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On a Liberal Party preselection and more

Today, readers comment on gender optics, State Admin’s architectural merits, and a Gouger St upgrade.

(L-R) Henry Davis, Nathan Godfrey and Zane Basic are vying for Liberal Party preselection to run against Mayo Independent MP Rebekah Sharkie. Photos: supplied

(L-R) Henry Davis, Nathan Godfrey and Zane Basic are vying for Liberal Party preselection to run against Mayo Independent MP Rebekah Sharkie. Photos: supplied

Commenting on the story: Surprise Liberal contenders for Mayo preselection

A man, a man and a man are contesting Mayo preselection.

The Liberals still don’t understand they have a man problem. – Sandra Kanck

Commenting on Insider: State Admin looks north? | J-Lo’s birthday surprise | Reactor plan’s damp squib

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to call the State Administration Centre “uninspiring” is unfair. It’s a nice mid-century building, which has aged well, feeling much more current than many newer equivalent developments.

It also does a nice job of complementing the former Reserve Bank building next door and the MLC Building across the square – a beautiful example of the International Style. – Louis Rankin

Commenting on the story: First look at Gouger Street upgrade plans 

I love coming into Gouger Street to enjoy the restaurants and market atmosphere and I agree that the traffic changes and reducing the speed limit to 30kph are good moves that will discourage through traffic and make it a better place for outdoor dining.

However, if Gouger Street is to be upgraded yet again, the council,  as mentioned by councillor Martin, should be looking to minimise the carbon footprint of the works and cost to ratepayers by not replacing light poles and the timeless red brick paving that is good until at least 2037. There is nothing wrong with the lights and banners.

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In my experience on council, it is the design consultants who always want to make the street design their own by changing everything. It’s an ego thing.

The red brick paving, if it is perceived as looking tired, should just be thoroughly cleaned. They could use contrasting new paving on the kerb protuberances where they are introduced.

Perhaps a raised and paved section of the road in a couple of places, level with the footpath to create a plaza type feel, which is conducive to pedestrians crossing the street could be afforded if money wasn’t wasted on needlessly replacing all the paving and the lights. – Sandy Wilkinson

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