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Boutique brewery and cafe officially open for business.



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Media Release The Hon Fran Bailey, MP

6 May 2005

BOUTIQUE BREWERY AND CAFE OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Victoria’s latest tourist attraction, the Red Hill boutique brewery, café and hop farm nestled in the wine touring region of the Mornington Peninsula, was officially opened today by the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Fran Bailey.

The project was supported by the Australian Government with a $99,000 grant under the Australian Tourism Development Program towards construction of the brew house and acquiring specialised equipment needed for the boutique brewery.

Fran Bailey congratulated the owners on their innovative tourism project and presented them with an AusIndustry certificate in recognition of their contribution to tourism in Victoria.

“This is a beautiful area of Victoria and a very popular wine touring region and I’m confident the brewery and café will develop into a sought after attraction for tourists,” Fran Bailey said.

“Every year millions of people travel around the world to experience all that Australia has to offer, yet many Australians haven’t experienced the many great destinations our own backyard has to offer.”

Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, added that “Red Hill is unique in that it has its own hop yard where all the hops are grown organically for the boutique beers. The café has an original menu concept that ties in with the great dishes of well known beer-drinking nations like England, Belgium and Germany.”

“Increasing visitor numbers to our tourism facilities through enhanced products and services is vital as it helps to boost the local economy by creating extra jobs. It also generates additional income for small business operators, who depend on good tourism numbers to succeed,” Greg Hunt said.

Fran Bailey said that since the inception of the Australian Tourism Development Program in 2004, 39 tourism projects worth more than $6 million had been funded.

“Tourism is a $73 billion industry, employing more than half a million Australians and earning more export dollars than we do from coal and wool combined. About 48 cents in every tourism dollar is spent in regional Australia,” Fran Bailey said.

Contact For Greg Hunt: Katrina Flannery 03 5979 3188

Media Contact: Kevin Lowe 02 6277 7450 or 0408 404 468.