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Today, readers comment on a city councillor’s bid to ban Australia Day fireworks, bushfire mitigation and blame and the tension between heritage and development.

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Commenting on the story: Fireworks over councillor’s Australia Day move

We migrants are not dogs. We know the difference between bombs and fireworks. Alessandro Gardini

My parents came to Adelaide as refugees after World War 2 in January 1950, and absolutely loved the fireworks as it made them happy and it reminded them of the freedom they had in this safe and beautiful country.

Go to any festivity and you will find immigrants enjoying themselves with either their children or grandchildren at the sight and sound of fireworks.

These would-be politicians just keep on annoying people with such idiotic comments. – Edward Pado

I am one of the South Australian residents who have come from a war-torn country, Afghanistan.

The councillor has raised a very important issue, but she might have misunderstood … what actually reminds the new immigrants (of) the bombing and wars.

I have attended almost all Australia Day parades in the city, and have always enjoyed the concert near the river.

I wanted to raise this, but then I didn’t want to disrespect the tradition. Around 2 years ago when I went there with my family (wife and kids) and family friends who have always been in Afghanistan during the civil war, the only thing during our time there, what we all waiting for is the fireworks.

But what reminded us of wars and bombing in the event was not the fireworks, but the 21-gun salute.

I remember when I was looking at my friend, he was shaking his head with face changing color and getting sad.

I asked him what happened, he said it just reminds me of the civil war and people dying on streets. He added, “I wish our precious time in city now wouldn’t have been ruined by these shots.”

It has always been distressing during those artillery shots, but I also think many people may love it as it has been part of the tradition.

The new immigrants love the fireworks as they have not experienced it in their country, and have always seen it on TV or social media.

Australia Day has been a great opportunity for all new immigrants to connect to other communities and create networks.

As of my experience working with new immigrants, the only way I could invite families to attend Australia Day was the fireworks.

When I tell families there is fireworks on the night, they love to attend.

And I have heard almost from everyone of them, that the sound of artillery reminds them of the wars. – Mansoor Hashimi

I do not think it will remind people of conflicts, and the fireworks are expected and they will know it is not bombs.

As a sufferer from PTSD from the Falklands and Gulf war, the only time if affected me was when I was not expecting it.

If any migrants have suffered explosions from war, they are not expected.

You do not go outside to see bombs land; you do, however, go out to see fireworks. – Peter Butt, ex-RN

I agree with Anne Moran on this.  I’ve often thought that RAAF fly-overs for major public events must also be really traumatising for many in our midst, be they refugees or (former) members of our own Defence Forces. 

It’s easy to label it as an over-reaction or political correctness gone mad from the comfort of an existence into which this kind of trauma has never intruded, as is the case for the majority of us.

Empathy cannot be over-rated. Joanna Wells

I have read some inane comments in my time, but Moran’s comments top the list. 

I wonder if those who voted for her are now having second thoughts. 

Is she simply seeking publicity in a bid for higher office or is she trying out  for her next job, namely becoming stand up-comedian? 

Political life does not need the likes of Moran.Barry Schmitt

Another time and energy-wasting ploy by Anne Moran.  

Australia used to celebrate its national holidays by closing all its shops and venues, firing up the BBQ and staring at a corrugated iron fence with a beer in hand.  

Many people around the world celebrate their national holidays by coming together as a community.

Imagine arriving in Adelaide in the 1960s, walking into the city to celebrate your arrival only to be met with closed shops, hardly a person in sight. 

For those recently attending an Australian Citizenship ceremony, the Australia Day party is a reconfirmation of this wonderful event and commitment to their new country. – Roger Coats

Also extremely upsetting and traumatic for dogs who, unlike people, may not have the choice of avoiding the fireworks. – Dami Sheldon 

Commenting on the story: Burnoffs more important than cutting emissions: Morrison

It is dangerous to downplay the significance of climate change in escalating bushfire risk, as the Prime Minister seems to be doing yet again. 

Hotter and drier conditions driven by climate change are the root cause, scientists say.

Given an astonishing lack of political will to tackle this issue at Federal level, Morrison’s preference to talk about State responsibilities like land management and hazard reduction burns (despite a narrowing window of opportunity to burn safely) is a bit rich.

Scientists have observed a trend of increasing frequency and intensity in Australia over several decades, necessitating the creation of a new ‘catastrophic’ fire danger rating.

Last year, Mr Morrison refused to meet with leading fire fighting experts.

If he had met them, one wonders if his comments now would be a little more sophisticated.

When will he accept more responsibility for, and cease downplaying, the situation we find ourselves in? Jim Allen

Commenting on the story: Heritage cottages under threat from new hotel but no public consultation

Once upon a time there was a finely balanced City Plan of Adelaide that provided a high rise core area in the city, and clearly delineated historic residential areas.

There was and is room to grow up, while keeping what was unique to the city.  

Isn’t it  time now for the state government to stop scapegoating heritage for the state’s economic woes?

 All most depressing. – Iris Iwanicki

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