Microbrewery wins fight to extend hours and use forklifts

The Seasonal Brewing Company. Picture: The Seasonal Brewing Company's Facebook page.
The Seasonal Brewing Company. Picture: The Seasonal Brewing Company's Facebook page.

THE Seasonal Brewing Company in Maylands has won the right to open for brunch and lunch and use forklifts following a trip to the State Administrative Tribunal.

The microbrewery opened in September with restricted hours of 5pm to 10pm on weekdays and noon to 10pm on weekends after Bayswater Council rejected its amended application for extended trading.

It is currently closed on Tuesdays.

Staff have also been using pallet jacks to move kegs of beer up a ramp as the council did not grant approval for forklift use.

The tribunal invited the council to reconsider its September 9 decision, following a mediation process.

This resulted in the majority of councillors supporting the microbrewery’s amended conditions to its development approval on November 19.

The conditions include limiting the dining to 7am to 11pm on Monday to Wednesday, 7am to midnight on Thursday to Saturday and 7am to 10pm on Sunday, no packaged liquor sales before 10am and limiting the brewery to operate from 9am to 7pm on weekdays.

Forklifts are allowed to be operated between 9am to 1pm and when the business is closed.

Live or piped music in the beer garden must cease before 10pm as part of the amended conditions.

Nick Southwell, co-owner of the Seasonal Brewing Company in Maylands. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian.

Co-owner Nick Southwell told the Reporter he was really pleased with the result.

“It is great for the council to see our side of the argument and see we are doing what we said we were going to do and not causing a big disturbance,” he said.

Mr Southwell said he received a lot of positive reviews and achieved success since opening.

“We are going to start by launching a Friday lunch with a surprise special so we will start it slowly from there and then go onto Thursday,” he said.

“We are going to start taking bookings for Christmas lunches and I think it will be a busy period over Christmas time.”

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