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Your views: on Ayers House and quarantine

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Today, readers comment on the National Trust being evicted, and SA’s pandemic rules.

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Commenting on the story: National Trust fights Ayers House eviction notice

How is it that for the last 50 years, the National trust has been running Ayers house without any government support. Now the SA government decide they want the building, and $6.6 million dollars is miraculously found to update and repair Ayers House. 

It a huge slap in the face to the National trust that has worked hard for 50 years to keep Ayers house going for the enjoyment of history buffs and the general public who love to visit the house, not to mention the hundreds of people that dedicate their time and love. 

Give the $6.6 million to the National Trust so they can bring the beautiful house back to her former glory so that all South Australian people can enjoy her history and beauty. – Dawn Owen

Could someone please tell me what the National Trust have ever done to open Ayers House, advertise and make use of it?

I’ve never heard of functions, events or that Ayers House even had tours or was open to the public. They clearly haven’t utilised and managed the space well for the community. They also do not own it, they manage it. 

The History Trust is moving in and is going to oversee a more open and accessible Ayers House. Hardly a bad thing. How is that destroying heritage? – Scott Sims

Commenting on SA quarantine, Your views, Tuesday July 6:

I am one of those SA residents that was originally going to Sydney, for my daughter’s wedding. But because of Watsons Bay being declared a red zone and impending lockdown, I could not go. My daughter was married on the day of lockdown.

So, I decide to go to the Gold Coast for a week instead as my travel costs were refunded. Only there three days and SA closes the border and Queensland has a  lockdown. Decided to get home quick and do 14 days for my sins.

I have had two Covid tests, both negative, and was due for my second AstraZeneca shot this week, but they won’t let me have it. I could have stayed in lockdown on the Gold Coast for three days where I would have been able to shop for food, exercise on the beach and get takeaway coffee and food. Back home, none of that is allowed.

SA should not allow interstate residents in from the areas that have cases, not penalise the whole state and travelling SA residents. At the very least we could have gone on Level 3 restriction which is three tests, but no quarantine.

I wear a mask, have had one vaccination, sanitise all the time, but does that make me safe? No, 14 days detention instead, on my own, having online deliveries. But I can travel in my car to Daw Park and have a test, no stopping on the way.

The government needs to understand the effect it will have on this 68 year old resident. On Thursday they should open all borders except NSW and let me out of quarantine for good behaviour. – Chris Tilbrook

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