We continue to work with Essential Economics to polish the final draft of their modelling examining increasing the Small Brewers Rebate. We will then be working with our Government relations advisers, Spring Street Advisory, to develop a submission for the 2018 Federal budget. Once that is submitted we will once again asking for the industry’s support in encouraging their local members to give it some backing.
Australian and New Zealand Health Ministers met last week and considered both pregnancy warning and energy labelling for alcohol. You can read the communique here. Any form of compulsory labelling requirements is concerning and we will continue to advocate on the industry’s behalf.
The New South Wales container deposit begins on the 1st of December. The scheme continues to be plagued by issues and we continue to push both the State Government and the EPA for a fair go for small, independent brewers. EO Chris McNamara joined John Latta (Nomad Brewing Co) and Richard Adamson (Young Henrys) in meeting with the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton and the head of the EPA on the 29th of November.
A number of issues were raised and both the Minister and the EPA have agreed to further consider how our industry can be better supported. We will advise when we hear from them.