“Cheap beer and overtime” Mur’bah gets a brewery

Ross Jurisich, co-founder of Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay.
Ross Jurisich, co-founder of Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay.

WHAT workers want is cheap beer and overtime, according to Mayor Barry Longland and that's just what Murwillumbah is about to get...well, at least the first half.

Stone and Wood Brewing Company will be expanding into the old Bunnings industrial estate, subject to approval of a development application currently under consideration by Tweed Shire Council.

Company director Ross Jurisich said demand for their boutique beers was so strong the company couldn't keep up  and needed to expand from their Byron Bay hub.

It's hugely positive having this brewing business, it fits in with the council's image here.

He said setting up business in Murwillumbah was a step in the right direction and would allow the company to grow.

But, without the go-ahead for a new business investment policy at Thursday night's council meeting it all wouldn't be possible.

Stone and Wood beer
Stone and Wood beer

"The business investment policy that was changed just a couple of nights ago was definitely a game changer for Stone and Wood," he said.

"The contribution fees in setting up a business can be an impediment to establishing business, not only in this shire but anywhere."

Mr Jurishich said council thinking outside of the box had made their investment in the region possible.

Council's acting general manager Troy Green said he was happy to see the policy get through because there was a lot of business opportunity in the Tweed Shire.

"It's hugely positive to be having this brewing business, it fits in with the council's image here," he said.

"It's not a mass produce product and it original."

Ross Jurisich, one of Stone and Wood Brewing Co three directors and Mayor Barry Longland are looking forward to the new business opening up in town.
Ross Jurisich, one of Stone and Wood Brewing Co three directors and Mayor Barry Longland are looking forward to the new business opening up in town. Contributed

Mr Green said at least 12 jobs would be created in just phase one and that's what council liked to hear.

"It's a $3.5m investment," he said.

"There will be lots more that comes with this and it will have a snowball effect.

"The building has been vacant for 18 months and its prime real estate and we're happy it fits in with Stone and Wood's image."

The acting general manager said he hoped the new investment would attract more people looking to get into business or expand their current one to approach council.

"We all want jobs for our kids," he said.

"I'm really excited to have seen this come to fruition in my time as acting general manager."

Topics:  barry longland business murwillumbah stone and wood brewery tweed shire council

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