Boags Brewery upgrades progress, neon sign back soon

The $8.2 million worth of upgrades at Launceston’s Boags Brewery are “progressing well”.

The works include the installation of new plant equipment and upgrades to wastewater operations.

James Boags brewery manager Nathan Calman said the works will be completed towards the end of March.

“There will be a final crane lift for the [wastewater] part of the project sometime next week,” Mr Calman said.

“It’s been quite a significant project for the site, both in terms of investment and in terms of sclaing the works towards completion.”

The upgrades started in the middle of 2017, with a total build process expected to take nine months.

“It’s been fairly challenging, there has been a lot of plumbing work under the site and around our boundaries to improve the pipe work and infrastructure around our site,” Mr Calman said.

A key focus has been “cleaning up” the waste the brewery discharges.

“It plays a big role into the changing compliance requirements on industry generally within Tasmania, it brings our facilities into line to meet those new requirements and set us up for the future as well,” he said.

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“We have been trying to use local contractors wherever we can for all that work so there is a financial flow on into the community.”

The project will help improve sustainability from an environmental point of view, Mr Calman said.

The famous neon Boags Sign is due to be re-installed by the end of February.