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Your views: On the Urrbrae gatehouse latest moves, Novak Djokovic and Ammonite

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Today, readers comment on the latest government manoeuvres on the Urrbrae gatehouse, Novak Djokovic’s position on quarantine, and our review of the film Ammonite.

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Commenting on the story: New costings to move Urrbrae gatehouse as Premier weighs in

The latest political statements on the fate of the Waite gatehouse are interesting. They seem to indicate that Premier Marshall will find a way for the Government, and particularly Minister Wingard, to spin their a way out of the ill-advised plan to demolish the historic building.  The prospect that its final location and use will be at the discretion of the university is realistic, but first it must be saved.

What was  revealing and disturbing was the Premier’s prevarication about the protection of a state heritage building, which he said depended on “the large number of issues” involved.  Equally disturbing was the statement from Minister David Speirs, whose Department is responsible for state heritage, that he had “no comment” on the gatehouse issue. With the weakening of heritage protection under the proposed new Planning and Design Code, we have to wonder who, in Government, really cares about our precious history and heritage. – Warren Jones

I think it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the excessive Fullarton Road intersection upgrade is just a step towards sending heavy freight down Cross Road to join the North/South corridor. Even if our local and state politicians deny there’s a plan for Cross Road, without a plan, it will become the connector by default. This means massively increased air pollution, proven to have public health ill effects for those living within 300m of a freight route. Mature trees help to filter the diesel particulate matter that cause these health problems, however we are losing properties with mature trees along Cross for urban infill.

Does the government want high density housing for young people and families along Cross Road in the inner south OR a heavy freight connector that will feed the North/South corridor? Because with community health (especially children) at risk from increased exposure to diesel particulate matter, it most definitely can’t have both. – Alicia Siegel

Unfortunately,  the beautiful trees that will be cut down are not mentioned in the article. Whether the building is used or not is irrelevant. This unique piece of architecture  should be valued for its history and beauty. The demolition must be stopped. It’s not only the gatehouse, it’s many unique buildings in Adelaide that are being demolished. Adelaide will never be the same if the only values we have are based on money and greed. – Helga Burry

Commenting on the story: Djokovic requested Melbourne quarantine “instead of Adelaide”

No events, whether sport or festivals, should be allowed while this pandemic is still raging, and absolutely no international travel should be allowed for any reason. – Jeff Chapman

The staggering arrogance of Djokovic is hard for we mere mortals to comprehend.  He digs himself a grave still further by saying on social media he was “trying to help those players less fortunate than himself”. By saying this he is assuming we are all idiots and will accept this lame excuse for what actually is him believing he is “the special one”.  – Christopher Saint

Commenting on the story: Film review: Ammonite

Worst movie I’ve ever seen. A real waste of time I won’t get back. Poor Mary Anning has been mistreated in death as in life. She was so much more than what this film reduces her to. It’s a travesty in spite of having two very fine actors involved. Don’t waste your time and money is my best advice. – Ann Cochrane

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