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Your views: on Hutt St Centre and reinventing Adelaide

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Today, readers comment on the fight over homeless services on Hutt St, and Adelaide population and development.

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Commenting on the story: Hutt St Centre hits out at opponents after winning upgrade approval

Congratulations Chris Burns and all those at Hutt Street Centre  – it is disappointing that many do not let facts get in the way of a good scare campaign.

If the same vigour was applied by your neighbours to assisting people to deal with the trauma of homelessness than has been invested in labelling them and diminishing them, then perhaps some good may have been done.

Imagine if the amount paid in legal fees was donated to the Centre to be kind and helpful. – Paul Edginton

The Centre simply does not belong in the CBD. Residents and businesses should not have to put up with alcoholics and drug addicts and the homeless.

A far better option is too reestablish themselves in an industrial area, such as Regency Park industrial estate.

I’m sure there is a proliferation of vacant factories that could be converted at low cost to house these unfortunate people. Mike Lesiw 

Here’s a thought. Instead of trying to run HSC out of town, how about you privileged whingers have a crack at demonstrating some humility.

Maybe create some job opportunities, possibly make a donation so HSC can continue their counselling services.

Drop those unwanted blankets, unworn jackets and other clothes off ready for winter.

Look into the eyes of someone struggling and say hello. Ask how are you going? Do you need anything?

How about networking with your mates and create enterprise to engage people. Offer to help start a community garden, open up your front garden to do so.

Even reach out to HSC and give a few hours of your time every now and then. Or give someone you see on the street a simple $10 gift to show that love still exists.

All anyone really wants and needs is to feel loved, to feel safe, to feel validated and to have purpose.

Allow the upgrade of the centre by not standing in its way; in fact, add value to it and stand as a community instead perpetuating the disparity.

Love your neighbour! Kirsty Darlington

Commenting on the opinion piece: Beyond the gloom, Adelaide has a chance to recreate itself 

There is a lot to like about Committee for Adelaide CEO Jodie van Deventer’s opinion piece concerning Adelaide’s “unique opportunity to capitalise on its strengths”.

However, it’s what Ms van Deventer doesn’t say that disturbs me, namely that the Committee for Adelaide has an agenda firmly in favour of higher population growth for Adelaide, as has been revealed in historical editions of InDaily.

 There is glaring irony in using Adelaide’s “low-density living” in order to attract more people to live here.

In my suburb alone the number of subdivisions is going through the roof, each one resulting in the near-total replacement of all backyard trees, grass, shrubs, birdlife and biodiversity with bricks, mortar and concrete.

The same is happening all over Adelaide.

If things go on this way we will have no low-density living to brag about. Would the Committee for Adelaide care to comment about that? Carol Faulkner

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