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Your views: on a Crows park lands HQ, irrigation and drought

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Today, readers comment on Adelaide Football Club plans for the Aquatic Centre site, and Murray Darling Basin Plan woes.

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Commenting on the story: “Hundreds of millions” of dollars to flow from park lands HQ: Crows

This is a fantastic opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. 

No-one loves our wonderful parklands more than I do – and I fully understand and support the need for great care to be taken with this development.

If it was going to happen on currently virgin parkland, I wouldn’t be keen. But they are actually reducing both the footprint and the height from that of the existing structure, so it really is a win-win situation. 

The enormous savings to Adelaide Council will create other opportunities and the site will be more sympathetically developed while continuing public access. – Heather Dowling

The building etc looks ok but we still need to see more detail.

I’m assuming that the football club would hold the land on a lease only basis? And that the lease has termination clauses if they don’t stay within terms.

I don’t think the danger is in the building and this initial proposal, but more how watertight the ACC can make the contract with the club, such that the Crows have to be kept to their currently described use.

I don’t have much faith in the ACC being able to write a tight contract, nor do I have faith in the Crows to keep faithful to the use they have currently put forward.

What I see happening is that they will get approval – once they have residency the club will start the PR process of expanding their use, restricting access, building a hotel etc.

Whatever is on the table is not what it will be in 5 to 10 years. That is why the contract between the ACC and the crows must be watertight. Paul Sprich

Commenting on the opinion piece: Basin plan on brink as Nationals reap what they sow

It would seem that the Murray Darling Basin Plan is not working as planned, but as usual we only seem interested when there’s a drought.

It saddens me to see so many in this state blame irrigators in NSW for a lack of water here.

Cubbie Station always gets the blame as the big water user, but did you know they do not have any water – nothing in their dams, and haven’t had for some time? 

That means no cotton crops, and I know there has not been a rice crop in the Riverina, as they had a nil water allocation. At least our farmers had some allocation.

I just wish the media would cover the whole story, and that we could come to an arrangement that helped both the farmers and the environment, and maybe look at better storage in good years. Gillian Rogers

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