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Your views: on Le Cornu site, city Crows and art deco heritage

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Today, readers comment on potential sites for a new Adelaide Football Club base, and a Minister telling a developer no to demolition.

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Commenting on the story: After 30 years, a longer wait to see plans for vacant Le Cornu site

Earlier in the year, when the Adelaide Crows and Adelaide City Council were well-advanced in their plans for the great parklands heist, I participated in the Council’s public consultation.

In Friday’s edition of Indaily appeared articles about both the Le Cornu site and the Crows still looking for a site for new headquarters. So the suggestion I made during that consultation is worth considering.

The AFL, a well-cashed up commercial entity, is the sole shareholder of the Adelaide Crows. Meanwhile the 30 year problem of what to do with the old Le Cornu site continues.

Why not sell it to the AFL for redevelopment as the Crows HQ?

The Council would finally solve the problem of the Le Cornu site; the Crows would get their city-based HQ within walking distance of Adelaide Oval; and Council would have money at its disposal to revitalise the Aquatic Centre. Sandra Kanck

Commenting on the story: Crows should join SANFL at Thebarton: footy league boss

I think the Crows should move to one of the ovals opposite the RAH in the western parklands. Do a deal with the University of SA to use the Pridham Centre (their pool and gym). Take over the old pub on the corner of west and north terrace for supporters and build a new administration centre on the derelict carparking site next to Maccas.

This should be lower cost than the North Adelaide plan. It is still close to Adelaide Oval, gives them access to great facilities and puts them closer to their heartland in the eastern suburbs. – Cathryn Baker

Commenting on the story: Minister tells developer: hands off threatened art deco building

Well done, Minister Spiers. The decision to support the listing of Sands and McDougall building is a good one, as are the reasons for doing so. 

As the Minister stated, Charter Hall would have had full knowledge of the local listing of the building when they purchased the site. 

Charter Hall have also engaged excellent architects, Cox Architecture, to develop the design for the site. Cox have demonstrated that they are immensely capable of incorporating existing building elements from projects including Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre and Adelaide Botanic High School.

They are also adept at working within significant contexts as shown by their work, in conjunction with Walter Brooke and Hames Sharley, on the Adelaide Oval redevelopment.

Charter Hall are also not strangers to working with existing projects as shown by their recent Adelaide Exchange development. I look forward to seeing what they achieve on this project with interest. – Nicolette Di Lernia

Heritage protections across the entire city and state needs to have the purpose of protecting a specific site, build, outlook or whatever the situation but within an overall plan.

Our state and our capital deserve to have a sensible and balanced decision process to ensure we retain our unique and significant markers of the development and the cohesion of our vital past.  

Adelaide was a planned city, which is one of the really significant reasons we are so admired for being a people’s city where its history is still to be found in every street. If we lose the very reasons we love taking advantage of not only our unique town planning but also the treasures within that, then what next?

If anyone needed further reasons why we need to be strongly supportive of our significant historical built environment, then have a look at what the owner of Romilly House has been allowed to let happen. And this building is under full State Heritage.  

Let’s ensure Minister Spiers appreciates that we fully support his decisions on retaining our history, while we continue to also support a balance between the past and the future.

That’s what we want for our Adelaide and that why we attract others here because we have been mature enough to understand there’s a big difference between ‘adding’ and ‘taking’. The equation is never equal. Mariann McNamara

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