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Your views: on cross-border infection, lockout and Riverbank

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Today, readers comment on COVID alerts sparked by interstate freight delivery, the struggle to get home and the future of Torrens park land.

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Commenting on the story: Third infectious NSW truck driver sparks new SA alerts

Why can’t a system be devised of swapping trailers at the borders so that no interstate truck drivers are traversing the state?

Trailers and prime movers have standardised connections. – Leigh Bunting

Commenting on the story: What we know today, Wednesday September 1

“A total of 225 people in South Australia are now in quarantine after attending exposure sites visited by three COVID-positive truckies from
NSW over the last two weeks.”

It seems that the virus has NSW firmly in its grip for the foreseeable future. Interstate truck deliveries can’t stop, so it would seem sensible to organise “driver exchange” points at borders so that crews do not go beyond the NSW border.

Then we won’t continue to have people at various truck stops isolating because drivers have tested positive while en route. Testing negative before leaving alone doesn’t do the job. – Maureen Howland

Commenting on: Your views Tuesday August 31 

Readiness for the next onslaught is also being made possible by SA Health choosing to ignore applications by SA residents to return from NSW to their homes.

The time saved processing these applications is hopefully being directed usefully elsewhere, because I would be even more angry if I found out they were simply ignoring these pleas to return home without some correlating benefit.

SA Health have recently been provided three weeks instead of 48 hours to respond to applicants who need to return to their homes in SA, yet are failing to comply with their new deadline. Why don’t we read about this in the media? When will our families be able to return home?

Do we have to wait until there are 80% vaccinated and the entire country supposedly opens up for young adults who left SA to engage in temporary work interstate – and who have since been stood down and kicked out of accommodation – are allowed certainty about when and if they will be allowed to return to their homes?

It would help if they at least received an acknowledgement that their applications have been received by SA Health. The lack of any response whatsoever from SA Health is affecting the mental health of my daughter as she struggles with the prospect of homelessness in NSW amid severe lockdowns.

Is this how SA authorities want to be seen to be treating our young South Australians? – Lisa Gough

Commenting on the story: Banking on the River

Couldn’t agree more. Well written. – Larri Maron

An excellent expose of a frightening, seemingly unstoppable train wreck. Sadly the short term ‘economics’ sway the decisions away from what is good for us all.

Thanks go to Stephanie and to the much-valued work of McDougall, Iwanicki and others both employed and volunteer.

I rue the continued lack of decision to cover the tracks. Implementation of which becomes more difficult and expensive as time and developments progress. It’s got to happen and be in conjunction with easy access from south (city) to north (water). It seems the tracks are the very device making decisions easier to entrench the separation of city from water as development intensifies along this strip.

Perhaps by covering our obvious development oriented ‘tracks’ we might bring something of the ‘parklands’ back? – John Maitland

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