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Today, readers comment on Adelaide City Council investigating the Hutt St Centre’s land use, life on welfare and a heritage home’s new director.

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Commenting on the story: Council to review Hutt St Centre land use following anti-upgrade campaign

Why would an internal improvement to the Hutt St Centre, which serves the citizens of Adelaide who are down on their luck, be opposed by elected representatives of the City of Adelaide?

Surely such an internal improvement would benefit all citizens, and show that our councillors are concerned about other members of our society for whom life has been challenging.

Traders need to work with the Hutt St Centre and together find solutions to issues. After all, the Centre has been there for the community for much longer than the traders. Jane Osborne

I cannot believe that the Adelaide City Council is about to waste ratepayers money by conducting an “independent and comprehensive legal review” of the homeless service provider’s impact on surrounding businesses and residents (as) necessary “to better the entire street” and “provide clarity”.

Maybe the Council should channel its energies and limited funds to helping the homeless of our city, rather than their wastefulness on such a review – considering the upgrade was approved.

As for the businesses (viz. Arab Steed Hotel, St Andrews Medical Centre and Colorectal SA) that hired lawyers to oppose the upgrade – we know not to use their services in the future.

Maybe DLM Hyde should be made to volunteer at the Centre for 2 weeks (full time) to clearly understand the life of the homeless and allow him to table his experience without prejudice. 

As the song says “let it go!” and allow the Centre to proceed with its good works. – Paula Furlani

It would be ok with the council members if a brothel was established there instead. What a mob of drongos  they are. – Peter Ludborzs

Commenting on the story: Centrelink explainer: your questions answered

Why are people who were receiving JobSeeker payments before COVID-19 entitled to an $550 extra per fortnight?

They were not working and nothing has changed for them.

What about the age pensioners? Why not help them? They have to manage on their payment and live within their means. – Irene Smith

I am on disability pension and receive less than $1050 per fortnight.

Because I am on a disability pension I do not receive this (coronavirus) supplement. Others who used to receive more than me financially each fortnight are also now receiving the extra $550 supplement per fortnight.

If you believe living on $1050 per fortnight, paying rent etc is anything but a struggle, you are wrong.

Year after year I manage only by using Foodbank, never buying new clothes including underwear and socks. Depressing is what it truly is, and long term.

On a disability pension there is no future hope of a job, (pre-existing medical), so even my underwear will always be second hand from the op shop; this decade, last decade and decades to come.

It is of little wonder the suicide rate is so high, and before you suggest anti-depressants perhaps you should remember even these cost money and would not change anything financially.

Do you know what it’s like never being able to even afford McDonald’s. Just op shopping for second hand clothing, shoes, socks and underwear. – Michael Henriques

Commenting on the story: New director for Carrick Hill

The appointment of Tony Kanellos as director of Carrick Hill is a coup for the house, the art collection, the garden and the Museum of Australian Gardening.

His exhibitions at the Botanic Gardens have been excellent, well attended and original.

His new position will give him great scope to furthering the discourse between the arts and the arts of gardening, strengthen public awareness and promote a greater appreciation of the significance of gardening-horticulture to professionals, and the well being and health of all South Australians.

Bloody marvellous, and congratulations to Tony. – Trevor Nottle

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