The Goods Shed at Mac Point will be reimagined as the home of Hobart’s best events and producers, with Hobart Brewing Co. redeveloping the iconic venue.
The redevelopment is part of the $1.1 billion Mac Point urban renewal project and will see the 1914 heritage Goods Shed come alive seven days a week.
Led by Hobart Brewing Co., the proposal will see up to a dozen of Tasmania’s top producers and event organisers develop a unique experience for Tasmanians and visitors to the island.
“This is about taking the iconic Goods Shed, which has been managed as an interim event space by Macquarie Point Development Corporation since 2018, and really levelling it up and creating a space everyone can enjoy” Mac Point Corporate Affairs Manager, Ben Hansen said.
“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,” Ben said.
“Hobart Brewing Co. has called Mac Point home since we were first established there more than seven years ago. It’s great that we will continue to be a part of the exciting story that is the Mac Point urban renewal project,” Chair of Hobart Brewing Co. Troy Trewin said.
“While Mac Point is all about reimagining a former industrial site as an exciting community precinct, we will be transforming a former railway shed as a home for Tasmania’s top producers and event organisers.”
Hobart Brewing Co. will be the lead proponent of the multimillion-dollar development, which will see the 2,500 square metre Goods Shed fitted out with a brewery, distillery, dining options, and live event and festival spaces.
“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 or enjoy one of the many live events and festivals to be staged at here,” Troy said.
Hobart Brewing Co. will partner with Vibestown Productions, known for iconic festivals Party In the Paddock, the Basin Concert and more recently Party in the Apocalypse to establish the Goods Shed as Tasmania’s premier live events and festival space.
DX Events and Artuad & Co. will also assist in activating the venue for weddings, social and corporate events. The Goods Shed will also be available to hire for other interested parties.
“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 arts will be a major feature of the Mac Point urban renewal project, so being a part of this development is a no-brainer, particular with the many synergies between our events space and the truth and reconciliation art park.”
Award-winning Tasmanian Distiller, Damian Mackey, creator of Mackey Whisky and Poltergeist Gin, will distil his new Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky at the Goods Shed, which will be available over 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,” Damian said.
“The Goods Shed Distillery will be an exciting and beautifully curated space to enjoy our products as well as a variety of the best Tasmanian whiskies available. This will be an unrivalled local experience set in the shadow of the distillery and whisky casks where the complete whisky-making process will be on display.”
A development application is due to go to the City of Hobart in the coming months, and construction is expected to be complete and the venue operational by mid-2023.
The parties involved in the development are:
Hobart Brewing Co. – Tasmania’s second largest independent brewer will shift operations from Mac Point’s Red Shed to the Goods Shed and develop the space into a major community drawcard to Mac Point.
Bangor Vineyard – This award-winning Southern vineyard renowned for its Pinot Noir will release new vintages, and provide curated customer offerings at the Goods Shed.
Cubed Espresso – After establishing themselves as a must visit location at Eaglehawk Neck, Cubed Espresso will expand full-time into Hobart with an establishment at the Goods Shed.
Drink Tasmania – Known for its signature craft beverage tours across southern Tasmania, Drink Tasmania will be basing their tours from the Goods Shed.
Grandvewe Cheese & Hartshorn Distillery – The iconic D’Entrecasteaux Channel producer will showcase their cheese and award-winning vodka and gin within the Goods Shed, providing a new experience for visitors to the site.
The Goods Shed Distillery –Award-winning Tasmanian Distillery, Damian Mackey, will be developing a new spirits distillery and experience at the Goods Shed.
Jo Cook Food – With more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, including curating Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast and Taste of Summer food festival, Jo Cook is the lead food adviser to help develop a delicious, local food offering to complement your beer, wine, cider or whisky.
Vibestown Productions, DX Events, and Artuad & Co. – To ensure the Goods Shed continues to be an iconic live events and festival space, these leading Tasmanian event organisations have committed to deliver festivals, weddings, social events, and high-quality corporate events at the Goods Shed. In addition, Hobart Brewing Co. will make the Goods Shed available for hire to other event organisers.
Willie Smiths – The iconic Huon Valley cider producer will be partnering with Hobart Brewing Co. to further enhance the Tasmanian experience for visitors to the Goods Shed.