Microbrewery proposal passes first taste test

Date published: 15 August 2018

A new microbrewery in South Townsville was recommended for approval by Townsville City Council’s Planning and Development Committee yesterday.

As part of the proposal by Lion, a taproom with a beer garden will be open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 11pm and 10am to 10pm on Sunday.

Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Walker said microbrewery and taproom proposal showed renewed investment confidence in Townsville.

“Businesses are looking at Townsville as a city with huge opportunities,” Cr Walker said.

“The Townsville 2020 masterplan shows investors we have a clear vision for our city.

“Townsville 2020 is about ensuring Council works with the private sector to bring projects online that will create world-class experiences for locals and make our city more attractive to visitors.

“Not only will Townsville 2020 help encourage new projects and investments, it will boost local businesses and create jobs throughout the city.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said South Townsville was becoming a development hotspot.

“There’s no doubt that the $250 million North Queensland Stadium, the Waterfront PDA and Council’s Townsville 2020 vision are combining to encourage new developments in and around South Townsville,” Cr Greaney said.

“I’d expect a number of other developments to be put forward in the area over the coming year.”

The proposed microbrewery and taproom will have access from Palmer St and have a loading area on Anthony St.

One of the conditions to be imposed on the proposed development is that the microbrewery be limited to producing 220,000 litres of beer annually.

The proposal will go to the next Full Council meeting for final consideration.