chris Beer News

Federal issues

In August our Executive Officer Chris McNamara continued to meet with Federal politicians to discuss the independent brewing industry and our National Economic Evaluation. Our concerns have been given a fair hearing in these meetings but we can be under no illusions that getting substantive changes made to the current excise system will not be an easy task. We need to continue to keep telling our story and telling our elected representatives how they can help our industry grow. You can see some photos below from our recent meetings.


State issues

New South Wales Container Deposit Legislation

The NSW Container Deposit Scheme will start on the 1st of December. If you sell packaged in beer in New South Wales you MUST be a part of the scheme. And you must begin the process of signing up ASAP.

You can find further information at the EPA website or the Return and Earn website.

Our Executive Officer Chris McNamara has also sent three emails to our brewery list outlining a good deal of other information. You can read those here, here and here.

If you have any further questions please contact Chris (0409 836 714 or


Vocational Training in Victoria

Chris recently met with Gayle Tierney, the Victorian Minister for Skills and Training, to outline how the Victorian government could support the industry through vocational training. We will be meeting with the Minister’s office in the near future to follow up on these discussions.

Senator Paterson

On the 3rd of August Chris was joined by Sharon Bradshaw from Forrest Brewing Company and Steve Jeffares from Stomping Ground Brewing Co to meet with Senator James Patterson in his Melbourne office.

Chris Crewther

The following day Chris Farmer from Mr Banks Brewing Co hosted Chris Crewther MP, the Member for Dunkley, and Matt Bebe, from Mornington Peninsula Brewery at his Seaford brewery

Michael McCormack

On the 14th Chris travelled to Canberra to meet with Michael McCormack, the Minister for Small Business, in his Parliament House office.

Craig Laundy

On the 21st Wes White hosted his local member, Craig Laundy, the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, at Akasha Brewing Company.