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Volume 19 July 2013

Baby Broncos born from Logan’s league nursery Street Doctor Mobile health service opens its doors

Tourism website reveals Logan’s hidden gems

Building our Communities, our Businesses and our Pride

Show the world what you

about Logan

Logan’s new destination website and social media platforms showcase Logan as a great place to live, work and play. Upload photos of your favourite Logan destinations to the Visit Logan Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages using

#visitlogan You could be fishing down by the Logan River, riding your bike through Berrinba Wetlands, shopping at IKEA or dining at one of our local restaurants.

Show the world what you love most about our city.

My focus for Logan’s future is prosperity, jobs and lifestyle for all in our city. This is a bold vision, and if we are to see it to fruition, we need to plant the seeds now so we can reap the benefits in the future. Since Logan was established in 1978, our population has grown a massive 316 per cent to more than 292,000 residents, making us the sixth largest local government area in Australia by population.


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Like all parts of South-East Queensland, over the next 20plus years we are expecting significant population growth. If we are to meet this population demand, we must ensure we foster and grow our local economy so it has the capabilities to provide the much-needed jobs for our future residents.


We need to invest in growing our local businesses as well as looking abroad to attract new business and investment to Logan City, so that our current and future residents and their children can continue to work, live and prosper here. Government budgets are coming under increasing pressure making it harder to gain commitment to significant infrastructure investment. To ensure our economy and job market continues to grow, we must find ways to work smarter.


Alex Glenn and Corey Parker of the Brisbane Broncos: Baby Broncos born from Logan’s league nursery

Street Doctor

In April, I was part of a delegation to China to build and strengthen economic relationships between Logan City and identified target markets within China. We are anticipating this delegation will generate many opportunities for our city, including increased investment from international companies. This international investment will generate valuable employment growth across our city and a stronger, more positive profile nationally and internationally for Logan. As a city that is currently only 18 per cent urbanised and with an abundance of land to grow, we are investing in responsible growth strategies now so we can create a prosperous future for current and future generations.

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In closing, I’d like to make special mention of the wonderful success of the “Logan Loves Volunteers” event in May and thank our thousands of volunteers who make a difference in the daily lives of others. You are the true loving heart of our city. Our Logan, Our City magazine

Pam Parker Mayor of Logan Read more about Logan City's delegation to China on Page 18

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. To comment on this publication or for enquiries, please contact us on 3412 4513. Advertising: If you would like to advertise in this citywide publication, please phone Council on 3412 4258. All content accurate as of 11 June 2013.


Baby Broncos born from Logan’s league nursery


t’s the stuff dreams are made of: busting the tackle; snatching the intercept; beating the defence with dazzling footwork; scoring the winning try under the posts.

Every week, thousands of Logan kids strap up their boots, join their clubmates and play rugby league, dreaming of that one moment of glory. Logan juniors will soon be able to take a step towards living their dreams and have access to an Australianleading facility right on their doorstep where they can train, play and develop their games. In May, Council announced a partnership with the Brisbane Broncos to establish the club’s first full-time regionally-based Broncos Junior Academy. Featuring two top quality fields and one training field, specialised elite-level gym equipment and administration facilities, the $6.5 million complex will also host a permanent high performance skills development coach plus support staff. Mayor Pam Parker said the facility and agreement with the Broncos was due recognition of Logan’s already


well-regarded reputation as a leading rugby league nursery. “Internationally-renowned footballers such as Cameron Smith, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn, Corey Norman, Darren and Jason Smith, Lote Tuqiri, and Israel Folau have learned and honed their skills on the sporting fields of this city,” she said.

“I have every confidence this partnership will develop many state, national and international players for years to come. “But not only will it develop future champions, it will also attract and keep youth in sport which I am a firm believer in. “The Broncos have a sterling reputation for developing juniors, not only with skills on the paddock but also with life skills, and that is exactly what they will do here. I have been incredibly impressed by their professionalism and commitment to junior rugby league in Logan City since we first met with them last year.

The score: • Logan City Council to build the facilities • The facility will be owned and managed by Council • Brisbane Broncos to fit out gym facilities, base high performance staff in the region and provide training and development opportunities locally • The facility will also be leased to local sporting groups

“They have given their commitment they are here for the long haul and we are delighted to support their junior development academy concept.”

Located on Chambers Flat Road, the site is currently a paddock, however it will be transformed in the next 12 to 18 months.

Logan Brothers Juniors alumni and current Brisbane Broncos star Corey Parker joined Mayor Parker at the announcement, saying Logan was a key area of development for the Broncos squad.

The Council-owned facility will also be open to schools, local rugby league competitions and could host future pre-season NRL trial matches and Cyril Connell and Meninga Cup matches.

“It only makes sense to be involved in this area given the amount of junior rugby league players who have come out of Logan and the amount who are at our club,” Parker said.

Logan’s best – the short list:

“To have a facility like this is going to be massive. “I think it’s a great initiative. To enhance the talent already here and be able to grow that talent and for Broncos to be part of it is great.” The announcement will give Logan juniors dreaming of a career in the National Rugby League (NRL) a clearer path to elite level football without having to relocate or leave family.

Cameron Smith Corey Parker Lote Tuqiri Junior Sa’u Brad Meyers Mark Tookey Israel Folau Esikeli Tonga Gerard Beale

Toni Carroll Antonio Winterstein William Zillman Josh Papalii Alex Elisala Joseph Tomane Darren Smith Jason Smith Daniel Wagon


Businesses Pride

Logan City: Building Our Communities, Our Businesses and Our Pride is the key vision for Council after it adopted its Corporate Plan 2013-2018 last month.


Corporate plan sets a long-term vision for Logan

The plan is Council’s strategic plan for Logan City and translates the community’s needs and expectations into priorities for Council to deliver.

2013-2018 CORPORATE PLAN This plan details our priorities and service delivery commitments aimed at achieving the City Vision of building our communities, our businesses and our pride.

The priorities include:

Council has endorsed the Loganholme Neighbourhood Plan, which will now inform an amendment to the city’s planning scheme.

• Building our major infrastructure: a focus on local road networks, major works and the harmonisation of water;

The draft plan was released for public consultation in November and December 2012. Council received and considered 2,358 submissions, which helped develop an improved plan for the suburb.

• Building our city’s image: a focus on a positive marketing city image campaign;

A number of changes were made to the draft plan, including:

• Building our economic base: a focus on supporting new and existing local businesses, encouraging local job growth, promoting tourism and enhancing commercial viability of SouthWest 1 and SouthWest 2 developments;

• changes to the environment precinct;

• Building our environment: a focus on rivers and wetlands, future wildlife corridors and reducing Council’s carbon footprint; • Building our service excellence: a focus on customer service, community engagement, diversifying income streams and maintaining levels of services; • Building the wellbeing of our communities: a focus on the Logan: City of Choice Summit action plan, healthy and active lifestyles and city events; and • Managing growth in our city: A focus on a new citywide planning scheme, best practice in development assessment and infrastructure charging. Community consultation on the draft Corporate Plan was conducted in March and April. You can read the Corporate Plan 2013-2018 online at or phone 3412 3412 for more information. 6

Endorsed Loganholme Plan guides suburb’s future

• the addition of a new large lot precinct; • updated flood mapping and changes to the flood affected precinct; • identifying the location of a flying fox colony with reference to relevant state and federal government legislation. Council will now undertake a transport study to look at improvements to a number of traffic intersections and pedestrian/cycle links and a stormwater study to identify treatment methods to improve stormwater quality. The endorsed plan will now be translated into relevant zones and planning scheme provisions to inform the planning scheme. The Sustainable Planning Act 2009’s processes will be followed, including a state interest review and further community consultation. For more information about neighbourhood planning in Loganholme, visit loganholmeplan or call Council’s planning hotline on 3412 4247. Interested residents can read the Loganholme Neighbourhood Plan Submission Analysis and Response Report, which provides details about the consultation process, community feedback, and Council’s response to community feedback.

Campaign aims to give outer suburbs a voice What do you like about living in the ‘burbs? What don’t you like? What do you think needs to be done to improve your lifestyle? The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), with the support of Logan City Council, wants to know. The NGAA is a coalition of Australia’s 25 fastest growing municipalities, including Logan City, Ipswich and Moreton Bay. The campaign aims to canvas the views and opinions of residents living in these 25 fastest growing municipalities on a range of issues including public transport, access

It has been a big year for Council with a number of projects on the go. To date, our community have provided valuable feedback on many projects, including: • • • •

Slacks Creek Futures Logan: City of Choice Summit 2013 Libraries and Cultural Services Indigenous Strategy Draft Corporate Plan 2013 - 2018

to schools, shops and medical services, road networks, and lifestyle and recreational options. Visit to have your say. Did you know? • more than 3.6 million Australians live in 25 of the nation’s fastest growing municipalities in Australia’s outer suburbs; • 1.3 million Australians living in the outer suburbs are children and young people; • 40 per cent of residents living in outer suburbs are migrants; and • one in five or 5.4 million Australians will live in outer suburbs by 2026.

• Expression of Interest for the Logan: City of Choice Congratulations Leadership Team Mr Hardman from Division • Waste Reduction and 10 for winning the January to March 2013 Quarterly Recycling Community Pulse Prize. Plan 2013 – 2016 • Proposed Name for the Skate Plaza with Shailer Pioneer Park There will always be more happening in Logan City, and you can ’Have Your Say’ by visiting Logan City Council’s website and signing up to Community Pulse.

Sign up today and make a difference for tomorrow.



Life is pretty sweet for Linda


inda Vandemeer enjoys the sweeter things in life. So do her many blog followers and the thousands of Americans who’ve bought her recipe book, Sweets on a Stick.

The Rochedale South mum of three took up baking as a hobby after the birth of her first child eight years ago. “I initially started by copying recipes but it wasn’t long before I was creating my own,” she said.

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Linda started her blog, Bubble and Sweet, in 2010 and it didn’t take long to get a following in the online world.

In our neighbourhood

“I would have been happy if 10 people had a look, but now I get 3,000 to 5,000 page views a day,” she said.

• Street trees have been planted and guide posts installed at Dennis Rd, Springwood, in May.

A YouTube video showing another baking enthusiast making Linda’s Indiana Jones monkey brain cake has had more than 400,000 views and her rainbow ruffle cake is another popular post. Pictures of Linda’s creations have featured in America’s Huffington Post and the United Kingdom’s The Times. She is also the “sweet treats editor” for online magazine, Tickle the Imagination, and contributes to family magazine, Peekaboo. In 2011, a US publisher asked Linda to write a recipe book for children. Sweets on a Stick, with its 150 children-friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies, was the end result. It has sold more than 8,000 copies. Councillor Lisa Bradley said Linda’s tutorial blogs helped bakers of all skill levels recreate her tempting treats. “And it’s all done from her Rochedale South home,” she said.

Linda Vandemeer’s sweet treats are providing inspiration to baking enthusiasts around the world.

View Linda’s blog at


• New line marking is planned for Rochedale Road between Underwood Road and Priestdale Road, Rochedale South.

Solutions found for notorious intersections Two Division 1 intersections have been upgraded under the national Black Spot funding program. Councillor Lisa Bradley said the intersections of Springwood Rd, Cinderella Dr and Pannikin St, Rochedale South, and Springwood Rd and Sports Dr, Underwood, were upgraded to reduce the risk of accidents. “Road crashes contribute significant costs to the community, and as a former intensive care nurse, I have seen too often the consequences of accidents on people,” she said. “To qualify for Black Spot funding, locations must have had a minimum of five crashes over a three-year period involving a fatality or requiring medical treatment, among other criteria.” Cr Bradley said right turn arrows and additional signals had been installed at the two intersections to improve their safety, while an anti-skid surface was now in place on the approach of the right turn and along the left turn slip lane into Sports Dr. “The anti-skid treatment will reduce the braking distance required when drivers brake suddenly or are following too closely,” she said.

Division One: Daisy Hill (part of), Priestdale, Rochedale South, Springwood (part of) and Underwood (part of).


Phyl’s legacy lives on in upgraded courts and bursaries The legacy of long-time Logan City Netball Association president Phyllis (Phyl) Grant has been honoured, after six recently-upgraded courts were named in her honour. May’s official opening of courts at Ewing Park, Woodridge, coincided with the Phyl Grant Memorial Representative Netball Carnival, an event which attracted 60 teams to Logan. Ms Grant, who passed away in September 2011, was a life member of Netball Queensland and Queensland’s first national AA badged umpire. Netball Queensland president Jan Maggacis said Ms Grant was an inspirational woman who had motivated many to take to the courts. “Netball Queensland started the Phyl Grant Memorial Bursary Fund to keep Phyl’s name living on,” she said. The bursary provides 10 junior netballers with $100 each year to cover their expenses. Councillor Russell Lutton said it was a great tribute that the upgraded courts were named after Ms Grant. “In any club, there are always people who make the time and effort tirelessly to keep the club functioning,” he said. “Phyl Grant was Logan City Netball. It is fitting that the courts are named in her honour.” Logan City Netball Association president Wendy Clulow said the upgraded courts would allow the association to host future state carnivals.

Logan City Netball Player Taylor Harris celebrates the official naming of the Phyl Grant courts at Ewing Park.

For more information on Logan City Netball Association, phone 0419 737 656.

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In our neighbourhood • The redevelopment of Mary Huntress Park, Kingston, was completed in May, including a railway station-themed playground. • A mural has been painted on the soccer clubhouse at Oates Park in April, while a new toilet facility is currently being constructed.

Traffic calming proposal A traffic management plan for five Kingston streets has been proposed to reduce speeding and hooning. Councillor Russell Lutton said Council had considered several measures to manage traffic in the Alice, Edith, Winifred, Linda, Briner, Kentwell and Marion streets area, taking existing driveways, bus routes and street lights into account. “We also had to consider impacts to on-street parking and driveway access in developing the plan,” he said. Cr Lutton said the installation of single lane “slow” points at strategic locations to segment the road aimed to lower traffic speed. “Some locations will also require additional street lighting at the proposed slow point locations,” he said. Residents in the affected streets have been sent a map of the proposal and diagrams showing the proposed slow points. Feedback from these affected residents is currently being considered. “A majority of directly-affected residents will need to agree with the proposal for us to continue with the plan,” Cr Lutton said.

Division Two: Woodridge, Logan Central, Kingston and Underwood.



Vocal group sings a message of hope and harmony A

group of students from Mabel Park and Woodridge state high schools has come together to form a contemporary vocal group.

One Hope was formed after the Logan: City of Choice Summit in February and is an initiative of Councillor Steve Swenson. “Youth are the greatest asset our city has and these students are proud to send the message that Logan is a great place,” he said. “The students get along so well and are sending a message of hope when they perform - they are leading unity and positive change in the city.” One Hope has performed at the recent Logan Loves Volunteers and Mayoral Civic Breakfast events and local chambers of commerce and other commercial organisations have expressed interest in having the group perform at their events. Mabel Park teacher Candice Taubner said the students were driving the group with their passion to promote harmony within the community. “It gives the students hope for their future and the chance to lead perhaps the most influential generation that exists today in the fight for unity and harmony,” she said. Woodridge teacher Sarah Hill said the students’ experience in collaborating with another school had been positive, teaching them that music was larger than themselves and could be shared with the community. “The students involved feel grateful to have this opportunity and become rather excited when they see the positive impact their singing has on others,” she said.

Students Chantel Figota and Josiah Savaliga (front) are part of the joint Woodridge and Mabel Park state high school community choir, also featuring (back, from left), Manu, Vaiuta, Jaidyn, Avao, Illaisa, Hinemoa, Sandy, Nellie and Rylee.

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In our neighbourhood • New play equipment, including a tornado swing and climbing blocks, has been installed at Gamenya Park, Springwood. • Work on the Jacqueline Ave master drainage project is almost complete. • Funding for air-conditioning for the new Logan City Respite Centre.

Ceremonial space at Springwood Park to get a facelift The renowned ceremonial space at Springwood’s Springwood Park has a bright new look after landscaping works were completed in June. Councillor Steve Swenson said the gardens were known in the community for their quality and the park was a popular wedding venue with its semicircular garden area that fronted Cinderella Dr. “The project has created a ceremonial space with a custom-made shelter suitable for weddings, and the natural grades of the site create vantage points for Anzac Day ceremonies,” he said. “We’ve also installed new pathways to make the park easier to walk through and are replacing some older trees with tropical birch trees to provide seasonal shade. “Plants including ixora, hawthorn, society garlic and butterfly grass have also been added to the park as part of the project. “If you’re visiting the park, the garden display would be best viewed from the top or the base of the park’s natural slope.” Cr Swenson said the park’s existing playground was being retained, making it a perfect place that families could enjoy.


Division Three: Daisy Hill (part of), Kingston (part of), Slacks Creek, Springwood (part of) and Underwood (part of).

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Saturday 13 July 2013 10 am – 4 pm Logan Art Gallery, corner Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central This event is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Logan City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

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Simon and Bob Ward are proud to play an important part in Channel 9’s nightly news bulletin.

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Whether they’re hovering in the sky above South-East Queensland, or keeping an eye on the day’s events from the top of Mt Coot-tha, a Logan father and son duo is playing a key role in bringing Channel 9’s evening news to our television each night. While Simon Ward may be a familiar face on Nine’s nightly news bulletin, his father Bob may not be so well known, but he is certainly a veteran of the news game having flown the station’s chopper since 1980. Bob, a Daisy Hill resident of more than 30 years, can recall the days of Chatswood Rd at Springwood still being dirt. “When I first moved to the area, Daisy Hill was part of the former Albert Shire,” Bob said.

“Over that time Logan has certainly evolved into a dynamic city; it has been a great place to raise a family and has a good feel about it.” Simon grew up in Logan City, attending John Paul College and then completing his university studies at Griffith University’s Logan Campus. “Over the years I’ve noticed Logan has become more and more liveable – it has developed to the point where you’ve got everything you need from shops to cafes, but without the hustle, bustle and stress of a big city,” Simon said. “Plus I love the green spaces, Daisy Hill Forest has always been my favourite place to escape.”

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aking the time to be prepared before an emergency or natural disaster hits Logan can make a lot of difference for residents but Logan’s emergency services and community support agencies are also taking the time to get our city on the front foot. The Logan City Emergency and Disaster Alliance (LCEDA) has been set up to build community resilience before disaster strikes. Its membership includes: Council, Logan City SES, Emergency Management Queensland, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Australian Red Cross and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Logan SES Local Controller, Jim Ferguson, is chair of LCEDA and says residents should be prepared before disasters strike so they can respond to and recover from them with minimal effect. “We are united in presenting the message ‘be prepared’ because it takes the pressure off after an event if everyone can look after themselves for up to 72 hours,” he said.

disaster? LCEDA is!

“For example, many people did not realise the power would be out for so long after the Australia Day rainfall event earlier this year and were unprepared for shortages of food and other basic needs. “Having an emergency kit with a battery-powered radio, torch and spare batteries, fresh water, canned food, first aid kit, medication and toiletry supplies and emergency numbers is really important.

You can also learn how to be prepared before an emergency or disaster at disasters.

Logan SES Local Controller Jim Ferguson and the Logan City Emergency and Disaster Alliance is encouraging residents to be prepared before emergencies affect Logan.

“It’s also important to think about what you’ll do with your pets in an emergency; for example, do you have food for them or where will you go if you have to evacuate?” LCEDA is rolling out a community education program to keep these messages front of mind, attending community events and conducting workshops with community groups. For more information about LCEDA, phone Council’s disaster management team on 3412 2038 or email disastermanagement@

Home maintenance is not a job for our angels in orange As the name suggests, the State Emergency Service was formed to help the community in times of emergency, but residents are frustratingly calling on the organisation’s volunteers to help with basic maintenance issues such as leaking roofs. Logan SES Local Controller, Jim Ferguson, said the SES was able to help residents experiencing damaged roofs from fallen trees or strong wind gusts, or water inundation after a storm. “Our volunteers are always available for people in need during storms

or disasters, but leaking roofs after minor rain events should be repaired by a professional roof repairer or plumber,” he said. “There is very little the SES can do to locate leaks, especially at night, and a call-out to the SES can take up to four hours of a volunteer’s time, so it is frustrating when it’s not for a genuine emergency.” Mr Ferguson said home owners should regularly check their roof and clean their gutters to avoid problems when a storm or heavy rainfall event hits. “It’s common sense that repairing

a small leak now will cost less than when your ceiling has collapsed,” he said. “If you have a leak and the ceiling is showing signs of water build up, get a screwdriver and bucket and punch a small hole in the centre of the wet patch to let the water drain into the bucket to reduce the weight of the water and prevent the ceiling collapsing. “Call a plumber or roofing company the next day to have it seen to by a professional roof repairer and it will save a lot of heartache for everyone.” 13


Streetscaping project recognises Village’s history


unique streetscaping project is celebrating Logan Village’s historic past ahead of the area’s 150th anniversary celebrations in September.

The Forest of Memories project will include 30 totems with images of historic people and events from Logan Village to welcome visitors arriving on Waterford-Tamborine Rd. Local historical enthusiast, Allan Pettigrew, whose great-grandfather transported timber on the Logan and Albert rivers in the Village’s pioneering days, has contributed anecdotes to the project. “People relied on the waterways in the early days as the only means of communication,” he said. “Timber, sugar cane and dairy products were sailed down the river to get to Brisbane until the railway line and roads were built.” Councillor Don Petersen said the Forest of Memories would be an “outdoor museum” for the community. “A pathway will lead up to and between the totems and into the Lions Park barbecue area, while smaller totems along the pathway will contain information about the history of Logan Village,” he said. “The totems will be installed temporarily so they can be relocated when Waterford-Tamborine Rd is upgraded.” Forest of Memories will be installed in early July.

Logan Village library staff member Lorraine Cox, local historian Allan Pettigrew and Councillor Don Petersen are excited about the streetscaping project that remembers the town’s pioneering past.

Logan Village Settlers’ Day event will be celebrated from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September, and will feature a dinner, old time dance, parade and family fun day.


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In our neighbourhood • The load limit for Miller Bridge at Logan Village has reduced to 39 tonnes for the safety of road users. • New seating has been installed at Merv and Ollie Musch Park, Logan Village. • Roadworks continue at Edelsten Rd.

Pathway the next piece of the puzzle for adjoining parks Work has started on a pathway to connect Mt Warren Oval and Noyer Park at Mt Warren Park. Councillor Don Petersen said the project was part of the master plan for the area. “Council receives lots of positive feedback from the community about these parks, especially about the improvements made over the past few years,” he said. “These have included an upgrade to the children’s playground, pathways, new fitness equipment and picnic facilities, minor improvements to the car park area and significant planting and revegetation works. “The new pathway will increase the opportunities for people to use both parks and appreciate their spectacular views.” Cr Petersen said Council had acquired adjacent land to enable the link between two parks. “The project is expected to take approximately six to eight weeks to complete, subject to weather conditions, but residents will still be able to use the majority of the parks’ facilities,” he said. “This park is really taking shape now and I think local residents will be very happy with this latest piece of the puzzle.”

Division Four: Bahrs Scrub, Bannockburn, Belivah, Bethania, Buccan, Cedar Creek, Holmview, Jimboomba, Logan Village, Mount Warren Park, Mundoolun, Tamborine, Waterford, Windaroo, Wolffdene and Yarrabilba.


Logan artists see green everywhere


he environment will inspire many an artist from the Logan Artists Association over the next 12 months, both within its workshops and gallery space and also on the group’s 6.5 acre Loganlea grounds.

Its upcoming exhibition, Made OF Australia, features jewellery, homewares, vases and other wonderful creations made from everything native to Australia. Gallery coordinator Anna-Marie Wallace said Australian clay combined with natural materials such as eggshells, eucalyptus leaves and even koala droppings had been transformed into the works of art. “We’ve used saggar firing to create these pieces, which means no glazes have been used,” she said. The association’s focus on all things native will also be seen outside of the Able Gallery Space’s walls after they received a Logan City Council EnviroGrant to eradicate noxious weeds from the property and encourage native plants and wildlife to return. A newly-formed Bushcare group, comprising Logan Artists Association members, will lead the project and new members are welcome. Councillor Graham Able said the association’s 200 members had made their mark on the Logan arts scene over the past 30 years. “For them to have their own gallery space, in addition to the Logan Art Gallery, is just superb,” he said. “I encourage artists of all levels to get involved with their workshop and exhibition program and share in the joy of being creative.”

Karin Hill and Cr Graham Able prepare the Able Gallery Space for an upcoming exhibition.

For more information about the classes and workshops in the Art or Pottery Studios, phone 0400 165 767, or for more information about the exhibition program or gallery use, phone 0419 001 796 or visit

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In our neighbourhood • Stage 3 construction of Third Ave, Marsden between the Logan Mwy and Bardon Rd will start soon under the National Roads to Recovery Program. • The bikeway linking Second Ave, Marsden, to the Berrinba Wetlands via Demeio Rd is about to start.

Major upgrade starts at Chambers Flat Rd Work has started to upgrade the stormwater pipes and road surface of the inbound lanes of Chambers Flat Rd, Marsden, between Browns Plains Rd and Tamarind St. Councillor Graham Able said the project would be done in two stages and would be completed by August, weather permitting. The first stage will involve replacing, upgrading and extending of existing stormwater pipes, manholes and inlets from 97 Chambers Flat Rd to Barklya Pl, while the second stage will involve strengthening and resurfacing the road to Tamarind St. “These works have been carefully planned to ensure as little disruption to traffic as possible,” Cr Able said. “The majority of the project will be done between 6 am and 6 pm, Monday to Saturday, and will close one inbound lane between Browns Plains Rd and Tamarind St. “I ask drivers to be patient and allow extra time to complete their journeys, as we understand Chambers Flat Rd is a regular thoroughfare for many.” For more information about the project, contact 3412 5436 or email

Division Five: Berrinba (part of), Browns Plains (part of), Crestmead (part of), Kingston (part of), Loganlea, Marsden and Waterford West (part of)



Wetlands home to vulnerable species


t’s a secret environmental gem of Logan - eight hectares of wetland area that is home to an almost extinct plant nestled in the urban and industrial parts of Cornubia and Loganholme.

Cornubia resident Barry Fitzpatrick is lucky enough to live beside the Council-owned wetlands, which are part of the 70 hectare Loganholme wetland complex, and his dedication to protecting the area has been recognised in Council’s EnviroGrants program. “It’s an amazing spot and a valuable asset for the city. It helps take floodwater out of Logan River during flood events and also acts as a superb water filter to provide clean water to Southern Moreton Bay,” he said. He said the federally-listed “vulnerable to extinction” species, Persicaria elatior, could only be found in the wetlands and two locations on Stradbroke Island, while five other plant species, which were very uncommon in the rest of South-East Queensland, also existed in the area. More than 100 bird species call the wetlands home, with 17 federally-listed migratory species protected under international agreements. “You can see huge flocks of egrets and spoonbills all arriving at once because something has suddenly hatched out or, following floods, watch schools of juvenile mullet swimming upstream from the Logan River to spread out into the wetland, completing a life cycle that has probably gone on for thousands of years,” he said. ‘It is remarkable this site is able to continue with such rich biodiversity values, in spite of its location. Council procured the Cornubia wetland area years ago and protected its edges by not allowing further development to impact on it.” Councillor Luke Smith said environmentally-focused residents such as Barry played a key role in protecting Logan’s natural habitat. “Barry is focused on wetlands and waterways and wants to find ways to manage them better for the community’s long-term benefit.

Cornubia environmentalist Barry Fitzpatrick is passionate about preserving local wetlands.

Learn more about Logan’s environment at


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In our neighbourhood • New fitness equipment, seating, landscaping and softfall areas for activities such as yoga are now in place at Noffke Park, Bethania. • A shade sail has been installed over the play equipment at Leawarra Park, Loganholme, while new garden beds were built near the pedestrian bridge.

Major pipeline project nears halfway point A $40 million project to build a 6.4 km pipeline between Slacks Creek and the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant is nearing halfway. Councillor Luke Smith said 2.5 km of pipes had already been laid. “This section has been completed using open trench techniques, however tunnelling works are also being used beneath parts of Logan Motorway and the Pacific Motorway,” he said. “A ‘horizontal directional drill’ will be used to lay a 1.2 km section of the new pipeline from Slacks Creek to Tanah Merah, which is a very exciting part of the project.” Cr Smith said new inlet works to receive and screen sewerage from the local catchment were also taking shape at the Loganholme treatment plant. Both projects are due for completion mid-2014.

Division Six: Bethania, Meadowbrook, Tanah Merah, Loganholme, part of Cornubia and part of Waterford West.


NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony; Logan Central Library, 26 Wilbur St, Logan Central; 10 am to noon



360 Allstars; Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central; 18: 5.30 pm, 19: 5.30 pm, 20: 3 pm The circus has been reinvented, with breakdancing, basketball freestyling, BMX flatlanding and more. This show connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus. Adults $18, concession $15, child (two to 12 years), group 8+ $12 per person. Phone 3412 5626 or visit www.

This event celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Visit www.logan.qld.

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Share a Cuppa; Maccas at Forestdale, Shop 5, 1 Forestdale Dr, Forestdale; 10 am to noon

Enjoy the sights of Logan and support Diabetes Queensland and The Rotary Foundation. Enjoy a 40 km ride (entry is $35) or a 100 km ride ($50). Register online at or phone 0407 673 833.

Take 10 minutes to have a one-on-one chat and complimentary cuppa with Mayor Pam Parker and Councillor Laurie Smith. Phone 3412 4330 or visit



Creative Markets; Springwood Central State School, Murrajong Rd, Springwood; 9 am to 1 pm

Logan City PCYC Car Show and Family Fun Day; Logan Entertainment Centre rear car park, 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central; 9 am to 2 pm See custom built and designed cars, bikes, hot rods and utes, rock and roll bands and dancers, rides, food and more. Show vehicles will be charged $5 admission. Contact Jackie on 0424 006 267 or visit

Logan City Charity Bike Ride; Berrinba Wetlands, Wayne Goss Dr, Browns Plains; 6.30 am

With more than 65 stalls of handmade goodies, you can find a gift for anyone, as well as enjoying children’s rides, baby farm animals and food and drinks. Phone 0405 185 160 or visit


Twelve Angry Men; Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James St, Beenleigh; 7.30 pm Phoenix Ensemble presents the classic play Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose, which tells the story of 12 jurors who must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father - a guilty verdict will result in the death penalty. During the heated deliberations, the hidden preconceptions and assumptions of the jurors are revealed. In a work of brilliantly balanced tension, each juror is forced to face himself when faced with playing the hangman. The production is sure to be powerful and thought-provoking. Tickets: $22-$26. Season runs until 17 August. Matinee on Sunday 11 August. Visit


China trade mission develops business relationships


n economic cooperation agreement is set to be established with Panjin City, China, following a successful trade mission in April.

The business-focused investment attraction mission was a Council first, with Mayor Pam Parker, Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton and senior Council staff developing more than 75 new business leads and investigating bi-city chambers of commerce with Xuhui and Suzhou cities. Councillor Parker said the potential for direct economic investment in Logan had been opened up thanks to the relationships built during the delegation. “We have invited a wide range of government and business delegations to visit Logan City in April 2014 to participate in the Logan Powerhouse Investment Attraction Expo,” she said.


“Council is now following up these leads and working closely with the Logan businesses that participated in the mission to further develop the investment opportunities. “The participating Logan businesses have given extremely positive feedback about the delegation; one business in particular said it had been trying to establish contact with a potential partner for several years; that has now happened as a direct result of the mission.” Cr Parker said increased investment from international companies would create a more diverse local economy, which in turn would create export opportunities and grow employment. “It also strengthens Logan’s profile nationally and internationally and gives us stronger international relationships,” she said.

Expo opens up careers and job opportunities for young people

Tuesday 20 August 2013 9am-2.30pm Logan Entertainment Centre 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central Hosted by 4BC’s Ian Maurice

Celebrate Senior’s Week in Logan!


oung people aged 15 to 24 years are invited to attend the 2013 Logan Youth Jobs and Careers Expo on Tuesday 23 July to explore their job and career opportunities. This free event is on at Logan Metro Sports Centre and will feature interactive stalls, presentations, tertiary study options and a jobs board. This year’s expo received resounding support at the recent Logan: City of Choice Summit for its potential ability to empower local youth to continue with their education, secure employment or help with their subject choices. The interactive stalls will include “try a trade”, a simulated backhoe experience and Defence Force Recruiting will have three presentations throughout the day. Students wanting to know about appropriate work attire can attend a “Dress for Success” fashion parade and interview workshops will prepare you for that interview. Bus transportation will be provided to local schools to transport students to the expo and two Apple iPads and a mini iPad will be given away on the day.

Enjoy the Roy Orbison Tribute Show in the auditorium. There will be two performance sessions, 9.30am and 1pm at only $5 per ticket. To purchase your ticket please phone LEC 3412 5626


Other activities available include; free health checks, art workshops, ipad workshops, get active programs, massages, trivia, information stalls, and much more.

We are also looking for Logan’s Senior Ambassador. If this sounds like you, please call us on 3412 5020.

The 2013 Logan Youth Jobs and Careers Expo is on Tuesday 23 July from 9.30 am to 3 pm at Logan Metro Sports Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead. This expo is proudly support by Logan City Council, The Australian Government, Maxima, MEGT and Quest Community Newspapers. Visit for more information. 19


Park renamed in Jimmy’s honour Hillcrest’s Conifer Park has been renamed in honour of a dedicated member of the Greenbank RSL who passed away in 2010. Jimmy Phillips Park is a tribute to Jimmy Phillips, who gave more than 20 years of service to the RSL sub-branch, including many years as branch secretary. His wife Ann and daughter Kiri attended the renaming ceremony in May and said it was a great honour to have the park named after him. “It’s quite emotional knowing how many people admired Dad,” Kiri said. “If he was here, he would be pretty chuffed about this.” Councillor Laurie Smith said he didn’t know Mr Phillips personally but saw him every Anzac Day at the RSL’s service. “He contributed to the community for a long time and he was passionate about his family and being involved with the community,” he said. “Jimmy was a man’s man and a soldier’s soldier.” Cr Smith said Greenbank RSL CEO John Limbrick and the subbranch had requested the park’s name change and the community had supported the concept wholeheartedly. Jimmy Phillips Park is located behind the Greenbank RSL at Hillcrest.

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In our neighbourhood • Join Cr Smith and Mayor Pam Parker at Maccas at Forestdale, Shop 5, 1 Forestdale Dr, Forestdale; from 10 am to noon on Friday 12 July for a community chat. • Fitness stations are being built at Sweetgum Park, Hillcrest, and Middle Park and Tovey Park, both at Boronia Heights.

Greenbank recreational facility improvements A new playground, skate facility, car park and footpaths are being installed at Greenbank Rec Reserve as part of a $1 million upgrade for the area. Councillor Laurie Smith said a concept plan for the park had been completed and the first two stages had been funded, with the third stage (an extra barbecue area) to follow. He said the old playground at the park would be removed to make way for a car park extension and be replaced with a new play fort, backhoe, flower table and spinner, as well as new picnic facilities.

Kiri and Ann Phillips have remembered their late husband and father, Jimmy, who has had a Hillcrest park renamed in his honour.

“This project, which started in late-March will also include landscaping in the area,” Cr Smith said.


Work on a skate facility suitable for skaters of all abilities is due to start in August/September, while work on the 100-space bitumen car park started in May. Cr Smith said a footpath was planned for New Beith Rd to Sheppards Dr in the new financial year. “All up, these projects are going to make Greenbank an even better place to live and I look forward to seeing residents making the most of the improvements.”

Division Seven: Boronia Heights, Forestdale, Greenbank, Hillcrest, Munruben (part of), North Maclean (part of), Park Ridge (part of) and Park Ridge South (part of).


Migrant women’s football team scores long-term future


team of African female football players is defying financial and cultural barriers to compete in regular fixtures with Logan Metro Football Club.

“Girls United”, comprising migrants and refugees from Ethiopia, Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Congo, joined forces in 2008, before registering with Logan Metro FC this year. Captain Kenny Duke, who also works at Access Community Services, said all members had interesting stories and backgrounds. “They are hard workers and really committed to playing, but the financial and cultural barriers were preventing them from joining an organised competition,” she said. Logan Metro FC offered discounted registration after a request from community group, Reclink. Kenny said the chance to have better training had developed the players’ mentality and approach to the game. “They had the skills individually but weren’t playing like a team, so now they’ve come together and are playing really well,” she said. Councillor Cherie Dalley said the women’s team was another success for Logan Metro FC in its second season as a club. “This team is just inspiring. They still face a lot of hurdles in being able to get to training and games, but the community has rallied around to support them. Learn more about the club at

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In our neighbourhood • Traffic lights have been installed at the intersection of Green Rd and Emerald Dr, Regents Park. • Landscaping has been completed on Browns Plains Rd, Browns Plains, between Campden St and Coronado St, as well as the two medians near the Mt Lindesay Hwy.

Bikeway extension great for cyclists Logan’s East-West bike route continues to grow, with construction almost complete on a 1.2 km section on Wembley Rd, Browns Plains. Councillor Cherie Dalley said this section of the bikeway would be both on and off road, stretching from Campden St to the Logan Motorway.

Logan Metro FC women’s captain Kenny Duke (left) is leading a team of African migrants and refugees in their first season of competition.

“We have also recently upgraded the intersection of Browns Plains Rd and Wembley Rd to make it safer for cyclists,” she said. “The East-West bike route will eventually provide cycling facilities from Greenbank to Loganholme and is jointly funded with the State Government, under the Cycle Network Program. “Cycling is a great way of seeing our city and getting fit and Council’s website has a great map that shows more than eight bikeways that span across the city.” Cr Dalley encouraged residents to join the Logan City Charity Bike Ride, which is being held on Sunday 28 July at the nearby Berrinba Wetlands. The map of Logan’s bikeways can be found online at

Division Eight: Browns Plains, Heritiage Park, Park Ridge and Regents Park.



It’s square to be solar for this club Solar panels are the latest improvements made to the Logan City Square Dancers’ Crestmead hall - a venue lovingly built by its volunteers almost 10 years ago. Association secretary Jane Rayner said the club formed in 1991 and always had a goal to have its own hall. “We are one of only three square dancing clubs in Queensland to have our own hall; the others hire venues from other organisations,” she said. The dream was realised in February 2004 when the hall opened after four years of volunteer work and tremendous business support

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In our neighbourhood

“We had so much help from our members,” Jane, a lifelong square dancer, said.

• An upgrade to widen and strengthen Chambers Flat Rd at Munruben is nearing completion.

“Square dancing is for the young and young at heart. It’s a familyfriendly activity suitable for all ages and you don’t need to bring a partner along.”

• Changes have been made to the traffic and parking arrangements at Marsden State High School to improve student safety.

The association will celebrate the hall’s 10th anniversary in February 2014 with a special weekend of celebratory events, but they are already enjoying the benefits of solar power after receiving funds from Logan City Council. Councillor Phil Pidgeon said the Crestmead hall was an important part of the community and one that could be used for functions and by other organisations. “The club is really welcoming and square dancing is a great activity the whole family can enjoy,” he said. The Logan City Square Dancers are located at 161A Magnesium Dr, Crestmead. Phone 3299 7717 for more information. Alan and Jane Rayner are lighting up the square dance scene.

Landscaping work bridges access woes Work has started on a bridge that will improve pedestrian access to Crestmead Park at Crestmead. Councillor Phil Pidgeon said the project would be completed by the end of July, weather permitting, and was implemented at the request of the community. “The bridge and associated pathway will connect Karachi St to Kerria St and open up access to Crestmead Park and the PCYC,” he said. “The bridge will cross the creek line in the park and have a natural feel with wooden decking a major component. “We’re also taking steps to continue deterring motorbikes from the park as part of the bridge works and undertaking some rehabilitative planting and creek stabilisation works.” Cr Pidgeon said seating, signage and a water bubbler were also being installed as part of the project. “This project will open up the park to those people who live on the southern side,” he said. “The park is home to the Crestmead Community Centre as well as the PCYC and a very popular place already.”


Division 9: Chambers Flat, Crestmead, Jimboomba, Logan Reserve, Logan Village, Munruben Forest, North Maclean, Park Ridge South, South Maclean, Stockleigh and Waterford West.



Mobile health service opens its doors after hours for Logan’s most vulnerable


ccessing a doctor is something many of us take for granted, but for those people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, a new mobile health service in Logan is filling the gap. The Logan Street Doctor service visits locations such as the Beenleigh and Woodridge train stations, Shelter by Grace at Waterford and Opal House at Eight Mile Plains to provide general practice services between 6 pm and 1 am each night. The service works with community organisations including Rosies and Loaves and Fishes and has helped more than 200 people since launching in February. Dr Adel El-Mezin has been a GP in Logan for the past eight years and said the Street Doctor service was a way of giving back to the community. “Over the years, I’ve seen many disadvantaged and homeless people, as well as those who are at high risk of being homeless, and this is a way of providing GP services to those people,” he said. “We are like a GP, so we can provide general health checks, such as blood pressure monitoring, vaccinations, pap smears, minor wound dressing and counselling. “One area we’ve been very proactive in is providing flu vaccinations to the community.

“It’s about getting people the right care in the right place at the right time.” And if a patient needs extra medical assistance, the van can transport them to hospital, just like an ambulance. Liaison officer Robyn Wright said the service didn’t discriminate against patients who sought it out and it was relieving pressure on local emergency wards. “Our patients feel comfortable in coming to see us. We have noticed people affected by domestic violence are coming in to seek help and counselling,” she said. “We also had a young family with a baby that was living in a car. We were able to help them medically and then refer them to emergency accommodation.” The Street Doctors give a wristband featuring their contact details to patients at the end of consultations as a way of keeping them connected with the service if they need it again. “Word of mouth has been very popular in getting the message about our service out,” Robyn said. Logan Street Doctor is an initiative of the Wembley Rd Medical Centre and Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local. The bulk-billing service can be contacted on 3297 9666


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Thursday 18 July 5:30 pm Friday 19 July 5:30 pm Saturday 20 July 3 pm

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Book online Visit us 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central Box Office (07) 3412 5626 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday)



Olympic dream continues for Keryn


aisy Hill swimmer Keryn McMaster’s gold medal at the recent Australian championships has put her in good stead to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Keryn won her first senior national title at the Adelaide championships - the 400 metre individual medley, an event made famous by former world record holder, Brisbane’s Stephanie Rice. While shoulder surgery in 2011 temporarily stopped the 19-year-old’s Olympic aspirations, Keryn is ready to again reach for the stars, even deferring her psychology studies to focus on swimming.

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She has coached younger members of the Logan Vikings Swimming Club at its Logan North Aquatic Centre base to pass on her years of experience.

• The Dendron St catchment master drainage project is complete, while work continues on the Oak St catchment.

“It’s great to understand what my coaches have taught me over the years and pass it on to the next generation,” Keryn said.

• Landscaping maintenance has been done at Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Carbrook, which is a state government road.

Councillor Darren Power said Keryn’s success at the national titles proved Logan was a great place for junior athletes to develop and hone their skills thanks to the city’s world-class sporting facilities and community support. “Keryn has been training for success for many years and the hard work, not only from her, but also her family, is paying off,” he said. For more information about the Logan Vikings, phone 0411 528 836 or email

In our neighbourhood

Skate park honours soldier’s ultimate sacrifice The new skate park at Shailer Pioneer Park will be named after Private Matthew Lambert, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country in 2011. Councillor Darren Power said the skate park was due for completion by the end of June, along with pathways, fitness stations and landscaping.

Keryn McMaster is aiming for Olympic glory after winning an Australian title recently.

He said the community had supported the proposal to name the skate park after the fallen digger, who grew up in Shailer Park. “Matthew spent a lot of time at the Roselea Park skate bowl, not only using it, but maintaining it and encouraging others to care for it,” Cr Power said. “Naming the new skate park at Shailer Pioneer Park after him is a fitting way of recognising this contribution but also his wartime service before he was tragically killed at the young age of 26. “The park is becoming increasingly popular as each stage is finished and I’m really excited about the skate park opening.” Cr Power said the skate park at Roselea Park would be decommissioned and plans for new facilities at the park would be announced later this year.

Division Ten: Carbrook, Cornubia (part of), Daisy Hill (part of) and Shailer Park.



Premier League opportunities open up for young stars The Jimboomba United Football Club has scored a major goal in 2013, establishing an alliance with the Brisbane Strikers to offer training and game opportunities to up-andcoming players. President Ron Birch said the Australian Premier League Club would open many doors for talented players. “The club’s goal is to provide all young players with an opportunity to love the game of football,” he said. “The Strikers have committed to working closely with us to identify players who could train or play with them in the Premier League.” The club has almost 300 members across junior and senior divisions and offers a skills program for children aged three to five.’’

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In our neighbourhood • Work has started to restore the dam wall at Glenlogan Lakes Park. • The deck of the Woodhill Bridge at Woodhill has been replaced.

Ron said the club offered professional training to its junior teams. “In 2013, we have been awarded a place in the Football Brisbane Capital 3 competition, replacing the old Premier League divisions, and our first Brisbane Junior League spot for the efforts of our division one teams last season,” he said. Councillor Trevina Schwarz said Council had upgraded the car park at the club’s Kurrajong Rd grounds to improve safety for the club’s families. “The previous arrangements were very haphazard but we have created a defined area for cars and sealed the driveway,” she said. “I’ve had great feedback from the club that parents are really happy with the changes, especially with the one-way signage directing traffic.”

Jimboomba United Football Club players Corey McAnulty and Rachel Kirchner and vice president Joel Ward at the new car park.

For more information about the club, visit


Ageing culverts replaced at Pub Lane A $1.5 million project to replace steel culverts on Pub Lane, Greenbank, is nearing completion. Councillor Trevina Schwarz said the project was required because of severe rusting in the existing steel culverts, which were installed many decades ago. “On the surface, residents wouldn’t have seen the failures evident in the culverts or the loss of fill from around them that required their replacement,” she said. “The existing four steel culverts have been replaced with four reinforced concrete pipes that will achieve the same stormwater flow requirements while having a longer lifespan than the previous infrastructure.” Cr Schwarz said Council had considered the important link Pub Lane played in the road network for access to Greenbank and New Beith. “This requirement was also an important factor in Council’s decision to build a diversion track during the work rather than closing the road and having a significant traffic detour,” she said. “I’d like to thank local residents for their patience when the project team had the road reduced to single direction flow under traffic control. “These were kept to a minimum but were important in achieving this project in a short timeframe.”

Division Eleven: Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Flagstone, Greenbank, Jimboomba, Kagaru, Lyons, New Beith, North Maclean, South Maclean, Undullah, Veresdale, Veresdale Scrub and Woodhill.


Riders hit new heights to reach world championships Twelve BMX riders from the Beenleigh BMX Club are counting down the days until they travel to Auckland at the end of July to compete at the sport’s world championships.

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They will be among an expected 2,000 riders from 30 countries taking on the best of the best.

In our neighbourhood

President Jamie Gray said BMX was one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and it could be enjoyed day or night, all year round.

• The two-lane Beenleigh Inner Ring Road project, which will connect James St to Alamein St, is due for completion in July, weather permitting.

“It’s suitable for riders aged from five years to adults and we’re really focused on safety,” he said.

• New barbecues, picnic facilities and seating were installed at Logan River Parklands, Beenleigh.

The Beenleigh club offers coaching and practice sessions for riders of all skill levels on Tuesday and Thursday nights and club race nights on the first and third Friday of the month.

• A new car park is being built and seats have been installed at Oliver Sports Park, Eagleby.

Councillor Jennie Breene congratulated the young riders on their BMX successes. “BMX is a really family-friendly sport and the Beenleigh club has a great facility,” she said. “I wish all of the local riders going to the world championships lots of luck. I know they will do Logan proud.

Beenleigh BMX Club assistant coach Corey Frieswyk will compete at the upcoming world championships along with 12 other riders.

The Beenleigh BMX Club is located at the corner of Boundary and Logan streets, Beenleigh. Contact Jamie on 0452 125 521 for more information.

Playground and fitness equipment on the way for Edens Parkland Edens Landing residents will be able to stay fit this winter after five new double fitness stations are installed at Edens Parkland. Councillor Jennie Breene said an eight-week upgrade project would start in late July or early August to improve facilities for users of the eight hectare park. She said the fitness stations would be located throughout the park next to the central pathway. A new pathway and stairs will connect Loane Dr to Holliday Dr.

Division Twelve: Beenleigh, Eagleby, Edens Landing and Holmview (part of).


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Tourism website reveals Logan’s hidden gems


ogan City’s greatest tourism attractions are being promoted on a new website – Visit Logan – to encourage tourists from around Australia and the world to enjoy what the city has to offer, just as locals have been doing for many years. Launched last month by Mayor Pam Parker, the Visit Logan website is the first of its kind for the city, as well as the first Australian tourism website to use responsive design technology to display optimally on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. The new website is part of the Logan City Tourism Strategy to change people’s perceptions and build tourism as part of the future economy. “We know there is great potential for tourism in Logan City with our growing population and ideal location, and the new Visit Logan website is a great way to get the


ball rolling,” Councillor Parker said. “The site features attractions, dining, entertainment, shopping, parks, arts and culture, sports, places to stay and more. “There are also interactive maps to find what’s closest to you to plan your activities, an events calendar and information about Logan and its history. We know tourism sees no boundaries and the website provides a great tool to connect to our surrounding regions.” Cr Parker said Logan City was one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and there was no better time to be prioritising tourism in the city.

See the new website at

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1. Kaleidoscope Festival 2. Claudia Oliver of Jimboomba made the most of the free activities on offer at Mayes in May. 3. Carol and Dennis Osborne of Greenbank enjoy an ice cream at Mayes in May with Judy Burrows of Hillcrest. 4. Lainie Zischke brought The Big Dipper to the Spring Mountain Endurance Ride. 5. Charlize Wimbus of Hillcrest participated in the Weet-bix Kids TRYathlon at Lowe Oval, Underwood, in May. 6. Helena Abraham of Drewvale attended the Logan Million Paws Walk in May.


Global running movement TO START IN LOGAN

If you enjoy running or want to start, head to Logan River Parklands at Beenleigh every Saturday from 29 June and join the worldwide craze, parkrun. Parkrun is a not-for-profit organisation that started in the United Kingdom in 2004 to provide free timed 5 km running events to increase participation and promote a healthy lifestyle.

The Logan Parkrun will be the 33rd established in Australia. More than 34,000 people across the country already enjoy Parkrun. The weekly runs are open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Runners register online and print a barcode that will be scanned at the end of each run and matched with their finishing time.

and against previous times. Council is supporting parkrun in Logan to enable the event to be free of charge to participants. You can join the fun at Logan River Parklands, Blackbird St, Beenleigh, every Saturday from 29 June at 7 am. Visit for more information or to register.

All results are posted online by midday so runners can compare their performance with their friends

Join Active Logan and stay healthy this winter Council’s Active Logan program offers free and low-cost activities across the city that are suitable for all abilities and fitness levels. The next term runs from 8 July to 22 September and will include activities such as bootcamp, aqua aerobics, parents and bubs


playtime, personal training, pilates, tai chi and dancing workout classes.

classes. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended for outdoor activities.

Participants don’t have to register ahead of the classes, and should wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a small towel and water bottle to

You can view session times at or phone 3412 3412 for more information.

Pest Survey Program The control of declared pests within Logan City is essential for protection of the environment and the productive capacity of natural resources. Pest Management is an integral part of managing natural resources and agricultural systems. Logan City Council is responsible under the Land Protection (Pest & Stock Route Management) Act 2002 to manage declared pests within the Logan area. Inspecting private land for declared weeds and animals and enforcing the provisions of the Act is one method Logan City Council proactively uses to manage declared pests. Logan City Council has resolved to conduct a Pest Survey Program to commence 1 July 2013 until 30 June 2014, in accordance with Section 241(4) of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. The purpose of the program is to monitor compliance with requirements relating to declared pests under the Act, including for example, Groundsel Bush, Annual Ragweed and feral animals. The program will primarily target semi-rural/rural private land and large state government and industry holdings in all Council Divisions. Inspections of properties may be undertaken from 6 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday. The proposed order of inspections may vary according to seasonal changes, outbreaks, infestations and customer requests, in which case priority areas will be surveyed preferentially. An authorised officer may enter places to monitor compliance with the Act. Council officers will carry personal identification. A copy of the program is available free of charge at Council’s Animal Management Centre. Inquiries in respect to the Pest Survey Program may be directed to Council’s Animal and Pest Services Branch on 07 3412 5397.

KERBSIDE CLEAN-UP SERVICE Logan City Council offers a FREE kerbside waste collection service to households. Logan City Council will collect your unwanted items if: 99 hard waste items are no larger than 2 metres wide, 1 metre high and 1 metre deep 99 green waste is cut into 1 metre lengths and tied into bundles for easy loading (use a natural string) 99 all items can be easily loaded by two people in under five minutes.






Bethania, Edens Landing, Holmview, Bahrs Scrub, Belivah, Wolffdene


Beenleigh, Bannockburn, Windaroo, Mt Warren Park


Woodridge and North Logan Central (north of Wembley Road including the northern side of Wembley Road)

Are you prepared

for the unexpected? Four steps to prepare your household.


Be informed. Knowing what to do and being ready for an emergency is your best protection.


Make a plan. A household emergency plan lets everyone in your household know what to do.


Get a emergency kit. In an emergency, it is important to have everything you need easily at hand.


Know your neighbours. People who know each other are more likely to turn to each other for help, and in the long term cope better with crises and emergencies. Taking the time to get to know your neighbours has a range of other benefits too.

For more useful information, useful hints and tips: • Visit and • • •

YOUR EMERGENCY KIT • Water - at least 5 litres per person* • Essential medications, toiletries, money, spare house and car keys • Food - three days supply (nonperishable food)* • First aid kit • Battery operated radio and torch and batteries • Mobile phone and charger (including car charger) • Clothing • Bedding • Valuable documents and possessions (driver’s licence, passport etc) in sealed plastic bags • Vehicles - full tank of fuel and tool kit. *Don’t forget your pet’s needs too!


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Our Logan Magazine - July 2013  
Our Logan Magazine - July 2013