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Today, readers comment on Govt-funded cultural institutions, Port Adelaide and Ken Hinkley, Showdowns, timber shortage and a new bakery.

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Commenting on the story: Visitors expected to flock to Aboriginal Cultures Centre but other details under wraps

Over-estimating visitor numbers has been a fatal trap for new Government-subsidised cultural centres in Adelaide.

When Tandanya opened in 1989 there were optimistic projections of 90,000 visitors, paying an admission of $4. By the end of 1990 attendances were a mere 30,000 and Tandanya had a $500,000 deficit. Then there was the National Wine Centre, which similarly over-estimated attendances and ended up being closed down after an even worse discrepancy between projected and actual income from visitations.

Stephanie Richards does not mention in her article if these visitations are based on an admission charge or free admission. Figures for both the SA Museum and AGSA are based mainly on free admission with the occasional charge exhibition. If there is charge this might have a significant dampening effect.

Australians have proved notoriously recalcitrant when it comes to forking out even small amounts for exhibition admission, even though we will happily pay much more for theatre and music tickets. – Margot Osborne

Commenting on the story: Port Adelaide’s flagging patience with saviour coach

Wow, what an article and so wonderfully written. Seeing the stats, understanding Ken’s bravery and his willingness to change for the sake of “the squad” and the club, has changed my views on our coach.

I was one of those who chanted “where’s plan B,” but I too have always gone back, when considering a change of coach, to whom.

He is the best we have, or the best of the current crop, so “In KEN I trust”. – Darryl Rowley

Great article. As much as I like Ken and want him to succeed, as a long time Port supporter my patience is starting run out.

I am starting to wonder if Ken can take us to the top. I hope I am wrong. – Angelo Giuffreda

I have just finished reading Michelangelo Rucci’s writeup about Ken Hinkley and think it is one of Rucci’s best. So glad it was unbiased about the coach and giving Ken praise for what he has done.

I  feel really annoyed at some of our supposed followers who are very critical of Ken and believe they know better. From what you read Ken is like a father and friend to all the players and staff. I think he is a great coach and the players try very hard to do what he asks.

We have had 13 operations on some of our great young players and Ken has put more young and new players to fill the gap and to give them a chance. Ken can only do so much  once the players are on the ground. When a player misses a goal from right in front of the goals that could cost Port a game, can that be Ken’s fault?

So from all the negative supposed coaches from the other side of the fence, stop being critical. Think we have done well so far this year with all the injuries etc, and with some luck thrown in we can go on to finals. – Norma Virgo

Commenting on the story: Bumps, marks and streaks: reliving the 50 top Showdown moments

Well done to Michelangelo and Fumbles for their different but entertaining takes on past Showdowns.

Looking forward to the next three instalments. Perhaps they could do a semi-regular column (in addition to the normal Fumbles of course). – Jake Howie

Commenting on the story: Sawmills fire up to cut into construction shortages

In Victoria the state government has put a process in place to stop old growth logging by 2030 and go to plantation hardwood, which is not mature enough to cut and process.

They have also reclassified logging coupes that had previously been mapped out for logging as old growth, which stopped the milling companies from getting that resource. They also have forced many sawmills out of business by restricting access to logs.

The timber that is sourced from the Gippsland area is a very important part of building because being hardwood they manufacture weight bearing beams for all aspects of housing construction. This product at present is in short supply and is being supplied to wholesalers on a ration basis. – Kim Parkes

Commenting on the story: Chef couple bring fine-dining flair to Adelaide Hills bakery and cellar door

Rise Artisan Bakery has great food and caters for Vegans and Vegetarian, as well as those with special food preferences. The quality quirky items on sale also seem to fit so well in this town that has an alternative flavour. – Amanda Morriss

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