Victoria's Forgotten Brewers Need Your Help
Victorian brewers have been left out of the Andrews’ government Hospitality Venue Fund. It would have been a fantastic opportunity for all Victorian breweries impacted by COVID restrictions.
Breweries that operate hospitality components but have a separate General, Restaurant or similar license are eligible. Those with identical business models operating hospitality on a Producer License are not. Some of these ineligible breweries rely on as much as 100% cellar door sales.
We have written to every relevant Minister and government department for clarification on this matter, but our requests are falling on deaf ears.
We are asking Victorian brewers, suppliers, manufacturers, and supporters to contact your local MP, to make noise, contact media, contact Ministers. Let them know that breweries operate on a Producers Licence, which is excluded from the list of eligible businesses.
What is just a technicality could cost our industry businesses and jobs, and the clock is ticking on the grants being open.
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