readers comment on options for a new concert hall for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, question the prevailing wisdom on the strength of the property sector, and ask whether “Old Mate” is sending the right signal.

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Commenting on the story: Marshall “considering” concert hall as part of new arts plan

What about the Theatre at the Entertainment Centre? I have attended a few concerts there but it is quite some time since I’ve seen anything advertised there. To what extent is it used? A capacity of 1950 would seem to be ideal as a concert hall. The acoustics – I’ll leave it to the experts.

I know it is managed by the Adelaide Venue Management Corporation, but it is owned by the State Government. It is also quite a while since I’ve read anything about the profitability of the Entertainment Centre.

It’s kind of mystifying why the Theatre hasn’t be used to host the ASO in the past. – Peter Mitchell

Commenting on the story: “Unfair, unsustainable, uncompetitive”: Lib MP unleashes on land tax”

Everywhere I look development is booming, whether it be the CBD, the suburbs, or outer areas like Mt Barker. So when I see someone arguing that land tax is a “factor that cripples the property sector in SA”, I can’t understand how they come to that conclusion.

I don’t think there’s a suburb in Adelaide that hasn’t experienced some degree of transformation by urban infill. Demolition and subdivision is rife in many areas where single-storey, low density housing is giving way to multi-storey, medium-to-high density development.

Every week in the business pages another park or oval is offered up for residential infill. More open space lost, more trees felled. The negative impacts of too much infill must be acknowledged.

I wonder where these people live whose outlook is a crippled property sector. From where I observe, the sector is racing full speed ahead. – Carol Faulkner

Commenting on the story: “Old Mate” is great, says Tourism boss

Regarding the Old Mate campaign, hanging your hat on “cut through” is all well and good. Yes, people are talking; yes, the ad is being watched. But it’s just like being drawn to looking at the aftermath of a car crash: our attention is drawn to it but do we want to be any part of it? No way. The Old Mate campaign is a car crash.

Remember the Northern Territory tourism ads: “You’ll never, never know if you never, never go”? They created a level of excitement and adventure. Old Mate engenders depression and regret.

SA has so much to offer – don’t hide it behind the sad “Old Mate.” – Graeme Goodings

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