The Queensland Government in Australia has extended the registration of XXXX Brewery in Milton for a period of 15 years.

XXXX is the beer brand of Australian beverage company Lion. The registration extension will secure ongoing operations at the Milton brewery, as well as 150 jobs at the site.

Queensland Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said: “I have approved an extension to the current registration, under section 267 of the Planning Act, to allow the brewery to continue to operate.

“While I don’t make these decisions lightly, my top priority as Minister is to secure and grow jobs in Queensland.

“This 15-year extension will give certainty to the company, so it can continue to operate into the future within approved limits.”

However, Dick explained that the brewery needs to meet all the conditions of existing approvals and environmental permits.

With this extension, Lion will be able to continue to operate from the same premises, which has been home to XXXX for more than 140 years.

Lion group supply chain director Ian Roberts, who has worked with Lion for 28 years at the Milton factory, said the decision provided much-needed certainty for the business and its employees.

Roberts said: “Since 2009, we have spent millions of dollars on improvements to the brewery to limit our environmental impact. Just a few weeks ago we completed an A$2m ($1.4m) solar project, which will reduce our annual carbon emissions by 1260t.

“We have also significantly reduced our already low noise and light emissions, all of which are well within the limits allowed under our development consents, to continue being great neighbours.

“20 years ago, Milton looked very different from how it does today. Previously it had been an industrial epicentre, but its proximity to the Brisbane CBD made it the perfect location for high-density residential developments.”