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Your views: on bushfire reporting and recovery, building design and Centrelink

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Today, readers comment on reports versus reality of Kangaroo Island bushfire impact, Aboriginal Cultural Centre design, and welfare income reporting rules.

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Commenting on the story: Kangaroo Island: Recovering, not ravaged

I totally agree with Nick Hannaford’s comments on the way KI is reported.  The media hype just keeps on coming.

I have 4 projects on the island – none were affected by the fires.

Were the fires devastating? Absolutely yes, just as the Adelaide Hills fires were, just as the Yorke Peninsula fire was, just as any bushfire can be, but there is a lot of the island untouched by fire – but certainly touched by misleading media hyperbole.

I had to drive for over an hour from the Penneshaw ferry before I saw evidence of any fire.

Seeing the Australian bush in recovery mode is also an amazing experience, so let’s describe it so and attract people to what will be the rebirth of a forest.

Too many negatives, not enough positives as is usual in disaster reporting! – Tim Geue

Commenting on the story: Marshall sets 2023 deadline for Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Regarding the proposed Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Lot 14, the illustration of the proposed building looks quite boring and inappropriate.

Is the illustration just an artist’s impression, or is it a picture of the actual planned building?

If it is, I think the opportunity to design a truly inspired building which reflects Aboriginal culture, art and life has been lost.

Here is the opportunity to design and build a truly landmark structure, rather than the angular top heavy white box shown in the illustration. John Zwar

Commenting on the story: New Centrelink income rules after illegal robo-debt debacle

How do I do this? I work casually at a school.

I report income when I work, but for more than half of the year I report no income without any payslip. When I work I get paid a month later, and that’s when I get a payslip.

I will be reporting income in arrears if this system comes in. Do the people at Centrelink really have a clue about what goes on in the real world?

This is impossible. Centrelink already compare the income reported annually to the tax office from the group certificate. This ensures no overpayments are made. This is simply another bureaucratic decision that is totally unnecessary. – Steve Honeysett

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