Langhorne Creek set to be new tourism and beverage hotspot

Photo courtesy Will Watt.
Photo courtesy Will Watt.

Langhorne Creek is set to receive $1.1 million to attract craft beer and spirit enthusiasts to the region.

A $400,000 grant from the 2019-20 Regional Growth Fund has brought attention to the area, attracting an additional $700,000 in private investment. The cash injection will support the development of a new commerce hub, distillery and a commercial brewery set to create 25 new jobs.

Minister for Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the project would allow for positive change in the community.

"We're providing $400,000 through a Regional Growth Fund grant, which has sparked a further $700,000 in private investment from a group of five local specialists in the wine, distilling and craft beer industries to create a new collaborative facility in Langhorne Creek," Mr Whetstone said.

"It will support tourism growth and encourage visitors to the region with another distinctive experience that complements the region's reputation for excellence."

Mr Whetstone was confident the new experience would attract visitors into exploring the region.

"Capitalising on the growth in the state's craft brewing and distilling industries, this project will encourage broad regional development and inject new economic opportunity into the region," he said.

The project will expand on the existing Bremerton Vintners site by constructing a new tourism and events facility, establishing a centralised marketing, sales, distribution and logistics centre for the five businesses involved in the grant application.

The facility will include the region's first distillery and Langhorne Creek's only commercial brewery, to be led by local small-batch brewer Meechi Brewing. Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the tourism and beverage hub would be a boon for the local economy and add to the tourist and visitor experience.

"Langhorne Creek is well-known for its produce and this $1.1 million project will further enhance this reputation," Mr Pederick said.