There are now 165 independent brewers located across New South Wales, amounting to almost 30 per cent of our national industry.
In fact, New South Wales has the fastest growing independent brewing industry in Australia, with 20 per cent growth in the last year alone. Of the 83 new breweries which opened their doors in 2018 in Australia, 28 are based in New South Wales.
In the lead up to the NSW election on March 23, the IBA is advocating strongly on behalf of our NSW members. We are meeting with a Ministers & Shadow Ministers to take the message of independent brewing to our parliamentary representatives.
Our message is this: NSW’s independent brewers are growing strongly and, in turn, offering diverse employment and tourism prospects to both urban and regional NSW. In many ways our industry’s development parallels the development of the state’s wine industry over previous decades.
In the context of such profound growth, we believe that a partnership between the NSW Government and our industry is critical to supporting industry momentum and to maximizing employment, tourism, agricultural and broader economic benefits to New South Wales over the long term.
Accordingly, independent brewers are seeking an election commitment from the major parties for:
- Agreement on an MOU between the IBA and the NSW Government in 2019, championed across Government by a dedicated Minister
- The timely creation and implementation of a NSW Independent Brewing Industry Strategy.
Our proposal is based on our industry’s growing economic contribution; the valuable support provided to the NSW wine industry in the 2017 MOU between the NSW Government and the NSW Wine Industry Association; and our recent partnership with the Queensland State Government, resulting in the 2018 Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy. If you haven’t already, please review the IBA’s Annual Report for latest facts and figures about our industry.