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Today, readers discuss office workers staying at home, ambulance pressures and planning laws.

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Commenting on the story: Omicron’s rise deters more city office workers

Maybe people don’t want to work in the city anymore. Instead, create jobs in the suburbs (or low and behold: the country).

For me, the most important thing that Covid has said is: rethink centralization and focus on diversification. More jobs everywhere, less “supply chain issues”, less reliance on central manufacturer/supplier. – Garry Shearing

Commenting on the story: Government taskforce to report on use of MFS to relieve ambulance pressure

I certainly don’t claim to be any kind of expert, but I was an ambulance patient three times this past summer.

Out of the three trips, I would say one of them was urgent for which I got superb fast service, the other two could have been considered taxi trips.

In both cases I sat in the back of an ambulance for two to three hours to get to triage, in both cases taking an ambulance off the road. – Geoff Stewart

Commenting on the story: Eight-storey block wins bid to go up on The Parade

The State Planning Commission’s (SCAP) approval of The Parade, Norwood development, represents the many failings in planning policy since the introduction of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (POI Act) .

It is a matter of public record that many people across South Australia have long expressed their concerns about this legislation brought forward by former Labor Attorney-General John Rau. The legislation abandoned local council development plans in South Australia, which represented the accumulated wisdom and knowledge over many decades of historians, heritage advisors, local councilors and local resident groups, not just developers, investors, architects or expert planners.

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (POI Act) through the famous Code now represents a single generic approach to planning policy in South Australia. However, the concept of heritage value and cultural identity cannot be reduced to a single value.

Examining the artist’s rendering of the approved development for The Parade, it is obvious that the building is out of scale with the surrounding streetscape and will forever change the cultural landscape of The Parade and the aesthetics of the surrounding area.

The building’s massive footprint and voluminous architectural form will dominate the local skyline. It is simply at odds with the heritage character of The Parade and Osmond Terrace. This new development, like many other major projects along this beautiful high street, is not compatible with the scale or “spirit” that defined and made Norwood unique until recent years.

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The ongoing destruction and loss of built heritage in Adelaide’s urban and regional areas is a daily occurrence. If nothing else, Covid-19 and climate change have made it clear that our buildings have an impact on our well-being. Isn’t that why city workers don’t want to go back to their office towers and shops? Governments ignore the lessons of history at their peril. – Denise Schumann

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