Cheese tasting tradition in Burnie continues

For many in the community the Cheese Tasting Centre on Old Surrey Road has been a regular stop for delicious cheeses for a very long time. The Cheese Tasting Centre shut its doors for the final time last Friday 28 October 2011.

Burnie City Council’s General Manager Mr Paul Arnold said, “The Centre has been a Burnie institution to many.”

But this is not all bad news for Burnie cheese lovers.

The move heralds the physical start of a dramatic site development at Old Surrey Road that will see a $120 million investment in Burnie creating a 25,000 tonne cheese making capacity per annum, which requires a massive building expansion.

“This represents a major commitment from the company Lion (formally known as National Foods) to the Tasmanian dairy industry.

“Because of this huge expansion there just isn’t room to continue the cheese tasting. The company approached Council as the Cheese Shop needed a new home and neither party wanted to see this great centre leave Burnie,” Mr Arnold said.

After months of negotiations, a new Cheese Shop is now open for business at the Makers’ Workshop and Information Centre.

“The Cheese Shop is open for business today but will be officially launched on 9 November 2011. This means that local people can still buy their favourite cheese seven days a week, talk to local cheese experts about the perfect accompaniment to their cheese and potentially expose Burnie’s cheese products to more visitors than ever before,” he said.

The Makers’ Workshop and Visitor Information Centre can be found at two Bass Highway and is open seven days a week 9am to 5pm.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728