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Iconic XXXX Brewery receives 15 year extension amid residential threat

  • Posted on Thursday 18th, July 2019.

The logistics operation at the historic Milton Brewery in Brisbane where XXXX beer has been produced and shipped for over 140 years has been extended.

Queensland Minister for Planning, Cameron Dick, confirmed the registration for the brewery would be extended 15 years giving certainty to the company so that it can continue to operate into the future within approved limits as the former commercial area faced increasing residential encroachment.

“This enables Lion to continue operating from the same premises that has been home to XXXX for more than 140 years, by ensuring that existing uses on the site can continue, even as the area experiences growth intensification,” he said.

“With a resurgence in inner city living it’s important to ensure that important existing uses, such as the XXXX brewery, can continue to operate,” said Dick.

The large brick building and prominent sign would be preserved along with existing 150 jobs on site.

It brings to light the challenges of dedicated logistics businesses having to co-exist in fast changing urban environments where residential space is in demand.

Lion Group Supply Chain Director, Ian Roberts, who started working with Lion 28 years ago in the Milton factory, said the company had spent millions of dollars on improvements to the brewery to limit its environmental impact since 2009.

"Just a few weeks ago we completed a $2 million solar project, which will reduce our annual carbon emissions by 1260 tonnes,” he said.

“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, in order to continue being great neighbours," said Roberts.

“20 years ago, Milton looked very different to 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.”

(Image: Lion Group Supply Chain Director, Ian Roberts.)

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