Volume 75 December 2018
COLBIE connecting kids with causes
What residents think of Council services
CONTENTS OUR LOGAN, OUR CITY MAGAZINE Editorial enquiries: 3412 5284 or firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising enquiries: 3412 5176 or marketing@ logan.qld.gov.au Managing Editor: Ben Travaini News Editor: Martin King Writers: Zoe Krieg Martin King Julie Brumfield-Jones Sam Burgess Rebecca Waters Geoff Stead Zane Jackson Graphic design: Dina Wirawan Cassandra Harris Front cover image: Photo by Leah Desborough. Clockwise from top left Shiva Sathiyamoorthy, Woodridge State School; Bella Gras, Woodridge State High School; Marthamary Lupeomanu, Woodridge State School; ‘Amelia Fangupo, Harris Fields State School; COLBIE; and Brianna Barton, Berrinba State School Produced by Logan City Council. None of the material in this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Chief Executive Officer, Logan City Council.
Logan residents have their say
Sign up for early warning of summer storms
Say adieu to disputes
ACTING MAYOR — Cherie Dalley
Christmas operating hours
DIVISION 2 — Cr Russell Lutton
Representing the whole of the City of Logan.
DIVISION 3 — Cr Steve Swenson Representing Slacks Creek and part of Underwood, Springwood, Kingston, Tanah Merah, Loganholme and Daisy Hill.
Representing Woodridge, Logan Central and part of Kingston and Underwood.
DIVISION 7 — Cr Laurie Smith
DIVISION 5 — Cr Jon Raven
Representing Forestdale, Hillcrest, Boronia Heights and part of Greenbank, Park Ridge, Park Ridge South, Munruben and North Maclean.
Representing Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Flagstone, Flinders Lakes, Lyons, Monarch Glen, New Beith, Silverbark Ridge and Woodhill and part of Greenbank, Jimboomba, Glenlogan, Riverbend, Kagaru, North Maclean, South Maclean, Undullah, Veresdale and Veresdale Scrub.
DIVISION 1 — Cr Lisa Bradley
Representing Berrinba, Marsden, Loganlea and part of Waterford West and Crestmead.
DIVISION 11 — Cr Trevina Schwarz
Representing Browns Plains, Regents Park, Heritage Park and part of Park Ridge.
Representing Priestdale, Rochedale South and part of Daisy Hill, Underwood and Springwood.
DIVISION 8 — Cr Cherie Dalley
Hillcrest Regents Park
Div 3 Slacks Creek
Cornubia Tanah Merah
Shailer Park Meadowbrook
Representing Shailer Park, Cornubia, Carbrook and part of Daisy Hill and Loganholme.
DIVISION 10 — Cr Darren Power
Div 6 Waterford
Edens Landing Holmview
Div 12 Beenleigh Mount Warren Park
Buccan Chambers Flat
Munruben North Maclean
Windaroo Belivah Bannockburn
DIVISION 12 — Cr Jennie Breene Representing Eagleby, Beenleigh and part of Mt Warren Park.
Div 4 Monarch Glen Flinders Lakes
Div 10 Carbrook
Park Ridge South
All content accurate as of 16 November 2018.
This magazine is wrapped in biodegradable material, meeting Australia Post packaging requirements in a sustainable way.
KBF arts, crafts on the move
Water quality project wins awards
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this magazine may contain images of deceased persons.
Riverbend Glenlogan Kagaru
DIVISION 6 — Cr Cherie Dalley Bethania, Meadowbrook, Waterford, Holmview, Edens Landing and part of Loganholme.
DIVISION 9 — Cr Phil Pidgeon
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Representing Logan Reserve, Chambers Flat, Stockleigh and part of Park Ridge, Crestmead, Waterford West, Park Ridge South, Munruben, North Maclean and South Maclean.
DIVISION 4 — Cr Laurie Koranski
Representing Bahrs Scrub, Buccan, Belivah, Bannockburn, Logan Village, Windaroo, Wolffdene, Yarrabilba, Kairabah, Mundoolun and part of Cedar Creek, Jimboomba, Mt Warren Park and Tamborine.
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A message from our Acting Mayor
Cutting the ribbon at the opening of the day/night driving range at Meadowbrook Golf Club with Adrian Lawson from Australian Golf Schools (left), Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley and Tom Linskey, Director Meadowbrook Golf Club
Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley and Paul Venus, Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust chair (centre) presenting a City of Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust donation of $20,000 to Robert Gray of Aunties and Uncles Queensland
Welcome to the December edition of Our Logan I’ve always regarded the end of the year as a good time to reflect on the past and plan for the future – as well as an opportunity to strengthen connections with the community and spend time with family and friends. Reflecting on this year, I was reading through Council’s report card from our residents—the Logan Listens: Residents’ Survey—and I was especially pleased to see the positive feedback you provided. Your high ratings for our services and collective efforts to improve our community mean a great deal to our 1755 employees and provide our councillors with the assurance that we have the city’s direction and priorities right. Many improvements are being realised through our adoption of innovative technology. COLBIE, our community engagement robot, featured on our cover, is one such example. Our Council is now at the forefront of how councils are using technology as part of a strategy to better engage with children and youth.
wonderment that helps to break down barriers when engaging with children and youth in conversation about what they would like to see in their city. With Christmas just around the corner, we recently launched the Logan City Council Toy Drive – one of our most important Christmas traditions. Donations of toys and gifts are welcome and can be placed under the Christmas tree at the City Administration Centre (150 Wembley Rd, Logan Central) until 14 December (weekdays, 8am to 5pm).
This year we will be spreading the Christmas cheer with the City of Logan Christmas Carols to be held at the Griffith University Campus, Meadowbrook, on Saturday 15 December. I hope you will be able to join me for this colourful and fun celebration of the festive season. In closing, I’d like to wish everyone a merry and safe Christmas and good health and happiness for the New Year.
Christmas is about sharing – it’s about giving our time and thoughts to others and looking out for each other. Sadly, for some people in our community, Christmas can be a time of isolation and loneliness, so if you can, please reach out to someone in need of support and care. Our charities and volunteers do wonderful work year round to improve the lives of the many families and individuals who struggle financially and emotionally, but what all people really appreciate is feeling that they are connected and part of the community.
Looking like an oversized toy, COLBIE is able to provide a sense of surprise and
Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley City of Logan
Logan residents confirm Council delivers excellent services Council has been given a resounding ‘high satisfaction’ average rating – 4.4 on a scale of five in the latest Logan Listen’s Residents’ Survey. The rating is well above the average of comparable councils, according to Peter Watts, Chief Executive of IRIS Research, the independent company that conducted the survey. “The average satisfaction rating recorded for similar councils is lower than Logan’s average ‘high satisfaction’ rating, which Council has consistently maintained,” Mr Watts said. “It continues a trend—the community has rated Council’s customer service above four out of five for the past eight years —that shows Logan City Council is investing in services the community values.” Surveyed residents also said Council was forging ahead in meeting the community’s desire for Quality Lifestyles, rating libraries as Council’s best performing service. Playgrounds were judged to be the city’s most used service, confirming Logan’s credentials as a great environment to raise young families. Mr Watts says when compared against the best performing council on the IRIS Research database, Logan is setting
the standard for others to follow in the way it provides animal management services and supports local businesses. “Council is meeting the highest performance benchmark in these areas, which is a significant result,” he said. City Image and Innovation Chair, Councillor Laurie Smith said the 2018 survey results provided a valuable insight into residents’ satisfaction with Council’s services and highlighted areas where Council needs to prioritise its efforts in the future. “We’re chuffed with the overall findings, which show we’re delivering quality services in key areas. We also know where residents think we need to improve,” he said. Logan City Council outperformed other Councils in a significant number of service areas. These were: • Libraries • Playgrounds • Food safety in local eateries • Sporting grounds and facilities • Animal management • General waste collection • Council-funded festivals and events • Promotion of the city • Support for local business • Informing the community about Council services and facilities • Bike routes • Footpaths and shared paths • Sewerage services.
The quality of sporting grounds and facilities rated highly in the residents' survey
Learn more about the survey at: logan.qld.gov.au/residents-survey
How you rated our services
of residents prefer to contact Council by phone.
of residents are satisfied with Council’s libraries
of residents are satisfied with Council’s sewerage services
of residents are satisfied with general waste collection services
of residents are satisfied with the city’s immunisation program
of residents say Council staff were courteous and helpful
of residents believe Council staff provided clear, easy to understand advice
The Our Logan magazine is the preferred method for residents to receive information
Libraries are the highest performing service for Council
Playgrounds are the most used service by residents across the city
Council’s animal management service meets the top performance benchmark
Read the full survey at: logan.qld.gov.au/residents-survey-results
About Logan Listens: • The 2018 Logan Listens: Residents’ Survey was conducted in late August through to early September. • Two representative samples of 800 residents aged over 18 years who have lived in Logan for at least six months completed the telephone survey. • All respondents were selected at random. • It is representative of the population by gender, age and location and is accurate, with a margin of error of 3.5%.
Libraries were rated Council’s top performing service
• The survey was conducted by independent consultant IRIS Research. • Logan City Council conducted its first Logan Listens: Residents’ Survey in 2010. 5
COLBIE connecting kids with causes COLBIE (City of Logan Bot for Innovative Engagement) is Council’s shiny new community engagement robot, who has been tasked with helping to seek the views and opinions of children and youth on Council projects. COLBIE’s role is to break the ice and interact with children in an innovative and exciting way.
Logan City Council is one of the first local governments in Australia to use this kind of robotic technology to engage children and youth in Council decision-making processes. COLBIE is part of Council’s Listen 2 Connect initiative that is pushing for more meaningful engagement with residents, particularly children and youth, on the issues that matter to them.
Acting Mayor, Cherie Dalley, said the use of new technologies like COLBIE was grasping the attention of younger community members, providing an additional way to engage with children and youth.
The Listen 2 Connect community engagement guideline for children, youth and young adults was reviewed by Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work’s Dr Marilyn Casley, who said that the use of the guidelines would help to shape the way children influenced the future of Logan.
“Through COLBIE, children and young people can provide great insights into decision-making processes. It’s a fun way to give younger people influence over a process or outcome, regardless of their age,” Cr Dalley said.
“I am proud to have been asked to review Listen 2 Connect, which we can clearly say was created here in Logan to collect information from the youngest 37 per cent of the Logan community,” Dr Casley said.
“Council takes community engagement seriously and recognises the need to offer a diverse range of tools to continue to spark interest and increase involvement levels.
Logan City Council’s Listen 2 Connect partners include Griffith University, the Salvation Army’s Communities For Children facilitating partner and Logan Together.
“COLBIE complements meaningful interactions between people and can engage a wide range of children and youth regardless of their age or language skills.” She also has an educational value for students, according to Alisa Cleary, Coordinator, Professional Learning Program at the Global Learning Centre. “Year 6 and 7 students are taught Civics and Citizenship in the Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum. COLBIE not only offers an opportunity to understand the workings of local government, she also supports our youngest citizens to have a voice about matters important to them and about decisions which impact their lives,” she said. “The educative value of the partnership that the Woodridge cluster of schools 6
has with the Council and Griffith University provides a learning experience few schools can match.”
Students interacting with COLBIE, as Sue Monk from Griffith University looks on
Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley and a young fan with COLBIE
Students from Woodridge State School, Harris Fields State School, Woodridge State High School and Berrinba State School are participants in an innovative learning experience resulting from a partnership between the schools, Griffith University and Council
Water quality project secures industry awards Logan’s environmentally sustainable water quality project that provides water to our rapidly growing southern suburbs has received widespread industry acclaim, taking out: • The Queensland Engineering Excellence Award • The Australian Water Association (Qld) Infrastructure Innovation Award. It has also won the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Qld) awards for: • Innovation and Sustainability in Water – Projects Under $5 million • Overall Project of the Year.
In an Australian first application, the project at Council’s Round Mountain Reservoir uses nothing more than sunlight for power and salt to purify drinking water via two electrochlorination units. The installation is powered by 323 photovoltaic solar panels on the reservoir roof, generating 87kW of energy in peak periods. This system powers the electro-chlorination, water supply dosing and control processes, with excess energy stored in a Tesla Powerpack battery for 24-hour availability. The installation is totally self-sufficient and incorporates a cloudbased battery management system to balance energy demand and supply. It is sized to allow the water chlorination system to run non-stop in all weather. At full production, the system uses 1,000kg of salt a week. In 2017 and 2018, the project attracted national interest from independent organisations such as the Climate Council, mainstream media and water engineering and energy industry media.
Che Caldwell and Chris Pipe-Martin check charging levels
Lester Bridgham, Steve Kapernick, Marlon Pritchard, Mark Vaughan, Reg Bailey, Denver Pollock, Natasha Georgius and Cr Phil Pidgeon with the Queensland Engineering Excellence Award
The project is being promoted to other Australian councils through the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership. The partnership is a free national program that encourages knowledge-sharing between councils and provides a platform to share success stories with a national audience on energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon offsetting. Its cost efficiency and success is changing the Australian water industry and is an ongoing demonstration of how Logan City Council is using renewable energy solutions to achieve water security and reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
3X3 a slam dunk at BTS Beenleigh Town Square will be the next venue to host a fast-paced 3X3 Basketball tournament. The game involves three-a side teams battling against each other, while contending with a 12-second shot clock—with just 10 minutes or 21 points— to prove who is best.
The event will be free for spectators, but competitors will need to register teams in advance by visiting: clb3x3.com
A series of elite-level exhibition games was held at Beenleigh Town Square in late October, but don’t despair if you missed it, as an all-ages tournament will be held at the same site on 8 and 9 December. 3X3 is simple and flexible enough to be played anywhere and by anyone, so Logan residents are being invited to register teams. The weekend-long tournament will run from 10am to 4pm on both days and will feature slam dunks, three-point shoot outs. Elite players from Logan, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast areas will also return to play.
Logan City Council is a proud sponsor of events that support the Destination Management Plan launched in October (featured on page 24). 7
DIVISION 1 NEWS
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Underwood Park to host new market Markets are coming to Division 1 just in time for Christmas. Two enterprising locals, Jodie Bree and Hayley Flynn, have successfully applied to host markets near Underwood Park’s netball courts starting on Saturday, 24 November. A special Christmas gala opening will take place on Saturday, 8 December, featuring Christmas stalls and plenty of delicious food. Jodie and Hayley hope to get more than 50 vendors in place offering a wide range of goods. “There’s no markets on this side of Logan and I know people have been asking for one forever,” Hayley said.
“We’ve already got a lot of people interested in the first market and we think they’ll be popular going forward.”
Christmas is a time for giving and sharing, loving and forgiving. I wish your family and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and New Year. COUNCILLOR LISA BRADLEY Phone: 3412 3412 Email: email@example.com Division 1: Priestdale, Rochedale South and part of Daisy Hill, Underwood and Springwood. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 2 NEWS
Hundreds of volunteers plant trees in Logan Gardens as part of a Helping Hands event
Dux endured tough road to the top
Gardens receive a helping hand
Woodridge State High School’s 2018 dux Zeinab Ghalandari with Cr Russell Lutton
Blink and you might have missed it. In less than one hour, more than 1000 trees were planted at Logan Gardens thanks to volunteers taking part in a Mormon Helping Hands event. Councillor Russell Lutton said more than 400 people from all ages gave up their Saturday morning to get their hands dirty and plant trees at the popular Logan Central park. “I’d like to extend my appreciation to the Mormon community for the work they have done in the park,” Cr Lutton said. “I’m glad I was there to see it in person, as the transformation was remarkable. To plant that amount of trees in a morning was a testament to the hard work of the volunteers. “We’re lucky in Logan to have groups like this who continually do such great community-minded work in my division and across city.” The trees were planted in a previously bare section of the gardens. Previous projects that volunteers participating in Mormon Helping Hands activities have undertaken in Logan include working bees at schools and flood recovery efforts after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie. Facilities at Logan Gardens have been upgraded in recent months with a new emoji-themed walking trail offering three clearly marked trails in an effort to encourage exercise. A disc golfing course was also installed.
Finishing top of the class in your senior year at high school requires countless hours of study, hard work and dedication. It’s a tough ask, but add to that the challenges of settling into a new country as a refugee. Understanding that scenario is a start to appreciate the impressive achievements of Woodridge State High School’s 2018 dux Zeinab Ghalandari. The Afghani student arrived in Australia just four years ago and could not speak English at that stage. Councillor Russell Lutton lauded Zeinab’s achievements as a great example of refugees thriving in Logan. “We have a great multicultural community here and refugees like Zeinab are an important part of that,” Cr Lutton said. “To finish dux is a fantastic achievement and testament to Zeinab’s hard work and the support of her family.”
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and safe festive season. May 2019 be a healthy, safe and prosperous year for COUNCILLOR RUSSELL LUTTON you all. Chairperson City Planning and Economic Development Phone: 3412 3412 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 2: Woodridge, Logan Central and part of Kingston and Underwood. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 3 NEWS
Meakin Park joins safety camera network Mabel Park State High School Principal Michael Hornby with Health Training Hub students Diana Daniel (right) and Makere Sidney-Te Reo
National accolade for Mabel Park Health Hub Mabel Park High School’s innovative Health Training Hub is helping to promote the City of Logan on a national level.
It boasted a 93 per cent completion rate among students with 70 per cent of those graduating with a Certificate II qualification.
The school’s Heath Hub, a world-class school-to-work transition program, last month won the prestigious Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award at the state finals of the 57th Queensland Training Awards.
Mabel Park High School principal Mick Hornby said courses at the Health Hub were skilling Logan school students for jobs in one of the fastest growing areas of employment.
Winning the accolade earned the program the right to advance to the national finals of the Australian Training Awards for Industry Collaboration in Sydney. Councillor Steve Swenson said the Heath Hub, now in its third year, provided valuable education and training in the health industry for students in Years 10 to 12 from 14 schools across the city. “The Health Hub is helping to ease youth unemployment by providing a supportive learning base for Logan youngsters to prepare themselves for the workforce and pursue their career dreams,” Cr Swenson said. “Now to be showcased at a national level is a tribute to the hard work done by everyone connected to the hub and a proud moment for the City of Logan.” The Mabel Park High School Health Hub won its award on the back of impressive results last year.
“Our graduates are getting direct entry to jobs in the health industry,” he said.
Christmas is a season of love, generosity, belief and goodwill that epitomises how we all should aspire to live, not just at Christmas but every day. Personally it’s when our family spends quality time enjoying each other’s company and celebrating the birth of Jesus – Heaven’s gift for the whole world.
Community safety in parks and sporting fields will be boosted with five new cameras to be installed across Division 3 in coming months. Four cameras will be positioned in Meakin Park at Slacks Creek thanks to funding from Councillor Steve Swenson under the divisional infrastructure and capital improvements program (DICIP). The cameras will be installed near the Logan City Rugby Union Club, the Football Queensland fields, the Logan City Softball Association fields and space used by the Logan Off-road Radio Control Club and the Logan City Radio Control Car Club. Cr Swenson said the cameras would become part of the Logan City Safety Camera Program that is monitored by Council and police. “Meakin Park is home to so many Logan sporting facilities and recreational activities and Council is pleased to be able to provide an extra layer of security and safety through the installation of these cameras,” Cr Swenson said. A fifth safety camera will be positioned in Reserve Park in Slacks Creek, one of 23 cameras to be installed across Logan under funding from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund (round 2).
COUNCILLOR STEVE SWENSON Chairperson City Lifestyle and Community Phone: 3412 3412 Email: email@example.com
Division 3: Slacks Creek and part of Underwood, Springwood, Kingston, Tanah Merah, Loganholme and Daisy Hill. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
Logan Art Gallery Exhibitions 30 November 2018 to 12 January 2019
Safe Space contemporary sculpture
Logan treasures: art, craft and design pop-up store
Safe Space is an exhibition of contemporary Australian sculpture concerned with space in both its physical and psychological sense. This touring exhibition aims to showcase and build demand for high-quality contemporary sculptural work by Australian artists to audiences nationally.
Highlighting the best of Logan’s artists, craftsworkers and designers. Vincent Swift Photography
Music in the Gallery Mixed beans and Freedom train
Safe Space is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland, developed in partnership with Logan City Council through Logan Art Gallery and curated by Christine Morrow.
Saturday 8 December 2pm to 3.30pm Experience the seasonal joy of Mixed beans and Freedom train, two of Logan's most vibrant community choirs performing live in concert at Logan Art Gallery. Under the conductorship of Cath Mundy, the choirs will present a variety of songs and carols from around the world to lift the heart and bring good cheer. Get ready to sing along!
This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments; and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
D Palmer, Glass bowl, B Jackson, Hand dyed silk scarf, S Wellingham, Lamp work bead earrings, M E Barron, Folded paper bracelets, T Flynn-Clarke, Ceramic and plant-fibre bowl and F + S Creations, Acrylic pen, Wooden pen
Light refreshments will be served, so bookings are essential by Friday 7 December via phone 3412 5519 or logan.qld.gov.au/galleryevents
Creative markets and Logan treasures Saturday 1 December 2018 10am to 2pm Logan Art Gallery
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, The boy who couldn’t sleep, 2017, painted wood, buffalo horn. Image courtesy of the artist and Moore Contemporary
Cnr Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central
• artists’ art and craft demonstrations • market stalls offering hand-crafted wares • food and coffee • entertainment
These large paintings, small prints and installation artworks are based on Lee FullARTon’s experience as an artist-inresidence in New Delhi, India. For Lee, completeness is not an end point, it is about having all the necessary parts to be whole.
• Free venue hire with minimum food and beverage spend*
• For bookings and further information please call 3412 4770
• Parties of 10-80ppl (cocktail style)
• Packages to suit all budgets
* conditions apply
WHAT’S ON AT
EVENTS Chillogan Festival Saturday 1 December 3pm to 9pm Beenleigh Town Square
Brigalow Country Community Club Country Christmas Carols Saturday 1 December from 5pm to 9pm 297 Logan St, Eagleby
Romanian Food and Wine Festival Sunday 2 December 12.30pm to 8.30pm Logan West Community Centre 2 Wineglass Dr, Hillcrest
FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER
Doors open 10am for an 11am start
The Beggars present everyone’s favourite Christmas songs in their relaxed and friendly style. Featuring beautiful playing and three-part harmony singing, to the backdrop of projected images to create a wonderful atmosphere. Make a list and check it twice —The Beggars are coming to town!
Table Group 8+/Members $28.50
Table Entry $29.50 (includes special Christmas morning tea) (includes special Christmas morning tea)
Balcony $22 Balcony Group 8+/Members $20
Variety concert in aid of Palu Friday 7 December 7pm Canterbury College Events Centre Ph 0417 273 589 for details
Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum Local Arts and Crafts Sale Saturday 8 December 7am to 2pm 205 Main St, Beenleigh
CLB 3X3 – Champions League Basketball Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December 10am to 4pm Beenleigh Town Square
Model Train Show Saturday 1 December 9am to 5pm Sunday 2 December 9am to 4pm Beenleigh Events Centre
Yarrabilba Christmas Carols Saturday 8 December 6pm to 9pm Shaw St Oval, Yarrabilba
ALABASTER THEATRE PRESENTS
MOSAIC THE MUSICAL Mosaic is a live action Christmas experience like no other. A theatrical adventure for the whole family. Based on a true story of an ancient prophecy, a corrupt King and a courageous couple who embark on a dangerous journey.
SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 5pm and 8pm Entry $18.50 This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
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
City of Logan Christmas Carols Saturday 15 December 4.30pm to 9.30pm Griffith University Logan Campus University Drive, Meadowbrook
EATS & BEATS WILL RETURN IN 2019 follow the facebook page to keep up-to-date with dates and locations #eatsandbeats #visitlogan #cityoflogan
Dr Cameron’s curious creatures He’s known for his internationally popular book series the Pie Rats and the Scallywags and for five days in January 2019, Dr Cameron Stelzer will be visiting each of Logan’s nine libraries.
What’s on this summer Look no further than your local library and Logan Art Gallery. There’s plenty to keep everyone amused.
What’s on at your local Logan City Council Libraries NOVEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019 Lee Holmes Supercharged celebrations See page 31
For example you can:
Kathryn Lyons Global disability advocate See page 19 School holiday activities See pages 11–13 and 16–17
• bring the family to create your own Christmas ornaments and keepsakes
Logan resident, award-winning author and illustrator Dr Cameron said he was very humbled and excited to return home to read his illustrated stories, which were inspired by the curious creatures in the Natural History Museum in London.
• learn how to draw super cute kawaiiinspired art
“It is such an honour to be involved with the Summer Reading Club. I travel for over four months of the year on book tours, and summer at home is my favourite time to read, write and illustrate.
• find out how to achieve domestic bliss in the New Year
“Through the Summer Reading Club I have the privilege of chatting with children as they embark on a journey of reading and discovering curious creatures. I look forward to sharing some tips and encouragement, too,” Dr Cameron said. All Dr Cameron’s books feature engaging anthropomorphic characters that are on adventures of curiosity and discovery. Bookings are essential for the presentations, to be held between Friday 11 January and Wednesday 16 January, which will include Creature-creation illustration workshops. Book online at loganlibraries.org/ whats-on or contact your local Logan City Council Library. The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) and public libraries across Australia, including Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres.
photographer: Luisa Brimble
Summer Reading Club: Curious creatures See page 12–13
• game with VR, using Samsung VR Black • learn how to reduce sugars in delicious food prepared during the Christmas and New Year period
What’s on at Logan Art Gallery November, December 2018 and January 2019
• find out how to download free audio and e-book summer reads. To find out what’s on during summer, download the booklet: loganlibraries.org/whats-on and logan.qld.gov.au/galleryevents
Celebrating United Nations International Day of People with Disability Thinking outside the box Meet award-winning global disability advocate, change-maker and access warrior, Kathryn Lyons who is on a mission to create understanding of the “why” for change to build inclusive communities. Logan North Library: Sat 1 Dec at 10am
Helping children with sensory issues adjust to learning environments Do you have a child who avoids sitting still and loves to fidget? You’re not alone. Be empowered with simple inexpensive therapy tips to maximise learning. Presented by Melissa Savonoff, a paediatric occupational therapist and creator of Ricardo Reading Mouse educational resources. This workshop provides general sensory processing intervention strategies and does not replace an individual occupational therapy assessment or treatment plan. Logan North Library: Thu 6 Dec – 6pm to 7.30pm
School holidays January 2019 KRANK Free and low-cost activities for kids and teens aged 5-17. logan.qld.gov.au/krank Registrations for January open 10 December 2018
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DIVISION 4 NEWS
Family-friendly makeover for Mundoolun Park A children’s bicycle and trike trail is part of new park facilities in Mundoolun. Mundoolun Park on Scarborough Court has been revamped by Logan City Council in time for summer. Councillor Laurie Koranski is excited the park transformation is completed. “Council has been hard at work over the past two months on this project which has transformed and updated the look and feel of Mundoolun Park,” Cr Koranski said. “We have added new facilities to appeal to young families including a new bike and trike trail and pathway connections.” Cr Koranski said an important part of the project involved the installation of traffic signs on the children’s bicycle path. “These signs are modelled on real traffic signs,” Cr Koranski said. “We wanted to create an area where children can safely practise riding their bikes and gain skills which they can use whenever they are out and about.” Cr Koranski said Council was also upgrading playground equipment in the park. “We are adding bell play equipment that can be played like a musical instrument and petrol bowser play equipment. “To encourage people to use the park we are also installing a double BBQ facility and new seats. “We hope all these changes will ensure that Mundoolun Park appeals to a wide range of the community. “This will allow people to spend time with their family and friends at the park.” Cr Koranski said new trees had been planted in the park. “And as a finishing touch we have also installed a new sign for the park,” she said.
Cr Laurie Koranski inspects the new facilities at Mundoolun Park with Tanyson ParkerBrowne, Flynn Parker-Brown, Amelia Radatti and (front) Cooper Radatti
Residents shine light on Christmas spirit The spirit of the festive season will be on display at Opal Gardens Retirement Village this month.
hampers and gift vouchers, have been donated by the village’s Residents Club.
Residents at the Logan Village facility have decorated their homes and gardens for their annual Christmas lights competition.
During the judging, residents and their families and friends will be encouraged to walk through the resort and enjoy the lights. The event is not open to the public.
Councillor Laurie Koranski will help judge the competition and take part in the facility’s Christmas barbecue on Saturday, 15 December.
Mt Warren Community Church choir will provide Christmas entertainment along with Opal Gardens’ soloist Brian Fordham.
“I am looking forward to being a judge and if previous years are anything to go by, I’m sure the residents will make the task a hard one with the high quality of their displays,” Cr Koranski said.
Editor of the Opal Outlook newsletter Irene Frances said the Christmas lights competition was a great way to celebrate the festive season.
Prizes for the competition, including
“Residents also appreciate sharing this special time with Cr Koranski,” she said.
From my family to yours, wishing you a happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous year ahead. Thank you for making our corner of the world a great place to live. I look forward to continuing to work together in 2019 to lift our community higher. COUNCILLOR LAURIE KORANSKI Phone: 3412 5504 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 4: Bahrs Scrub, Buccan, Belivah, Bannockburn, Logan Village, Windaroo, Wolffdene, Yarrabilba, Kairabah, Mundoolun and part of Cedar Creek, Jimboomba, Mt Warren Park and Tamborine. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 5 NEWS
Sport scores a goal for community group Breaking down barriers and building bridges between different community groups were the aims of a special sporting event held in Marsden last month. Councillor Jon Raven supported the Cangyom Multicultural Sports Event at Melissa Park Oval on 3 and 10 November. “It was great to see this Marsden facility being used for this significant sporting event,” Cr Raven said. “Twelve different communities came together to test their skills and have a great time.
Mr Cangmah said the tournament was open to all organisations and communities in the Logan area. “This was an opportunity for people from different cultures to get together,” he said. “It promoted what Logan is all about. We are building networks together.” The tournament was held in conjunction with the Cangyom Festival. The Matu have their origins in Burma. The Matu Community of Queensland has about 350 members.
“The oval hadn’t been used in years, so I organised for soccer goals and a field to be installed. It was one of those ‘if you build it they will come’ sort of ideas.” Hosted by the Matu Community of Queensland, this was the fifth year that the tournament had been held in the City of Logan with it rotating each year across different facilities. Community president Lawm Cangmah said men took part in soccer matches during the tournament with women participating in volleyball.
Holiday program kicks boredom to the kerb There is no excuse for boredom in the City of Logan these summer holidays. Councillor Jon Raven said a range of free or low-cost activities would be available across the city throughout the January school holidays as part of Council’s KRANK school holiday program for five to 17-year-olds. From 12 to 25 January, young people will have the chance to take part in lots of fun activities. For teens, there is wakeboarding, bubble soccer, an outdoor rock climbing wall and BMX riding. For the younger ones, there are swimming lessons, roller-skating, knee-boarding and even fishing lessons. “A Fishing by the River session will be held at Demeio Park in Marsden from 9am to noon on Saturday, 12 January,” Cr Raven said.
The end of the year is a wonderful time for family and friends to catch up and unwind. I wish all the residents of Logan a relaxing and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
“Participants will have the chance to learn the basics of shore-based fishing, knot tying, rod casting and heaps of other fishing tips.” This activity is for those aged five to 11 years and costs $3 per participant. Bookings for the KRANK program open at 9am on Monday, 10 December. Get in quick as activities often book out. The full program can be viewed online at logan.qld.gov.au/krank
Matu Community of Queensland President Lawm Cangmah (left) and Cangyom Multicultural Sports Event players Van Lal Chhandam and Robinson Thangval with Cr Jon Raven
COUNCILLOR JON RAVEN Chairperson City Centres Special Committee Phone: 3412 5505 Email: email@example.com Division 5: Berrinba, Marsden, Loganlea and part of Waterford West and Crestmead. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 6 NEWS
New cameras to boost Bethania safety Bethania is benefitting from a recent expansion of the Logan Safety Camera Program.
Celebrating the news about the Tudor Park mountain bike skills course are Inspector Stephen Pyne, Luke Ellul, Acting Logan Mayor Cherie Dalley, Taonga Taikato-McGarvey and Ross McIvor
Two-wheel triumph for Tudor Park Budding mountain bike riders will get to hone their skills on a new course to be built in Loganholme. Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said Logan City Council and the Tudor Park Police Citizens Youth Club were working together to develop the facility at Tudor Park on Clarks Rd. “This course will be a mountain bike skills park featuring loops suitable for younger and less experienced riders to progress their riding skills in a safe and structured environment,” Cr Dalley said. Construction of the new riding tracks is scheduled to be completed by June next year. “A design has been developed which provides three trail loops each with different features and varying levels of difficulty,” Cr Dalley said. “All the loops converge into a central staging area to allow riders to gather and socialise.
“The facility has been designed to provide an engaging riding experience while being complementary to, and having a low impact, on the surrounding natural environment.” Cr Dalley said mountain bike riding was a popular recreational pursuit in the City of Logan. “There are lots of different trails throughout the city catering for everyone from beginners to the more experienced riders and the Tudor Park facility will provide another location for riders to further develop their skills.” Tudor Park Police Citizens Youth Club and Project Booyah Coordinator Inspector Stephen Pyne said the new course would help boost community use of the park. “We hope to re-establish the café here so people can order a coffee and enjoy it on the deck while they watch their children on the new track,” Insp Pyne said.
In the past six months, Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley has worked with council officers to prioritise the installation of five new safety cameras in King Arthur Bvd and Noffke Park in Bethania, Leighton Fields in Edens Landing, Tudor Park in Loganholme and Larry Storey Park in Albert St, Waterford. In addition to these new cameras, Cr Dalley said that three more permanent safety cameras would also be installed across Division 6 taking the total number of fixed cameras in this area to 13. Cr Dalley said the cost of the additional cameras at Bethania, Tudor Park and Larry Storey Park was covered by $525,000 in funding from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund (round 1), which was an election commitment from the Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen (pictured above), who was on hand to view the recent installation at Noffke Park.
“We also hope it helps to expand the club.”
I would like to extend to you all my warmest wishes for a joyous Christmas season, and may 2019 bring you good health, peace and happiness. 16
Insp Pyne said the PCYC had purchased bicycles to be used on the track by children attending afterschool and vacation-care programs.
ACTING MAYOR CHERIE DALLEY Phone: 3412 5506 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Division 6: Bethania, Meadowbrook, Waterford, Holmview, Edens Landing and part of Loganholme. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
To be eligible, students must: • be a resident of the City of Logan • attend a secondary school within, or adjacent to, the City of Logan and be completing Year 12 in 2018
Each year, Logan City Council and some of the most respected organisations in South East Queensland combine their resources to help young people in Logan City undertake tertiary studies. Students from families whose own financial resources are limited are encouraged to apply for a Tertiary Education Bursary. Successful applicants will receive a $3,000 bursary, provided as instalments for each semester/trimester over three years of the student’s course.
• enrol in their tertiary studies as a full-time, on-campus student for at least the first two years of a three-year course, unless an on-campus, accelerated course is studied • be likely to have their university offer confirmed by 18 January 2019. Council has been offering the bursary since 1995. Applications open on Monday 1 October and close on Friday 7 December 2018.
Get CP-TED savvy Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a proven crime prevention approach that Council uses to improve the safety in community spaces, such as local parks, throughout the city. The same principles can be applied to any property, including homes, to reduce crime. Residents are invited to learn more about CPTED at a free community presentation Tuesday, at 6.15pm on18 December at the Logan Central Library, 26 Wilbur St. To register your interest or for more information contact Council's Community Safety Program on 3412 4608 or email email@example.com ONMENT ENVIR OWNERSHIP
Tertiary Educational Bursary applications now open for 2019
For more information go to logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 3412.
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Arts and crafts and museum to move to new site
number of items directly related to the history of the Kingston Butter Factory, some of which will be incorporated in the redevelopment.
The Kingston Butter Factory’s Arts and Crafts Co-op and the Logan City Historical Museum will be temporarily relocated to a site beside the Logan Central Library in Wilbur St, Logan Central, while the butter factory is refurbished.
President of the Logan City Museum David Amiet said he had mixed feelings about the move.
Both have been tenants of the Kingston Butter Factory (KBF) Community Arts Centre for 30 years and plans are being made for the future housing of the Arts and Crafts Co-op in the historic worker’s cottage and the museum’s relocation elsewhere within the KBF precinct.
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“This has been a wonderful site over the years, but the redevelopment will provide us with the opportunity to attract more people to see the local exhibits we have here,” he said. Both groups will vacate the KBF by the end of the year to allow renovations to commence and will move into their temporary home, beside the Logan Central Library Wilbur St, in early 2019.
The Arts and Craft Co-op has been a favourite destination for many tour bus operators as people come from across South East Queensland and beyond to buy quality locally made arts and crafts. The Historical Museum currently holds a large collection of items of local historical significance. They include a
President of the Logan City Museum David Amiet with a World War I collection
Logan Early Warning The summer months in South East Queensland are notable for severe weather conditions but it’s easy to be informed about potential threats by taking some simple steps. Logan City Council provides several free services to keep residents informed when there’s a storm, flood, bushfire or emergency situation threatening. Logan Early Warning provides residents and businesses with free early warning alerts by SMS, email and text-to-voice for landlines.
Summer storms and firework alerts Many pets, particularly dogs, escape from their homes when scared by the noise of thunderstorms or fireworks. That’s why owners of registered pets who have provided a mobile phone number receive a warning by SMS from Council when there are planned fireworks in the vicinity. If you receive a warning message it’s a good idea to make sure your pet is inside or in an escape-proof enclosure that offers shelter from all types of weather. If your pet goes missing please contact our Animal Management Centre on 3412 5397 or search online at: logan.qld.gov.au/ animalshelter
All you need to do to have warnings sent to you is to download the smartphone app, which is available for Apple and Android devices through the App Store and Google Play Store by searching Logan Early Warning. In addition to alerts, the Logan Early Warning App has additional features to assist residents including: • Alerts based on your GPS location as well as your registered residential address • A ‘Help Me’ feature, which sends the user’s location and details to email addresses and contact numbers programmed by the user • Calling Emergency 000, SES 132 500, Police 131 444, 24 Hour GP all whilst providing the user GPS coordinates and your address from your GPS location • Access to weather radar—based on your location • Location display
An added feature is the flood notification service which provides information on flood levels and allows you to monitor local conditions and time to respond to the threat of rising water. You can sign up to receive notifications for possible flooding at various points on the Albert and Logan rivers, as well as Henderson Creek, Oxley Creek, Quinzeh Creek, Schmidts Creek, Scrubby Creek and Slacks Creek. If you want to follow an event as it unfolds, a quick visit to Council’s Disaster Dashboard at: disaster.logan. qld.gov.au will provide you with the most reliable and current information available about road hazards, power outages, emergency situations, weather warnings and much more. Live video from Council’s flood cameras is displayed on the site to show creek levels across the city and video feeds from Schmidt’s Creek, Henderson Creek, Oxley Creek and several points on Scrubby Creek are available around the clock. Twitter feeds from the Queensland Police Service, Energex, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and other agencies are also published on the Disaster Dashboard, along with regular updates from the Bureau of Meteorology. Information about how to keep informed and prepared for any situation this summer is available at: logan.qld.gov.au/getprepared
• The ability to upload images and video.
DIVISION 7 NEWS
Browns Plains Blue Light Disco organiser Vyv Dance OAM gets into the Christmas spirit
Christmas hampers and hams proved popular at the final dance for the year at the Browns Plains Blue Light Disco
Festive hampers deliver Christmas joy Christmas can be a lonely time for some people, but a group of volunteers is making sure the Yuletide Grinch is chased away.
Disco door prizes delight young dancers Meals on Wheels isn’t the only community group distributing Christmas hampers this year. Another organisation with a 30year history is the Browns Plains Blue Light Disco which will give away 30 Christmas hampers and 60 hams at their last dance for the year. The dances, held on the first Friday of every month, draw about 400 youngsters. Organiser Vyv Dance OAM said the hamper giveaway was a great way to end the year. “We have door prizes at all our dances but this Christmas one always gets people excited,” he said. “Councillor Laurie Smith and Councillor Cherie Dalley have always been enthusiastic supporters and donors to the Browns Plains Blue Light Disco and once again they’ve made our hamper giveaway possible.” 20
Logan West Meals on Wheels is once again putting together Christmas hampers to deliver some festive joy to their customers in the south west of the city. Using a small kitchen at the Logan West Community Centre on Wineglass Dr at Hillcrest, the group makes meals for up to 80 clients a night. They’ve recently had a few extra hands added thanks to the Federal Government’s Work for the Dole program. With the generous financial support of Councillor Laurie Smith, Christmas hampers will once again include a Lions Christmas cake and be delivered along with a Christmas meal. Logan West Meals on Wheels president Karen Grasmeder said the hampers were appreciated by those who received one.
“They are very grateful, I’ve seen people moved to tears when we deliver them,” she said. “Some have no family close by at Christmas so this is something that makes them feel connected to the spirit of the day.” Logan West Meals on Wheels turns 35 this month and a birthday celebration is planned for the many volunteers who keep it on the road. “To operate continuously for 35 years is a big achievement for any volunteer-led organisation,” Cr Smith said. “The dedication of Karen and all the other helpers is what keeps it ticking along despite the enormous logistics and the distances they have to cover. “Once again I’m pleased to sponsor the Christmas hamper initiative and I congratulate Logan West Meals on Wheels for all their great work.”
Christmas is a special time to reflect on the year with family and friends. I wish everyone a happy and peaceful celebration and look forward to working with our community to make 2019 a great year.
COUNCILLOR LAURIE SMITH Chairperson City Image and Innovation Phone: 3412 3412 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Division 7: Forestdale, Hillcrest, Boronia Heights and part of Greenbank, Park Ridge, Park Ridge South, Munruben and North Maclean. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 8 NEWS
Young athletes from the Browns Plains Little Athletics centre dressed in pink for their Pinkletics breast cancer fundraiser in November.
Athletes think pink for fund-raising A junior sporting club combined athletics with fun, face painting and finger buns recently to raise money for breast cancer research. The Browns Plains Little Athletics centre held their Pinkletics Day fundraiser in November, with club members getting into the pink spirit. Athletes and their parents dressed in pink, had their faces painted and hair coloured pink, and indulged in pink cupcakes, meringue worms and finger buns. Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said the club deserved recognition for adding fund-raising efforts to their schedule. “The Browns Plains Little Athletics centre has been a great club for more than 30 years now and like many other junior sporting clubs, it’s the hard work of volunteers that keeps them running,” Cr Dalley said. “Generations of families have passed through the club’s ranks as athletes because the club does a great job in keeping children healthy and active. “It speaks to the community-minded spirit of the club that the volunteers put in the extra effort to host this Pinkletics Day event to raise money for breast cancer.” The club is located at Vansittart Rd in Regents Park. For more information visit: bplac.com.au
Camera links Heritage Park to safety program Community safety will be boosted at Heritage Park with the expansion of Logan City Council’s award-winning Logan Safety Camera Program. Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said a permanent security camera would be installed at Logan Metro Sports Park on Browns Plains Rd in the coming months. The new camera, funded through the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund (round 2), will be part of Council’s Safety Camera Program. “Keeping the community safe is a priority for me and for Council and this is another measure that will boost security in the area,” Cr Dalley said. “Our team took the time to find the best location for the camera, with works to set up and install the new camera due to start shortly.
“Once operational, it will feed into our camera monitoring room at Council where highly qualified Safety Camera Program staff will monitor the vision.” The Logan Safety Camera Program enhances community safety with around-the-clock real-time monitoring, recording and reporting. Council works in close partnership with the Queensland Police Service to provide a 'live' link from the Logan Safety Camera Program monitoring room to police stations across the city. The program has received numerous awards and commendations for outstanding community safety achievements, innovation, technology and partnerships.
Christmas is a special time for us to pause in our busy lives and be with our family and friends. May this time of giving bring you joy and happiness that lasts throughout the year. COUNCILLOR CHERIE DALLEY Acting Mayor Phone: 3412 3412 Email: email@example.com Division 8: Browns Plains, Regents Park, Heritage Park and part of Park Ridge. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 9 NEWS
Cr Phil Pidgeon with members of the organising committee Elanore Tuguga, Karen Watson, Sgt Ian Gunthorpe and Paul Cavanagh
Roar advantage for talented Allira
Allira Toby in action for the Brisbane Roar
When Brisbane Roar Football Club made its home at Logan Metro Sports Park earlier this year, it made life a lot easier for Westfield W-League player Allira Toby to balance her training and work commitments. As Marsden State High School's community education counsellor supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Allira doesn't have far to travel to train at the Crestmead facility. Football is in her blood—she and her three siblings grew up watching their father Anthony play. Allira says she asked to kick a ball as soon as she could talk. “The story goes that I was only a few weeks old when I went to my first game with my family and the rest is history,” Allira said. The 24-year-old winger is in her third season with the Roar, and is confident the team has what it takes to win the 2018/2019 championship.
Festive fun with carols at Pinnington Park Deck the park with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la la! The Crestmead community will soon be feeling jolly, fa la la la la la la la la! Preparations are in full swing for the annual Crestmead Community Carols on Saturday 8 December, in Pinnington Park from 5pm. Event founder and committee member Councillor Phil Pidgeon said the family-friendly gathering would feature festive entertainment from local schools and community groups as well as a couple of extras. “Sure, we will have the traditional singing but this year there are a couple of surprises in store with other
“We were minor premiers last year but got knocked out in the semi-finals, so we really want to go to the grand final this year,” she said. Councillor Phil Pidgeon said local residents should 'roar as one' with Allira and her teammates by attending home games during the Westfield W-League 2018/2019 season, which runs until February. “It's really exciting to have a Logan connection to the team, especially when they train in the city,” he said. To see the Brisbane Roar men's and women's draws, go to brisbaneroar.com.au 22
activities, all to be revealed on the night,” he said. “It's a great chance for our community to come together and enjoy the spirit of Christmas in the park, so I encourage everyone to come on down. “And a special visit from Santa is happening for those girls and boys who have been good this year.” Cr Pidgeon said the twilight setting was perfect for people to bring chairs and blankets to the event. Pinnington Park is on the corner of Pinnington and Kilby streets, Crestmead. For more information, phone Cr Pidgeon's office on 3412 5438.
Christmas is a special time. Make good memories with your family and friends. You never know how long you will have them. COUNCILLOR PHIL PIDGEON Chairman City Roads and Water Phone: 3412 3412 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Division 9: Logan Reserve, Chambers Flat, Stockleigh and part of Park Ridge, Crestmead, Waterford West, Park Ridge South, Munruben, North Maclean and South Maclean. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 10 NEWS
Master drainage upgrade will reduce flooding A major drainage project aimed at increasing the capacity of the local stormwater network will start in mid-2019. Councillor Darren Power said the Camena St catchment upgrade would involve significant works to also help reduce the effects of local flooding in the catchment area. "As our city continues to develop, even more pressure is being placed on the drains and kerb and channel networks that manage seasonal downpours," he said. "While the work is largely unseen, it's vital to ensure we have the capacity to deal with severe downpours that can fall in only a few minutes during torrential rain storms. "This project will go a long way to protecting residents' homes from water when storms roll through the city.” Cr Power said the works would occur in Celandine St, Adelong Rd, Camena St, Caparra St, Cudal St and Adelong Park. “The project will involve installing additional or upgraded stormwater pipes, gully pits and manholes,” he said. “There will also be some works above the ground to reshape some sections of road reserve to more efficiently manage water flows during wet weather events.” Valued at $2 million, the project works are expected to commence mid-2019 (subject to final project approvals). Further project information, including the nature, timing and duration of the works, will be distributed to residents prior to works commencing.
Marion and Gary Young celebrate their awards with Councillor Darren Power
Husband and wife duo notching up runs Springwood Suns Cricket Club members Marion and Gary Young have hit the City of Logan Sports Awards for six. Long-time, devoted members of the club, Marion and Gary were both rewarded for their efforts at the awards held at the end of October. Marion was the winner of the Sports Administrator of the Year and Gary was the recipient of the Judges’ Choice Award. Marion said the two of them had become involved in the club through their sons’ desire to play cricket when they moved to Logan many years ago.
“We became part of the club through our sons. Eventually, in an official capacity we joined the committee. However, they moved on and we stayed,” she said. “It’s certainly nice to be recognised even though our sons are no longer part of the club.” Councillor Darren Power said Marion and Gary were both deserving winners in their own right, and together they had devoted endless hours every day to the club. “Marion and Gary started with the club in 1992, became part of the committee in 1996, and they’re now celebrating their 26th year with the club,” Cr Power said.
Christmas is time to take a moment in our busy lives to spend with those close to us. I encourage everyone to take some time to reflect. I would like to wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy New Year. COUNCILLOR DARREN POWER Phone: 3412 3412 Email: email@example.com Division 10: Shailer Park, Cornubia, Carbrook and part of Daisy Hill and Loganholme. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
A NEW TOURISM PLAN Four ‘game changer’ priority projects led by sports, cultural events, environmental and tourist attractions are the cornerstones of Logan City Council’s new Destination Management Plan (DMP) to attract visitors to the City of Logan.
LOGAN DESTINATION MANAGEMENT PLAN 2018 - 2022
Council will conduct research and develop business cases to encourage private sector development for short-term accommodation and investment into new attractions such as: a destination holiday park, an international-quality riverine discovery centre; and a man-made white water park. The strategy is about building on Logan’s day trip strengths, and balancing this with a focus on increasing overnight visitors who bring more economic benefits and jobs to the community. City of Logan Acting Mayor, Cherie Dalley, said the plan built on Logan’s already strong visitor base, which includes significant numbers of visitors who attend sports and cultural events. “We attract more than a million visitors each year, but visitor data tells us we can do more to maximise tourism,” Cr Dalley said. “We’ve identified gaps in the market and we now have a plan to capitalise on what brings people to our city.” City Planning and Economic Development Chair, Cr Russell Lutton, said Logan has a clear strategic direction to increase visitor numbers to the city. “We need to create attraction and experience opportunities, for events and food tourism industry development, and marketing activities that set us apart,” he said.
“We would like to work with the community and industry to further develop new opportunities or enhance existing experiences. If you have ideas, you’re invited to come and talk to our tourism team.” Progress to date includes: • The appointment of Sports Marketing Australia to bring in event opportunities.
Why you should buy from a local business Buying local supports local businesses and keeps more money in the local economy. Money spent in a local businesses creates jobs, resulting in more money being spent in the local community. Five ways you can buy local
• Roundtable discussions between accommodation providers and investors to develop a business case to encourage investment in short-term accommodation.
1. Buy local products and ingredients
• Commissioning a feasibility study into a multi-purpose stadium and the development of a whole-ofcity Events Strategy.
5. Buy online from local sites
• A pilot project to develop and increase benefits for mountain biking in the Underwood Park and Daisy Hill area through the use of an online platform. • Identifying commercial activation opportunities for the Logan River.
2. Use local services and trades 3. Dine at local eateries 4. Visit a local attraction
The City of Logan is home to more than 21,000 businesses—so next time you think about your next shopping trip, need a service, want to dine out or if you’re looking for something new to do, think local and buy Logan! For more information visit loed.com.au/buylocal #ThinkLocalBuyLogan
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Say adieu to disputes A Logan-based start-up company has been awarded the 2018 Australasian Legal Practice Management Association’s LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award for its consensus accelerator program. The program is a combination of intelligent technology and human experts providing divorcing couples with a faster and more amicable way to resolve property and custody negotiations, which holds promise for expansion into commercial and property dispute resolution. Adieu Divorce, an app built by father and son team Andrew and Bill Wight, was created by bringing a team of designers, lawyers, mediators, coaches, accountants and creatives to deliver a solution for couples wanting to finalise their divorce with a minimum amount of time and effort. Using the Concur Engine, which Andrew describes as a ‘consensus accelerator’, both spouses are encouraged to take advice from multiple lawyers and explore different options to work out property splits and child custody arrangements. “Statistics show that 71 per cent of Australians do not access any legal advice when divorcing and that the average time for property settlement in Australia ranges from one to three years,” Andrew said. “We did live trials with 14 separating couples and it took an average of 19 minutes to get to an agreement with Concur driving it forward. The entire process took only between four and six weeks.
Andrew said the engine stepped people through the process with the use of cutting-edge video technology. “We’re helping people navigate the conflict in their lives and move forward in a respectful and fair way. We’re changing how humans resolve conflict and providing a way for both parties to legally finalise financial and parenting agreements with confidence.” Andrew said Adieu, which was showcased at the INNOV8 Logan launch, was born from Bill’s first-hand experience as an accountant witnessing the often-adversarial divorce processes. Adieu will soon be launching a new free app featuring a character called LUMI to further help separating couples. “This is a robot lawyer which we’ve built to have conversations with people undertaking separation to help them create a plan for the future,” Andrew said.
Start-ups looking for a local pre–accelerator program no longer have to drive to Brisbane, with the Logan Start-up Hub now delivering Start-up Onramp in Underwood. The Start-up Onramp program comprises 12 weekly workshops following a logical progression from idea validation to product development, customer acquisition, investment and growth. The workshops are delivered by accredited program facilitators, Brad and Joanna Apps and are supported by local guest presenters including: entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts. To find out more visit startuplogan.com.au/startup-onramp
Adieu now has intentions to extend the Concur model to other areas, such as estate disputes, wills and business break-ups where the model could also be used effectively. Andrew said the business had benefitted from the Brisbane-based Impact Academy 9 Accelerator program.
The start-up attracted considerable interest at INNOV8 Logan
Bill and Andrew Wight with the interface of the award-winning Adieu ‘consensus accelerator’
“Our system is ideal for couples undergoing an amicable separation and divorce – informed by legal advice.”
DIVISION 11 NEWS
Wicket trial a winner for Glenlogan
Back row (l-r): Jimboomba Redbacks' Simone Lucas, Councillor Trevina Schwarz, AFL Queensland Infrastructure and Stakeholder Relations Manager Jake Anson Front row (l-r): Phil Hayes and Joe Plater from the Jimboomba Bushrangers with Queensland Cricket game development officer Sam Ward and regional development officer Sean Dyball
The transition between football and cricket seasons at Jimboomba’s Glenlogan Park will now be easier and more effective thanks to a new synthetic wicket cover. The grass-like rubber matting is used widely in Victoria but it is the first time it has been trialled in Queensland. The park’s ovals are shared between cricket in summer and Australian rules football in winter. The concrete and artificial turf wickets at the park have previously caused concerns for both sports. Aussie rules players risked injury on the slippery concrete wicket while their boot studs often damaged the artificial turf wicket. To address these concerns and to further support both clubs, a funding grant from Councillor Trevina Schwarz provided the new synthetic cover that was placed over the wickets during the final weeks of the football season. “When I heard there was a solution that would be beneficial to these great community clubs, it made sense to fund it,” Cr Schwarz said. “The cover was in place for the final weeks of the football season and the trial received good feedback.” The cover, made by specialist company Gecko, has been welcomed by the Jimboomba Redbacks Australian Football Club and the Jimboomba Bushrangers Cricket Club.
Major road projects roll on Road upgrades are motoring full speed ahead in Division 11 with several major projects due for completion and more to start in 2019. Councillor Trevina Schwarz, who is a strong advocate for upgrades in the area, said she was pleased to see works wrapping up on Millstream and Henderson roads. “These projects have strengthened and improved the road surface, while drainage has also been upgraded,” Cr Schwarz said. “Having these projects completed will ensure motorists enjoy a safer and smoother ride.” Cr Schwarz said the widening and reconstruction of Barnes Rd at Cedar Vale was progressing as scheduled with works expected to be completed in April 2019 (weather permitting). Two more projects are planned for the New Year. Flood immunity on Scott Lane will be boosted thanks to a culvert replacement
project, with the current steel culvert to be replaced with a concrete bridge structure. The two-lane bridge will be built about three metres higher than the existing road level and include pedestrian access. Works on New Beith Rd will be carried out between Pub Lane (New Beith) and Citrine St (Greenbank) and involve raising and widening the road, realigning intersections and replacing existing culverts at Oxley Creek with larger, more efficient structures. Under Council’s Gravel Roads and Shoulder Sealing (GRASS) project, three projects have already been completed in Division 11 this year - Willowbrook Rd, Casuarina Rd and Humphries Rd. Projects scheduled to start early next year, subject to favourable weather conditions, include sections of Caswell Rd in Veresdale, Dennis Rd in Cedar Vale and all of Beryl Parade in South Maclean. The completed works will reduce future maintenance costs, reduce dust issues and generally provide a safer travel for our residents and visitors.
Christmas is a special time for creating treasured memories with friends and loved ones. I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
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COUNCILLOR TREVINA SCHWARZ Acting Deputy Mayor and City Treasurer Phone: 3412 5511 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Division 11: Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Flagstone, Flinders Lakes, Glenlogan, Lyons, Monarch Glen, New Beith, Riverbend, Silverbark Ridge and Woodhill and part of Greenbank, Jimboomba, Kagaru, North Maclean, South Maclean, Undullah, Veresdale and Veresdale Scrub. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
DIVISION 12 NEWS
Three decades of helping those in need The year is 1988 and Australia is celebrating its bicentennial and Brisbane is hosting World Expo.
help the St Vincent de Paul Society in Beenleigh—Jo Blocksidge and her friend Fay O’Toole.
At the same time, two women unceremoniously put their hand up to
“When I first did it they said ‘come along and see if you like it’ and here I still am,” Jo said.
Fay O’Toole (left) and Jo Blocksidge have been volunteering at St Vincent de Paul Beenleigh for 30 years
St Vincent de Paul Society in Tobruk St, Beenleigh, provides food, clothing, furniture and in some cases financial support to the needy. Fay said a lot had changed in 30 years but the needs of the underprivileged remained a constant. “Things like casual employment have made it really tough for people,” Fay said. “There was a young fellow we helped out today who hasn’t been able to work since he was hit by a car.” The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message, assist those experiencing poverty and inequality and works to shape a more just and compassionate society. Its Beenleigh store is open from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
Kick along for teen Tori’s footy career Age has proved no barrier for former Beenleigh State High School student and budding Australian rules player Tori Groves-Little (pictured right).
It has been a successful year for AFL in Beenleigh with the Buffaloes making the 2018 QFA Division 2 Seniors Grand Final.
The 17-year-old has been drafted into the Brisbane Lions AFLW squad.
Councillor Jennie Breene congratulated Tori on her success.
The Lions had been chasing Tori’s signature since she won the QAFLW best and fairest award for the 2018 season.
“She’s got a very bright future ahead if her achievements so far are anything to go by,” Cr Breene said.
The energetic winger is the youngest ever winner of the award.
Mobile Office Thursday, 6 December 2018 2pm-3pm
Mt Warren Park Shopping Village 140-146 Mt Warren Bvd, Mt Warren Park
Eagleby Plaza Shopping Centre 142-164 Fryar Rd, Eagleby
40-68 Main St, Beenleigh
“It’s great to think that such a promising talent grew up in Beenleigh, honing her skills on our magnificent AFL playing fields. “I wish her a long and successful career and the best of luck in the AFLW next year.”
At this joyous time of year, we should all take a step back from our busy lives and enjoy special moments with our loved ones. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish for.
COUNCILLOR JENNIE BREENE Chairperson City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Phone: 3412 3412 Mobile: 0411 658 297 Email: email@example.com Division 12: Eagleby, Beenleigh and part of Mt Warren Park. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.
GET TO KNOW THE LOCALS Judy Gibson is the Jimboomba Rural 2 Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Coordinator for Cedar Grove and has been a member since 1992. Jimboomba Rural 2 includes the suburbs of Jimboomba, North Maclean, South Maclean, Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Round Ridge Rd, Stockleigh, Flagstone, Yarrabilba and Jimboomba Woods.
What made you get involved in NHW? My family moved into the Cedar Grove area in 1992. At that time, there were only three houses in my street but the whole area was being developed. There were a number of houses under construction in my street, so I took it upon myself to get acquainted with the other families. Together, we were able to keep a watch on the construction sites and deter theft. As houses were completed and new families arrived, we were able to welcome them to our neighbourhood. I joined my local NHW then and have been a member ever since.
How can people get involved in NHW? Take an interest in what is happening in your local area. If you have concerns, do something. Come along to one of our monthly meetings, held at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month at Dorrington House on Johanna St, Jimboomba. Alternatively, visit our website and subscribe to our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in your local area.
Website: jimboombaneighbourhoodwatch.org Facebook: @JimboombaNHW If you would like more information about your local Neighbourhood Watch Group email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Neighbourhood Watch Queensland website nhwq.org
CITY OF LOGAN SAFE SAFE CITY CITYAWARDS SURVEY The City of Logan Safe City VOLUNTEER CATEGORY Awards acknowledge the work Winners:and Jon and Michelle Sorohan Tellofus how you feel about crime safety in the volunteers, individuals, for their tireless work with helping not-for-profit City of groups, Logan by completing ourfamilies survey. newly arrived integrate into the government agencies and Logan community. businesses that contribute to Go in the drawNOT-FOR-PROFIT to win CATEGORY making the city safer, inclusive and more welcoming. 1 of 3 vouchers worth $100 each.
Winner: NOT NOW, NOT EVER in Logan campaign. This campaign seeks to change attitudes and behaviours and to provide a safe and supportive community where domestic and family violence is not tolerated.
For more and to complete the survey, Loganinformation City Council would like to visit logan.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay congratulate the three winners:
GOVERNMENT/BUSINESS CATEGORY Winner: Codie Smith. Codie creates programs through the Logan PCYC to engage youth in pro-social activities. Congratulations to all award runners-up and nominees. Your work makes our city an even safer place.
SAFE CITY LOGAN SURVEY Council would like to thank the 680 residents who contributed to our third annual Safe City Logan community survey and congratulate the three lucky participants who won a $100 gift card each in the random prize draw. Feedback from the survey will be used to inform Council of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perceptions about important crime and safety topics and assist with planning safety initiatives in 2019. The results of the survey will be published later in December at: logan.qld.gov.au/safecitysurvey
Council’s Christmas/New Year operating hours
All customer service centres (Logan Central, Beenleigh and Jimboomba) and Logan City Libraries Tue 25 Dec 2018 (Christmas Day)
Wed 26 Dec 2018 (Boxing Day)
Tue 1 Jan 2019 (New Year’s Day)
Mon 28 Jan 2019 (Australia Day)
None of our libraries’ regular weekly Story Time sessions for young children will be held between Saturday 22 December and Tuesday 1 January 2019. All sessions will recommence from Wednesday 2 January 2019.
Logan Entertainment Centre
• The Browns Plains Waste and Recycling Facility will be open every day including Christmas Day.
170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central
• The Waste and Recycling Facilities at Greenbank, Logan Village, Beenleigh and Carbrook will be open every day except Christmas Day.
Closed Australia Day 28 January
• Bin collections will be conducted on Christmas Day. However, they may be a little earlier than usual to allow drivers to get home to their families as soon as possible. For this reason, we urge residents to present their bins on the footpath on Monday evening.
Closed Tuesday 25 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019 (inclusive)
Logan Art Gallery Cnr Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central Will close at 5pm on Saturday 22 December 2018, and reopen at 10am Wednesday 2 January 2019.
Animal Management Centre 213 Queens Rd, Kingston
Logan Recycling Market 41 Recycle Way, Heritage Park
Sat 22 Dec 2018
9am to 2pm
Sun 23 Dec 2018
Mon 24 Dec 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm
Tue 25 Dec 2018
Wed 26 Dec 2018
Thu 27 Dec 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm
Fri 28 Dec 2018
8.30am to 4.30pm
Christmas Day Closed
Sat 29 Dec 2018
9am to 2pm
Boxing Day 10am to 4pm
Sun 30 Dec 2018
Mon 31 Dec 2018
9am to 2pm
Tue 1 Jan 2019
Wed 2 Jan 2019
8.30am to 4.30pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
The Logan Recycling Market will be closed on Friday, 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Friday, 4 January 2019.
Gyms and aquatic centres: Aquatic centres: Beenleigh, Bethania, Eagleby and Logan North Christmas Eve Close 5pm
Mayes Cottage House Museum 20 Mawarra St, Kingston Normal opening times: Thu–Sat, 10.30am–4pm Closed from Sunday 16 December and reopening on Thursday 3 January 2019
New Year’s Eve Close 5pm New Year’s Day 10am to 4pm Australia Day Holiday 10am to 4pm Gyms Christmas Eve Close 5pm Christmas Day Closed
Community Immunisation Clinics will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 and will reopen Monday 7 January 2019.
Boxing Day Closed
For Council-related emergencies at any time, phone 3412
New Year’s Day Closed
For other emergencies, call 000 for police, fire and ambulance.
New Year’s Eve Close 5pm Australia Day Holiday Closed
Find a local community service online Logan Community Directory Visit logan.qld.gov.au/logandirectory 29
Bark better than bite! While not all dogs give a warning before they bite, they usually display body language (flattened ears, stiff stance and raised hackles) followed by a growl or air snap, as warning. If these warning signs go unnoticed, a dog may believe it has been left with no option other than to bite. Most children however, don't understand dog body language. A child's natural behaviours (including running, yelling, hitting and darting movements) as well as their ability to pull ears and fur, put them at greater risk of dog bite injuries. Children under five years of age are most at risk of attack, with a high
number of these occurring in the home or at a friend or family member's house. Children are three times more likely than adults to experience a bite needing medical attention. Help protect your children from dog bite by: • never leaving your child unsupervised with any dog, even if it's the family pet • never allowing your child to pat or disturb a dog when it is sleeping or eating • teaching your children to ask permission to pat before approaching a dog • always patting the dog’s back, not its head
Never leave your child unsupervised with any dog, even if it’s the family pet
• teaching your child that dogs are not toys and shouldn't be hugged–they really don't like it. Children who experience a dog bite often suffer serious mental, physical and emotional issues long after being attacked. Council encourages responsible pet ownership and education to keep your children safe.
Snakes just need their space The warmer months result in an increase in snake activity as they look for a mate and search for food, after sleeping their way through winter. Snakes occupy a vital place in the ecosystem and are responsible for maintaining the balance of many prey species, including the rodent population, which often creates problems around our homes. It may come as a surprise that snakes, like all native reptiles in Queensland, are protected by the Nature Conservation Act and heavy fines apply for harming them. As snakes are very timid, they rarely come into contact with people. It is estimated that we only see one in three snakes, as snakes prefer to avoid humans; seeing them as a potential predator. Snakes bite as a last defence—so if you avoid sudden movements and give them plenty of space—they will often move away on their own. More than 90 per cent of snake bites in Australia result from people attempting to capture or kill snakes—so maintaining a safe distance and leaving capture to the professionals—is the best way to 30
More than 90 per cent of snake bites in Australia result from people attempting to capture or kill snakes
avoid being bitten. If walking through bushland it is a good idea to take your time, be observant and use heavy footsteps so that snakes are aware of your approach. If you do see a snake in your yard the best thing to do is keep a safe distance, bring children and pets indoors and call a professional snake catcher, if the snake doesn’t move on. Observing the snake from a distance until the snake catcher arrives will ensure the snake can be located and safely relocated. Snakes are easily discouraged by maintaining a tidy garden, reducing shelter opportunities—such as piles of building materials, wood, rocks, garden waste and rubbish—that provide refuge—and removing rodents’ food sources.
Kerbside clean-up Jimboomba, Riverbend, Glenlogan, Flagstone, Veresdale Scrub, Veresdale, Cedar Vale, Mundoolun, Cedar Grove, Woodhill
4 February–15 February 2019 Stockleigh, Logan Reserve, Tamborine, Cedar Creek, Logan Village, Buccan, Chambers Flat, Yarrabilba, Kairabar
18 February–1 March 2019
How to grow a community garden Community gardens have sprung up in seven locations across Logan, providing a place for people with a love of gardening to gather and grow their own fresh produce.
Community Garden Tool Kit for the City of Logan November 2018
Community gardens can be created on Council land, with a permit, or on private property with an owner’s consent. Community gardens invite everyone to come along to share their gardening skills, knowledge and participate in a communal effort to plant and nurture crops. There is a range of ways you can become involved by either volunteering in a community garden or joining a garden group. You do not have to be an expert gardener to join, as you can sharpen your gardening skills and grow your knowledge with like-
minded people. Creating social and community connections is a great way to reduce social isolation and make new friends. This year, Council has updated the Community Garden Policy and developed a Community Garden Tool Kit designed to support potential and existing community garden groups. This toolkit provides community gardeners with a range of resources to create successful, sustainable and dynamic gardening groups. If you would like more information about the Community Garden Tool Kit or contact details of community gardens groups in the City of Logan, please visit our website: logan.qld.gov.au/ communitygardens
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SATURDAY, 15 DECEMBER 4.30PM TO 9.30PM
Griffith University, Logan Campus University Dr, Meadowbrook Entertainment including Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, The Grinch Christmas show, community choirs, free photos with Santa and fireworks.
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