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Today, readers comment on the Transport Minister backing plans to demolish a state heritage listed building, and two brothers providing an online virus tracking service.

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Commenting on the story: Urrbrae gatehouse demolition push despite millions in ‘contingency’ and heritage funding

People are requesting the link to the petition against bulldozing Urrbrae Gatehouse. They may not be able to find it because it is referred to as the Waite Lodge in the petition.

Here it is: https://www.change.org/p/dit-save-the-waite-lodge-and-trees  – Diana Jaquillard

The first thing I did was to contact my local member and get his view on the Gatehouse. 

That is the basic place you can exert pressure. In a member’s electorate.

I would suggest to this current Govt: remember the Repat. I certainly did when I voted, as did many others. And we want a legal commitment to stop, not a deferral.

If the Gatehouse goes, this coming election my social media will be saying: “Remember the Gatehouse.” – Lyn Sharp

What is the point of having community consultation and heritage rules if the government of the day can overrule it anyway?

Didn’t Rio Tinto just do that with their mine in WA with indigenous heritage sites. Can’t we ever learn? 

Here’s an idea. Leave the building where it it and build the road around it thereby creating in effect an island with the structure in the middle. Zero cost to the government, taxpayer and the structure is preserved for future generations, as it was supposed to be. – Matt Makinson

Please don’t do it, our beautiful old buildings should be preserved. – Christine Shove

I plead for the government not to destroy the heritage listed Waite Gatehouse.

If space must be made for the sacred car (which at this corner is not necessary as I often drive there even at peak hour), then let the house be moved. Mr Whelan’s remark that “relocating it would decrease its heritage value” is ludicrous! How will destroying it improve the situation? – Etiennette Fennell

Moving the gatehouse on to land owned by the Waite Institute would ensure that it remained as a building of significance.

A move does mean some loss of heritage value. It is inconceivable to think that if it is kept on Waite property it would at any future date be destroyed. The placement of the building could be such that it maintains its ‘gatehouse’ impact. – Mary Isabel Storer

I support the Government’s proposal to upgrade the Cross Road/Fullarton Road intersection. I also support the preservation of the heritage-listed gatehouse building on the south eastern corner.

With so much interest in this issue, why not make it a community driven and resourced project? With careful dismantling and reconstruction of the building by community volunteers to a nearby site under the Government’s oversight, the overall cost would be minimised. It would also achieve what so many people are calling for. – Graham Burns

This building needs to be preserved and money has been put aside within the project to enable this to happen, so just get on with things and do it.

You know the will of the people is for the building to be retained. You have no excuses. Otherwise expect the electoral backlash that will come with your inaction. – Graeme Sinclair

Ever wondered if DIT have noticed there is an ugly old building on the north west corner of North Terrace/King William Street that could be demolished to allow a dedicated bike lane and tram turn? – George Hobbs

Commenting on the story: The Adelaide brothers mapping Australia’s COVID clusters

Well done. You will be rewarded if you keep it up. – Patricia Duke

Well done. I hope that you both receive full recognition and hopefully a monetary reward for all your hard work and dedication to your mapping program. – Janice Old

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