Hydromulch trial good to grow in Underwood Park

Textile recycling pioneers BlockTexx are not just breaking new ground in the City of Logan – they’re also helping to improve it.

The Loganholme-based ‘clean technology’ company is working with Logan City Council to trial a new type of mulch and seed mixture that could increase grass coverage at Underwood Park in Priestdale.

BlockTexx’s hydromulch – a blend of recycled cotton fibres, grass seed and fertiliser – is expected to promote turf growth by increasing nutrient levels in soil and helping to retain moisture.

If successful, the trial could also help create a new avenue for the recycling of cotton-based materials otherwise destined for landfill.

BlockTexx’s innovative textile recycling process chemically separates natural cotton fibres from synthetic polyester in items such as clothing and bedsheets.

The cotton is then reused in products like CellTexx – a cellulose clay that can be added to hydromulch or building materials. The raw polyester can also be reused.

City of Logan Mayor Jon Raven said Council was proud to support innovative local companies such as BlockTexx that are exploring new solutions to combat climate change and reduce waste in landfill.

“BlockTexx has quickly become a leader in the recycling industry, helping cement our city as the place where innovative ideas are born and grow,” Cr Raven said.

“Encouraging local businesses to explore new ideas is a priority for Council, especially when those ideas help reduce waste heading to landfill or create new revenue streams.

“This is the first technology in the world that breaks textiles down so they can be completely recycled – that’s good for our community, good for our economy and good for the environment.

“Our city’s future will be bright if we can encourage more businesses like this one to thrive here. After all, Logan is the perfect location for smart investors.”

BlockTexx co-founder Graham Ross said the company was delighted to work with Council to trial a new product with applications for the environment and local industry.

“Cotton breaks down to cellulose, which contains about 43 per cent embedded carbon and is the building block to plants and animals,” Mr Ross said.

“By combining that cellulose into a hydromulch mix of fertiliser, grass seed and water, we are effectively taking what nature grew in the first place and putting it back into nature.

“(This method) is incredibly important not only for our environment, but also for product development. Recycling is one thing, but resource recovery – that’s the future.”

The hydromulch was applied to a section of ground in the dog-off leash area at Underwood Park in late March.

Another section was reserved for Council’s regular turf growth procedure, so results could be compared.

Almost four weeks later, a thick layer of grass now covers the hydromulch site which looks considerably healthier than the comparison grass patch.

BlockTexx scientists have also recorded higher levels of moisture retention in their patch.

Final results from the trial are expected in late May.

Logan Office of Economic Development was proud to have facilitated the BlockTexx hydromulch trial with Logan City Council. Our team had the knowledge and networks to make the right connections and get the project off the ground.

We’re committed to helping businesses in emerging and circular economy industries grow, as this leads to better economic outcomes for the city and more high-value jobs.

We support businesses at all stages of their journey, from initial investment to expanding through new opportunities.

Another leg completed in race to deliver legacy venue

Logan City Council has taken the next critical step towards securing a multi-purpose community venue to support the City of Logan through to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and beyond.

Councillors this week made the decision to support the preliminary design for the large-scale facility to move forward.

The design will form part of the official business case which will be considered by the Queensland and Australian Governments later in the year for an investment decision.

The design emphasises the city’s need for a broad-scale facility that can support a wide range of community activities including sports training and official competitions, conferences, exhibitions and corporate events.

Council also committed to providing in-principle funding for the required multi-purpose venue enhancements, as part of its 2025/26 Budget process.

Mayor Jon Raven said Council was determined to aim high to secure a venue with the potential to catapult the City of Logan into the future.

“It’s no secret that our city has Olympic-sized dreams for its future, but those dreams extend well beyond the 2032 Games,” Cr Raven said.

“We’ve been working collaboratively with the state and federal governments to get the best outcome for the city.

“Getting the design of this major new venue right will give our athletes, community groups and businesses more chances to succeed – and give everyone else another reason to visit the City of Logan.

“Today, we are showing the other levels of government that we’re serious about co-investing to build something that will have a long-term legacy.

Rhythmic gymnasts at Gymnastics Qld Senior State Championships

“As the fastest-growing city in Queensland and with a young and diverse population of up-and-coming athletes, it’s vital our future venues cater to the expanding aspirations of our community.”

The delivery of the new multi-purpose venue is among several strategies Council is advocating for to capitalise on the hosting of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in South East Queensland.

Council’s 2032 City of Logan Legacy Roadmap outlines 19 key initiatives designed to:

  • secure new facilities and infrastructure
  • stimulate economic growth
  • promote active living and participation in sport
  • leverage multicultural roots within the local community.

The new venue, subject to the investment decision required under the Intergovernmental Agreement between the state and federal governments, is also expected to kickstart urban renewal in locations across the city by encouraging greater investment to stimulate economic growth and helping Council advocate for the development of more short-term accommodation.


Logan is the fastest growing local government area in Queensland

The City of Logan is on an upward growth trajectory, with the latest ABS figures showing the city is the fastest growing local government area (LGA) in Queensland.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Estimated Resident Population for the City of Logan at June 2023 is 377,773, an increase of 4.1% from June 2022. That’s an extra 14,714 people calling the City of Logan home in 2023.

Local Government AreaERP at 30 June 2022ERP at June 2023ERP Change 2022-23ERP change %
Gold Coast647,178666,08718,9092.9%
Sunshine Coast355,904365,94210,0382.8%
Moreton Bay496,772510,10413,3322.7%

The 5-year average population growth of the city is 2.88%, noting lower growth years in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Chart - annual change in estimates resident population

The top 10 growth areas in Logan are

  • Chambers Flat / Logan Reserve (+18%)
  • Greenbank / North Maclean (+13%)
  • Boronia Heights / Park Ridge (+9%)
  • Yarrabilba (+8%)
  • Wolffdene / Bahrs Scrub (+8%)
  • Flagstone (West) / New Beith (+5.7%
  • Edens Landing / Holmview (+5.2%)
  • Browns Plains (+4.1%)
  • Logan Village (+3.4%)
  • Waterford West (+3.4%)

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan were the top 3 LGA’s for overseas migration

Logan has the 4th highest population density in QLD (behind Brisbane, Gold Coast and Weipa)