Lime Cordiale ready to rock Logan

ARIA award-winning band Lime Cordiale today toured the new Kingston Butter Factory (KBF) Cultural Precinct with City of Logan Mayor Darren Power ahead of their scheduled concert on Sunday, May 8.

Their show on KBF’s new outdoor stage is part of band founders Oli and Louis Leimbach’s annual travelling festival The Squeeze.

Along with Lime Cordiale, the line-up will include Thelma Plum, Client Liaison, The VANNS, Teenage Dads and Merci, Mercy.

Logan City Council is in the final stages of transforming the historic KBF into a world-class community precinct for arts, culture and entertainment.

Louis and Oli Leimbach from Lime Cordiale with Coouncillors Hall, Koranski, Russell and Mayor Power

Councillor Hall, Councillor Koranski, Louis and Oli Leimbach from Lime Cordiale, Mayor Power, and Councillor Mindy Russell

Mayor Darren Power said he was thrilled to welcome the band to KBF and the city.

“It will be wonderful to have them take to the KBF stage and fire up this new facility,” he said.

“We look forward to attracting many artists of this calibre to KBF as this new venue starts its journey in the coming months.”

City Lifestyle Chair, Councillor Laurie Koranski, said the KBF would become a live music and cultural icon, attracting visitors from outside the city.

“KBF will transform the way our growing city entertains its community and we also look forward to welcoming visitors from Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast,” Cr Koranski said.

“We are delighted to announce Lime Cordiale will be playing at the new precinct and look forward to many more exciting announcements”.

Oli Leimbach from Lime Cordiale said it was ‘crazy to think how The Squeeze has grown from an indoor event to a major outdoor national festival for its third year.

“After the industry has been hit so hard it’s a great feeling to know that we’re pulling this off,” he said.

Tickets for the City of Logan concert are available now from Logan Arts.

Facade Improvement Program to improve street appeal of businesses and centres

Businesses, shops and cafés can benefit from a new Logan City Council program which aims to enhance the local shopping and dining experience for residents and visitors.

The program will assist with upgrades and repairs to awnings, shutters and façades to improve the appeal of an area, boost streetscape amenity and increase pedestrian traffic.

It is also hoped the program will foster more footpath dining across the city, encourage greater use of greenery and result in the reinstatement of heritage features where applicable.

Under the Logan Façade Improvement Program (FIP), Council will fund $2 for every $1 spent by an applicant to a maximum $5000 investment by Council on any single project.

The program is open to property owners and tenants with ground-floor, open-to-the-public premises in areas zoned as Neighbourhood or Local Centres. This includes many popular retail and dining precincts across the city.

There will also be a special focus on those businesses and shops within the Logan Central Local Plan boundaries.

Applicants for funding will be assessed under criteria that includes:

  • The impact the works will have on the area
  • Community value of the upgrade
  • Value for money
  • Quality of the proposed improvements
  • Use of local suppliers to deliver the works

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven urged eligible local businesses to get involved in the program.

“This program is designed to reinvigorate our smaller centres across the city as welcome spaces draw people to an area and help them feel safe,” Councillor Raven said.

“As businesses look forward to a post-COVID recovery, Council wants to incentivise them to invest in their street frontage to improve the look of an area and attract more customers.”

Interested applicants are advised to email or call Council on 3412 3412 to discuss if their proposal aligns with the objectives of the program.

Applications are open for round 1 funding between January 17 2022 and March 18 2022. For more information visit Council’s website.

Healthy Street is perfect tonic for hospital precinct

Loganlea Road at Meadowbrook has never looked better.

That’s due to the competition of Stage 1 of Logan City Council’s Loganlea Road Healthy Street project.

The project, which included $2.4 million from the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover Fund, has created safer and improved pedestrian and cycling connections as part of Council’s vision for the suburb to become a major health and well-being precinct.

It also better connects Logan Hospital to proposed medical facilities and the Meadowbrook Shopping Centre on the other side the road.

Upgrades to Loganlea Road include a new off-street shared pathway on both sides of the road, landscaping works, shade structures and a new signalised pedestrian crossing.

Street lighting has been improved and new 24/7 safety cameras are now operating across the precinct.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said the project is the first capital works to be completed through Council’s $5 million Meadowbrook Implementation Fund.

It has been delivered in conjunction with the Council-led Meadowbrook Partnership Group.

“This project is another example of Council enhancing public spaces for benefit of residents and visitors to our city,” Cr Raven said.

“Meadowbrook is well on the way to becoming a major health hub and these upgrades make it easier and safer for everyone to access the Logan hospital and other nearby health services.”

The project includes artwork along the Loganlea Road footpaths and other parts of the precinct. The art is in the form of installations, shelters and murals painted on the footpath.

Some designs were laser cut into double-sided, brightly coloured aluminium circular discs, which have been positioned along pedestrian thoroughfares.

Streetscape upgrades along Loganlea Road

works include shade structures and a new pedestrian crossing linking the hospital to the retail precinct

City of Logan artists who attended today’s opening of the Healthy Street project included Vikki Kinderman, Evangeline Goodfellow, Rachel Lee, Missy Knox, Therese Flynn-Clarke and Chloe Wigg.

Many of the artists have exhibited in Logan Art Gallery and some have artwork and street art along pathways and other locations across the city.

Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall said the new eye-catching artwork and extensive landscaping are a welcome addition to the Meadowbrook health hub.

“While the safety and access upgrades will be welcomed by those who visit the hospital and other health services in Meadowbrook, the addition of art and place-making improvements is also important for those who live, shop and work in the suburb,” Cr Hall said.

Loganlea Road as seen from the sky by drone

Loganlea Road as seen from above

The project also received funding from the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grant (CNLGG) program.

Stage 2 of the project is expected to include the design and construction of an extension of the shared pathway on the eastern side of Loganlea Road to connect with Armstrong Road.

It will include a new pedestrian bridge to provide safe access to the proposed relocated Loganlea train station.