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Shed makes good moves

THE Goods Shed at Macquarie Point is set to become Hobart’s entertainment hub as the iconic venue is reimagined in multi-million-dollar redevelopment.

The proposal will see some of Tasmania’s top producers and event organisers come together to curate a unique experience for visitors inside the 108-year-old Goods Shed, which will be fitted out with a brewery, distillery, dining options, and live event and festival spaces.

The shed’s major tenant is the Hobart Brewing Co., which will move from its current premises nearby.

“Hobart Brewing Co. has called Mac Point home since we were first established there more than seven years ago, and it’s great that we will continue to be a part of the exciting story that is the Mac Point urban renewal project,” HBC chairman Troy Trewin said.

“We have partnered with a range of Southern Tasmanian producers to create a unique experience for Hobart, where patrons can come to the Goods Shed to appreciate everything Southern Tasmania is known for.”

Hobart Brewing Co. will partner with Vibestown Productions – known for producing music festivals Party In the Paddock, the Basin Concert and Party in the Apocalypse – to establish the Goods Shed as Tasmania’s premier live events and festival space.

“While the Goods Shed has hosted some amazing performances and festivals over the years, we will be taking it to the next level and ensuring this space is a hive of activity all year round,” Vibestown general manager Ryan Limb said.

The Goods Shed will also become home to renowned Tasmanian distiller Damian Mackey – the creator of Mackey Whisky and Poltergeist Gin – who will distil his new Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky on-site and sell it from a bespoke whisky bar.

“While Tasmania is globally renowned for our whisky and gin, we expect the Goods Shed will become known as a place to experience the best gin and whisky offerings available,” he said.

“The Goods Shed Distillery will be an exciting and beautifully curated space to enjoy some of Tasmania’s best products.”

Mac Point corporate affairs manager Ben Hansen said the redevelopment has been designed to preserve the Goods Shed’s heritage and character, while also creating a fresh new space people can enjoy seven days a week.

“Hobart Brewing Co. and its partners were chosen from a national campaign that saw a range of Australian and Tasmanian proposals put through a competitive process, with a focus on activating the Goods Shed for public access day and night throughout the week,” he said.

A development application is set to go to the Hobart City Council in the coming months, and construction is expected to be complete and the venue operational by mid-2023.

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