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Your views: on subs and jobs, council dysfunction and the Aquatic Centre

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Today, readers comment on the submarine project, Adelaide City Council and why the park lands swimming centre should be celebrated, not demolished.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: Submarine project navigating troubled waters

I appreciate the worry that Rex has on this subject; it is a massive expense to the Australian taxpayer and should be in the public spotlight more not less, and I appreciate him raising the issue’s awareness.

However, as always, these articles and discussions just descend into “which states get what jobs”, which is so disappointing.

I don’t care where the jobs are, I want our nation to have capable submarines, in a short timeframe and at a reasonable cost.

And unfortunately Rex Patrick doesn’t put forward any suggestions to fix the three issues, beyond “a big broom” – the most vague answer I’ve ever seen.

I ask Rex to put forward some large tangible actions that will see an improvement in the submarine procurement project, rather than just improvement in job prospects for his home state. Daniel Evans

Commenting on the story: Councillors’ bid to seize control of e-scooter investigation

Time is rapidly approaching to consider sacking this dysfunctional organisation, with two options:

  1. Replace with government appointed board which is re-elected each state election.
  2. Hive off all of North Adelaide and incorporate into Walkerville Council. – Edward Carter

Commenting on the story: Crows pass on ‘headline-grabbing’ park lands HQ debate

Do the Adelaide City Council and State Government have any idea how much voters resent privatisation of public assets? 

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre is a wonderful facility, serving all ages and classes of water enthusiasts.

 Who actually knows what we stand to lose?  It receives very little promotion. 

It began as the Adelaide City Baths, behind Parliament House on King William Street and was moved to make way for the Festival Plaza. 

The beautiful children’s pool is popular with elderly swimmers who use it in the early morning to meet and exercise, young mothers with very young children, for therapy for people who can’t compete with lap swimmers and need the warmer water, and kids who use the slide, or just play in the water and enjoy the fountains while learning to swim.

Adults enjoy the spas and sauna, steam room. Some use the gym.

 The diving pool is used for aqua aerobics, lapping, diving and water polo at various times. 

 The recently renovated main pool used for lapping and recreation has an excellent disabled entry ramp. 

 There is a swim shop, cafe and fine big changing rooms and plenty of seating for spectators. Outside there are pleasant public gardens and a car park with trees. 

 It is accessible to the public from Adelaide city and all the inner suburbs and is the only facility of it’s kind for anyone from the north, west, and eastern suburbs.

 It is one place you can swim all day without danger of sunburn or skin cancer. 

 It’s the only such swimming centre in the area open all year round, a tropical paradise in the middle of winter!

 The Crows will not provide all those amenities, nor will it be as available at all times to the public. 

 With a bit more effort it could become a mecca for all the tourists who are going to fill all those hotels and the occupants of all those apartment blocks currently under construction.

 Last but not least our parklands are precious public spaces and should stay public. 

 If the State Government can tip in funds for a hotel at Adelaide Oval, it should and can show support for the swimming public by helping fund its maintenance. – Margaret Dodd 

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