Tasmania’s iconic whisky distiller Lark has been announced as the recipient of $4.5 million funding under Round 2 of the Integration and Translation Streams of the Federal Liberal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative.
Liberal Candidate for Lyons, Susie Bower said the investment would facilitate an expansion of Tasmania’s whisky industry.
“Lark is one of Australia’s most recognised whisky brands, and has singlehandedly developed Tasmania’s global reputation as a distilling powerhouse,” Ms Bower said.
“The Liberals $4.5 million investment will enable Lark to construct a new single malt whisky distillery at the Shene Estate in Pontville, expanding distilling capacity and contributing to local job creation.
“My plan for Lyons is focused on supporting Tasmanian manufacturers and export businesses so they have the confidence to increase their operations and create more jobs for locals.
“This investment supports our plan to create 26,000 new jobs in Tasmania, ensuring we have a strong economy and build a stronger future for Tasmania.
“The distillery will be capable of producing one million litres of spirit a year, significantly expanding Lark’s whisky-making capabilities, and increasing the company’s export potential to key global markets.
“In addition, the whisky stills will be manufactured locally in Westbury, delivering even greater economic benefit for local businesses.
“The Liberal Government is building a strong economy for a stronger future, and we are backing businesses like Lark to boost Tasmania’s manufacturing capabilities.”