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Today, readers comment on a brewery closure and PR planning.

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Commenting on the story: End of the West End: tears flow as historic brewery as Lion quits SA

That’s the end of those brands. South Australians are notoriously parochial. I foresee the end of Southwark and West End. – Peter Sanders

Thankfully we still have Coopers, which brews great beer. – Doug Short

Sad for the workers being left behind. Such an iconic business, even if the beer was not to my taste. 

Big perhaps but it may be an opportunity for John Olsen to establish the new Crows fan base etc on this space, with the ceremonial chimney retained for the SANFL.

Plenty of development space, ovals close by. Worth a thought, I should think. – Wes Moyle

It was an SA business. Hasn’t been one for a long time. – Graham Bartlett

It is disappointing that yet again the “wise men in the East” chose to shut down a South Australian industry. Surely SA and Adelaide would offer cheaper operational costs – such as property costs, transport, labour, etc than many places in the larger states. 

Adelaide is also close to the high quality barley growers thoughout South Australia. Coopers have proved that you can run a successful brewing business in Adelaide, but too often the advantages of our state are ignored by national companies with eastern state headquarters.

The Thebarton bewery is reported as being operating at only 50% capacity. Did Lion look hard enough at consolidating one or more of their other brewing sites to Adelaide and producing other of their brands here in SA? Also have they looked at producing a range of small run “craft beers” to take up the public interest in those lines?

Will this mean that the Christmas decorations will no longer grace the banks of the River Torrens (although they are not scheduled for this year due to COVID)? Lion should look at retaining some of the site – the museum, the spring water, the premiers chimney all come to mind. Paul Turner

For Australia’s – and also each state’s – economic survival, we need to increase local manufacturing well above the current level.

Shutting down facilities, such as the brewery at Thebarton, simply can’t be allowed to happen. SA has already lost too many jobs to interstate. With the cost of doing business less here in Adelaide than the rest of Australia, Lion Nathan’s decision would have been better to brew additional brands here.

Consequently I encourage all beer drinkers in SA to boycott the West End and Southwark brands for the next month to show that we disagree with this decision. When they see that sales of Coopers and the smaller bouquet breweries increase, they might appreciate the power of BUY SA. – Don Will

Hope the chimney gets a heritage listing asap. – Tim Sparks

Commenting on the story: “Tackling the bow-wave”: Bureaucracy’s PR plan revealed

Does anyone else have a sense that some of this spin is in line with something like ‘ The Emperor’s new clothes’.

There is something in the Nike slogan ‘Just do it’. Use the experience and expertise of employees. Empower them and the job will be done. – Joanna Carapetis

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