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Today, readers comment on a local heritage building facing demolition, public health pressures and a footy legend facing his greatest test.

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Commenting on the story: Glenelg heritage site targeted for de-listing and demolition

As a founding member of SOS Save Our Seawall apartments I read this article with great concern and dismay.

If Seawall apartment buildings are ‘too far gone’ who would pay $499 per night to stay there? This is the current rate on just one of the apartments, until operations are planned to cease in mid-June.

Obvious to locals is that the exterior has not been maintained over the last 1-2 years; it had been proudly maintained by the previous owner for many decades. 

Expert Heritage consultant Sandy Wilkinson addressed our rally and explained how the heritage listed buildings have been added to throughout the years and are like presents, just waiting to be unwrapped. The interiors remain mostly intact and are truly lovely.

Comment that the major concern of residents re the proposed development is only of height is far from correct. The unique history, heritage status and significant character afforded by the Seawall buildings is precisely why SOS formed and is why thousands have signed our online and hard copy petitions. We speak with scores of people daily who show utter sadness that the Seawall Heritage buildings are even being considered for demolition. 

But it is the disbelieving response from so many young people which is frankly heartbreaking. They understand that heritage gives a sense of place and community. They understand that climate change is an ever increasing threat and that to tear down perfectly good, character buildings and destroy beautiful old growth trees is absurd. 

Integration is new age development. Retain the beauty and local character and integrate it with the new, adhering to height zone limits i.e. five storeys on Seawall site.  Since the 60s we have seen horrendous demolition of history with contemptuous attitudes to heritage. The build as much as you can on a site and maximise profit mentality is simply revolting.  We are 60 years down the track and our young people deserve way more than what is happening across Adelaide at the moment.

Chasecrown’s offering of benefit to the broader community is what? There is nothing of activation in their proposal. The proposed building abuts the frontage and the surrounding public space- which could only be the grassed foreshore – is already owned and maintained beautifully by the Holdfast Bay City Council. The walkway already exists and is totally serviceable. If you wish to familiarise yourself with Chasecrown’s landscaping, take a walk past No. 8 Esplanade and peer over the fence of the heritage building next door which they promised to landscape on completion of their previous development. 

What readers may not realise is that the new proposal is much larger than No 8 and is akin to building the Grand Hotel amidst single and double level dwellings. – Karen DeCean

I agree with Sandy Wilkinson. We seem to find convenient excuses all the time to justify development. The listed building is worthy of saving. Why was it listed if it now may be pulled down?

Parking and traffic flow on Pier St, particularly at Partridge St and Brighton Road, is already a major problem. Several times a day traffic is stuck at the Partridge Street roundabout. The building is just too big. It will overwhelm the neighbouring properties. – John Gibson

Yet again, SCAP is being asked to consider a development proposal that is significantly at variance with the development plan for the site. 

The quality of the proposal is not relevant here. The blatant disregard for the established planning rules is. To provide certainty for the community and the development sector, the planning rules need to be applied consistently and current loopholes for over-development need to be closed. 

Incentives for ‘reasonable over-height’ development are clearly being misinterpreted, placing the quality of our city at risk. They also appear to be creating an environment where property is purchased with the expectation that permission for significant overdevelopment will be granted.  This unrealistically inflates the land value and the community is left with sites which remain vacant for extended periods. 88 O’Connell St is a classic case example of this. The Newmarket Hotel site is another. – Nicolette di Lernia

Is anything at all sacred to developers and Government? Heritage listing used to be a protection for places loved by the residents. Listed items used to be sacred.

But what with the Waite Gatehouse and this latest proposal it seems nothing can stop the modern vandals from destroying SA history and unique character. “Decommissioning” is a new buzz word for “destroying” and I really despair for the future liveability of Adelaide once upon a time, not long ago, list as one of the most liveable cities in the world. – Laura Pieraccini

Getting rid of heritage listed sites will stop people from coming. We should be restoring them. The  more historical building there are, the more people are likely to come. History should not go for money. – David Wilson

Commenting on the story: ‘GPs thrown under the bus’: Vaccine health advice prompts SA clinic chaos

Why are GP clinics having to do these vaccinations? In regional Victoria where I live we have a huge doctor shortage, we have to wait weeks or more for an appointment to see a GP.

These clinics are under too much pressure now, let alone taking on all these vaccinations. The hospital emergency department is overflowing with non-urgent patients who would normally see a GP. So we have in the GP centres frustrated sick patients, not getting their regular care.

The doctors will suffer burnout (if they aren’t already), the receptionists will become stressed, it is a dangerous domino effect.

I thought we would have large facilities eg a sports stadium set up with staff to do en-masse vaccinations under controlled conditions. It is very poor and I am very concerned for all involved – including myself, as I cannot get in to see a doctor just for essential prescription medication. – Mia Willox

Commenting on the story: ‘It’s a joke’: Exiting mental health chief maintains rage over SA Health failures

Well said Dr Mendoza its been a long time coming, and not just with this government .

They continually find themselves in the blame game and then the they play Yes Minister and nobody takes charge, so nothing changes except the cost to the public . Who spends $2.5b on a hospital (the most expensive in the world) but does not increase the bed numbers when so many other sectors are suffering?

The whole department needs a bulldozer and start again and put people in charge who know what they are doing and have access to what they need. Come on SA we can do better than this surely. David Broad

Commenting on the story: Robran on Ebert: The footy legend facing his greatest test

One of the best reads I have had in a long time. Well written, Michelangelo. I have admired both  Russell  and his wife Dianne as they have always  been wonderful in the amount of volunteering for many years. They always have time to say hello to us all.

I am hoping, as many people are, that he recovers from the dreaded cancer. It is a curse but Russell and his family are extremely strong so again wishing them the best of health and that he can be cured with the wishes of everyone. – Norma Virgo

Thinking of you, Russell. Speedy recovery, champ. – Cindy Headon

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