Craft Beer Industry Association welcomes Qld Govt red tape reforms

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The Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) is pleased to welcome the broad aspects of the red tape reforms introduced in legislation last week by the Queensland Government and subsequently referred to a Parliamentary committee for review.

The proposed reforms show that the Newman Government recognises the importance of craft beer in Queensland as a growing industry in the areas of tourism and manufacturing.

Under the Government’s proposed legislation craft brewers will be able to pour samples and sell up to nine litres (a standard carton) as takeaway at events such as food festivals and markets.

The Craft Beer Industry Association was heavily involved in the consultative process and lobbied strongly for changes to be made around the volumes allowed for sampling and sales. The CBIA also argued for any changes to the legislation to be extended to all Australian craft brewers rather than just those based in Queensland. The association believe that this will help to contribute to a healthy craft beer community in the state.

“Queensland’s Red Tape Reduction project gave the CBIA an opportunity to focus efforts on driving changes to liquor licensing laws affecting Queensland craft brewers and interstate brewers wanting to promote their products in the Queensland market,” said CBIA Chair Peta Fielding.

“We are very pleased that legislative change is now in the works. This is a step towards enabling the industry to reach its full – and considerable – potential as a contributor to Australian manufacturing, employment and the community. We will continue our efforts in driving sensible, regulatory change in various areas to support this goal.”

There are some minor provisions of the legislation that the association believes could still be improved and it will be making representations to the Parliamentary Committee about these.

The CBIA looks forward to and amended Bill being presented and passed by the Queensland Parliament some time early in the new year

The Craft Beer Industry Association is committed to working with all state governments to introduce standard licensing conditions for craft brewers across the country.

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