For the first time in more than 175 years a new distillery has released the first batch of whisky out of Launceston.
That is roughly the same amount of time as The Examiner has been printing papers.
Launceston Distillery at Hangar 17 only adds to an already thriving industry and is an example of local Tasmanians investing in their community and their state.
The man behind the idea for the distillery is Chris Condon – a Launceston local.
Not only has he and his team converted an 88-year-old former aircraft hangar into a new business operation, he has also created a tourism boost for the city and broader region. Using locally-sourced products, the business also supports other Tasmanian ventures.
Locally-run businesses are what make Tasmania’s brand unique and in particular, they strengthen our national and international reputation for premium produce.
Then there is the site of the distillery – an old hangar.
Tasmania is home to countless historic buildings and unique infrastructure and one thing the state does really well is showcase its heritage.
By re-purposing a piece of Launceston’s history, not only is that history protected, but it continues to benefit the region economically.
There are plenty of similar examples in Launceston, with old convents converted into hotels, churches turned into office spaces and 19th century schools used as accommodation.
While the concept of recreating history through redeveloping old buildings is not new, it is something more small businesses are challenging themselves to do.
And that is where the public comes into it.
Launceston prides itself on its small business sector and that sector needs to continue to be supported.
When purchasing from a local business there is a ripple-effect.
When you walk into a locally-run shop, you are not just supporting a business, you are supporting a family.
It is not a new message, but an incredibly important one – buy local.