Agreed. If it was in the center of the city then it would be different as it would bring people into the city, but in its current location it's actually harder for many rate payers of the city to get to than it is for others in surrounding suburbs.Bob wrote: ↑Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:31 amAs people from the council areas of Prospect, Walkerville & Charles Sturt seem to be the most vocal about keeping the Aquatic Centre as is, maybe their councils should contribute to the ongoing running costs? Or ACC could charge double the entry price to cover the current losses?
For the politicians that want to keep the Aquatic Centre as is, then arrange for the State Govt to pick up the tab for the $$$ shortfall, in both the new investment required and the ongoing running costs.
It's a public facility that seems to serve its primary purpose of being a bowls club for people to come and enjoy first and foremost with minimal impact on the parklands.For those that say a sporting club shouldn’t manage a part of the parklands with infrastructure, then why has the Adelaide Bowling Club been allowed to do exactly that, and for many decades?
Those are perfect examples of how once the parklands and public spaces are turned over to private operators they rarely return.For those that say business should not be allowed on parklands, well what is the Casino, IHG hotel, and the new companies doing at Lot 14, just to site a few of many examples?
Exactly. There should be an open and informed debate, and since private development generally ends up as a one way street that debate should involve discussion of long term vision for the park lands, how their unique nature can benefit the state, and how we want to leave them for future generations to enjoy.There needs to be a balanced view of the AFC draft proposal with all its positives & negatives, not just extreme positions.
That petition doesn't do that either, so while I'm very dubious about handing valuable public land over to a private company simply because they were the first to ask for it, I won't be signing it.