Funding boost for brewery move

Tumut River Brewing Co proprietor Tim Martin and Wagga-based Nationals MLC Wes Fang celebrate the $140,000 from the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund for the brewery for its move and expansion.

Tumut River Brewing Co has received a massive boost in the lead-up to its  relocation in the form of a $140,000 from the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund.

The brewery has outgrown its premises on the corner of Capper Street and Adelong Road and will be moving to a 6000-square metre site about a kilometre to the west along Adelong Road.

They are hoping to relocate by Christmas, but if not, then the second quarter of next year. 

The development application has been approved by Snowy Valleys Council and the approval of the construction certificate is imminent.

 The aim is to turn the former Tumut truss shed into a bar and restaurant with space for functions and a brewing facility which will accommodate more tanks and a canning line.

The $140,000 is an ideal boost for the move.

Duty MLC for Wagga Wagga, Wes Fang, said a $140,000 grant will enable Tumut River Brewing Co. to upgrade its commercial facilities, increase production by 70 per cent and will create seven full-time local jobs.

“The new canning system will boost the brewery’s production from 22,000 litres to 37,500 litres of beer a month, increasing supply to restaurant, retail and wholesale customers,” Mr Fang said.

“This project also means Tumut River Brewing Co. can achieve a better level of quality control across the entire production process, enabling the testing of each batch of beer, and ensuring their small runs of craft beer are always fresh and on palate.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund aims to create 5,000 new direct jobs in regional NSW by providing incentives to expand and keep operations in regional areas.

“Regional NSW is the engine room of the state and providing support to companies like Tumut River Brewing Co. to expand their operations helps to stimulate regional economies, boost livelihoods and provide local employment,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This fund allows regional businesses in driver industries to fast-track their growth plans, expand their operations and creates a solid base for job creation now and into the future.

“Setting businesses up for success helps the local community grow, as new jobs mean more people earning a wage and spending their pay packets in local stores, cafes, restaurants and on local services.”

Brewery proprietor Tim Martin said the news of the grant was a “very pleasant surprise.”

“It was something we knew we were in the running for, and we had feedback that it was looking good, but to actually get the letter asking us to sign here to accept terms and conditions was great,” he said.

“We are now waiting for the new site to be built, and for the cannery equipment.”

Mr Fang said that funding such as this was meant to be accelerative.

“With these things, we don’t want it five years down the track, we want it now,” he said.  

Brewery manager Michael Cichocki paid tribute to the co-operation the Brewery had had with Snowy Valleys Council.

“Council have been really good,” he said.

“They have realised the importance of tourism and job creation in the wake of the fires.”