Craft distillery and microbrewery proposed for Kingscote

24 September 2015

Minister Ian Hunter
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation
Minister for Water and the River Murray
Minister for Climate Change

The State Government is assessing plans by South Australian company Bickford’s Australia to establish a craft distillery and microbrewery on Kangaroo Island.

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said the company had lodged an unsolicited proposal to buy parcels of land in the Kingscote Wharf precinct, with plans to establish a distillery/microbrewery, along with a visitor and function centre.

“Bickford’s is a respected local brand, and a preliminary assessment has indicated this proposal is worth exploring in further detail,” he said.

“The proposal involves the redevelopment of the old Kingscote Police Station and cells and nearby land.

“The company has advised the proposal will not impact on the nearby playground, war memorials and barbeque facilities.

“Premium food and wine is a strong drawcard for visitors to South Australia, and we believe there is scope to expand the industry.

“With a yearly average of more than 60,000 people visiting Kangaroo Island from interstate and overseas, we’re keen to explore opportunities to help expand the local tourism industry and create new jobs.”

Mr Hunter said the State Government would only allow this development to proceed if it delivers value for money for taxpayers and meets all the relevant legislative requirements.

“The proponents will prepare a detailed business case, which will be considered by Government and the development – and any potential sale of Crown Land – would need to comply with the relevant assessment process,” he said

“The community will have its chance to have their say through the assessment process, with details of the community consultation to be announced over the course of the assessment.”

The proposal will be assessed under the State Government’s Unsolicited Proposals Guidelines.
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