Boost for agriculture businesses

Jessica Micallef

Macedon Ranges agriculture businesses have received a boost.

Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded to the seven agribusinesses in the region. The money will be used to assist the businesses in scaling up, expanding their operations and diversify their products.

Piper Street Food Company and Animus Distillery in Kyneton were two of the seven successful businesses to receive a grant.

Piper Street Food Company will use the grant to purchase a display fridge and freezer to help increase their product range and reduce waste, while Animus Distillery will be able to increase their production of the development of two new gins.

Dreaming Goat Diary, Hand to Ground, Big Tree Distillery, Olive’s Olive and Wondermazing Honeybees also received a state government grant.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said the Macedon Ranges was renowned for its high quality premium produce. She said she was proud to support agriculture businesses that not only provide speciality produce, but boost tourism in regional communities.

“Our Macedon Ranges small-scale enterprises bring an abundance of premium produce to the marketplace” she said.

“They also help to create jobs and make our region [a] vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike.

“We are very proud of our family-run small artisanal producers in the Macedon Ranges and I am thrilled to see them supported through the program.”