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By Elisa Rose
The Adelaide Hills Council
has approved some changes to
the Balhannah Village.
At a recent meeting, the council’s
assessment panel approved a
proposal to change the use of a
new tenancy at the village to allow
a micro-brewery and associated
tasting room in building 10.
The development would include
some outdoor seating and brewing
would occur between 7.30am and
6pm Monday to Friday.
Production would be limited to
30,000 litres of beer per year.
A maximum of 12 functions
would occur annually with a
maximum of 75 guests and not
running later than 10pm.
A council report said that while
shop and light industry uses were
not initially intended as part of
the centre, the proposed micro-
brewery was “envisaged within
the Balhannah West Policy Area”.
At the same meeting, the panel
decided to allow the Balhannah
Mitre 10 hardware store to add 12
new car parks.
The car parks will be located
behind the trade centre and will
be used as staff parking.
The plan also includes other
alterations to the site’s original
including stacked parking in front
of building six, moving the location
of the Mitre 10 bin storage, the
inclusion of two new tenancy
spaces inside building 10, and the
relocation of a boom gate and some
Brewery given approval
By Lisa Pahl
When Matt Dickson
construction projects, he’s
busy building a reputation
as a boutique gin maker.
The qualified carpenter
is carving out a name for
himself on the State’s
growing spirits scene with
the launch of Hahndorf
based Ambleside Distillery
late last year.
The venture is a family
affair, with Matt’s parents
Trudy and Steve also helping
to create the distillery’s
three signature gins and run
the new tasting bar on the
corner of Ambleside and Mt
It was while working in
hospitality in London that
Matt became interested
in gin, after discovering
the new styles and flavors
that were being created by
“After six months it
was time I moved back
to Adelaide and at the
same time a good friend of
mine was opening a bar in
Adelaide heavily featuring
this new style of making a
really interesting G&T with
the best gins and tonics
going around,” he said.
“This only sparked my
interest even more.”
After their first taste, Steve
and Trudy were also hooked.
“Not long after we were
looking further into how gin
is produced,” Matt said.
“We then took the leap
to begin planning our own
tasting bar and distillery.
“Living in the Hills for
decades meant that we
wanted to heavily feature
local SA produce not only
in our distilling but other
products that we were to
offer the public.
“We wanted to have a
physical premises where
we could interact with our
customer base giving them a
memorable experience when
they come to visit and focus
on providing great friendly
“We also knew that as we
all enjoyed drinking gins in
different ways we all want
to have a recipe to call our
own.” Ambleside’s three gins
focus on different flavors,
all produced in a custom-
made still handcrafted by a
There’s a dry gin with a
jalapeno kick, a botanical gin
with a twist of local citrus
and a 12-ingredient gin that
takes some of its flavors from
the distillery garden.
It’s a true family operation,
with the trio doing
everything from distilling,
bottling and hand-labelling
to running the bar and
distributing the gin.
Matt said the distillery has
had “an amazing response”
from locals and visitors
“Our focus has always been
to inform our customers
while providing a memorable
experience,” he said.
“Being lucky enough to
have a tasting bar that
we can interact with our
customers is great, we can
have people come through
who are a bit unsure of what
to expect from a boutique
gin and walk out at the
end knowing not only a lot
more about our products but
feeling like they know who
we are and our story as well.”
Ambleside Distillers director Matt Dickson found a passion for boutique gin while working in
hospitality in London. Now he and his parents have opened their own distillery in Hahndorf.
Hahndorf gin a family affair
From page 5
He said he did not believe some small/
medium retail development outside of the
District Centre Zone, such as that proposed
for Adelaide Road, would impact heavily on
However, local Damian Newham said
the Strath Property Investments proposal
would “further separate the community and
I don’t believe it will generate significant
“From my perspective, Strathalbyn needs
to restrict development to maintain its
community culture,” he said.
Business owner Phil Tindale said he
believed most of the Strathalbyn business
community “do not want to see another
shopping precinct created away from the
existing district centre”.
He said the council’s plan for linear
parks and a well-designed residential
development were “an optimal use” for the
Strathalbyn IGA owner Peter Minervini
said he feared “the whole town ambience
will disappear” if the Adelaide Road
proposal goes ahead.
“Why can’t people see once this happens
and the devastation is done it can not go
back,” he said.
Community Living Australia chairman Bill
Rowe used his submission to reiterate the
organisation’s preference for the Adelaide
Road site for its proposed community farm.
“We fully understand that certain parts of
the Strathalbyn proposal are contentious to
segments of the community but have been
pleased with the strong support Community
Living Australia has received for our part of
the project as well as community attitudes
more broadly to the project as a whole,” he
The council will post the new arrangements
for a community meeting on its website
once they are finalised.
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