Our Logan Magazine - November 2019

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Volume 84 November 2019

Game on for Women scoring goals in sport school and music


celebrates 31 years

Dining Out the city’s best eateries





Our award-winning dining venues

It’s all adding up for Gina

Caddies—the south-west’s support hub

Managing Editor: Rebecca Smith




News Editor: Martin King

Big Apple inspires teacher

Lifeline for rare tree

Pause to thank those who served

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Writers: Zoe Krieg Martin King Julie Brumfield-Jones Sam Burgess Samantha Stiller Geoff Stead Jason Oxenbridge Graphic design: Charlene Chang Vicky Fraser Cassandra Harris Leisa Wright Front cover image: Tara Crockett Photo: Simon Toy None of the material in this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Chief Executive Officer, Logan City Council. All content accurate as of 15 October 2019.

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Welcome to this edition of Our Logan In the six months since I have been Interim Administrator, I have learned so much about this amazing city and its vibrant and diverse communities.

broader diversity deliver better outcomes for the communities they serve.

Whilst it is an absolute honour and privilege to be filling this role, I am encouraging you all to start turning your attention to the important job of considering who you might elect as your city’s representatives for the next four years.

In the very near future, Council will be publishing a range of online information for prospective candidates. If you’ve ever considered running for Council, make sure you stay tuned for details.

With the March 2020 local government election fast approaching, we are beginning to see more residents come forward as candidates for the 12 Councillor roles or for Mayor of the City of Logan. In a positive sign for this city’s future, potential leaders from all walks of life are putting their hands up to make a difference in the City of Logan. Local Councillors make important decisions that affect all our lives so it’s important a wide range of views and experiences are represented. I believe that Councils with

While it will no doubt be an enthusiastic season of Tamara O’Shea, Interim Administrator campaigning, following it all, it is my hope that your next Council is comprised of elected representatives as diverse and inclusive as the amazing community they represent.

support of the business community and a loyal following of listeners is truly inspiring (story page 8). Another initiative that’s become a tradition—the City of Logan Tertiary Educational Bursaries. Largely funded through the generosity of business sponsors, the bursaries have enabled more than 150 highachieving, but financially disadvantaged, Year 12 students progress to university over the past 25 years. We’re now calling for nominations for 2020 with an additional three Game on for Women grant bursaries on offer to help close the gender gap in sport (story page 6). Silvio Trinca, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Our reputation as a dining destination is going from strength to strength as the diversity of our restaurant scene continues to grow with hundreds of cuisines on offer in Logan. It’s a vital business sector pioneered by Chearanai ‘Tina’ Ratanavaraha, who was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achiever Award at this year’s Queensland and Northern Territory Restaurant and Catering Industry Awards for Excellence. Her restaurant, Springwood’s The Thai Orchid, is an enduring success story, celebrating 33 years in business (story page 4). Also celebrating a significant anniversary is 101FM community radio and its enduring station manager, Terry Blacker.

Showing the way in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, Mabel Park State High School Year 11 student, Gina Rambold-Dent, is a stand-out example of what young women are achieving academically. She was also the 2018 Queensland Girl Power STEM Ambassador, this year’s University of Queensland Science Ambassador and has won numerous scholarships (story page 7). Being November, we also pause to remember those who have served our nation in times of war, such as Vietnam veteran Bruce Mackay (story page 25). Our RSLs and sub branches will hold events around the city to ensure the many personal sacrifices made in the defence of the Commonwealth are not forgotten.

It was 31 years ago this month, he made the initial broadcast of FM101 from a caravan based at Springwood.

On a final note, with Christmas approaching, we’re hoping to fill the stockings of disadvantaged children with our annual toy drive (details on back page).

The story of how the station has grown from that caravan to become a local institution, with a team of volunteers, the

Your support for this tradition is a great way to start the festive season and share the Christmas spirit.

Tamara O’Shea, Interim Administrator Logan City Council

Silvio Trinca, Acting Chief Executive Officer Logan City Council


Springwood eateries among the best in Queensland Two Springwood restaurants have proudly proved the emerging City of Logan food scene can stand among the state’s best. One of the most prestigious accolades in the restaurant and catering industry has been awarded to Chearanai ‘Tina’ Ratanavaraha, the owner of The Thai Orchid, which has been serving customers for 33 years from the same site just off the M1. Tina received the Lifetime Achiever Award at this year’s Queensland and Northern Territory Restaurant and Catering Industry Awards for Excellence. At the same awards night, the American Bourbon Bar & Grill, just two blocks away in Springwood’s Hotel Gloria, featured in three major categories. Competing against some trend-setting and powerhouse names in the food industry, the restaurant was a finalist in the special restaurant category, its chef, Steven Holbert, was a finalist in Chef of the Year and Beau Love received an Honourable Mention in Apprentice of the Year. Tina first opened the doors at The Thai Orchid when Springwood was not much more than a few car yards, a service station and several real estate offices hawking a bold new housing development. “It was scary at first as we had 50 seats

Chearanai ‘Tina’ Ratanavaraha received the Lifetime Achiever Award at this year’s Queensland and Northern Territory Restaurant and Catering Industry Awards for Excellence


and some nights there would be no one here,” Tina recalls. “We got to know the locals and treated all our customers well. “Many of them didn’t know about Thai food then so we had to explain a lot of dishes.” Tina says she built her business by sticking to the same principles she abides by today.

‘It’s all about good food, good service and listening to your customers’ “It’s all about good food, good service and listening to your customers,” she says. It’s been a recipe for success for Tina. She runs The Thai Orchid with her daughter, former John Paul College student Mandy Klankaew, who earned a Diploma of Hotel Management in Switzerland and has operated The Royal Thai Orchid in Milton for 15 years. With the business in safe hands, retirement could be around the corner for Tina, particularly after her marriage

last month to Ian Field, the principal of Q Ford Group, another enduring Springwood business. Over at the American Bourbon Bar & Grill, Steven and his partner Sunny Dyer are just getting started. Their restaurant has been operating for nearly four years and Steven insists specialisation, along with a lot of hard work, is the secret to success in the food industry. “What sets us apart here is I’m an American cooking American food,” he says. “We make everything from scratch and make sure it’s all about the flavour.” Sunny is a Logan local who grew up in Slacks Creek and attended Springwood High. She says so much has changed about dining in her home city. “We often eat in Logan and there are so many different options these days,” she says.

Those options include Thom and Ann’s Restaurant Deli Yarrabilba, where owners Fiona and Scott Roebig were crowned South-East Queensland’s Small Employer of the Year for the second time in a row. National coffee franchisor Zarraffa’s has relocated its headquarters from the Gold Coast to a $20 million open-plan head office space in Eagleby, which also includes the trendy Kiwanda Café. Plans are also underway to develop the Distillery Road Markets on the site. More than 150 interested retailers attended a recent information night about how the markets will combine food experiences with activities. Other award-winning Logan hot-spots include St Coco Café at Daisy Hill and Underwood’s Abboud Bakery and Monkey Tree Brewing Co. British celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott featured the City of Logan’s Sunday morning Global Food Markets in his latest TV series which aired last month. During the show he also visited Extraction Coffee and Sooo Sweet Mediterranean Sweets & Pastry, both at Slacks Creek.

Steven Holbert and Sunny Dyer at American Bourbon Bar

Chef Beau is living the dream Logan-raised chef Beau Love has some simple advice for those eyeing a career in the hospitality industry. “Don’t just dream about it, go for it,” he says.

It has taken him nearly four years to be where he is today and describes being in the kitchen of one of the top restaurants in his hometown as ‘the best place I’ve ever worked’.

“This industry can be daunting sometimes but you can’t give up,” he says. “You have to keep pushing yourself and chasing that dream.”

Beau attended Kingston State School and Woodridge State High and now works at The American Bourbon Bar & Grill at Springwood. He was Highly Commended in the Apprentice of the Year category at this year’s Queensland and Northern Territory Restaurant and Catering Industry Awards. Now a qualified chef, the 26-year-old says hard work and perseverance are required to survive in the often demanding hospitality industry.

Chef Beau Love working at The American Bourbon Bar & Grill at Springwood


Cover story

Tara’s combining sport and study Logan Hockey coach Tara Crockett is doing her bit to close the gender gap in sport. The active 21-year-old coaches the Under 10 Logan Hockey team at Meakin Park, Slacks Creek. She is also the club’s Junior Coordinator and a committee member. Tara says she joined the club as she missed playing hockey after moving from Cairns in 2016 to study Exercise Science and Psychological Science at Griffith University. “As a double degree its four-and-a-half years,” she says.

Game On for Women

After completing the first two years, I decided to defer this year as I wanted to qualify as a personal trainer, so I’m studying a Certificate III and IV in fitness. “With some time on my hands I thought ‘Why not go back to hockey in some capacity?’ So I took up coaching.” Tara says she plans to continue her sports-related career, study and travel. “I intend on resuming my academic study next year. I’ve got two and a half years to go,” she says.


Now offering $5,000!

Sports bursaries Three new Game on for Women Bursaries worth $5,000 each will be sponsored by Logan City Council in 2020 to encourage and support Logan women who would like to study a sport-related course at university. The initiative is part of the Game on for Women program, designed to close the gender gap in sport by helping women and girls aged 14 years and over to participate in sport, on and off the field. The initiative will also: • provide facilities that are safe and suitable for women • create an environment where women are active and celebrated • help sports clubs to empower and support women. For more information about Game on for Women go to: logan.qld.gov.au/game-on-for-women

Applications for sports and academic bursaries Applications close on Friday, 6 December 2019. For more information, phone 3412 3412 email council@logan.qld.gov.au or visit: logan.qld.gov.au/grants 6

Tara Crockett coaches the Under 10 Logan Hockey team and is the club’s Junior Coordinator

“I’m starting a full-time job in the travel industry next month in Beenleigh, so it’s going to be a busy time for me.”

Academic bursaries Are you currently a Year 12 student living in the City of Logan? Have you demonstrated high academic achievement and the potential to be successful in your tertiary studies? If so, then you may be eligible to apply for one of Logan City Council’s Tertiary Educational Bursaries. Logan City Council and some of the most respected professional service organisations in South-East Queensland have combined their resources to help local Year 12 students achieve their tertiary study goals. Students can apply for a $5,000 bursary to offset the cost of attending a recognised Queensland tertiary institution. Applications close on 6 December 2019. For more information, phone 3412 3412 email council@ logan.qld.gov.au or visit: logan.qld. gov.au/grants

It’s all starting to add up for Gina Gina Rambold-Dent is one smart cookie. But life could have quite easily crumbled differently for this gifted 16-year-old Mabel Park State High student. Shattering the stereotypes often associated with growing up in social housing and facing financial and mental health hurdles, Gina has received a $5,000 Choose Maths scholarship from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) to support her university studies. Defying the odds is becoming like a walk in the (Mabel) Park for this unassuming Year 11 student. Gina was named 2018 Queensland Girl Power STEM Ambassador and 2019 University of Queensland Science Ambassador. She is also the recipient of an ABCN (Australian Business and Community Network) Scholarship to support her senior studies—funding which allows disadvantaged students to buy school uniforms, books and essentials to enable them to attend school. “The scholarship means a lot because it’s another big step in believing in myself and where I want to go in the future,” Gina says. “As a young woman, it has empowered me to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career. “It is something I didn’t think was possible, as no-one in my family has done this before.” Mention the word ‘nerd’ and Gina laughs. In her world it’s a badge of honour, a symbol of hope and self-esteem. “The term ‘nerd’ doesn’t bother me. It’s a good term for me, I’m proud of what I’m doing. All the students have been really supportive,” she says. “I still do girly stuff, playing with make-up, going shopping with my friends or going to the movies, the normal stuff.” Involved with Australian Mathematical Science Institute (AMSI) Choose Maths since its beginnings in 2015, Gina credits Mabel Park State High School’s Head of Maths and Science, Stacey King, for building her confidence and helping to develop her learning.

Gina Rambold-Dent is on her way to a promising academic future

“‘Mabel’ is the best school ever. I used to doubt my math ability, but the amazing teachers at my school have been very encouraging,” says the quietly spoken teenager. Through the project and the support of the AMSI Schools Outreach team, the school has implemented a range of initiatives, including Girls Excelling in Maths and Science (GEMS), and participated in careers events. Stacey was also one of two top AMSI Choose Maths Teacher Award winners in 2016. It’s this recognition that is opening doors for students with the school’s positive profile also drawing an influx of new teacher talent as it becomes a ‘school of choice’. With aspirations piled as high as the obstacles she has overcome, Gina’s sights are set on studying medicine. She’s on the right path too, working part-time at Logan Hospital, where she is completing a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance on top of her school studies. AMSI Schools Program Manager and Choose Maths Project Director, Janine Sprakel, with Gina Rambold-Dent and AMSI Director, Professor Tim Brown, at the presentation of the Choose Maths scholarship


It’s all about the music!

“You’re with TJ on Logan City’s 101.” Terry Blacker (TJ), has been the Friday Morning Show host on Radio Logan for the last six years, broadcasting informative interviews, local news and playing the Biggest hits and greatest memories. A man of many talents, he’s also the station manager. “Being part of this great radio station has provided me with the opportunity to deliver the skills and experience required and to uphold and maintain the day-to-day operations of a successful radio station. Being part of a TEAM—Together Everyone Achieves More—is how we operate,” says Terry. The community radio station has been a labour of love for the man who commenced his radio career more than 40 years ago. “I thought about leaving radio a few times, but my mentor Alan Wheatley persuaded me to stay. He says, Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do,” says Terry. In the 1970s Terry honed his skills presenting a variety of on-air programs including talk-back and interviews in Western Australia—and in the following decades he saw a lot of the country—working mainly at commercial radio stations in Queensland, New South Wales, the remote north-west coast of Australia, before settling in at 101FM. 8

With support from Council, the station’s licence was granted in1988, just months after the City of Logan was created. In 1993, the station moved from a caravan in Springwood to its current site at Railway Pde, Logan Central. “It was a relocation made possible, through a Council land swap with the State Government that resulted in the station taking ownership of the former Logan Central Police Station and some relocated buildings,” says Terry.

‘Most listeners aren’t interested in hearing about traffic on the Harbour Bridge or politics in the other states.’ Since then, the station has gone from strength to strength and now commands a significant presence in local media that’s the envy of many competitors. “Why?” he says. “Quite simply, we have local presenters, local entertainment, local news and interviews—and we play the music our sponsors and listeners appreciate. Plus we offer affordable sponsorship’s for local business in today’s competitive market place,” he says. Terry says he believes stations like

101FM thrive on local content, which the networked commercial stations can’t provide. “Most listeners aren’t interested in hearing about traffic on the Harbour Bridge or politics in the other states. Research shows over and over that localism is the number one priority for listeners,” he says. Championing the relevance of radio as a modern medium, Terry says the future looks bright if you stick to the basics. “I’ve always admired some of the original UK 60s pirate radio DJs— Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett, Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart and not forgetting the incomparable Terry Wogan,” he says. “They reminded me of why people listen to the radio—entertainment, information, relaxation and companionship, which are the essential ingredients somewhat lacking in today’s radio. “It’s about effective communication with the listener—in the car, at home or the work place. No other media is able to provide that instant connection.” Terry has also had the benefit of interviewing many entertaining characters. “The late Harry Butler, Australian naturalist and environmental consultant, best known as the presenter of the popular ABC

television series In the Wild; Allan Border; Laurie Lawrence; Dawn Fraser; Russell Morris; Malcolm Fraser; Colleen Hewitt and Tom Burlinson have all been guests over the years,” Terry says. Terry proudly points out that community radio throughout Australia is increasing in popularity due to its customised programming. “Community radio is a key pillar in (Queensland’s) media landscape and contributes to Australia’s open society, strong democracy and cultural vibrancy. Local radio for the local community,” says Terry. “Just how relevant are we? The January 2019 National Listener Survey reported the highest listening levels for community radio on record.

“Every week, six million Australians or 30 per cent of the population tune into one of the 450 community radio stations—these are the highest listening levels for community radio on record—up from 3.8 million in 2004,” he says. “We’re Logan’s No.1 radio station because we welcome community feedback. We’re consistently positive and our programming and music policy—Biggest hits and greatest memories, country and jazz—together with our senior programs—all are community-driven.” It’s the long explanation of Terry’s motto for broadcasting success: “Never forget your listener.”

101FM provides 24/7 programming, broadcast on FM and iHeart Radio, made possible through the dedication of 75 volunteer members and presenters. The station is always looking for radio talent and supporters. If you’re interested, phone 3808 8101 or email: radiologan101@gmail.com

Terry Blacker (TJ) 101 FM Station Manager during a break while hosting his Friday morning spot


Debut single delivers Hannah’s dream Teenage singer-songwriter Hannah Schloman’s bubbly personality makes it hard not to smile when she talks about following her music dreams.

Katie says Hannah’s unassuming, down-to-earth nature makes her a wonderful role model for other young students wanting to chase their dreams.

“I have always loved music, I was that annoying friend who was singing all the time, but never very good at it,” the 17-year-old says, laughing.

“What Hannah has done has shown other kids that anything is possible, that you can be what you want to be and you can chase your dreams and make them a reality,” says Katie.

Fast-forward and the Shailer Park resident, now known as HANNI, launched her first single, Wired, in July as part of the Triple J Unearthed High Competition.

With some exciting options on the table, Hannah is tossing up her options as to where to next once Year 12 is done this year.

Not only did Triple J play Hannah’s Wired, an achievement in itself, they also gave her the Fashion Forward Award in the Unearthed Yearbook.

Hannah’s first single Wired is available now on all streaming platforms, and her second single will be available before the end of the year, with official release date to be announced soon.

What followed was a whirlwind for Hannah who admits she didn’t know what would happen once she uploaded Wired.

Follow Hannah’s music journey on Facebook at HANNI or on Instagram at musicbyhanni.

“I only had Wired up for a day and it had received four or five reviews, which just doesn’t happen,” she says. “Then I got emails from two different Triple J staff and they asked me to record an intro as they wanted to play it. “It was all ridiculous. There was so much happening. “We were told that generally an artist’s first song doesn’t get a lot of traction, a lot of people just put their song up on platforms and fly under the radar so we certainly didn’t expect the response it got.” In its first four weeks on Spotify, Wired got more than 30,000 plays. Hannah and her mum Katie laugh as they recall trying to get to a radio when Hannah got the call from her Dad one afternoon to say her song was playing on Triple J. “We don’t have a radio in the house so we were scrambling trying to find somewhere to listen, we ended up going out to my car and both had tears in our eyes,” Hannah says. Hannah is a former John Paul College (JPC) student. She started taking singing lessons from Year 5. “I was in the choir at JPC and just loved it, I thought it was the greatest thing ever,” she says. “I was part of Queensland Music Festival’s Under This Sky: Logan’s Musical Celebration choir and also had a small solo part in the performance.” By the end of Year 10 it became apparent to Hannah and her family that music was a priority for her and the opportunity arose to attend the Music Industry College (MIC) in Fortitude Valley. “I loved the music side of school but felt like I didn’t fit in when it came to the academic side of things,” she says. “Mum came to me and suggested we go and check out MIC, and from the moment I walked in, I loved it and what it was about.” 10

Shailer Park singersongwriter Hannah Schloman, who performs under the name HANNI

What's on at Logan Art Gallery November exhibitions: Exhibition details were published in the October magazine and can be found online at: logan.qld.gov.au/artgallery

An exhibition of recent works by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists: Kyra Mancktelow, Casey Coolwell, Jessica Skeen-McKinnon, Sally Terare, Sylvia Nakachi, Cara Shields and Kim Williams. Curated by Blaklash Projects.

Ripple effect: out of Artwaves A solo exhibition from Dante Coetzee, one of the outstanding young artists who exhibited in the annual Artwaves: Logan and adjacent areas secondary schools art exhibition.

Family fun day A celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture

Saturday 16 November 2019 10am to 2pm, Logan Art Gallery In celebration of the exhibition Our stories and designs, enjoy free entertainment including: • performers • live music • artists’ talks and creative workshops • artisan market place. Food and drinks will be available for sale. All are welcome. No bookings required.

Logan Art Gallery Corner Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Avenue Logan Central QLD Curated by Blaklash Projects. Image right: Kyra Mancktelow, Through our journey (detail), 2018, acrylic on canvas. Logan Art Collection, purchased 2018


Our stories and designs

A little bit of our Syria: Daniel Seed and Rose Richani A little bit of our Syria explores the personal, intimate stories of everyday life in Orman, Syria through a series of photographs and digital stories.

A little bit of our Syria: A cultural morning event Saturday 30 November 10am to 1pm, Logan Art Gallery 10.30am to 11am - Artists’ floor talk 11am to 11.30am - Music and dance performance 11.30am to 12.30pm - Lunch of Syrian food and drink All are welcome. Bookings essential at logan.qld.gov.au/galleryevents

Logan Art Gallery and exhibiting artists Daniel Seed and Rose Richani invite you to celebrate their exhibition A little bit of our Syria. Come together and enjoy traditional food and drink, plus free entertainment including performers and musicians. Listen to artists’ talks and learn about the exhibition. The exhibition highlights life as an in-betweener—those whose souls transcend the physical to exist in several places at once. This is a little bit of our Syria. Image below: Rose Richani, Treats, 2019, digital photograph

Cnr Jacaranda Ave and Wembley Rd, Logan Central FREE ADMISSION Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday For more information visit logan.qld.gov.au/artgallery 11



City of Logan Sports Awards Saturday 2 November 6.30pm to 10.30pm Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre 357 Browns Plains Rd Crestmead

Karen Knowles – From the Heart

National Roller Derby Championships 8 to 10 November Mount Warren Sports Centre 2 Milne St, Mount Warren Park

One of Australia’s enduringly popular singers, Karen Knowles stars in her From the Heart concert accompanied by Musical Director Natasha Koch on piano.

Remembrance Day Monday 11 November 11am Check with your Local RSL Sub-Branch for commemoration details: rslqld.org/whats-on/remembrance-day

Star of the Big River musical and lead singer with the Seekers in the early 1990s, Karen has been touring nationally and internationally throughout her career. She has become one of the most respected and loved singers in Australia with a performing and recording career that now spans 40 years.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Fun Day Saturday 16 November, 10am to 2pm Logan Art Gallery, Corner Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central Chillogan Chilli Festival Saturday 16 November, 3pm to 10pm Meadowbrook Golf Club Golf Course Dr, Meadowbrook

Dates Times

Fri 8 Nov 2019


Doors open



Table Entry $23

(morning tea included)

Table Group 8+ $22pp (morning tea included)

Table LEC Member


(morning tea included)

Balcony $22 Balcony Group 8+

Balcony LEC Member

$20pp $20

Flagstone Community Association presents Carols in the Park Saturday 23 November, 4pm to 7.30pm Flagstone Sports Fields Homestead Dr, Flagstone

Join four of Australia’s smoothest voices for a night of pure entertainment at Oh What A Night! The Show.

Eats & Beats Friday 29 November, 5pm to 9pm IKEA Logan 3539-3565 Pacific Hwy, Slacks Creek

Take a trip down memory lane with this theatrical tribute to the original Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons featuring back-to-back hits including ‘Sherry’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and more!

Jimboomba Community Christmas Carols 30 November, 5.30pm to 8.30pm Jimboomba State School Oval Hosted by JC Family Church

Dates Times

Sat 9 Nov 2019


Doors open


Tickets Adults $69.90 LEC Member


BOOKINGS In person: Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central. Mon to Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm. Phone: 07 3412 5626 Online: loganentertainmentcentre.com.au


Last Eats & Beats for 2019 FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 5PM – 9PM, IKEA LOGAN



Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on food trucks, entertainment, competitions and loads more. #eatsandbeats #visitlogan #cityoflogan eatsandbeats.com.au eatsandbeatslogan @eatsandbeatslogan This is a pet and alcohol-free event.


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Book online at loganlibraries.org/whats-on or contact your local Logan City Council Library.

Memories, meet and mingle Spouses, carers and care workers needing an informal social space for their loved ones with dementia or other cognitive decline will find a warm welcome at the Logan North Library. A free, one-hour get-together Memories, meet and mingle creates the opportunity for positive reminiscencs over a cuppa, sharing the longstored memories that people with dementia often retain.

Memories, meet and mingle helps people with dementia recall special times in their lives

Each session is based loosely on a theme such as toys and play, fashion, the backyard or music which might include

The KingStones rock Children’s Story time!

Keeping your pets safe this summer

Children’s Story time will rock with a visit from the Endeavour Foundation’s band KingStones, a high-energy group of young people who live with a disability. Their goal is to spread a message of hope and joy around the world. Their performances will feature children’s classics and original music.

Join Bondi Vet, Dr Alex Hynes and her husky, Yoshi, as she presents the most common veterinary emergencies that are presented to her over the summer months—and how to avoid a trip to the vet.

`` Logan North Library: Sports Dr, Underwood Fri 22 Nov – 11am `` Logan Hyperdome Library: 66–70 Mandew St, Shailer Park

Fri 29 Nov – 10.30am `` Marsden Library: 35 Chambers Flat Rd, Marsden

Fri 6 Dec – 10am The KingStones will be visiting Children’s Story time in November and December

photos and other memorabilia that stir memories, laughter and conversations. Positive reminiscence draws on a key strength of people with dementia, who typically retain the ability to recall things from many years ago. Conversation flows and a sense of wellbeing is felt as people are transported back in time. This get-together is suitable for people living with early to mid-stage dementia, younger people with early onset dementia and people who may be experiencing social isolation. `` Logan North Library: Sports Dr, Underwood 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am Bondi Vet Dr Alex Hynes will give a presentation about how to avoid a trip to the vet this summer

As well as regularly appearing on Bondi Vet, Dr Hynes is the author of First Call for Dogs—a book about the most common illnesses, injuries and emergencies for dogs. Bookings essential at loganlibraries.org/whats-on `` Beenleigh Library: Crete St, Beenleigh Sat 16 Nov – 10am to 11.30am `` Logan North Library: Sports Dr, Underwood Sat 9 Nov – 11am to 12.30pm

Winner of the TOO MUCH LIP competition is Annette Somers for her recollections of her favourite place in Logan 13

How safe is your pool fence? If you have a swimming pool at your property, now is a great time to check that your pool fence is compliant with the pool safety standard. Pool fence barriers must be maintained to prevent young children from drowning or being seriously injured. If you are a pool owner, you must ensure: • your pool is fenced

Pool fences and safety barriers should have the following: • A CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign must be prominently displayed in the pool area. • Pool fences must be at least 1.2 metres in height and you should be aware of any changes in ground levels or items like garden bed edges that may reduce this height. • The gap under the fence should not be more than 10cm from the ground level to the bottom of the fence.

• pool fences or barriers are well maintained

• The fence cannot have gaps of more than 10cm between vertical bars or sections of a fence.

• any damage to fences or barriers is fixed immediately

• The pool gate must be self-closing and self-latching, with a latch height at least 1.5 metres from ground level.

The pool safety standards apply to all swimming pools or spas capable of holding more than 30cm of water, which includes portable and inflatable swimming pools as well as children’s paddling pools. It does not include dams, ponds or things like birdbaths or fountains.

• The pool gate must open away from the pool area and cannot be prevented from closing by placement of items against the gate. • Climbable objects, such as furniture, plants and trees, must be moved at least 90cm away from both sides of the pool fence. • Any windows that open onto the pool area must be securely restricted from opening more than 10cms. Alternatively, security screens can be fixed to window frames to prevent access to the pool area.

What happens if my pool doesn’t comply? Under the pool safety laws, local governments have powers to: • enter properties to inspect pools • fine or prosecute owners of noncompliant pools • cancel pool safety certificates for noncompliant pools Where Council establishes a breach of the pool safety laws, fines can be issued to the pool owner or tenants of the property. On the spot fines can be more than $900 for individuals or $2,600 for companies.

All pools (and spas) in Queensland must be fenced and registered on the Pool Safety Register which can be accessed on the Queensland Building

and Construction Commission website (this can be done online and is free). Fines also apply for failing to register a pool or spa.

Full details about fencing and pool owners’ and tenants’ responsibilities are published online at: logan.qld.gov.au/laws-and-permits/fences/swimming-pools An online compliance checklist is published at qbcc.qld.gov.au/pool-checklist


It was once said: “There’s something about the ukulele that just makes you smile.” And there are smiles aplenty every Thursday morning at the Logan Central Library when the city’s Happy Ukulele Group (HUGs) gathers for its weekly jam. The music-making group has been going for more than seven years and fluctuates in size on any week from a dozen regulars to sometimes more than 30 ukulele-loving strummers. Their ages range from “the young ones” in their 40s to one avid member, Loganholme’s Graham Imeson, who this year celebrated his 94th birthday. Organiser Pat Le Cotey, of Shailer Park, calls the group ‘my Ukey family’. “Everyone is so caring about each other,” Pat says. “They come here to escape things that might be going on in their everyday lives. “They love it so much sometimes it’s hard to get them to go home when our time is up,” she adds with a laugh. “Just one more song, they plead. So it’s always ‘one more for the road’.”

Happy Ukulele Group members (back row from left) Loretta Berger, of Marsden and Josie Wong, of Rochedale; (front row from left) Loretta Deleede, of Zillmere, Pat Le Cotey, of Shailer Park, and Virginia Mikkelsen, of Eight Mile Plains

Pat’s late dad Rene Robert and his two brothers played in a Hawaiian band. He left her his prized ukulele when he died.

George has been playing ukulele for nearly seven years and says it’s easy to learn.

After seeing a newspaper advertisement for ukulele lessons, Pat decided to get the instrument back to work.

A third Logan-based ukulele troupe, the Beenleigh Ukulele Group (or BUGs), has been going for about four years.

When the 10 lessons had concluded, Pat and fellow classmates, including Loretta Deleede, who still drives every week from Zillmere on Brisbane’s northside to play with HUGs, decided to form their own playing group.

Organiser Col Hamblyn says members of the other groups who can’t get enough ukulele often play with BUGs, Graham Imeson being among them.

Over the years the group has expanded to also embrace players of the harmonica, recorder, guitar, bass and percussion instruments. Another member of the group, 75-yearold George Mroz, of Tanah Merah, is so hooked on the instrument, he also helps run a weekly Monday afternoon session at Logan West Library at Browns Plains. Jamming at Logan Central Library are ukulele fans (from left) Ruby Vanderveen, of Shailer Park, Millie McCarthy, of Strathpine, George Mroz, of Tanah Merah, Graham Imeson, of Loganholme, Claire Clough, of Logan Central, Errold Bryant, of Morningside, and (front) Jonathan Anderson, of Hillcrest

That group is called the Browns Plains Ukulele Players and has been gathering since 2015. It has about 20 regulars but sometimes the numbers grow to nearly 40 players.

The group used to gather at Beenleigh Library but now meet at the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre in James St. They play on the first and third Friday of the month and the fifth one too on the rare occasions that comes around. All three groups are open to new players with some members happy to help teach those with no experience. For more information on getting involved in HUGS or Browns Plains Ukulele Group contact staff at Logan Central Library on 3412 4100 or Logan West Library on 3412 4160. To join BUGs contact 3804 0389, 0427 188 781 email chamblyn@bigpond.net.au 15

Volunteer Ken is the People’s Choice

Shark and Ray Gardens operator Paul Baker with one of his aquatic friends

Waterford West’s Ken Broomfield was a resounding winner in the People’s Choice Award as part of Hyperdome Shopping Centre’s ‘30 for 30’ campaign. The dedicated community worker polled more than 5,000 votes—more than half of all votes lodged for the award. Hyperdome’s ‘30 for 30’ campaign was run as part of the Centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Ken, who has lived in the City of Logan for more than 30 years, was nominated for ’30 for 30’ by his daughter Angela. His work in the Logan community has included volunteering for Meals on Wheels, finding alternative accommodation for victims of domestic violence and working with displaced and disadvantaged youth.

Ken Broomfield, of Waterford West

This shark tank is a hands-on experience The first time you stand gazing into the water, you are not sure what to expect.

session where, under supervision, they can interact with the sharks and rays.

Then there’s some movement and one of the pool’s inhabitants smoothly and almost silently breaks the surface of the water at Logan’s only interactive marine aquarium.

Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult or guardian.

The Shark and Ray Gardens at Nielsen’s Native Nursery on Beenleigh— Redland Bay Rd at Loganholme is home to a shark named Fish and Chips and stingrays Doug and Spot as well as a variety of fish including barramundi, bream and rabbitfish. The varieties on display include a common shovelnose ray, a bamboo shark, a bluespotted ribbontail ray, a nurse shark, a bluespotted maskray, a brown estuary ray and an epaulette shark. Shark and Ray Gardens operator Paul Baker says the saltwater aquarium offers an hour-long, hands-on experience for people wanting to learn about these aquatic creatures. Participants can sit on the side of the aquarium or be assisted into kneedeep water for an even more personal 16

Shark and Ray Gardens was established in May 2017 by Paul, who wanted to offer an interactive marine aquarium experience. “We have a variety of sharks and stingrays which are often misunderstood and are not aggressive,” he says. Paul says he tries to provide an educational experience to allow participants to learn more about both species. Hours: Thursday and Sunday from 10.50 am. Sessions hourly to 2.50 pm. Open daily during school holidays. Bookings not required except for large groups. Entry $25 (adults), $15 (children), $65 (family of four). More information: Shark and Ray Gardens Loganholme Facebook page.

Caddies—the south-west’s hub for community support services Caddies Community Centre is one of many community centres in Logan and is the home of Employment Plus, Health Direct Early Parenting Support, Queensland Health and Able Australia. Collectively they provide a comprehensive range of community support services to the people of southwest Logan. Able Australia’s Community Transport Manager, Edmund McMahon, says the centre’s largest not-for-profit organisation relies heavily on volunteers to provide its services. “We have about half a dozen paid staff and in any week we would have 30–40 volunteers providing assistance” he says. “Without volunteers we couldn’t function and we’re eternally grateful to them. “They drive our vehicles, staff our food pantry, assess emergency relief— which is a program providing relief to people in financial distress—help with administration and provide Meals on Wheels.

“Basically every activity on site is underpinned by volunteers. They’re our bedrock.” Able Australia has enjoyed a long association with Jimboomba and the surrounding community, expanding just once in the early 1990s. “Elements of the building are quite old. One wing is the old Beaudesert Hospital, which was donated by Queensland Health,” Edmund says. “We still have a close association with Queensland Health, which provides Maternal and Child Healthcare and other programs on site, while our drivers are kept busy taking patients daily to and from hospitals in Logan, Brisbane and the Gold Coast in our fleet of eight vehicles.” Team Leader Victoria Barrett says the need for services is growing rapidly as Flagstone and Yarrabilba expand. ‘We’ve noticed an increase in the need for emergency relief, where we work collaboratively with YFS to provide assistance,” she says. “Our food pantry is also busy. All you need to access it is a government assistance card.

“When you sign up you can shop from food that has been donated or supplied from the Food Bank or Second Bite program. “Some product is low cost. Staples such as bread and fruit are free.” Edmund says many programs are directed to assist the region’s seniors. “As well as the transport service we provide Meals on Wheels, social support programs such as Jimboomba Jollies on Thursdays and Friday Friends to reduce social isolation. “Our drivers are busy with day trips and we’re always on the lookout for more volunteers to meet the demand,” he says. To find out more about Caddies Community Centre and other Council owned community centres in Logan, please visit: logan.qld.gov.au/ community-support/communitydevelopment/community-centres

From left Belinda Saraghi shops with the assistance of volunteers: Mary Rose Grab, Pauline Dionysius and Sandra Sutherland at the Able Australia Food Pantry


Learn to swim FREE! Women’s With the warmer weather now upon us, children will be looking to cool off in the pool, water slide or ocean—but not every child has confidence in the water. Find out how well your child can swim with a free swim assessment at Aqualogan Laurie Lawrence Swim School (ALLSS). The swim school offers 15-minute assessments with qualified instructors that determine each child’s swimming ability and recommend the appropriate ‘Learn to Swim’ level. ALLSS offers a range of swimming options from beginners to advanced, and children can start learning to swim from as early as four months of age. Lessons are held 44 weeks of the year in an indoor heated 25m pool and all instructors are trained in the worldrenowned Laurie Lawrence coaching techniques. Whether you have your own pool or you’re planning to head to the beach, it’s important that every child has the skills to be more confident and safe in the water. And the earlier children learn to swim, the safer they’ll be. To enrol your child in swimming lessons, simply call Logan North 3412 5650 Aquatic Centre Beenleigh 3412 4910 Aquatic Centre or enquire online at loganleisurecentres.com.au/swim


strength training and technique session Ladies, does the thought of going to the gym to lift weights, intimidate or scare you? Well, it doesn’t have to. We’re inviting you to join us for a free and friendly session at inSports Logan to help increase your lifting confidence —so you can jump in and give it a go!

The following topics will be covered: • The benefits lifting can have on your health and wellbeing • Dispelling the myths around women and lifting • Practical tips on technique • Tips on nutrition and weight training • Discussing appropriate exercise programming • Assistance with goal setting.

Each participant to book and attend will receive a FREE pack of inSports Logan fitness bands.

Session details: 6pm to 7pm Friday 15 November Logan North Aquatic and Fitness Centre 2 Sports Dr, Underwood Bookings are essential and spots are limited—phone to secure your spot today 3412 5650 loganleisurecentres.com.au

Living with heatwaves Our long, hot summers bring the danger of heatwaves, which are defined as three or more days of unusually high maximum temperatures. They pose a threat to people and animals but can also have an effect on the power supply and other support services due to high demand. Everyone is vulnerable to the effects of heatwave; however, some people in our community are at greater risk than others. The vulnerable include babies and young children, the elderly, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, people who take certain medications, people with an alcohol or drug problem—and people who are physically active or work outside. During very hot and extreme heat conditions, people are at greater risk of health problems. These can be specific heat-related illnesses or a worsening of existing medical problems. Heat-related illness occurs when the body absorbs too much heat. This may happen slowly over a day or two of very hot weather. This can be associated with different effects ranging from a mild heat rash or cramps through to heat exhaustion.

For more information on preventing heat-related illness and staying healthy in the heat, visit our website at: bit.ly/2kdui6G

Under no circumstances should children or pets be left unattended in vehicles. Heat can kill in minutes.

It is important to stay healthy in hot weather by: • Wearing lightweight, lightcoloured, loose natural fibre clothes • Avoiding strenuous activities and vigorous exercise • Drinking two to three litres of water per day, even if you are not thirsty • Avoiding alcoholic, caffeinated and soft drinks • Keeping your home cool with curtains, shutters or awnings • Avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11am–3pm) • Wearing a hat and sunscreen in the sun • Monitoring animals and pets for heat stress and providing water • Never leaving children or pets in parked vehicles, even for a short period of time • Seeing a doctor if you feel ill— as heat-related illness can be fatal.

Queensland Health also provides a confidential phone service, 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), that provides health advice. You can phone and talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the cost of a local call. Animals can also be affected by heat-related illness. You have a duty of care to provide it with food, water and appropriate shelter.

It pays to be wiser with water With a drier than usual summer predicted—water restrictions may be introduced if drought-breaking rain doesn’t fall in the South-East Queensland region. Our combined dam levels are falling to the lowest levels since the Millennium Drought—around 60 per cent capacity. The Wivenhoe Dam, the region’s largest and most important drinking water source, is down to approximately 50 per cent capacity and our water supply is at its lowest level in more than a decade. There are many good reasons for saving water with the best being it saves you money. A 10-litre bucket of water costs around four cents, so it pays to water your garden wisely. The best time to water is before 8am or after 4pm, to avoid losing half of it to evaporation during the heat of the day. It’s also a good idea to mulch your garden to help retain moisture. You can also save water by fixing leaking taps and toilets, taking shorter showers, doing only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine; and if you have a pool, cover it when not in use to stop evaporation. Water is a precious resource so let’s make every drop count.


Logan Village mum shares craft tips and tricks It has been 10 years since Logan Village mother-of-three Beccy Muir first decided to share her creativity.

She credits the Logan community with inspiring and supporting her crafting journey.

She could not have imagined then that her flair for design would inspire craft enthusiasts worldwide.

“It’s been hard work, you always try and think of what the next thing would be and move along, you have to be present all the time,” she says.

“I’ve always been crafty,” Beccy says, reflecting on a passion for art that started in high school. “After school I went to university to study social work—but once the kids came along, life changed. “Once I had the opportunity to do it (craft) again I realised I’d missed that for all those years.” It was from those musings that Beccy’s Place, her online crafting blog, was born. “Around 2009, I started posting little drawings on the internet, just for people to use in their paper crafting,” Beccy says. “They’d come in and download them and make them into cards or scrapbooks. “I like quirky little characters with a bit of humour, they’re probably my favourites and the ones that do really well, along with a bit of Australiana.” The blog is now a growing online community of craft enthusiasts where Beccy continues to share free papercraft tutorials. She sells her designs and in 2012 charmed a craft-based company in America. “A US company approached me and asked if they could use some of my images to make into rubber stamps; I jumped at the chance,” she says. The opportunity led to the start of her own line of stamps in 2015 and this year, the rollout of her unique sets of cutting dies—steel stencils for cutting shapes from paper. 20

“Fortunately, I’ve met lots of really good people along the way. “I’m a member of the Craft Cottage at Logan Village community centre— those ladies and men and they’re all creative souls, very inspiring people.”

Logan Village’s Beccy Muir with some of her papercraft designs

This month, Beccy will exhibit at Craft Alive Logan, a three-day event at Logan Metro Sports Centre from 29 November. She will join other creative locals in running crafting classes and sharing tips and tricks of the trade. Information on the event is available at: craftalive.com.au/locations/ logan

Big Apple experience inspires Marsden teacher of teaching Waterford Logan was a lot different in 1869. Its inhabitants were mostly German and Irish settlers who battled unfamiliar elements to eke out a living on the land. In Waterford, a group of them got together to lobby the Queensland colonial government (then only 10 years old) for a grant to build a school. Now, 150 years later, the current crop of parents and students will come together this month to commemorate this special milestone for the enduring school. Waterford State School principal Daniel Bishop says although the school has modernised significantly, it still retains traces of its colonial heritage. “We’re proud of our school’s heritage and look forward to another 150 years of providing quality education to the children of Waterford,” he says. An open day will be held at the school on Saturday, 9 November.

A Logan teacher with a love of design has received a career-enhancing experience in New York that will also be a boost for her students. Marsden State High School design and technology teacher Jasmine Kassulke returned last month from a 12-week trip as part of receiving a Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Fellowship. The fellowship supports a Queensland teacher to visit the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to gain experience in classroom, community and online strategies for delivering quality design education.

Jasmine says educators and people in general could learn from designers and artists. “Too often we fall into the monotony of daily life, of being organised and premeditated,” she says. “Creatives on the other hand live on the edge. They observe, represent and critique society and culture through a different lens. “When a person is literate in design they are equipped with the experience and tools to solve problems using empathy, creativity, critical thinking and team work.

Jasmine says she applied for the fellowship to challenge herself and her students to help better prepare young people for life after school.

“If we can bring design to the ‘everyday’, we can better prepare the next generation for success in the workplaces of the future.”

“I want them to think of themselves as active change agents with a role to play in the future of their communities,” she says.

Jasmine says her goal while in NYC was to extend her existing understanding of design to include practical strategies for delivering design education in the classroom.

“I want them to have the knowledge and skills at their disposal to grow and thrive. “The learning experiences, resources and networks I was exposed to while at Cooper Hewitt will assist me with tackling this challenge.”

She now hopes to develop a more holistic framework that brings together design professionals and the Logan school community.

Marsden’s Jasmine Kassulke (left) with Cooper Hewitt Education Associate Rebecca Armstrong (middle) and Adriana Burkins (right) at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City

Visit the Waterford State School Facebook page for more details.

Principals’ residence Waterford State School


Leafy lifeline for endangered myrtle A 10-year plan has been locked in to help save an extremely rare species of tree found growing in Logan. Gossia gonoclada is a slow-growing shrub commonly known as the ‘angle-stemmed myrtle’. Thirty-three specimens, nearly half the world’s known Gossia gonoclada population, have been found growing naturally adjacent to, or near, the Logan and Albert rivers. Council-run habitat mapping and propagation programs are already underway with 160 new Gossia gonoclada saplings now planted near the waterways. To complement these programs, Council has introduced the City of Logan Gossia gonoclada Recovery Plan 2019-2029.

Planting the rare angle-stemmed myrtle are Phoebe (left) and Isabel of Mount Warren Park

The recovery plan will lock in ongoing actions and annual reviews aimed at the long-term preservation and protection of this endangered species. The aims of the Gossia gonoclada recovery plan include: • Developing and supporting practical and affordable actions to preserve the species The eye-catching flowers of the rare Gossia gonoclada, which has been found growing naturally in Logan. Photo: Glenn Leiper

• Promoting and facilitating community engagement in conservation projects • Contributing to wider efforts to conserve the species in South-East Queensland. The species is threatened by increased incidence of myrtle rust disease, habitat loss and degradation and competition from weeds and introduced exotic species.

New ward for Logan Hospital Construction is well underway for a new $9 million medical ward at Logan Hospital which is due to open in early 2020. The ward will provide an additional 28 beds to ease pressure on the Emergency Department. The ward will fast-track extra hospital capacity ahead of the $460m Logan Hospital Expansion, which will open in stages over the coming years. To support patients, visitors and staff in the lead-up to and during construction, the hospital is seeking volunteer Community Advisors. 22

Artist’s impression of the $9 million medical ward at Logan Hospital

To register your interest, complete the Expression of Interest form at: metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/logan-hospital/ community-advisor-program For more information about the expansion visit: health.qld.gov.au/loganexpansion

Business profile

Metal fabricator drives into auto leisure market Ausmetal Engineering says it’s succeeding where many have failed in the competitive 4x4 off road vehicle camping market with its Camp King Industries’ canopies and rooftop tents. Based in Crestmead, the family-owned business designs, manufactures, distributes, retails and fits custom-made canopies and rooftop tents for a wide range of popular recreational vehicles.

Lucas says the company’s canopies were already popular before the 4x4 boom that started five years ago.

Owner Lucas Schubring says the company moved from its Moss St, Slacks Creek, location about 18 months ago after outgrowing the location.

“The canopy design was a hit with customers. It’s amazing what people like to include for creature comforts— lights, shelves, large lithium batteries and even a coffee machine,” he says.

“It was a big move, but necessary. We’re employing 10 people on site and producing around 10 units a month,” he says. “We run the whole design, general fabrication shop and assembly area here and contract out the metal laser cutting and powder coating to local companies.” Lucas Schubring and Sarah Wilson’s Camp King Industries products are enabling work-day utes to become weekend recreational vehicles

“We’ve always been fairly versatile, taking customers’ specs and then working with our mechanical engineer on the detailed designs.” Lucas’ partner Sarah Wilson, who looks after the company’s marketing, says despite tough competition from a flood

Trays, canopy fit outs and rooftop tents are custom made and installed at the Crestmead factory

of cheap imports, there are emerging opportunities. “We have a strong base here but we also want to push into the US market. There’s big capital over there and a huge demand,” she says. “Last year we were approached by a US-based distributor looking to import. We have displayed our rooftop tents at the SEMA Show—the premier automotive specialty products trade show in Las Vegas—and we got a lot of good feedback about our products. “Our US distributor says people love the Australian-made quality and durability, backed by a lifetime guarantee.” Sarah says the company is also planning to increase its Australian profile in the coming months. “Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures TV show will be road testing our off-road canopies and rooftop tents later this year, giving us national exposure,” Sarah says. “We have a bright future in automotive work–leisure applications. There’s growing demand from people here and in the US who want their work-day ute to double as a weekend recreational vehicle.”

office of Economic Development


Techstars Startup Weekends Do you have a great idea but aren’t sure how to get it off the ground? Here’s your opportunity to collect your thoughts and hone your pitch.

Techstars weekends provide education through experience for budding entrepreneurs

Techstars Startup Weekends are intensive 54-hour events designed to provide education through experience for entrepreneurs. Working in teams, participants hear from industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is about action, innovation and education. If you’re looking for feedback on an idea, seeking a cofounder, developing skill sets, or enlisting a team to help execute your ideas, Techstars Startup Weekends are for you! It’s the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup business.

For more information contact Tony Sharp at events@substation33.com.au or City Futures at: innovation@logan.qld.gov.au ph 3412 3412 for more information. Friday 5pm, 22 November to 4pm, 24 November 2019. Venue: Substation 33, 31 Mary Street, Kingston.

Providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs Three events to engage local high school students with innovation and entrepreneurship were recently held in Logan. Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne Kemp, visited the Meadowbrook Campus of Griffith University as part of the statewide Building Innovation in the Regions program. Students from Flagstone Community College, Marsden State High School, Mabel Park State High School and John Paul College—along with local startup companies had the opportunity to showcase their amazing innovations. Ms Kemp says she was highly impressed by the level of innovative activity currently taking place within Logan and strongly advised the Logan region to start being more vocal about its achievements. Also at Griffith University’s Meadowbrook Campus the STEAM into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fair provided 120 high school students from Logan and Beaudesert with the opportunity to hear about exciting STEM career pathways from local entrepreneurs, STEM mentors and industry professionals. The day also featured robotics and VR workshops for students to inspire kids and adults to learn about STEM. Council’s Water Business, Libraries and Health, Environment and Waste branches provided insights into how Council is leading innovation in several areas for local government and is contributing to the theme of ‘Sustainable Living in Logan’. 24

Class projects were judged by industry professionals, including Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne Kemp, (centre) at the Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit

Students entered their innovative class projects into a competition judged by industry professionals. More than 200 Logan students also attended the inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Summit at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland to learn how to get started on the entrepreneurship journey. They heard from a range of speakers including Olympian and entrepreneur Stephanie Rice, Oztrail founder Vanessa Garrard, and teenage serial entrepreneur Jack Bloomfield about the value of networking, failing fast and starting over, financial literacy and confidence when pitching an idea. All three events were sponsored by Logan City Council and Advance Queensland through the Advancing Regional Innovation Program.

For more information about these and other events, go to: innov8logan.com.au

Now and then. Vietnam veteran Bruce Mackay a LCC Local Law Officer and as a 20-year old member of the 161 New Zealand Artillery Battery (inset)

Pause and thank warriors like Bruce On the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause to reflect the fallen in all wars.

“It’s an incredibly unique award and a lot of my peers have passed on.

We also remember those who put their lives on the line to defend liberty and protect their country.

“I think of the 60 or so Kiwis who were involved in it (Bruce served in the 161 New Zealand Artillery Battery) I think there’s only 20 or so left.

One such loyal servant is Vietnam veteran Bruce Mackay. Bruce is a Local Law Officer in Council’s City Standards and Animal Care branch who was recently awarded the Unit Gallantry Citation for his service. Bruce earned his award for his role in The Battle of Fire Support Base Coral and Balmoral. The battle was a series of actions fought north-east of Saigon by Australian, New Zealand and US troops between 12 May and 6 June, 1968. “It was exciting, I was 20 years old and felt bullet proof,” he recalls. “But on reflection it did worry me with the things that we went through. “They (the North Vietnamese Army) had infiltrated our perimeter and it was a close-run thing in the end.” Bruce says he is proud to accept the citation, albeit 50 years later.

So it means a lot to their families and to the people who were there and it means a lot to me.” The Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral was the largest fight Australian and New Zealand forces had been involved in since World War II. Twenty-five Diggers died and more than 100 were wounded. ‘So it means a lot to their families and to the people who were there and it means a lot to me’ It was however far more damaging for North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, who lost more than 250 men. Remembrance Day will be observed across Logan on Monday, 11 November, culminating in a minute of silence at 11am, the moment in 1918 when the guns fell silent marking the end of the Great War.

The Citation The Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral were among the largest and most protracted battles fought by Australians and New Zealanders in the Vietnam War. The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of the 1st Australia Task Force (Forward) New Zealand and supporting American forces and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral is recognised by the Unit Citation. The men who fought at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral displayed collective gallantry which is worthy of the Unit Citation for Gallantry. Throughout the 26 days of the battle a force comprising up to 3,000 Australians and New Zealanders prevailed against a well prepared and numerically-superior enemy.


Welcome to our newest Australians

Helen (left) and Maria Brereton of Romania now Slacks Creek

LCC Acting CEO Silvio Trinca (right) with Peter Iosefo of Samoa and now Marsden

(From left) Evelyn, Jini, Eldho and Eljin Moosappilly of India, now Boronia Heights

Amarnath Baire, of India and now of Loganholme

Mohamed Noufal from Egypt and now of Underwood

Jungsook (left) and Bongho Kwak with their children Jun (left) and Sueah of South Korea now Rochedale South

Sarah Mossi of Burundi and now of Crestmead

There were huge smiles all around as more than 150 people representing 38 different nationalities gathered at Beenleigh Events Centre recently to become the City of Logan’s newest Australian citizens. They were among more than 8,000 people across Australia to receive their citizenship on Australian Citizenship Day—the largest number of new citizens welcomed nationwide on one date since the inaugural Australian Citizenship Day celebrations in 2001. Burundi-born teenager Sarah Mossi, of Crestmead, beautifully summed up the feeling of everyone at the event when asked what becoming an Australian citizen meant to her. “I now feel like I belong,” she says.

Patricia Kazungaire (right) and her parents, Susan and Taylor, formerly of Zimbawbe and now from Yarrabilba


LCC Acting CEO Silvio Trinca (right) with Bhupinder Singh Aulakh and Sandy Aulakh (left) of India and now of Heathwood

Waste to energy project an Australian-first A pioneering project at Logan’s largest wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) will turn waste into power and a beneficial product. Council’s Australian-first process uses sewage sludge (biosolids) to create heat energy and leaves behind an environmentally friendly soil conditioner. The innovative biosolids gasification process reduces the volume of biosolids produced at Loganholme WWTP by around 90 per cent. Loganholme WWTP currently provides services to around 300,000 people and produces 34,000 tonnes of biosolids each year. Each day, up to six truckloads of biosolids are taken 300km to the Darling Downs for land application. That volume will reduce dramatically once the new biosolids gasification facility comes online. The new process involves drying biosolids which are then heated to more than 600 degrees celsius. The energy created from the heating process is captured and reused in the system to assist with the initial drying phase. With support from an onsite solar power system, the biosolids gasification facility will be energy neutral. The end product of the process is a biochar pellet containing carbon, phosphorus and potassium.

A concept drawing on how the new Loganholme biosolids gasification facility will work

Biochar could be used as an environmentally-friendly soil conditioner. Once fully operating the facility will set the benchmark in environmentally sustainable biosolids management. It will save $500,000 in WWTP operating costs annually, and initially reduce carbon emissions by about 4,800 tonnes each year.

A demonstration facility is scheduled to begin work in February next year with the full scale facility expected to be operational by mid-2021. The $17.28 million project is supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which provided $6.22 million in funding.

New pipeline caters for future urban growth A new wastewater pump station in Bahrs Scrub and 5.2km of pipelines through Bahrs Scrub, Windaroo and Mt Warren Park are on track to be operating early in the new year. The pipelines are being installed using a combination of open trench and trenchless (drilling) construction methods. The pump station is now complete, and work on the pipeline is underway

in several locations including the Noyer Park and Mt Warren Blvd area of Mt Warren Park. Drilling works have been challenging due to the presence of hard rock. The new infrastructure will facilitate growth in Bahrs Scrub and surrounding areas. A 5.2km pipeline is being installed from Carol St to Mt Warren Blvd


Fitter for Life I had completely lost my hand-eye coordination—and that’s now returned.” Barbara Griffiths, who attends another class, says she gets much more than therapeutic benefits from the sessions. Fitter for Life participants (from left) Barbara Griffiths, Carol Gould, Pat Davis, Fay Noon, Ellen Gale, Abby Lovett (instructor), Noel Miller, June Miller, Arda Stanley, Robyn Johnsen and Barbara Stevens

Arthritis and limited mobility doesn’t stop dozens of Logan residents from getting their regular exercise through Live Well Logan’s Fitter for Life program. The great news is that TransitCare also provides door-to-door transport to and from the weekly low-impact movement classes—which focus on developing strength, balance, hand, eye and foot coordination and range of motion exercises.

Barbara Stevens is a long-time fan of the program. “I did it last year and we were so happy when it resumed,” says Barbara.

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“Abby is a great instructor too. She watches us all the time to make sure we don’t hurt ourselves. There’s always alternatives if you can’t do something.”

“I have rheumatoid arthritis which is advanced. I was in a wheelchair and then went on a trial drug. I’ve just finished that trial and I’m getting better.

Classes are just $5 and transport can be arranged for people with disability or limited mobility. Classes are held weekly on Mondays from 11am to 12pm and from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at 628 Kingston Rd, Loganlea.

“Between the serum and the exercise group the improvement has just been amazing.

To find out more contact kstewart@50plusfitter.com or phone 0451 372 021.

Opportunities to supply to Council Council supports both local businesses and employers who decide to develop their operations in the City of Logan with our Buy Local Procurement policy.

“My whole week revolves around coming here. We’ve met a lot of new people this year and we still have a few friends from last year,” Barbara says.

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Instructor Alister Mayes, fifth from left; and Gil Sanchez (to his immediate right) with the Monday bootcamp squad, prior to warmup

Welcome to bootcamp In a commercial shed off Meakin Rd at Meadowbrook, 16 people of all ages perform a variety of exercises under the watchful eye of trainer Alister Mayes. He’s set them a range of tasks to be completed in under 30 minutes—two 800 metre runs, 100 x lifting 6kg balls from the floor to hit a mark three metres up the wall, 100 x 24kg kettle bell swings and 100 x air squats—in no particular order, which can be scaled down depending on the fitness level of participants.

Gilly has also been attending the Bootcamp for Leaders sessions on Saturdays from 5am to 6.30am. These sessions were created to mentor men in the local community and encourage connections and leadership while working out. Some of the other sessions on offer include a Bootcamp for Youth on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm and an Adaptive Group Fitness class—which can tailored for people with disability or injury—on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm. All sessions are $5 per person or less.

Gilly Sanchez has been attending the bootcamp sessions for five weeks and says he’s ‘lovin’ it’.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government through Sport Australia

“I feel 100 per cent better. It really helps me a lot,” he says.

For more information visit: logan.qld.gov.au/moveitlogan

“I find bootcamp training gives me more motivation—and the more I do the better I feel. I find I don’t get tired as much as I used to and I really like the intensive one-hour session.”


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Sunday 24 November logan.qld.gov.au/microchip


Logan’s road network now a click away A new digital street-level imagery and mapping platform is helping shine an innovative spotlight on Logan’s road network. Logan is leading the way among Australian councils using and contributing to Mapillary, that scales and automates mapping using collaboration, cameras and computer vision worldwide. The site is the world’s fastest-growing street-level imagery platform, with more than 670 million images already uploaded across more than 190 countries. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, it also identifies and highlights road features such as traffic signs, pavements, street lights, line markings, kerbs and guardrails and maps them automatically. This innovation is the right step into next generation of road asset management practices.

The system is different from Google Maps as it uses and publishes into an “open data” format that allows users to contribute or download street-level images. Logan City Council staff will continue to upload data to Mapillary using 360-degree cameras and smartphone apps while travelling through Logan, to ensure the city’s digital road network is regularly updated. Anyone with smartphone would be able to upload content directly onto the platform.

Like when planning a safe night out there are a few safety precautions you can take to ensure that you have an enjoyable and safe party at home, including:

The system automatically publishes newly uploaded content within 24 hours after blurring privacy information.

• Registering your party with the Queensland Police Service’s Party Safe Program for advice and resources. Also in the event that something goes wrong, the police will already have your details to ensure a quick response.

Our digital road network is online at mapillary.com/loganau

• Ensuring you don’t advertise your party openly on social media. • Letting your neighbours know of your plans and encourage them to come and speak with you if they have any concerns. • Providing plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

Logan City Council recently uploaded 4.4 million street images to Mapillary, representing the city’s 2,257 kilometres of roads.

• If the event is 18+, ensuring only to serve alcohol from one restricted area and consider a non-drinker to serve drinks to guests.

The data upload was the largest so far by any Australian council. How Mapillary identifies road objects automatically

Shopping trolleys getting ‘pushed around’ in Logan Last year, Council recovered 164 abandoned shopping trolleys from our streets and other obscure locations. Residents are reminded they are not to take shopping trolleys away from shopping centres. If you do, please return it or you may face an on-the-spot fine. It is an offence to abandon a shopping trolley in a public place. If you live close to the shops and walk home, invest in a trolley bag to transport your purchases. If you live further away and don’t have a car, consider shopping with a friend who has a car, using public transport or catching a taxi.


Planning an endof-year party?

• For slower absorption of alcohol, serving snacks high in carbohydrates and protein and ensure water is readily available. • If guests start to display drunken or aggressive behaviour, try calmly offering an alternative to alcohol, such as food or water. • Making a list of important numbers including police and medical services in case you need them, as well as the numbers of taxis or rideshare companies to help get your guests home safely. • Table tennis, karaoke and dance music are all fun ways to take the focus away from drinking alcohol. • Remember to always call 000 in an emergency. For more tips on hosting a safe party, visit: logan.qld.gov.au/safenightin

Kerbside waste collections Council offers free kerbside collection to residents each year to remove green and hard waste, but there are some important things residents need to know before putting their kerbside waste out for collection. • Waste must not be put out more than a week before the commencement date of collection • Items placed out after the commencement date will not be collected • Waste items must not exceed two metres in width and one metre in height and depth • Green waste must be cut into one metre lengths and tied in bundles— we recommend using a natural string

FREE HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL DROP-OFF DAY Saturday 2 November 2019 Browns Plains Waste and Recycling Facility It’s a day to mark in your calendar. Up to 10 litres of each of the following types of chemicals will be accepted * •



arsenic-based materials


photographic solutions

pool chlorine



• Doors must be removed from stoves, washing machines etc.

acids • fire extinguishers (full or empty)

• Your waste must not obstruct pedestrians on the footpath and must not be placed on top of water meters or in front of your letterbox.

The collection will be at the

There are some items we can’t collect. These include: • Tyres, batteries, gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, fibro sheeting (whether or not it contains asbestos), hazardous waste or food that can rot or attract flies • Fridges, air conditioners, freezers • Glass, including televisions, mirrors, computer monitors, etc • Bean bags.

When you drop off the chemicals we will keep the containers that they are in, which must be sealed and in good condition i.e. not leaking.

Browns Plains Waste and Recycling Facility (41 Recycle Way, Heritage Park) from 8am to 4pm. The service is not available to commercial waste generators. * Materials that do not fall into these categories will not be accepted. For more information, contact Council on 3412 3412.

Paint disposal Council participates in the National Paintback Scheme and consequently household and commercial customers can dispose of up to 100 litres of unwanted paint a day free of charge at all of our waste and recycling facilities throughout the year. Paint must be in sealed non leaking containers of 20 litres or less and sorted into water and oil-based paints. If you have more than 100 litres of unwanted paint to dispose of or have any questions about the scheme you can call the National Paintback Scheme on 1300 390 380 for advice. For more information please call us on 3412 3412. or visit: logan.qld.gov.au/environment-water-and-waste/waste-and-recycling

Kerbside COLLECTIONS Starting 4 November

Browns Plains, Regents Park and Heritage Park

Starting 18 November

Hillcrest, Boronia Heights and Forestdale


Friday 6 December 2019 11.30am – 2.30pm Logan Entertainment Centre 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central Secure your seats via: bit.ly/lccxmaslunch or hover over the QR code with your phone camera

Toy Drive Logan City Council will again be conducting a Christmas Toy Drive and we welcome your donation at the Christmas Lunch and the November Eats & Beats at IKEA. Please bring an unwrapped gift and your kind donation will be distributed to children across the city.

This year’s beneficiaries are: •

Able Australia

Centro Centre

Family and Kids Care Foundation

Kingdom Life Centre

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group

Lighthouse Care

Logan East Community Centre

For more information, please email events@logan.qld.gov.au