Boost for small agribusinesses

Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Rob Turner from Animus Distillery and Damian Sandercock from Piper Street Food Company welcome the announcement of state government Small-Scale and Craft Program grants.

Seven agribusinesses in the Macedon Ranges have received grants through the state government’s Small-Scale and Craft Program to support business growth, create jobs and attract more visitors to enjoy locally made food, beer and spirits.
Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded and will be used to assist businesses in scaling up, expanding their operations and diversifying their products.
Animus Distillery will use the grant to support increased production and the development of two new gins, while Piper Street Food Company will use the grant to purchase a display fridge and freezer, allowing them to increase their product range and reduce waste.
Other successful recipients in the region are involved in a variety of small-scale and craft agribusinesses, including Dreaming Goat Dairy, Hand to Ground, Big Tree Distillery, Olive’s Olive and Wondermazing Honeybees.
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas visited Animus Distillery and Piper Street Food Company in Kyneton to celebrate the announcement.
“Our Macedon Ranges small-scale enterprises bring an abundance of premium produce to the marketplace, and they also help to create jobs and make our region a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike,” Ms Thomas said.