Local, Independant and Effective
May 09, 2018

Wins for beer, spirits, wine and tourism in Indi

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed support for craft brewers and distillers in the 2018-19 Budget that will support Indi’s reputation as a food and wine destination for tourists.

Ms McGowan said the move to increase the alcohol excise refund scheme cap to $100,000 per financial year from 1 July 2019, up from $30,000, will benefit Indi craft brewers including Bridge Rd Brewery in Beechworth, King River Brewing, Black Dog Brewing in Taminick, Malt Shed Brewery in Wangaratta and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Tawonga South.

“Extending the concessional draught beer excise rates to eight litre or greater kegs will allow craft brewers, which typically use smaller kegs, to benefit from the lower rates.

“The higher cap of $100,000 will provide further support to domestic brewers, distillers and producers of other fermented beverages including non-traditional cider and gin.”

Ms McGowan said the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant would be available from 2019-20, providing wine producers who exceed their wine equalisation tax rebate cap to access up to $100,000 for their cellar door sales.

“Wine tourism is an important part of Indi’s regional economy. This money will encourage producers to continue to invest in winery cellar doors which build upon those tourism opportunities,” she said.

“I also note that in 2018-19, a key priority for the Building Better Regions Fund will be to invest in the tourism sector. The Government has announced $200 million to deliver a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund and up to $45 million has been earmarked for tourism-related infrastructure projects.”

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