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Your views: on Port, Crows and freeway

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Today, readers comment on plans to build or expand Adelaide’s AFL club bases, and transport planning.

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Commenting on the story: Crows and Port push for suburban homes, hearts and minds

I can’t comment on the Crows’ proposal but I can tell you that, by the Port Adelaide Football Club’s own traffic assessments, they are looking to introduce in excess of 500 new vehicle movements after hours every night of the week down two suburban streets in Cheltenham.

That’s zero to 500. That’s without even mentioning the open space they are taking away to build a giant three-storey brick in the streetscape, and a car park. 

The previous extension to the Allan Scott building was going to be accessible to the community – not to date. They are a multi-million dollar organisation that want to appropriate public land for free.

Oh, the letters and phone calls I used to get to make sure I stay a member in the lean years. Now it’s bulldozer time. This is a mere marketing exercise, nothing more.

If the dollars they are seeking from government didn’t call for broader community use they wouldn’t give a fig for junior basketball, soccer or netball. Public land for free? Not for you and me. – Mick Petrovski

Our home backs onto Kings Reserve opposite the Thebarton Oval and we, like other nearby neighbours, are very concerned about the proposal outlined in the article.

Mr Coxon’s assertion that “there is not one resident against it!” is false.

As a result of this article we are now in the process of forming a residents’ committee to mount a campaign against the proposal. – Mike Piper

Mayor Coxon better rethink his support for giving over Thebarton Oval and Kings Reserve to the Crows.

There is already precious little community space in West Torrens, and the oval and reserve are about the only place you can walk and run on grass in this area. – Lindy McAdam

Commenting on the opinion piece: Freeway fail: How SA’s transport planners ignored the obvious

We need to consider alternate solutions. Removing heavy traffic using a bypass from Monarto is feasible, even if the whole Globelink project wasn’t. Improving public transport is possible, though train options are either prohibitively expensive or prohibitively slow (using the current train corridor would roughly double the commute time by bus).

The only way you will get people out of cars and onto buses (no train currently) will be if you make it worth their while. It’s not overly expensive currently, comparable or cheaper than running a car each day, so the only other option is to make it faster and or more convenient.

Widening Glen Osmond Rd would be politically ballsy and you’d need to be prepared for one hell of a fight, something which neither party would have the guts for unless you had true bipartisanship which defanged it politically speaking.

Perhaps options like an underground bus tunnel the length of Glen Osmond Rd? Maybe using the existing road real estate and putting a central reversible bus lane. – David Sanderson

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