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Your views: on bequests, budgets and buildings

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Today, readers comment on private bequests to the Art Gallery of SA being included in budget revenue, and Central Market Arcade redevelopment.

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Commenting on the story: Art Gallery bequests, payroll tax among ‘windfalls’ behind $289m budget surplus

So all Art gallery bequests are budget income items. 

Why, as a private person, donate ? – Eric van Kruyssen

It amazes me that Art Gallery bequests can contribute to a budget surplus!

I think that is creative accounting.

Mr Lucas doesn’t however have any Lotteries Commision or Motor Accident Commision revenue, because Tom snaffled all that. – Bill Hecker

Does the Treasurer mean that because of the bequests that he does not need to give the Art Gallery as much funding as budgeted?

If that assumption is correct, it seems that the Government is whiteanting the value of bequests.

Using bequests as an excuse to avoid Government funding is very poor.

Perhaps the Treasurer can clarify. – Paul Turner

How can State Treasurer Rob Lucas possibly include the $36.9 million bequest to the Art Gallery of South Australia as being part of his alleged Budget surplus?

That money belongs to the Art Gallery and not the State Government.

Lucas is simply playing with numbers.

The bequest to the Art Gallery is for the Art Gallery to use to purchase works of art, not to be absorbed into general revenue by this increasingly inept State Liberal Government. Robert McCormick

Really hard to be pleased about a surplus that involves taking away so much from essential (and ‘non-essential’) services.

What value, for example, has human life compared with budget surpluses, referring to the death of patients during ‘ramping’ of ambulances? Cathy Chua

Commenting on the story: Central Market Arcade’s $400m redevelopment

I am a former South Australian living in Perth. The Central Market is the first place to go for our fruit, vegetables, cheeses and specialty meats on our visits with family.

The WA Government has taken away so many old buildings and destroyed a heritage that was nothing like that in South Australia.

One of Adelaide’s charms is its old buildings and the Central Market remains just that – a charming environment to shop, meet friends, have a coffee and snack, buy flowers and soak up the atmosphere.

What is being proposed will be a sterile, glitzy building that will be no different from any other overdeveloped city shopping block in other states.

Keep your charm, your heritage, Adelaide – or you will rue the day. Margaret Sargent

Here’s an idea: let’s spend $400 million over the next 3 years to plonk a 35-storey tower on top of Central Market.

We’ll close off 260 car parks in the process and ask shoppers to backpack their groceries 250 metres to a carpark up the road – hey, but don’t worry, it won’t really matter because shoppers will be as rare as the Central Market traders once the impact of such a disruption rips the heart out of their businesses.

And travellers the world over will beat a path to our door just to see the apartments – why waste time going to the Barossa when you can see a 35-storey building!

And will the wait be worth it? I mean, is any of the $400ml going to the spent on refurbishing the market? Anything at all? Ummm…nope.

That’s so Adelaide…the home of the one-way freeway does it again. Kevin Whitford 

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