The doors to the Kimberley's biggest hospitality venue in more than 30 years have opened.
Broome-based Spinifex Brewing, co-founded by Yamatji/Noongar man Mick Little, held a soft opening of its new Cable Beach Brewery last weekend and the impressive new venue overlooking the iconic beach in Western Australia's North West will be in full swing this weekend and throughout summer.
The brewery has a significant First Nations focus, engaging Indigenous native bush food producers to help create its changing range of beers infused with native botanicals.
The craft brewer was granted $1.98 million under the WA government's Investment Attraction Fund, established to create local jobs and diversify WA's economy.
Spinifex's new Cable Beach brewery includes a 600-litre floating foam brewery, Italian artisan hybrid pizza oven and gubinge (Kakadu Plum) forest, where native Indigenous botanicals are cultivated, harvested and used in its range of beverages.
Last weekend's successful soft opening will be upstaged when the venue's massive outdoor back garden is activated this weekend, with a huge children's playground, dog-friendly area and massive outdoor LED screen several features of the family-friendly venue.
Last week Spinifex Brewing Co. CEO Adam Barnard announced the brewery would be the first-ever platinum sponsor of the esteemed Cable Beach Football Club, enhancing the company's community-driven ethos.
"Our sponsorship is the first of its type within the West Kimberley Football League and an exciting development," he said.
"We couldn't be more excited to join forces with the Cable Beach Football Club and this partnership represents a union of two vibrant community entities, each dedicated to creating memorable experiences and fostering a sense of togetherness.
"It underpins our commitment to investing wherever possible in our local community."
Cable Beach Football Club spokesperson Brad Horsman said the sponsorship collaboration with Spinifex would enhance community engagement in the region.
"We are keenly looking forward to the positive impact this collaboration will have on our club and the broader community," he said.
Spinifex has become a major player in the craft beer industry in a short time, as well as an industry leader in supporting local community and Indigenous initiatives.
Two years were spent sourcing Indigenous-infused botanicals from First Nations partners to create the brewery's core range of beers, which often feature a variety of botanicals brewed in alignment with the Noongar six seasons.
Late last year Spinifex opened a new venue in partnership with North Beach Deli, overlooking the Indian Ocean. In June, the brewery made its first batch of beer destined for the export market from its new Nambeelup production facility at WA's $20m Food Innovation Precinct.
In May, co-founder Mick Little announced a new climate change program with Murdoch University, which focused on turning waste into profit.
The Cable Beach Brewery opening attracted huge interest from locals in Broome, with WA Premier Roger Cook given a sneak peak a week earlier, along with Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna, who were led on a tour of the new venue by Mr Barnard.
The state government expects the Cable Beach attraction to transform the Broome hospitality space, and attract more locals and visitors to the region.
Australia's Northwest Tourism CEO Bill Tatchell said the new brewery represented a significant milestone in the region's tourism and community development.
"This development not only brings a new vibrancy to Cable Beach but also complements the ongoing efforts to rejuvenate the Broome community, including the $36.5 million Cable Beach Foreshore redevelopment," he said.