The craft brewers forum which Joel Fitzgibbon and I hosted last night was a great success, with more than a dozen businesses coming together to discuss how to boost the industry across Australia and make the Inner West the craft brewing capital of Australia.
The forum, hosted by Wayward Brewing Company in Camperdown, included representatives from successful brewers including Willie the Boatman, Young Henry’s, Batch and Grifter.
The brewers identified a range of policy challenges at the federal, state and local government levels which are holding back the growth of the industry.
Joel Fitzgibbon and I intend to take up the cause of the craft brewing industry through the Parliament and to advocate for solutions to the problems they face.
The growth of the craft beer industry in recent years and the emergence of new breweries across the nation has been exciting.
The industry already makes up approximately 9 per cent of the Australian beer market and was estimated to be worth $400 million in 2015-16.
I want to develop a practical plan for how government can better assist this growing industry which is already boosting the national economy and cultural life of Australia.
I share the ambition of brewers in my electorate to make the Inner West of Sydney the craft brewing capital of Australia.
I will work with them, and others in regional areas, to deliver the support required to build their breweries as tourist attractions as well as to grow the industry including realising the potential of Australia craft beer as an export product.