TOURIST BOOST

Western Australian distillery company Whipper Snapper is planning to occupy a former Mitre 10 building in central Colac, and has briefed neighbours on its plans.

Colac could see a new whiskey distillery in its main street, with interest from an interstate company to take over the empty Mitre 10 site.

Owners of a Western Australian distillery company have briefed community members and neighbours of a planned distillery in the building on Murray Street.

Whipper Snapper Distillery owners were in Colac this week where they led an invite-only community consultation with about 40 residents, informing them of plans to take over the vacant site and start Colac’s first distillery.

Colac resident Paul Durr lives behind the Murray Street site and attended Monday afternoon’s consultation. Mr Durr is also a volunteer at Colac’s tourist information centre and said the proposed distillery would benefit Colac and provide a tourist attraction for travellers passing through the area.

He said Whipper Snapper owners put forward an impressive and exciting plan which would include the distillery, restaurant, sale of local produce, tours of the distillery and features such as perspex ceilings and landscaped gardens.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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