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Volume 54 November 2016

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CONTENTS OUR LOGAN, OUR CITY MAGAZINE Editorial enquiries: 3412 4966 or media@ Advertising enquiries: 3412 5176 or marketing@logan.qld. Managing Editor: Kirby Orr News Editor: Julie Brumfield-Jones Writers: Zoe Krieg, Rebecca Waters, David Shaw, Toby Walker, Martin King, Jan Le Maitre Graphic Design: Vicky Fraser Front cover image: David Drescher Photo: David Shaw

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. All content accurate as of 13 October 2016.



Beenleigh man turns hobby into lifelong career


Rebecca’s gift to remember


Scoring goals for multiculturalism


Logan Waste Fair and National Recycling Week


New camera car to hit the streets

MAYOR — Luke Smith

Logan business women awarded

DIVISION 2 — Cr Russell Lutton

Representing the whole of the City of Logan.

DIVISION 7 — Cr Laurie Smith

Representing Slacks Creek and part of Underwood, Springwood, Kingston, Tanah Merah, Loganholme and Daisy Hill.

DIVISION 5 — Cr Jon Raven

Representing Forestdale, Hillcrest, Boronia Heights and part of Greenbank, Park Ridge, Park Ridge South, Munruben and North Maclean.

DIVISION 1 — Cr Lisa Bradley

Representing Berrinba, Marsden, Loganlea and part of Waterford West and Crestmead.

DIVISION 11 — Cr Trevina Schwarz Representing Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Flagstone, Flinders Lakes, Lyons, Monarch Glen, New Beith, Silverbark Ridge and Woodhill and part of Greenbank, Jimboomba, Kagaru, North Maclean, South Maclean, Undullah, Veresdale and Veresdale Scrub.

DIVISION 3 — Cr Steve Swenson

Representing Woodridge, Logan Central and part of Kingston and Underwood.

Rochedale South

DIVISION 8 — Cr Cherie Dalley Representing Browns Plains, Regents Park, Heritage Park and part of Park Ridge.

Representing Priestdale, Rochedale South and part of Daisy Hill, Underwood and Springwood.

Browns Plains

Hillcrest Regents Park

Div 7

Boronia Heights

Div 3


Waterford West

Div 8

Cornubia Tanah Merah


Marsden Crestmead

Shailer Park Meadowbrook

Div 5

Heritage Park


Daisy Hill

Slacks Creek



Representing Shailer Park, Cornubia, Carbrook and part of Daisy Hill and Loganholme.


Woodridge Logan Central


Div 1


Div 2

DIVISION 10 — Cr Darren Power


Park Ridge

Div 6 Waterford

Logan Reserve


Loganholme Eagleby

Edens Landing Holmview

Div 12 Beenleigh Mount Warren Park

Park Ridge South Bahrs Scrub

Buccan Chambers Flat


New Beith

Windaroo Belivah Bannockburn

Div 9

North Maclean


Logan Village


South Maclean

Silverbark Ridge

Div 11


Monarch Glen Jimboomba area under review


Kagaru Jimboomba


Cedar Grove Cedar Vale

Representing Logan Reserve, Chambers Flat, Stockleigh and part of Park Ridge, Crestmead, Waterford West, Park Ridge South, Munruben, North Maclean and South Maclean.

Cedar Creek


Flinders Lakes

DIVISION 9 — Cr Phil Pidgeon

DIVISION 12 — Cr Jennie Breene Representing Eagleby, Beenleigh and part of Mt Warren Park.

Div 4



Div 10

Representing Bethania, Meadowbrook, Waterford, Holmview, Edens Landing and part of Loganholme.

DIVISION 4 — Cr Laurie Koranski



DIVISION 6 — Cr Stacey Mcintosh

Veresdale Scrub


Representing Bahrs Scrub, Buccan, Belivah, Bannockburn, Logan Village, Windaroo, Wolffdene, Yarrabilba, Kairabah, Mundoolun and part of Cedar Creek, Jimboomba, Mt Warren Park and Tamborine.

Note: This map includes suburbs that are to be gazetted as well as areas currently under review.


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A message from our Mayor Welcome to the November edition of Our Logan. The City of Logan is a diverse place, with many different elements that combine to help it shine. From sporting and business success to digital innovation and creative local residents, our city has it all. This month’s edition demonstrates the different aspects of Logan and the good work being done behind the scenes by many local residents, community organisations and businesses. Last month the Audi Centre Springwood City of Logan Sports Awards shone the spotlight on some of our local athletes and I’d like to congratulate each of our winners and our two hall of fame inductees in Corey Parker and Alex Leapai. I’d also like to acknowledge all our nominees and the difficult task the judges had in deciding our 2016 winners who included former Broncos captain Corey Parker and Firebirds netball player Hulita Haukinima. The talent across our city is incredible. (See Page 31 for a report on all the winners.) Congratulations also go to our local Paralympians Carlee Beattie and Natalie Smith who did the city proud in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Carlee brought home a bronze medal in the Women’s T47 Class Long Jump. Natalie, an Olympic shooter, made the final in one of her events and finished a credible eighth in the 50m Rifle Three Position, which was a great result considering her gun broke the day before competition. Sport is an important part of our city. All corners are filled with clubs covering a wide range of sports and recreational activities. Logan City Council is an active supporter and we have invested a great deal in our extensive network of sporting facilities. From sporting potential to unlocking business opportunity, the City of Logan continues to charge ahead. The Springwood Summit was held last month with a focus on unlocking the economic potential for Springwood and the city. The Summit looked at future

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growth, direction, and vision with the city’s critical infrastructure at front of mind. Recently Council decided to focus on improving local infrastructure instead of supporting a feasibility study into SouthEast Queensland hosting the 2028 Olympic Games. It generally costs governments far more than the perceived economic benefits that such international events bring to the community. Our contribution of approximately $200,000 is a lot of money to commit to a study that may not lead to any tangible benefits for our residents or businesses. We need to spend the next decade focusing on infrastructure, including improvements to our sports and recreation facilities. We have overwhelming growth coming our way, with hundreds of thousands of people moving into the city. One of the high-growth areas is Yarrabilba which is due to house 45,000 residents within 25 years. I had the pleasure of opening the suburb’s new retail and medical centre, which is a milestone for this development as it acquires amenities and a community hub.

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Growth projections might seem abstract but we’re welcoming nearly 5,500 new residents across all our suburbs every year. For now, we’ll focus on the City of Logan and providing and improving the essential infrastructure for residents and newcomers.

Mayor Luke Smith City of Logan


Beenleigh man turns hobby into lifelong career Given his family heritage, it was probably more likely that Beenleigh resident David Drescher would spend his life as a baker but a single moment changed all that forever and set him on a new path.

However, once Mr Drescher picked up a piece of wood 28 years ago and started woodturning as a hobby he never looked back. “I just love wood. My favourite piece is the Huon Pine from Tasmania,” he said. “Wood is like a treasure chest. You cut open a log and it reveals itself.” “Woodturning is therapeutic. You start doing it and you just forget about the world.” Today, Mr Drescher is the owner of the Beenleigh-based S/E Queensland Woodworking Supplies and the co-ordinator of TurnFest, Australia’s longest running woodturning symposium.

Turnfest demonstrator and

Logan resident Len Mengel

It would have been as natural as breathing if Mr Drescher had taken over the family bakery. His parents worked for and operated bakeries in the Beenleigh area and were once the owners of the legendary Yatala Pie Shop from 1975 until it was sold to the current owners in 1986.

The TurnFest symposium will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and Mr Drescher has been hard at work for months planning the three day event that will run from 24–26 March at Sea World Resort. Mr Drescher said he was hoping to attract 700 visitors to the event to see the fabulous program of international and national presenters.

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“Normally most programs have more local demonstrators than international presenters but at TurnFest we will have three locals and a field of 14 international demonstrators from Ireland, Israel, France, America and England,” he said. “Basically we are featuring the best in the woodturning field from across the world.” Mr Drescher said the 2017 program would also pay tribute to industry identity Neil Scobie from Coffs Harbour who passed away earlier this year. A wood machinist by trade, Mr Drescher said he was lucky to have been given the chance to turn his hobby into a business. He started selling wood from his garage at home before buying a woodturning supplies business from Bundaberg. “We first opened in Yatala in 1997 and nine years later moved to Slacks Creek before shifting to our present location in Thorsborne St, Beenleigh at the start of 2015.”

Turned Huon Pine bowl


For more information about TurnFest visit the website at

Wood is like a treasure chest. You cut open a log and it reveals itself

heads to Logan One of Australia’s largest craft expos will visit Logan this month for the first time. The regional craft and sales expo Craft Alive will be in town from 9am to 4pm daily between 11–13 November at the Logan Metro Sports Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd, Crestmead. The crafts extravaganza will feature a wide range of crafts from patchwork and scrapbooking to embroidery, jewellery making and more. Organiser Rachael Karpman said visitors would be able to learn, create, shop and gather new inspiration from more than 60 exhibitors. “We’ve had shows before in South-East Queensland but haven’t made it to Logan yet so are very excited about this month’s expo,” Ms Karpman said. “Annually we bring together both interstate and local exhibitors at venues across Australia, focusing on the latest craft trends and supplies, creative hand-finished products, do-it-yourself products, homewares and creative workshops and classes to inspire young and old. “Visitors can expect to find a range of crafts for all ages with workshops, make and takes and demonstrations running all weekend long and we look forward to showcasing a mix of craft businesses from the local area as well as interstate.” Tickets bought online are 30 per cent cheaper and available at Ms Karpman said expo visitors would also go in the running for more than $2,500 in prizes and products including an Oekaki Embroidery sewing machine, subscriptions to Homespun and Quilters Companion, magazines, $500 worth of Kaisercraft products and more. 5

Rebecca’s gift to remember Imagine for one moment you could remember everything about your life so far. What you have done, read, touched, conversations, events, feelings, tastes, dreams – everything. Hillcrest’s Rebecca Sharrock can remember all this – but while it could be seen as a blessing, it’s also a curse. 26-year-old Rebecca is the only known Australian with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). She is currently taking part in research at the University of Queensland (UQ) to tap into the secrets of her amazing ability to recall her life. It is hoped this research could provide much needed answers to how the brain works and, an insight into how diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease may be reversed. As a child, Rebecca was diagnosed with anxiety disorders and later autism, but her mum, Janet Barnes was always aware her daughter had a great memory. It was while watching a television show on HSAM research being conducted by the University of California (UCLA) that Janet realised there was actually a lot more going on inside Rebecca’s brain than just being good at remembering events. “I was out feeding my guinea pig one day when I was 21 and mum called me in to see something on television about HSAM and how amazing peoples’ memories were and I said ‘mum why are they calling it amazing, isn’t that just normal?” she said. “Mum said it wasn’t normal and that she thought I had HSAM.” Janet contacted UCLA, and now along with UQ both institutions are now working with Rebecca to discover more about HSAM. Rebecca can remember every detail of her life and while the simplest things can trigger a memory, sometimes it can be a painful one. She often experiences again the times she was picked on at school, or bullied because of her disabilities and says her mind never rests. “I also frequently get insomnia because when everything is quiet my mind races so I need to stimulate my brain to get some sleep so I play music or have the television on so it distracts me,” Rebecca said. Rebecca wants to use her special gift to help people with a disability. “Now I’ve discovered I have HSAM I want to become a motivational speaker and write some books and encourage people with a disability to never lose hope,” she said. “There are always possibilities to become the best person you can be, you can always turn your disability around and make it something positive.” If you would like to have Rebecca speak at your next function, contact her at 6

Online and digital skills set to be boosted by Logan festival Logan residents will be able to improve their digital skills and online confidence through a special festival this month.

Logan Area Committee on the Ageing (LACOTA) and David’s Computer Literary Education Program.

Logan City Council Libraries are partnering with community organisations across the City of Logan to host the Go Digi Pop Up Festival as part of the National Year of Digital Inclusion.

The digital learning events to be held in Logan as part of the festival include:

Pop Up Festivals have already been held in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia with great success and now it is Logan’s turn. Go Digi is a four-year digital literacy program being delivered by Australia Post and Infoxchange aimed at helping 300,000 Australians improve their digital skills and online confidence. The program features online learning resources, a network of local partners and a mentoring program. Go Digi Partners in Logan include YFS, Access Community Services,

• Celebrate International Men’s Day with United Nations Youth Ambassador and Multicultural Youth Queensland’s Cultural Consultant Paul Joseph (shown below) as he shares digital stories about the journey of young refugees settling in Queensland in the Digital + Cultural Inclusion Transforming Young Lives session from 11am to 12.30pm on 19 November at Beenleigh Library.

• Digital games for young and old, as part of International Games Day which is also celebrated in libraries across Logan and around the world on 19 November. This will include a special Bee Bot floor robot games session for toddlers at Greenbank Library. • Technology help for young and old on 18 November including a Social Media Tips for Parents session at Logan Central Library; a Let’s Get Digital session at Beenleigh Library for young people, covering how to make computer games and program a robot; a Pop Up Robotics for Adults (Ozobots) session at Logan Hyperdome Library and Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland sessions at a number of Logan’s libraries

To keep informed about Digital Festival events visit or Logan City Council Libraries events page for library specific events for the festival

It’s a free program especially designed for young children with lots of fun, noise and playful learning. The LaunchPad is a wonderful way to continue a child’s learning at home. LaunchPads have no Internet access or in-game purchase options so parents can be assured they are secure and appropriate for growing young minds. The bright orange tablet has a strong protective bumper and is durable enough to move from the hands of one little explorer to the next.

Blast off to learning Free LaunchPad learning tablets for children aged between three and seven years are now available for loan from all Logan City Council libraries. The Playaway LaunchPads are a pre-loaded learning tablet created for young children containing a range of

safe, fun interactive activities, focusing on building early literacy. Two hundred LaunchPads are available to support the First 5 Forever program at Logan Libraries, which aims to build childhood language and learning skills.

Tech for Toddlers robotics, coding and technology programs for families with three to five-year-olds are also held across the city’s libraries where young children can play and learn with new technology for free including the LaunchPads. For full details go to Photo: Library members Nicholle (left) and Sarafina guide their children through LaunchPad tablets now available at all Logan City Council libraries.



Club improvements on track The Rochedale Tigers Rugby League Clubhouse in Underwood Park has reopened after a white ant infestation forced its closure during the rugby season. The white ants were noticed in the front entrance of the Rochedale Tigers Rugby League clubhouse during recent restoration work. Council officers spent three months replacing several walls and electrical cabling and sprayed a barrier around the building to prevent any further attacks. Meanwhile Stage 2 of improvements to Lowe Oval at Underwood is about to start.

Councillor Lisa Bradley urges residents to be storm ready after inspecting damage caused by severe weather at Rochedale South.

The Oval is home to the Springwood Australian Football Club and the work includes the construction of a new sandstone retaining wall.

Be storm ready Damaging high winds and heavy rain in South-East Queensland during spring have delivered a timely reminder for Logan residents to ensure they are ready for summer storms. Councillor Lisa Bradley inspected damage caused by thunderstorms in Rochedale South and urged home owners and business to be well prepared for the impact of potential severe weather. “As Logan residents we are fortunate to have the technology to know when a storm is approaching but it’s a good idea to always be prepared for bad weather,” she said. “This could be as simple as tying down loose furniture, removing tree branches close to your house, keeping gutters and drains clear of debris and checking your roof for damage. “Having an emergency kit on hand is also a good idea and this could include things like a torch, a first aid

kit, bottles of water and special items for babies or pets just in case you have to leave your home. “It’s also advisable to talk to your neighbours and be aware of who may need assistance when a storm hits. “This could be the elderly or a person with a disability who may not be able to act quickly when disaster strikes. “Neighbours can also help each other in preparing for an impending storm or in the cleanup afterwards.” More information to help you and your family become storm ready can be found on page 29.

In brief • Work is complete on new installations at Dorset Park, including a mythical climbing fort with feature ‘rock’ wall, rope ladders, shade sails and frog springers. There are also some hidden surprises for eagle-eyed observers. • A road resurfacing project has been completed along Priestdale Rd, Rochedale South and Priestdale. • New no-stopping lines have been painted between 408-452 Springwood Rd, Springwood. Dedicated parking bays and reflective marker bollards have also been installed.

COUNCILLOR LISA BRADLEY Phone: 3412 3412 Email:


Division 1: Priestdale, Rochedale South and part of Daisy Hill, Underwood and Springwood. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.


Former Firebirds Captain Laura Geitz and just a few of the 90 enthusiastic Fuel2Fly participants take some time out from training with Councillor Russell Lutton at the Logan Netball Association’s Ewing Park Netball Courts.

Firebirds and Diamonds dazzle at Logan Netball Association clinic More than 90 young netball players from across the City of Logan gathered at the Ewing Park netball courts to participate in coaching clinics that are as much about healthy lifestyles as they are about improving netball skills. Branded Fuel2Fly, participants were coached by Laura Geitz, Clare McMeniman and Gretel Tippett from the all-conquering Firebirds team and Australian Diamonds teammates Kim Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson. Former Firebirds Captain Laura Geitz, said she and her fellow coaches were passionate about encouraging all young participants to be healthy first and better netball players second. “Gretel is studying nutrition, Kim is a personal trainer and Gabi is studying physiotherapy so we all have more to offer than just teaching the basic skills of netball and this is what these clinics are about,” Geitz said. “There is so much pressure on girls

and women of all ages these days and we want to use our profile as elite sportswomen to teach them how to be confident and have fun. “The clinics cover netball fundamentals with Clare, I teach the girls about leadership, Kim takes them through fitness, Gretel shows them the best fuel to put in their bodies to recover and Gabi is in action on the court showing them how to land and stretch.” Toni Wardlaw, President of the Logan City Netball Association, said the association was fortunate to be approached for a second year to host the clinic, which was growing rapidly in popularity.

Council provided some places for free to girls who otherwise would not have been able to attend.” Councillor Russell Lutton said Ewing Park was one of the more popular sporting venues in the city. “Every weekend we have hundreds of families here involved in netball. Although small in terms of area, it is consistently one of the most heavily used sporting venues in the city,” he said. “We’re planning to increase its capacity when we install lights over some courts.” More than 2000 netballers will gather at the courts on 5 and 12 November for the Challenge of the Nations netball tournament.

“Almost double the number of girls enrolled in the clinic this year and we were fortunate to have a sponsor to keep the cost down and Logan City

COUNCILLOR RUSSELL LUTTON Phone: 3412 3412 Email: Division 2: Suburbs: Woodridge, Logan Central and part of Kingston and Underwood. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.



Mabel Park SHS leads the way in Maths Mabel Park State High School teacher Stacey King has received national recognition for her exceptional work mentoring students who previously struggled with maths. At a ceremony in Melbourne in September, Ms King won a $20,000 Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Award for her ground-breaking work. With Stacey’s help, Mabel Park State High School has overcome an issue other schools around the country are struggling with – attracting more young women to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

SEQ Father of the Year I would like to congratulate South East Queensland’s Father of the year, Bob Engwicht. Bob has been recognised within our community as a model father and grandfather, but he also has a long history of caring for others. Father of three and foster father to many more, Bob has supported community programs by providing driving lessons for underprivileged teens and assisting at-risk youth with work-for-the-dole projects in his spare time. 10

Stacey said her success came partially from her own experiences as a student when she was filled with fear and anxiety, too scared to ask a question. “At school I realised the teaching style was the issue for me,” Stacey said. “I liked school and I liked maths and science but I really felt like I struggled because the teachers would stand up at the front and do this ‘talk and chalk’ thing while we sat quietly, too embarrassed to ask for help.” Six months ago Stacey set up a Maths and Science Academy at Mabel Park High where students use a creative, hands-on approach to learn about maths, science and technology. The academy’s classroom is filled with robots, gadgets and machines built by the students who, in the process, are learning a multitude of skills – educational and personal. “Some people say it’s weird to have kids flying rockets but they don’t understand the trigonometry behind it,” Stacey said. “My students come to class excited about what we’ll be doing that day, they want to be in class, and they want to learn.”

Principal Michael Hornby said Stacey was playing a key role in mapping the future for many students. “Students are fortunate to have great teachers here at Mabel Park State High School and work with some of the most technologically advanced and cutting edge resources,” he said. Councillor Steve Swenson said Stacey had proven that a dedicated teacher could make a huge difference in many young lives. “The importance of teachers’ influence in shaping lives is often underrated in the community,” he said. “An effective teacher, who can communicate difficult concepts to students and help them achieve their full potential, can be life changing. Photo: Mabel Park State High School maths and science students with teacher Stacey King (centre) holds her trophy awarded by Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Awards

COUNCILLOR STEVE SWENSON Phone: 3412 3412 Email: 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.

Is your pool SWIM-READY for summer?

Corey Parker

Warm weather is with us again and with it the chance to get out and into the pool. Unfortunately, pools can also be a dangerous place, especially for young children. Now is the time to make sure your pool is swim-ready and your pool fence meets mandatory State Government standards. Contact a pool safety inspector by calling 139 333 or find one via the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website at

Free shingles vax for seniors From 1 November, a free shingles vaccination will be available for all 70-yearolds as part of the National Immunisation Program with a catch-up planned for those aged 71 to 79-years-old. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only three per cent of Australians aged 30-plus haven’t been exposed to chickenpox and are therefore not at risk of shingles. Up to 150,000 new cases occur annually in the Australian population. Council community immunisation clinics are held weekly (excluding public holidays) at various locations across the city, delivering a range of vaccines including those listed on the National Immunisation Program. Appointments are not necessary. Inquiries to 07 3412 5397 or email

Sports connects our community It was an honour to attend the recent Audi Centre Springwood 2016 City of Logan Sports Awards and acknowledge the fine sporting talent we have in our region. I was also humbled to receive the Sportsperson of the Year Award, made even more special by the presence of Queensland coach and rugby legend Kevin Walters. Long before I soaked up the buzz of running on to the field at Suncorp Stadium, I was running around fields in Logan. Meeting up and coming local sports stars at the awards last month brought back many memories for me. It was wonderful to see the youngest recipients, Ashley Moloney and Molly McGill presented with their awards, alongside Sports Veteran of the Year, 67-year-old Wilma Perkins, who this year competed at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth.

Young or old, the benefits of playing sport last a lifetime. I have been fortunate to avoid serious injuries and enjoy a long and successful career but I don’t think I would have had the same level of success without the values instilled in me by those involved with Logan’s sporting community. Sport has always played a big part of my life and I hope it will also be a big part of my children’s lives as well. Even if it isn’t, I know they will be well served for opportunities to be involved in community life in Logan. We really are lucky to live in a corner of the world that offers such a wide choice of lifestyle options just a few minutes from our front door.



Social enterprises reach out to Logan community Social enterprises are an emerging industry in the Logan community and many will gather for an expo at the Logan Entertainment Centre this month. Social enterprises operate to improve communities, people’s life chances and the environment. They make their money by selling goods and services in the open market and reinvesting their profits locally. The expo on 2 November is aimed at strengthening the relationship between social enterprises and the community to improve the lifestyle of Logan residents. It will be opened by the Queensland State Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch at 9am.

Santa’s Eats and Beats Christmas will be in the air at two Eats and Beats festivals this month. The first will be held at Jimboomba on 18 November followed by Beenleigh Town Square on 25 November. Eats and Beats is the city’s pop-up food truck and music festival and both November events will feature a Christmas atmosphere with visits by Santa, carollers and spectacular entertainment. It’s all part of the City of Logan Christmas Festival, which will run in the lead-up to the big day. For details visit




Christmas shopping made easy Choosing the perfect Christmas gift will be easy at Logan arts, craft and design treasure store at Logan Art Gallery throughout November and the one-day-only Creative Markets outside the gallery on 26 November.

5PM – 9PM

Both the treasure store and the markets feature locally made arts and crafts including jewellery, clothing, ceramics, wood and glassware, all at affordable prices.


The markets are usually based at Tudor Park, near the Logan PCYC, but to cater for pre-Christmas shoppers they will be held at Logan Art Gallery between 10am and 2pm on 26 November.

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To find out more about the 2016 Logan Social Enterprise Expo, visit

Eats and Beats will transform into a magical Christmas Market Village with Santa, carollers and Christmas entertainment.

Come and meet local artists and watch them at work inside the gallery, and enjoy food and entertainment outside, including Logan Ukulele Group who will perform from 11am to 1pm, face painting and a jumping castle. Logan Art Gallery Store Cnr Wembley Rd and Jacaranda Ave, Logan Central

Scoring goals for multiculturalism More than a thousand netballers and their supporters will converge on Logan this month for the 2016 Challenge of the Nations netball tournament. This is the third time the event has been held in Logan and it attracts players from throughout Australia and the South Pacific. The tournament aims to increase community awareness and understanding of multi-culturalism through sports and culture. It will be held on 5 and 12 November at Ewing Park, Netball Dr, Woodridge.

Get your guitar fix A hand-picked group of internationally recognised acoustic guitarists from across the globe will join forces at the LEC this month to weave memorable musical magic. The Acoustic Guitar Spectacular will be held from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on 24 November. Internationally acclaimed Brisbane acoustic guitarist Michael Fix – named as one of Australia’s Top 25 Guitarists of All Time by readers of Guitarist Australia magazine – will be joined by New Yorker (now living in Austria) fingerstyle funkmeister Adam Rafferty and internationally acclaimed fiery flamenco virtuoso Andrew Veivers for a series of very special concerts. Bookings are essential and tickets are available by calling the LEC on 3412 5626 or online at


Honouring our African Australians’ contributions



The contributions of African Australians in the Logan community and across Queensland will be recognised at the 2016 African Australian National Awards in Brisbane this month. African Australians play a big role in many Queensland sectors such as business, sport, politics, medicine, law, engineering, the arts and entertainment. These awards sponsored by Logan City Council will honour, recognise and celebrate the contributions of Africans in all spheres of Australian society. They also promote international bridging and exchange programs for cultural, business, educational and tourism exchange between Australia and Africa. The awards will be presented at the Brisbane City Hall on 19 November.

Adam R afferty

Michael Fix

Andrew Veivers

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2016, 7.30PM Adult .............................. $35pp Concession .................. $30pp Group 8+/Member ....... $28pp

3412 5626

LOGAN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central



Councillor Laurie Koranski with Windaroo State High School Deputy Principal Jason Hassard and Boys Group Co-ordinator Tom Bryla with Windaroo Valley State High School students at Windaroo Creek.

Creek project has benefits for all Environmental and marine science students from Windaroo Valley State High School are getting hands on experience cleaning up a local creek in a project that will also benefit the community. The school has received a $5,000 EnviroGrant from Logan City Council to help them revegetate Windaroo Creek, which backs on to the school, and manage the waterway’s animal life. Deputy Principal Jason Hassard, along with Boys Group Co-ordinator Tom Bryla, said he wanted to get students involved in a project that would have real meaning to the community. “We had a working bee at the creek recently, which involved the students, parents and other residents and this gave the project a real kick start,” he said. “Getting students out of the classroom enables them to learn in a real environment where they do water testing, tree planting and take care of the animals’ environment. “It’s a long-term project and the EnviroGrant has been instrumental in 14

funding our ongoing costs.” Councillor Laurie Koranski said the project was a great example of students working with their community for longterm benefits. “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring students together to collaborate with the community to enhance our local assets,” she said. “It’s empowering the school to provide the vision and I commend the school on providing students with a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a truly worthwhile project, where they gain real world experiences. “I would urge other schools involved in similar environmental programs that also have a positive impact in their local area to consider applying for an EnviroGrant.”

GRASS improvements for local roads Four sections of rural roads in Logan Village, Cedar Creek and Jimboomba will be sealed under Logan City Council’s Gravel Roads and Shoulder Sealing (GRASS) program. Councillor Laurie Koranski said the work would minimise nuisance dust and improve driving conditions for residents. “I am delighted to provide almost $100,000 in divisional funds towards this worthwhile community project, which will upgrade Quinzeh Creek Rd, Curtis Rd, Carrum Rd and Hawkins Rd (shared with Division 9),” Cr Koranski said. “These roads were added to the program after residents contacted me about gravel and narrow bitumen roads, which were causing safety concerns.” Inquiries to Council on 3412 3412.

For more details on EnviroGrants visit envirogrants

COUNCILLOR LAURIE KORANSKI Phone: 3412 3412 Email: 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.


Scoring life goals through sport The universal language of sport is being used to help a group of refugee women in Logan adapt to their new life in Australia. The Hazara Volleyball Group has existed in Logan for a number of years but was only made up of men. Earlier this year, several women decided they too, wanted to play. It’s all part of the Kingston-based Access Community Services Group’s Girls Into Sport program, which aims to engage women from refugee and migrant backgrounds in sport and in turn help them adjust to their new lives in Logan. Group Sport and Recreation Manager Nick Hughes said the benefits of women being part of a team sport had been enormous. “By getting them involved in sport, it’s a big part of their settlement journey,” he said. “Sport is a universal language and a really awesome way for them to meet other people in the community, develop social connections and gain life skills along the way. “Getting them involved in sport is providing pathways into the broader community.” Each week, 20 team members get together in a training session that enhances their

self-esteem by giving them new skills and allowing them to work as a team. It brings the women out of the social isolation they may be experiencing and encourages them to build relationships with others through sport. Logan City Council has helped the team by sponsoring the team’s first eight week training program. Nick said if the program was successful, more would be planned. “This project was born out of a basic need for likeminded women from diverse cultural backgrounds to come together and train as a team,” he said.

Step out on new footpath Nearly 720 metres of new footpath has been rebuilt along Kingston Rd, between Tygum Rd and Beutel St, Waterford West. Through the project the old footpath was completely removed and replaced to allow better access for elderly residents, and those who use mobility scooters and walking frames. Construction was completed in early October.

“The funding from Logan City Council allows this to happen and will help the women achieve their goals – both on and off the volleyball court.” Photo: Hazara Volleyball Group members (from left) Farzana Panahi, Neda Rezaie, Khatira Shah, Eqleema Nadir Shah, Azada Fritan, Nadira Nadir and Madina Sedaqat are building new lives through their involvement with the team.

COUNCILLOR JON RAVEN Phone: 3412 5505 Email: Division 5: Berrinba, Marsden, Loganlea and part of Waterford West and Crestmead. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.



Logan students deliver innovative option A group of Logan youths have put their heads together to consider new ways of presenting road traffic accident data. The students from schools across the city joined forces to take part in GovHack, Australia’s largest open government and data hackathon. First run as a small Canberra-based event in 2009, GovHack has quickly expanded to a national competition with simultaneous events taking place in major cities across the country in July each year. The inaugural GovHack Logan event this year at Griffith University’s Meadowbrook Campus. Councillor Stacey McIntosh said the event had been held with the support of Council and Griffith University and it had been wonderful to see the students to come together and tackle some of the issues facing the Logan community. “The students, dubbed The Kids Team, worked together on how best to improve transport infrastructure by developing the accident tracker,” she said.

app to allow users to access data on recent traffic incidents that then displayed on a map with a table for more details.”

The team included Edward Howell from Edens Landing and seven-yearold Vrish Shah from Daisy Hill.

Cr McIntosh said GovHack Logan brought together digital creators, designers, coders, entrepreneurs and anyone with ideas outside the box for a 46-hour ‘hack-a-thon’ that took place simultaneously in 39 locations across Australia and New Zealand.

“To win the title of Best Youth Project Developed at the GovHack Logan event, they created a real time web

She said Logan Mates had also won the Linking Logan Category for their entry Smart Moves Logan, which

Division 6 office goes mobile Councillor Stacey McIntosh will be visiting various locations throughout Division 6 during November. She invites residents to come and meet with her during her mobile office visits: • 18 November - 9am to 11am - Zarraffa’s Coffee, Holmview Shopping Centre, 318-322 Logan River Rd, Holmview. • 19 November - 9am to 11am - The Coffee Club, 1 Loganlea Rd, Meadowbrook

delivered the best hack to help Logan residents to get around. Cr McIntosh said Opportunity Farmers won the Logan Land Use and Development category for their Your Local Opinion hack. This hack lets members of the community review and comment on the availability of public amenities in the area and how these details could be shared with the wider community. Councillor Stacey McIntosh (left) and Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch with two members of The Kids Team (from left) Edward Howell and Vrish Shah.

• 23 November - 9am to 11am - CG’s Coffee & Grub, 78 Station Rd, Bethania • 26 November - 9am to 11am - The Wood Room Café, 2 Ascot Drive, Loganholme No bookings are required. Simply show up and have a chat with Cr McIntosh.



Division 6: Bethania, Meadowbrook, Waterford, Holmview, Edens Landing and part of Loganholme. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.


awareness week If you are planning to do renovations, such as painting your house, adding extensions, knocking out walls or even replacing an old shed or carport yourself, you need to read this – it may save your life. Many homes in the City of Logan were built prior to 1987, when it was common to use fibro sheeting and lino made from compressed asbestos.

At the time asbestos was regarded as a durable and versatile building product – the only problem is that it can become a health risk for people if microscopic fibres are inhaled. Asbestos sheeting can be found in most of Logan’s older homes, particularly in eaves, internal and external walls, roofs, ceilings and external plumbing, such as vents. It is generally regarded as safe if painted or left alone – but if disturbed by sanding, drilling, pressure cleaning or scraping, it will release microscopic fibres that will contaminate your home and make it unsafe for you or your family to live in – and it’s very difficult to safely clean up yourself. Earlier this year, one unfortunate DIY renovator in Logan pressure cleaned their roof without realising that it was made of asbestos and disturbed fibres that settled all over their property. The resulting clean-up bill was close to $100,000 and the house had to be vacated for nearly a month while the clean-up occurred. The golden rules are – before you start painting or renovating – find out for certain if the material is asbestos and follow required safety precautions or have a professional repair or remove it. To find out more about asbestos go to or Logan City Council’s website to find out how to safely dispose of asbestos

Logan plumbers flushed with success Three Logan plumbers were among the winners at the 2016 Master Plumbers Association of Queensland (MPAQ) industry awards night. David Lowry from Rochedale South picked up the Apprentice of the Year with Christopher Powell from Logan Village named 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year. Paul McKenna from Rochedale South won the award for Hydraulic Consultant of the Year. David is in his second year of study at Skillstech and working with Plumbkrazi Pty Ltd while Christopher is studying at the Service Trades College and is employed by PHP Contractors.

“It’s tough to pick what I’m most passionate about.” Christopher developed his interest in the industry while working with a consultancy business. “I was drawn towards a plumbing apprenticeship because of the range of experiences, varied working conditions and the teamwork I would be exposed to,” he said. “An active and physical lifestyle was also important and the employment opportunities in a broad range of fields.”

Paul McKenna won his award for developing hydraulic services in a 14 storey commercial office tower in Brisbane. MPAQ Executive Director Penny Cornah said this year saw an influx of nominations from hydraulic consultants. “It was a competitive field this year, however Paul’s submission was extremely thorough and stood out for its innovative elements and incorporation of the old with the new,” she said. Winners at the 2016 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland Indusrty Award Night: Christopher Powell (left), Paul McKenna (middle) and David Lowry (right).

David said he developed a passion for the industry while working at a plumbing supply business and is now in the second year of his apprenticeship. “I love the large scale work you see on commercial projects, but I also love working out solutions to obstacles that get thrown at you in domestic maintenance work,” he said. 17

Rethink your views on waste during Recycling Week Come along to the Browns Plains Waste and Recycling Centre and join in the fun at the Logan Waste Fair to mark National Recycling Week 2016. Held on Saturday 12 November from 10am to 2pm, the fair will feature a Reverse Garbage exhibition, where

artists will create a working recycling centre model from parts salvaged from the Logan Recycling Market and enjoy free composting, worm farming and recycling workshops. You can also get up close and personal with the big machines that

Logan Waste Fair FREE family event Saturday 12 November, 10am – 2pm


Children over the age of 10 are welcome to attend Phone: 3457 2400 Email:


make the tip work, and get a ‘behind the scenes’ coach tour of the waste facility. Why not grab a bargain from the Logan Recycling Market and stop for a coffee. Entry is free, and all are welcome.

Free household chemical drop-off The Browns Plains Waste and Recycling Facility will hold a free household chemical drop-off on Saturday 5 November from 8am to 4pm. Items such as fluorescent tubes, pesticides, acids, alkalis, photographic supplies and pool chlorine, plus much more, can be disposed of for free.

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.



7 November 2016

New camera car

to hit the streets

A new tool that automatically detects illegal parking hit the streets in October, aiming to keep all road users safe when moving about the city. Using automated number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, the camera car will be able to issue parking fines to illegally parked vehicle owners. The technology is already in use across the country, and is now being used to improve road and parking safety across the city. It will enable Council to conduct enforcement operations by simply driving through a parking area – the car knows where it is through GPS tracking, and will be programmed with parking zones for the entire city. The car can read number plates while moving at the speed limit, meaning officers can patrol schools and other parking zones in their car, rather than having to put themselves and others at risk by issuing manual fines on the street. Marked in high-visibility decals, the SafeRoads4Logan car can be clearly seen by all, and road users who follow the parking rules in the Queensland Road Rules have nothing to fear from the new approach. Drivers who infringe the rules will have a photo taken of their number plate, along with details of the time and location of the offence, and an infringement notice will be mailed to the registered owner’s address.


Council will also begin an online education program, through its Facebook page, to remind all road users of the basic rules and regulations on parking.

Browns Plains, Regents Park, Heritage Park

A full list of parking regulations, links to the Queensland Road Rules and other resources are available on Council’s website at


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The Mount Lindesay Branch of the Ulysses Club is holding a Christmas Toy Run on 3 December to collect gifts for the City of Logan Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

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Registrations are open for riders to join this year’s Christmas Toy Run. The hour-long ride on 3 December is being organised by the Mount Lindesay Branch of the Ulysses Club. The Christmas convoy to collect toys and gifts for Logan families will leave Middle Green Sports Club in Greenbank at 3pm, travelling through New Beith and Boronia Heights. Riders will head back to the club for a family-friendly festival including a car show, outdoor movie night and carnival rides. Councillor Laurie Smith said gifts and toys donated would be handed to the Logan Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. “This will be a fantastic event to bring people together at the end of the year so I encourage those who can to bring a toy or gift along on the day to go under the tree,” he said.

New signs improve safety New directional signs have been installed at the intersection of Old Greenbank Rd and Middle Rd in Greenbank. The six yellow and black markers are designed to improve the visibility of the bend on Middle Rd as it

intersects with Old Greenbank Rd. The signs were installed in August this year, replacing the black and white hazard signs that were set back further from the roadside.

“You will be helping to bring joy to a family in need this year.” Registration for the car and bike show costs $10 with registration opening at 11am on the day of the event and trophies up for grabs. Families keen to stay for the outdoor (G and PG rated) movies should bring blankets and chairs for a 7pm start. For more information, please email 20

COUNCILLOR LAURIE SMITH Phone: 3412 3412 Email: 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.


On the bush tucker trail with EnviroGrant Students at Yugumbir State School have seized the opportunity to work together and build a bush tucker trail in the school’s rainforest. The school received a $5,500 EnviroGrant from Logan City Council to help students learn about Australian native plants and wildlife in real life settings. Teacher, Anthony Want said the project enabled students to become active community members. irr State nts from Yugumb Want with stude oGrant. ny vir tho En An cil er un ch Co a and tea t developed with res Cr Cherie Dalley nfo rai s ol’ ho the sc School, tending

“The students are more aware of the impact they have on their environment,” he said. “By creating the trail, students learn about indigenous culture and how to identify edible plants in a natural environment. “The bush tucker trail includes a yarning circle as well as two native beehives and one honey beehive to see how bees are vital to plant survival.

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“The students have the opportunity to work with live stock, growing fruit and vegetables using organic methods. “Students use the produce to learn cooking skills, develop recycling systems and build compost and worm farms. “They will also learn about the impact of foreign plants on our native flora.” Mr Want said the plants had signage in the Yugumbir language as well as English and Indonesian.

Shannon Ramsay Park upgrade completed The playground and picnic facilities at Shannon Ramsay Park, located at Regents Park, have recently received an upgrade. Councillor Cherie Dalley said the makeover would really rejuvenate the park, with new play equipment and picnic shelter and setting installed. “A number of the existing play items and the shelter had reached the end of their useable life and needed to be replaced,” she said.

Councillor Cherie Dalley said the trail was a great initiative of the school, teaching students in a hands-on setting. “It allows students to learn about the importance of our native plants, while developing everyday skills,” she said. “The EnviroGrant program aims to improve and protect our natural environment. It fosters sustainable practices that have long-term benefits for the local environment and community.” For more details on EnviroGrants visit envirogrants

“We’ve installed a new play unit and a multi activity boat, offering hours of fun for children. The existing swing will be replaced with a two-seat swing and also an exciting parent and toddler combo swing. These types of swings promote interaction between parent and child and make the whole experience more fun.” Cr Dalley said the works, including new picnic facilities, were completed in late October.

COUNCILLOR CHERIE DALLEY Phone: 3412 3412 Email: Division 8: Browns Plains, Regents Park, Heritage Park and part of Park Ridge. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.



New men’s shed makes a difference It’s been a long journey but the Logan Men’s Shed now has a new location with a site in the Crestmead Industrial Estate providing a permanent home.

“The idea behind the shed is to create a safe environment where men can get together and reconnect with their community,” he said.

Councillor Phil Pidgeon said the project had been two years in the making.

“We are now in our fifth year of operation and have recently had a temporary home in Trinder Park.

“There have been a lot of hurdles trying to identify a site,” he said. “The new building next to the Logan City Square Dancers in Magnesium Dr has been designed to not only cater for the present, but also the future as the group evolves and expands.” Cr Pidgeon said the project would be beneficial to both groups. “We’ve worked with both clubs to identify their needs and a new car park in the future will provide extra parking,” Cr Pidgeon said. Council is working with a number of businesses in the industrial estate to establish a support network.

“Having a permanent home will make a huge difference – it will enable us to set up tools and other machinery.” Mr Hunter said the shed also aimed to help improve health and wellbeing. “A Men’s Shed is not only about creating a place where retired men can come together and bond with others. It’s a place where they can come and sit and talk about what is happening in their lives, or work on things they never had the opportunity to do,” he said.

Councillor Phil Pidgeon and Tony Hunter at the site of the new Logan City Men’s Shed project.

Parking changes at Crestmead State School Works to improve parking conditions outside Crestmead State Primary School will commence and be completed soon. Councillor Phil Pidgeon said there were some concerns about vehicles parking too close or over existing driveways in Augusta St. “Council has decided to install marked parking bays in the street to encourage drivers to park more efficiently and avoid parking over the driveways and ultimately fit more cars in the existing parking areas,” he said.

Anyone wanting to join the Men’s Shed or find out more can email logancitycommunitymenshed@gmail. com

Men’s Shed President Tony Hunter said it was an exciting time for the group.

COUNCILLOR PHIL PIDGEON Phone: 3412 3412 Email:


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.

Community celebrates

Cityof Choice achievements

Key achievements of the Logan: City of Choice initiative have been celebrated by almost 200 representatives from the City of Logan community, business sector, Queensland and Australian Governments and Logan City Council. The City of Choice Milestone Event was held at Logan Entertainment Centre to provide an update on outcomes delivered over the past 12 months and to preview what’s planned in the future. Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro said it was great to see so many partners come together to recognise what City of Choice had achieved for Logan and acknowledged the support and leadership of Council in continuing to deliver the initiative. An on-the-couch session with Councillor Steve Swenson (representing Mayor Luke Smith), Queensland Government Minister Shannon Fentiman (Minister for Communities, Women and Youth; Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Member for Waterford) and Ms Munro highlighted the City of Choice priorities, including growth areas, employment, social cohesion and the prevention of domestic and family violence.

“It was also particularly inspiring to hear what has been happening since Logan Together launched last year, aiming to close the gap for Logan children to be as healthy as any other group of Australian children and reach agreed health, education and social milestones by the age of eight,” Ms Munro said. “The on-the-couch session with Logan Together Director Matthew Cox, community representative Pastor Ross Smith and Leith Sterling from The Benevolent Society – a Logan Together partner – was very insightful.” The event wrapped up with a performance by local musicians Mad Mike and Junior, who featured in the SBS documentary, The Logan Project (which followed the journey of the Queensland Music Festival’s production of Under This Sky in Logan in August 2015). Logan: City of Choice is an initiative of Logan City Council, which is led by Council and supported by the partnerships of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and community organisations.

Mad Mike and Junior entertain the crowd.

Queensland Minister Shannon Fentiman, Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro and Councillor Steve Swenson with MC Wesley Enoch.


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Council puts safety first with STOP-IT A Logan business has joined forces with Logan City Council to improve public safety by introducing a potentially life-saving emergency stop system to earthmoving and construction equipment. The wireless STOP-IT system allows safety officers to immediately shut down any piece of equipment from up to 70 metres away.

The STOP-IT wireless system allows staff to remotely and safely stop heavy machinery on worksites.

The STOP-IT safety system was designed and partially manufactured in Logan by Eco-Tec Systems Pty Ltd. Eco-Tec Director Mike Thompson said the device was fitted directly to each piece of machinery, adding another level of safety to the existing mechanical E-stops, which have been a feature of construction machinery for years. “The problem with mechanical stop switches is they require someone to physically press the stop switch which is usually located on the outside frame of machinery,” Mr Thompson said. “This in itself can create dangerous and unsafe practice with other operators required to approach working equipment inside the normal safety exclusion zone. “With STOP-IT, safety observers can easily and remotely stop a piece of equipment instantly if they see a problem.” The Logan Office of Economic Development was an early champion of the STOP-IT system, which is now being considered for use by a number of other councils.

Paper giants looking to the future Any parents with a child born in Queensland in the past few years should have been given a red book that holds important health information about their child. That red book starts its printed life on the factory floor at Crestmead with printer Tennyson Group. Three generations have steered the family-run business through various evolutions in the print industry to become one of the country’s top print suppliers, employing 63 staff nationwide. Managing Director Mitchell 24

Simpson said the company had survived and thrived by being quick to identify new product opportunities as demand from other industries changed. “Our oldest client has been with us since 1963 so we’re glad to still have those relationships, but over the years we’ve also had times that we’ve had to reinvent ourselves and sharpen up our operation,” he said. “We could just sit back and say that digital products are not our line of business but the reality is our industry is always changing so we need to explore every opportunity for new business.”

Tennyson Group Managing Director, Mitchell Simpson at their Crestmead factory.


Carlee rides high on Rio medal When thinking back about her three Paralympic Games representing Australia, Carlee Beattie smiles fondly as she recounts her performance in Rio de Janiero. Carlee came away from Rio with a bronze medal in the F47-class long jump – an amazing achievement by anyone’s standards.

I refer to it as having a different ability more than a disability Carlee, who brought home a silver medal from the London Paralympics in 2012, said the nerves may have got the better of her this year. “I felt a lot different in the lead-up, I was more relaxed and calm but I think once I got out there I mentally struggled,” she said. “I’m the current world champ and world record holder and I had some really high expectations of myself in Rio.” Carlee, who was also contending with a niggling back injury prior to the games, said Rio wasn’t just about the result. “This was by far my favourite games,” she said. “I was still so happy with my result, but more than that I was more relaxed and


really soaked up the atmosphere.” The 34-year-old Daisy Hill resident has come a long way from the day she was scouted by a coach in the Garden City car park. “It quite funny, a guy walked up to me out of the blue and asked if I’d be interested in athletics,” she says laughing. “He explained he coached athletes with disabilities and I thought, why not, I’ve always been interested in athletics.”

It wasn’t until about three years later when Carlee, a self-proclaimed latestarter, really gave a career in athletics a serious thought and competed at her first games in 2008. - Works to widen in part and resurface Stern Rd, Carbrook have been completed.

Project updates in Division 10

- The extension of footpaths along Watercress St, Cornubia and Teak St, Shailer Park are COUNCILLOR nearing or have been completed.

Carlee was born with an underdeveloped left arm, but certainly doesn’t see it as a disability, having played state-level netball as a teenager. “I refer to it as having a different ability more than a disability,” she said. As for what’s next for Carlee? “The world champs are next year so that’s my focus. “I absolutely loved training and while my body is still performing and I’m getting good results, I see no reason to retire.”


Phone: 3412 3412 Email:

Division 10: Shailer Park, Cornubia, Carbrook and part of Daisy Hill and Loganholme. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.



Jimboomba Christmas Carols The Christmas season starts in spectacular style this month with the Jimboomba Christmas Carols. Now in its 15th year, the carols hosted by JC Family Church is one of the biggest free Christmas events in the City of Logan. Councillor Trevina Schwarz said the event at Jimboomba State School had become a Christmas tradition thanks to the dedication of the organisers and strong community support. “Local businesses get behind this event every year and there are always plenty of great performances to get people into the Christmas spirit,” she said. The carols features prize giveaways, a visit from Santa, face painting and performances from local schools and artists, JC Family and Music Spot choirs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on the night including a sausage sizzle and a coffee cart.

Lights shine on flood history If you see lights shining in North Maclean’s Tully Memorial Park, you are seeing the mark of history. Large poles topped with solar lights have been installed in the park to show the level the Logan River rose to during great floods dating back to the late 19th century. The six poles have been constructed from recycled timber girders from the old Edward O’Neill Bridge, named after the grazier family that once lived

at the ‘Kilmoylar’ property between Flagstone and Beaudesert. Council replaced the old timber bridge at Undullah with a concrete bridge in 2014. Councillor Trevina Schwarz said the historic flood markers can be seen by passing traffic on the Mt Lindesay Hwy. “Tully Memorial Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists so we wanted to create a project with visual focus that reflects our local history,” Cr Schwarz said. Other recent improvements in the park include an upgrade of the toilet block near the Mt Lindesay Hwy entrance.

When: Saturday 26 November – 6.30pm–8.30pm Where: Jimboomba State School Oval Free admission 26

COUNCILLOR TREVINA SCHWARZ Phone: 3412 5511 Email: Division 11: Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Flagstone, Flinders Lakes, Lyons, Monarch Glen, New Beith, 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.



Chef Matt Golinski (left) with students Kopu Neale and Karmela Bagot prepping for the big lunch.

Students from Beenleigh State High School have been given a taste of life as professional chefs creating a paddock-to-plate gourmet lunch with the help of renowned Australian chef Matt Golinski. During the second annual Paddock to Plate function in late August, meals were created by the students using ingredients mostly sourced from local suppliers in the Beenleigh, Logan and Scenic Rim districts including their own school. The students learned about professional catering, meal preparation and emerging food trends from an industry leader. Students Kopu Neale and Karmela Bagot said it had been a once in a lifetime learning experience to work with a celebrity chef. “It’s not what we expected from a chef – it’s really fun to work with Matt,” they said. Chef Golinski said the students had a great attitude to cooking and were learning about the emerging paddock to plate food trend. “It’s been heaps of fun. They are all really enthusiastic, happy to learn, good kids too,” he said.

“The students have been talking about what produce comes from this area. We’ve used sheep’s milk cheese from Beaudesert, olives from Rathlogan and the meat has come from the farm at the school. It puts it into context.”

Pack a picnic at new shelters

Two new sheltered picnic tables have been installed at Eagleby Community Park as well as new bins.

Mobile Offices I will be hosting mobile offices around Division 12 again, on Thursday 3 November 2016. Details as follows: Mt Warren Park Shopping Village, 140–146 Mt Warren Blvd, Mt Warren Park, 2pm to 3pm Eagleby Shopping Centre, 142–164 Fryar Rd, Eagleby, 3.30pm to 4.30pm Beenleigh Mall, 40-68 Main St, Beenleigh, 5pm to 6pm

A pathway connects one shelter to the disabled car park in the nearby community centre, allowing better access for all park visitors. The shelters are located close to the nearby community garden on Fryar Rd and can be used individually or together by larger groups as they are placed about five metres apart.

COUNCILLOR JENNIE BREENE Phone: 3412 3412 Mobile: 0411 658 297 Email: Division 12: Eagleby, Beenleigh and part of Mt Warren Park. Refer to map on page 2 for divisional boundaries.


Business expansion to follow award nomination Logan resident Tanya Titman (centre) is congratulated on her achievement at the awards by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews (left) and Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus Griffith University Professor Lesley Chenoweth.

Logan woman named as first business award recipient The innovative approach of a Logan business woman to providing a family-friendly working environment was recognised at a recent awards ceremony. Tanya Titman, the founder and Managing Director of Consolid8 business accounting firm, took out Brisbane’s first Women in Business of the Year award at a special ceremony in September. Building her own accounting firm from scratch into a thriving firm with 20 staff, and having four children along the way, Ms Titman understood only too well the challenges facing working mothers, so she built her own childcare facility, Lovelyland, for staff and clients to use. The creche allows parents to enjoy unbridled access to their children throughout the day. “Mums can continue breast-feeding after returning to work, there are no stressful separations in the morning, staff can spend time with their children throughout the day, and never miss a significant milestone in their child’s development,” Ms Titman said. Lovelyland does not receive government funding, so to keep it accessible and comparable in cost to other Brisbane childcare options, Consolid8 subsidises 50 per cent of the creche’s operating costs. “We are committed to maintaining a family-friendly workplace that embraces parents in the workforce, flexibility for staff and encourages a positive work/life balance. “We see this as the most significant investment in the business because it supports our most valuable resource – our staff.” Ms Titman has also built a Business Improvement Program into her business to help women become more empowered by increasing their financial literacy and taking charge of their own financial future. Awards founder and Executive Director Karen Phillips praised Ms Titman’s fearless advocacy for working women. “Our Brisbane winner has exhibited extraordinary leadership, fierce determination and enormous ambition, as well as an inherent thoughtfulness that extends far beyond her own career aspirations,” Ms Phillips said. “Tanya is a passionate advocate for women in business and epitomises everything the awards program represents,” she said. 28

A Logan business, originally established on a NorthWest Queensland family sheep station, has been honoured in the inaugural Brisbane Region Women in Business Awards. Merino Country Managing Director Kerrie Richards was named as a finalist in the Business Achiever Award category proudly sponsored by the Logan City Council. Division 6 Councillor Stacey McIntosh presented Kerrie with her award at a gala lunch attended by 400 people. The City of Logan is a silver partner of the awards, which recognise the achievements of women in business, emerging industries, community and education. After winning the award, Ms Richards announced that Merino Country, now based in Commercial Dr, Shailer Park, would be expanded in the coming months. Ms Richards first established the company on her family sheep property Clareborough Station outside of Richmond in 1993 to integrate the supply chain from raw fleece through to the end product. She has developed an easy care, soft merino fabric designed for comfort and performance in hot and cold conditions. Her range includes travel gear, active wear, workwear, thermals and the Baa Bra which is a merino wool bra designed specifically for breast cancer patients. With existing government contracts, direct sales to 15,000 customers and production capacity providing a solid platform to expand the business, Kerrie is focussing on Wundies, which are 100 per cent merino wool underwear, as a solution for people with skin conditions including eczema, chaffing, chemo burns and sweating. For more details visit Kerrie Richards

Don’t get caught out during storm season Spring is the season for thunderstorms in South-East Queensland and these can often result in hail storms, high winds and sometimes fallen powerlines. The safest place to be during a severe storm is at home. The last place you want to be is in an open area such as a park or in a boat where you may be vulnerable to a lightning strike. So what can you do to make sure that you’re as safe as possible during and after a thunderstorm? The first thing is to be aware that a storm is approaching. Warnings are posted via Council’s website, media broadcasts and the Bureau of Meteorology website The next thing to do is plan ahead and be well prepared. Storms often hit about the same time school finishes so it is a good idea to make sure your children know what to do if there is a storm such as finding shelter in a public building or remaining at school until the storm has passed and knowing never to go near fallen powerlines. Other helpful hints are: • listen to your local radio/TV station for official advice and warnings

• provide shelter and secure pets and animals if you can • secure outdoor furniture and any other objects in your yard or on your deck or balcony that may be blown over or become airborne in strong winds • park vehicles undercover or cover them with tarpaulins or blankets (don’t park under trees) • make sure your doors and windows are locked and draw the curtains (in case the glass breaks if there is hail) • unplug electrical items not in use • contact family to let them know there is a storm coming and where to go if you can’t meet them as planned • check on neighbours who may need assistance • have essential medications in a safe place and an emergency kit ready to go. Thinking about how you could be affected and planning what to do in advance is the key to taking the worry out of thunderstorms. Logan City Council residents can get all the information they require from our disaster dashboard at

Stage set for next

River Vision

After many weeks of community engagement and discussion, a clear set of themes have emerged to guide the Logan River for the next 50 years. Three key themes and seven distinct precincts have emerged from the consultation, which will form the basis of the draft Logan River Vision due to be released for final community consultation in mid-November. River play has emerged as a key use with respondents wanting to ensure the river provides opportunities for recreation, quiet contemplation, organised activities, fishing and walking. The river as a destination has been high on the community’s mind as somewhere they can celebrate, take advantage of potential for tourism, dining, entertainment, education and undertake conservation activities. Finally, the river’s health is a key concern. Reconnecting the Logan River to allow natural habitat and function, improving its health and serious investment in revegetation are among the high priorities. Keep an eye on or Council’s website for full details of when the draft is released.



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Food experiences in the city of logan Honey white chocolate parfait, rum-soaked strawberries & almond biscotti Ingredients Parfait Pick your own strawberries for this delicious dessert. The Berry Patch, located in Chambers Flat, grows strawberries from June to November annually. Once the crops are ripe and plentiful, generally around late July, the patches are opened up for public strawberry picking. Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 4pm on Sundays. Located at 912 Chambers Flat Rd, Chambers Flat. Beenleigh Rum is Australia’s original rum and 100% Australian owned. Over 130 years later, they’re still making rum the traditional “boutique” way and still operating from the original stone building upon the banks of the Albert River at Eagleby. The Distillery offers tastings and tours from Wednesday through to Sunday. Bookings are essential. Located at 142 Distillery Rd, Eagleby (take exit 35 on the Pacific Motorway).

• 70g caster sugar • 300ml cream • 125g good quality white chocolate

Rum-soaked strawberries • 250g strawberries, trimmed and washed

Biscotti • 2 cups plain flour, sifted twice • ¾ cup caster sugar

• 50ml rum

• 2 tsp baking powder

• 5 egg yolks

• 30g sugar

• 3 large eggs

• 5ml vanilla

• 20g honey

• Pinch of salt

• 50g honey

• 5ml vanilla • 1 cup whole almonds

To make parfait, line a loaf tin with cling film with at least 5cm overhang. Place the sugar, honey and 60ml water in a pot and bring to a gentle simmer, then let cool. Whisk the egg yolks with beaters until thick and creamy. Drizzle the sugar mix into the yolks slowly and beat for a further 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream with vanilla until soft peaks form. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate in a steel bowl over boiling water. Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture and combine. Fold the cream into the mixture and pour into the prepared mould.

Serves 4

Place in the freezer for at least 6 hours. Mix the rum, sugar and honey in a bowl. Quarter the strawberries and gently coat the strawberries with the mixture. Refrigerate. To make biscotti, line a loaf tin with baking paper. Heat oven to 180°C. In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk in the eggs one at a time with an electric beater. Fold in the almonds. Pour the dough into the loaf tin and place in the oven for approximately 20 – 25 minutes (until firm to touch). Remove and let cool completely. Slice with serrated knife into 5mm slices and arrange on baking tray in a single layer. Place tray in oven until bread is crisp and lightly golden (approximately 8 –10 minutes). Remove and let cool. To serve, remove parfait from freezer and slice into 2cm thick slices. Place a slice on each plate and garnish with strawberries and biscotti.


World Heavyweig ht boxer Alex Le apai announces his return from retirement

Tribute was paid last month to the City of Logan’s most elite athletes and inspirational sports people at the Audi Centre Springwood 2016 City of Logan Sports Awards. The winners were announced at a gala awards presentation at the Logan Metro Sports Centre on 6 October. With more than 100 sporting clubs across the city, Logan has long held an enviable reputation for producing some of the country’s finest sporting stars like internationally renowned sporting heroes Israel Folau, Cameron Smith, Robbie McEwen and Jodie Henry. Past winners’ accomplishments have seen them reach the highest pinnacle in their chosen sports and have inspired other young athletes to follow in their footsteps and achieve their dreams. The 2016 winners are: • Sportsman of the Year – Corey Parker (Rugby League) • Sportswoman of the Year – Hulita Haukinima (Netball)

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• Young Sportsperson – Male – Ashley Moloney (Athletics) • Young Sportsperson ��� Female – Molly McGill (BMX)

Sporting Wall of Fame 2016 Inductees Corey Parker and Alex Leapai

• Sports Veteran of the Year – Wilma Perkins (Athletics) • Elite Athlete with a Disability – Natalie Smith (Para-Shooting) • Sports Event of the Year – Australia vs China International Men’s Volleyball Series • Sports Coach of the Year – Karen Gallpen (Baseball) • Sports Organisation of the Year – Special Olympics Logan Allstars

Audi Centre Sprin gwood City of Lo gan Sports Awards dinner at Logan Metro Sports Centre

• Sports Official of the Year – Lara Lee (Soccer) • Sports Administrator of the Year – Andrew Hickman (AFL) • Sports Team of the Year – Logan Lightning 2015 Brisbane Women’s Premier League Team • Sportsperson of the Year – Corey Parker (Rugby League) 31

City of Logan Christmas Festival Eats and Beats will transform into a magical Christmas Market Village with Santa, carollers and Christmas entertainment.


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5PM – 9PM




Our Logan - November 2016