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Today, readers comment on a quarantine guest’s night on the town, checking in on buses, trains and trams, and Kangaroo Island timber plantations.

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Commenting on the story: Overseas arrival’s night on town after ‘deliberate’ breach of medi-hotel quarantine

This could not occur if we had quarantine facilities in remote locations. – Merilyn Paxton

Apart from being now proven to be insecure, medi-hotels have a recognised high risk for spreading COVID amongst guests and staff.

It is probably high time we had purpose-built facilities away from the city but within reach of medical facilities, along the lines of the old Torrens Island Quarantine Station. – George MacKenzie

Commenting on the story: QR codes rolled out across Adelaide public transport

On most of my twice daily bus trips to/from work I have been unable to QR in on the bus mainly because the QR code is too high (I had to kneel on the seat and reach with my phone) or because there are not enough QR signs.

Two or three at the front of the bus, one near the centre doors and that was it. After nearly falling off the seat when belting along the O-Bahn at 100kms trying to reach the QR code I’ve decided I’m not risking it. Put them by every window at an acceptable height and more people might check in. 

The other morning I checked in using the one on the centre door. From Tea Tree Plaza to Grenfell Street I noted that not one other person attempted to do so. – Kim York

Maybe Adelaide Metro should put the QR codes up by the entrance to trams rather than at the end of the carriages so passengers can scan. – William Hecker

On the trams, the rollout of the QR codes hasn’t been done with much thought. Initially, A4 printouts just placed on the back of the doors where people didn’t see them.

But then removed and replaced with smaller semi transparent stickers on the windows near seats, that barely scan if lit from behind, and very hard to reach if more than a few people are on the trams, forcing people to come into even more contact, reaching over each other. – Paul Ninnis

Commenting on Your views: on Kangaroo Island timber plantations:

The story behind the KI timber saga is a very long and complicated one. The more recent attempt to get approval for a port is a shorter story (relatively speaking) but just as complicated.

I can not image how difficult it would have been to balance all the information and make a decision on this. On one hand, the existing timber (fires and timber shortages further complicating things), and on the other a port located next door to a very successful aquaculture operation (who depend on clean sea water).

It is a situation in which, as soon as the port was proposed for that location, no decision maker was ever going to find a win-win. – Simone Fogarty

Seriously, the idea of soft or hardwood plantations on a place like Kangaroo Island have never and never will make sense.

Ecotourism and the other natural features of the island, together with its boutique and other specialty ventures, are its prime attractions.

The plantation idea is ill-conceived as is the idea of a deep water port. KI is a jewel in our tourism crown. Don’t destroy it. Noris Ioannou

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