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Today, readers comment on a planning authority and returning to work in the city.

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Commenting on the story: What is SCAP? Inside Adelaide’s powerful planning body

It’s a bit rich for the Planning Commission to point the finger at policy-makers as the sole culprits when poor planning decisions are made.

Sure, many Government planning policies guarantee a bad outcome, but when given the ability to interpret or balance competing policies, SCAP is often gutless. This is especially the case when it comes to government-approved projects.

For example, when assessing new fossil-fuel power stations, SCAP refuses to consider climate change. It’s nothing to do with us, they claim! SCAP refuses to even recommend to the Minister that climate change be taken into account. What planet do these people live on?

Also, when assessing developments that destroy wilderness in National Parks they meekly go along with whatever the Government wants, even if good planning policy should result in refusal. Of the 98% of projects that get the SCAP rubber stamp, most were probably fine, but many were shockers. 

Luckily for SCAP, local residents and community groups are now mostly barred from having a say and are nearly always denied the right to appeal, so SCAP can do whatever it likes with impunity, knowing that legal challenge is very unlikely. However, responsibility for those undemocratic laws can be sheeted home to the Liberal and Labor parties in Parliament, rather than SCAP. Mark Parnell MLC

Commenting on the story: End the Zoom Boom: Marshall calls on businesses to return to CBD

Sorry boys, the world is changing. And hopefully won’t go back to how we worked and travelled before COVID-19.

A quick internet search for ‘working from home during COVID-19’ produces headlines such as “productivity up 13%”, “a quarter of workplaces saw productivity improve” and “Australians more productive working from home”. This is despite the worry and anxiousness we all felt for a few months.

A survey of nearly 1000 firms by the Institute of Directors shows that 74% plan on maintaining the increase in working from home. There is also evidence from the UK that suburban businesses enjoyed an increase in patronage as people frequented their neighbourhood cafes and shops more.

The Property Council and Premier forget about the productivity of the household.

I now turn off my computer and walk 12m to the kitchen instead of a daily commute of 1.5 hours (and I only live 6.5kms from the GPO). There’s more time to spend with my family and to enjoy cooking dinner together.

The other point to make is that greenhouse gas emissions dropped substantially during the lockdowns and we must continue a downward trajectory, instead of rushing back to how we used to live last year. – Charmaine Thredgold

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