New blueprint for our city’s growth

Logan City Council today endorsed a five-year project to create a new city plan.

The new Planning Scheme will be a blueprint for a sustainable future and will help manage and guide unprecedented growth across the City of Logan.

The project will be based on in-depth research done by Council and will be driven by extensive feedback from the community and other stakeholders.

The Logan Plan 2025 will address key planning areas including:

  • growth management in established urban areas
  • growth management in emerging suburbs
  • best-practice design guidelines that encourage more interesting and appealing buildings
  • best-practice flood risk management and other natural hazard preparations to protect the community
  • the need for additional employment land to create a pipeline of jobs
  • protecting and enhancing environmental values

The City of Logan population is expected to surge from the current 335,000 to more than 500,000 within 20 years.

Planning Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said a new Planning Scheme was vital for one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

“More than 10,000 people are moving here every year and more and more businesses are setting up a base in our city,” Councillor Raven said.

“Managing our growth effectively is critical and the 2025 Planning Scheme will ensure that the necessary infrastructure and services are delivered when and where they’re needed.

“We want people to enjoy living and working in our city which is why we will be consulting extensively with the community over the next two years.”

State Legislation requires Council to undertake at least one period of formal (statutory) public notification during the plan-making process.

To ensure maximum community feedback, Council will undertake an extra year of non-statutory consultation before any policy changes are considered.

More info loganplan2025.com.au

New plan unlocks Logan Central potential

A long-term vision for the upgrade of Logan Central has been endorsed by Logan City Council.

The Logan Central Civic and Community Precinct Plan delivers a clear vision for the suburb and reflects the needs and feedback of the community and stakeholders.

The plan significantly enhances Council’s ability to seek and obtain funding for future project delivery.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said he was excited by the vision for the heart of the city.

“When fully developed, the precinct will be like a ‘Central Park’ for Logan Central,” Councillor Raven said.

“Logan Gardens is a hidden gem in our city and this plan seeks to change that. By building new infrastructure and improving facilities over time it will become a civic hub.

“We will see more events staged in the Gardens, and over time, it will become a destination for our community to enjoy.”

The Precinct Plan was updated to reflect the following key changes:

  • Complementary and non-competitive event functions for the Logan Central Civic Precinct with the Kingston Butter Factory Precinct
  • A shared pathway was integrated into the Wembley Rd frontage to emphasise the presence of a combined pedestrian and cycle pathway as described in the Transport and Main Roads Principal Cycle Network
  • The Logan Brothers Rugby League Club junior field was reinstated in addition to the retention of the two full-size fields.

The next step is to develop an action plan for the delivery of various projects.

Division 2 Councillor, Teresa Lane said community feedback on the Precinct Plan had been overwhelmingly positive.

“Residents really felt like they had an investment in the process and there is a lot of enthusiasm for the vision,” Cr Lane said.

Cr Lane said the delivery of a ring road to provide improved access to the Gardens was a priority.

“We want to make it easier for families to get to the playground and water play area which is extremely popular in summer.”

One of the first opportunities to activate the precinct will be to invite expressions of interest for a temporary coffee van.

The plan is based on outcomes from the Logan Central Summit in 2018 and has been modified after extensive engagement with local stakeholders and a series of workshops.

The plan recently won a Landscape Architecture Award in the Urban Design Category at the 2021 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards.

View the Logan Central Civic and Community Precinct Plan (pdf 22mb).

Better connections for growing health hub

Work is now underway to construct safer and improved pedestrian and cycling connections as part of Logan City Council’s vision for a major health and well-being precinct at Meadowbrook.

The Loganlea Road Healthy Street project will better connect Logan Hospital to proposed medical facilities and the Meadowbrook shopping centre on the other side other the road.

A new signalised pedestrian crossing will be installed across busy Loganlea Road along with upgraded street lighting and new 24/7 safety cameras.

The project also includes a wide shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists from Loganlea train station into the precinct as well as additional seating, shade trees and public art.

Loganlea Road will be widened from four lanes to six in some sections and parts of the verge will be reclaimed to improve pedestrian safety.

The $3.6 million project is funded by Logan City Council and a grant from the Queensland Government’s COVID Unite and Recover fund. Design of the project was supported by the Local Government Cycle Network fund.

Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall and Division 3 Councillor Mindy Russel at the launch of the Loganlea Road Healthy Street project

Deputy Mayor Jon Raven (centre), Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall and Division 3 Councillor Mindy Russell at the launch of the Loganlea Road Healthy Street project

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

The fund was created to advance priority projects based on significant community and local business feedback from the 2018 Meadowbrook Summit.

“Meadowbrook is fast becoming a leading health, education and wellness hub. This project will connect and complement the public and private sector investment in the precinct,” Councillor Raven said.

Division 6 Councillor Tony Hall said the Loganlea Road Healthy Street project involved multi-faceted works undertaken simultaneously.

“My priority is making sure we reduce the impacts on locals during these works so we can and deliver improved safety and pedestrian movements for everyone,” Councillor Hall said.

The works are expected to be completed by later this year.

For more information on Meadowbrook projects, visit the Logan City Council website.

Australia’s New Entertainment Hub Announces Weekend Markets

Press release provided by Distillery Road Market

Distillery Road Market (DRM) is a compelling destination designed to celebrate our region’s love of fresh produce, dining and entertainment and is now calling for stallholder expression of interests.

Despite COVID setbacks, plans for Australia’s new entertainment hub in Eagleby is booming through phase 1 of its development, this week announcing expressions of interest for stall holders have now opened for their weekend markets, set to start from mid-2021.

The brainchild of Kenton Campbell, Founder of Zarraffa’s Coffee and CEO of Tonken Property Group, which is the project developer for DRM, the vision was to deliver people more of what they want: a localised food-centric experience.

“DRM is for all stallholders and marketers,” enthused Mr Campbell. “From the heirloom gardener, florist, farmer-grown produce, street food vendors, dessert purveyors, artisans and crafters, we want to offer a huge variety of goods and produce in one vibrant location.”

Situated halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, the DRM weekend markets will encompass Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday and Sundays with a range of activations to suit all people, inspired by some of the world’s greatest markets.

“Influenced by the likes of Chelsea Market in New York, Borough Market in London we are about attracting the region’s best growers and markers, filling intimate spaces with unique products, fresh produce and great food.

“We’re excited to now be able to start accepting vendors’ expressions of interest for our weekend markets via our website and we want you to be a part of it.”

With four market events across the weekend, there are a number of opportunities to become part of the DRM stallholder community.

From 4pm – 8pm, Friday and Saturday Nights, DRM will host Trucks and Tunes where visitors can ‘gather their gang’ and go on a street food journey.

“Nights are for devouring delicious food made onsite by our line-up of food trucks and stalls, while also enjoying a revolving roster of local music acts with the whole family,” enthused Kenton.

Saturday mornings will deliver a trove of local artisans, makers, and creators with the Winter Bazaar markets from 8am – 2pm.

“Designed for people to meander and enjoy a sensory experience, the Saturday Winter Bazaar markets will showcase live local music and a curation of handcrafted goods, arts, crafts, great coffee and fresh food.”

While Sunday mornings will play host to the region’s finest Growers Market from 6am – 11am.

“We want friends and family to fill their market basket with the freshest local produce – fine foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and fresh flowers, or mosey on down for a laid back outdoor Sunday breakfast with great coffee, of course.”

DRM already plays home to Australian-owned Zarraffa’s Coffee, its roastery, headquarters and the bespoke Kiwanda Café – a factory concept cafe by Zarraffa’s.

With seating for up to 150 people, the DRM markets will be held weekly on the southern carpark site, offering locals drawn from Brisbane to the Gold Coast an experience closer to home, while welcoming visitors from all over to Australia’s newest food precinct and emerging entertainment hub.

With the success of the launch of Sugar Creek Smokehouse last year – a smokin’ hot Aus-Tex smokehouse drawing inspiration from the authentic Texan barbeque method you know and love – it’s proof that the concept for the markets will be welcomed.

“The community adoption of Sugar Creek Smokehouse and our food offerings has been incredible – it’s clear that people want more,” said James Osler, Venue Manager and Chef at Sugar Creek Smokehouse.

And more is exactly what Kenton Campbell and his team plan to deliver, all while taking guests on a mouth-watering journey, offering truly exceptional fresh food will excite and attract people from near and far.”

“This is just the beginning and there’s much more to come in 2022, as we open the entertainment precinct, more eateries and a brewery,” said Kenton.

DRM will be ever-changing, creating a distinct food and entertainment-centric hub for Logan and the southeast, believing DRM will be the ideal environment to capture the shift from the mass consumption of products to the mass consumption of experiences.

Trading across four days per week, from Thursday through to Sunday, DRM will transcend what is on offer in traditional retail precincts and transform people’s expectations of what is possible from a lifestyle destination.

Established in a re-purposed, reignited space, DRM has started and will continue to grow a happening, playful, and dynamic experience that puts people at the heart of their own food journey; helping them to connect in a constantly changing and immersive environment.

With over 600 car parks available at the precinct, DRM is located advantageously along the Gold Coast/ Brisbane growth corridor in the rapidly growing Logan City and is both visible and easily accessible from the M1 Motorway.

Details on how to become a market stall holder can be found at – www.drm.market

City of Logan Economic Analysis June 2020

Recent data releases for the 2019/2020 financial year are now available, showing Logan’s strong position leading into the start of the pandemic. Data has been compiled from multiple sources, and more detail for most categories is available from economy.id.

Summary of this data can be found in the pdf copy of the City of Logan Economic Analysis June 2020

June 2020 Key economic indicators summary

Gross Regional Product (GRP)

The City of Logan’s Gross Regional Product was $13.317b as of the 30th June 2020. Growth was flat at 0.01%, as the June 2019 figure was $13.315b. GRP has risen 15.6% since 2015.

Queensland’s GRP fell 0.5% from June 2019 to June 2020.

Year (ending June 30)$GRP $m% change from previous year
202013,317+0.01
201913,315+2.90
201812,939+5.89
201712,219+3.47
201611,809+2.53
201511,518+0.96

Local Jobs

There were 113,947 jobs located in Logan City in the year ending June 2020. This represents a 0.03% increase from 113,916 jobs at June 2019.

* Note: jobs are not necessarily full-time and the value of a job varies across areas.

Pie chart - Employment by industry (Total)

Pie chart - Employment by Industry (FTE)

Employed Residents

There were 160,811 City of Logan residents employed in the year ending June 2020. This represents a 0.67% increase from 159,747 residents employed at June 2019.

Year (ending June 30)Number% change
2020160,811+0.67
2019159,747+1.75
2018156,995+6.65
2017147,209+2.98
2016142,943+2.57
2015139,361-1.32

Unemployment

In the 2020 June quarter, the unemployment rate in Logan City was 7.4%. This has dropped from 7.8% in the previous quarter.

Table with quarterly unemployment figures of Logan, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Redland, Ipswich and Moreton Bay

Recently released Unemployment figure from National Skills Commission for September 2020 quarter is 7.9%.

Industry

In the City of Logan, Construction had the largest output by industry, generating $4.661 billion in 2019/20, an increase of $107 million from 2018/2019.

Other top industries by output include:

  • Manufacturing – $3.41b (+$171m)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services – $2.32b (-$135m)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance – $1.73b (+$116m)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing – $1.6b (+$99.5m)

Pie chart - Top Industries by Output

Five industries saw a reduction of output in the 12 months to June 2020:

  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (particularly Property Operators and Real Estate Services) – $2.32b (-$135m)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services – $975m (-$44.3m)
  • Wholesale Trade – $1.35b (-$17.7m)
  • Administrative and Support Services (particularly Building Cleaning, Pest Control and Other Support Services) – $895m (-$12.9m)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing – $164m (-$1.5m)

Population

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for the City of Logan Local Government Area is 341,985 as at 30 June 2020. This represents a 2.28% increase from June 2019.

Top growth suburbs by population (SA2 – Statistical Areas Level 2)

  • Chambers Flat – Logan Reserve (+13.2%)
  • Wolffdene – Bahrs Scrub (+10.8%)
  • Boronia Heights – Park Ridge (+8.1%)
  • Greenbank (+7.8%)
  • Jimboomba (+5.8%)
Year (ending June 30)NumberChange in numberChange in percent
2020341,9857,6272.28
2019334,3587,8642.41
2018326,4946,0071.87
2017320,4875,9761.90
2016314,5115,1691.67

City Pulse – Development Activity Highlights

  • Non-residential – There was a significant increase of new non-residential development approvals in terms of approved Gross Floor Area (GFAm²) for 2019/2020 up 61.5% from 2018/2019.
  • Building Approval increases have been driven by strong growth in Warehouse Distribution and Logistics demand (219,320m² in 2019/2020).
  • 3,000 dwellings have been added to the city’s housing stock (122,763). Of these additional dwellings the most popular dwelling type was Stand-alone house, followed by House with secondary/auxiliary unit, then followed by Duplex/Townhouse.
  • Logan is on track to deliver our dwelling number targets that are set by the State Government’s SEQ Regional Plan (ShapingSEQ). As at June 2020 we have 122,763 dwellings, moving towards 198,670 by 2041.

chart showing dwelling targets from ShapingSEQ

View City Pulse for more development related data.

Sky’s the limit for City of Logan entrepreneurs

What do holographic surgery, rocket motors and drones have in common?

They are the first industries set to be nurtured for global success through a new incubator that officially opened in City of Logan today.

Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe and Mayor Darren Power

Mayor Darren Power launched the coLab Growth Hub with Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation, the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe.

“Logan City Council has developed the coLab Growth Hub in collaboration with global edu-tech company Go1 as a place where fast-scaling ventures can grow in a supported and globally-connected environment,” Cr Power said.

“These ventures will boost our region’s economy and establish the city as a world-leader in supporting fast-growing and innovative entrepreneurs.

“It only takes a spark of creativity and entrepreneurship to set the world on fire – and the City of Logan wants to become an innovative hotbed.”

Cr Power said highly qualified and certified entrepreneurs-in-residence would mentor business owners and their employees, with tailored development programs and fully serviced office spaces also on offer.

“The firms that will grow from the coLab already have significant capital investment and mature business models, as well as a demonstrated potential for growth and maturity,” he said.

“I’m so excited to see Black Sky Aerospaceakunah and National Drones signing on as the first Portfolio Companies at the coLab.

“These entrepreneurs have already shown they can take their ideas to the world from the City of Logan.

“We want our economy to be resilient to economic disruptions and able to deliver long-term growth, and innovation is the key to that transformation.”

Minister Hinchliffe said the Logan initiative would help to create great opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Program proudly backed the growth of Go1 from local start-up to a global edu-tech,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“It’s fantastic to see Go1 now sharing experience and worldwide connections with Logan entrepreneurs.

“We know innovation is critical to creating jobs and ensuring Queensland is the place to be to invest and thrive.

“Every product we use today started as an idea that was refined and developed into a job creating industry.

“Several Queensland innovators are already filling multi-million-dollar overseas orders and supporting new jobs at home.

“That’s what makes incubators like the coLab Growth Hub so important for nurturing local innovators to grow ideas into the Queensland industries of the future.”

Entrepreneur-in-residence and Go1 co-founder, Vu Tran, said the organisation was thrilled to be playing a pivotal role in establishing the coLab.

“Go1 was born and bred here, and we’re looking forward to doing our bit in growing Logan’s scale-up community,” he said.

“We have a strong belief that Logan’s future as a globally viable and exciting place for innovative and high-growth companies to call home is well within reach.

“As a community and as an ecosystem, we will all benefit from attracting and growing great, innovative companies in our city and helping them succeed.”

Council has appointed an independent Advisory Board to review Portfolio Company applications and make recommendations. The board has been appointed for an initial one-year term and is made up of experienced entrepreneurs and experts in developing and scaling new ventures.

In addition to Go1, Council has partnered with the Los Angeles-based Network for Global Innovation to deliver the coLab program.

For more information about the coLab Growth Hub, phone 3412 4328, email admin@thecolab.online or go to thecolab.online

Jimboomba Central is City of Logan’s best in urban design

A shopping centre in the heart of Jimboomba, which utilises clever and practical design, has scooped a double at the Logan Urban Design Awards (LUDA).

A record number of entries were received for the awards, which recognise the best in urban design that help create innovative and inclusive social environments.

Jimboomba Central was named the 2020 LUDA Overall Winner after also collecting the Architecture Award.

The Cusack Lane structure was described by judges as a ‘clever design’ that was likely to be a reference project for similar future retail projects across the City.

The project was commended for its spatial sophistication, choice of materials and generous landscaping.

In winning the Architecture Award, Jimboomba Central was praised for its appealing streetscapes and internal court space which together created a ‘dynamic centre’.

Councillor Bannan in front of Jimboomba Central

Councillor Scott Bannan (Division 9) at the award-winning Jimboomba Central shopping centre

The 2020 LUDA awards, delayed from last year because of pandemic restrictions, were presented at a ceremony at Kiwanda Café in Eagleby on Wednesday night.

Other winners were:

  • Master Planning Award: Everleigh
  • Landscape Architecture and Urban Infrastructure Award: Brookhaven – Discovery Park
  • Businesses and Events Award: Beenleigh Town Square Night Markets (Goodwill Projects)

The judging panel included Richard Coulson (Cox Architecture), Nicholas Marshall (The Urban Developer) and Nathalie Ward (Lat27).

Planning Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said the high standard of entries was inspiring.

“This year’s winners have set a new benchmark for excellent urban design as we continue to see unprecedented growth in the commercial sector across the city,” Cr Raven said.

“It is great to see Jimboomba Central named as Overall Winner and shows why Council has allocated $5million in funding to continue to develop the Jimboomba City Centre into a popular and vibrant destination.

“The quality of entries across all categories demonstrates that the City not only embraces practical development, we also embrace projects that are visually appealing and suited to our landscapes and environment.”

The Logan Urban Design Awards are sponsored by gold sponsor, EPOCA and silver sponsor, Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers.

Photo of trophies

To see a full list of nominees, winners and commendations, visit Council’s website.

 

Modelling paves the way for growth in Logan

Logan City Council has developed a growth modelling strategy to assist with future planning of the city.

City of Logan has experienced unprecedented growth over the past 15 years and indications are the trend is set to continue for another 15 years.

It is projected that Logan will be home to 500,000 people in the next 20 years.

The Logan Growth Model, prepared in-house by Council’s Economic Development and Strategy Branch will be used to develop a new Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP), due next year.

Under the Queensland Planning Act 2016 (the Act) all local governments must prepare a new LGIP every five years.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said one of Logan’s greatest challenges is how rapidly the city is growing.

“One of the most important things Council needs to know is how and where we are growing,” Cr Raven said.

“This model sets out a clear path for the future of Logan and we now know when and where we need to invest in council infrastructure such as parks, community facilities and upgraded roads.”

Cr Raven said the modelling was also a significant input into Council’s financial calculations.

“The modelling enables the projection of future income from infrastructure charges,” he said.

“Most importantly it makes sure the whole of Council is using the same data to identify what infrastructure is needed so we can plan effectively for the future.

“It helps Council to ensure that we only spend money once and we spend it where it is needed most.”

Council’s current LGIP can be viewed here.

 

New shade solution set to enhance Beenleigh Town Square

The beautification of Beenleigh has begun, with a raft of community-inspired projects underway, while public safety will be improved as new CCTV cameras are set to be installed.

It includes a bold new look for Beenleigh Town Square as a new shade solution integrated with public art improves comfort for visitors.

Up to 400 aluminium discs are being suspended above the Square to increase shade cover while also adding colour and vibrancy through feature lighting.

The project is an outcome of the 2017 Beenleigh Summit, which Logan City Council hosted to get community feedback on how to best unlock the suburb’s economic and place making potential.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said $5 million was allocated to implement a number of projects developed at the summit.

“The community told us loud and clear that increasing shade at Beenleigh Town Square was their top priority which is why it’s one of the first projects we’re delivering,” Cr Raven said.

“We challenged contractors to make the shade solution relevant to Beenleigh, they’ve done this by laser cutting the work of local artists into the discs.”

Cr Raven said the discs would be suspended via a system of overhead rigging wires connected to support poles, and would be placed between 4m and 7m above the ground.

“Creating more shade in the Square will make the space inviting during the day, and by night we can light it up so it becomes the talk of the town,” he said.

“The lighting can be programmed to specific themes for events and special occasions which will show off the Square and the artwork in the evening.”

Division 12 Councillor, Karen Murphy, said the Beenleigh Town Square concept would be replicated in other parts of the Beenleigh CBD as Council begins further streetscape upgrades in February.

“These are exciting times for the Beenleigh area,” she said.

“In a further sign of confidence, we’ll see the $40 million The York development completed later this year, in addition to another commercial office development in Kokoda St and an all-day parking facility, which is being developed by the private sector.

“With good transport infrastructure already in here, there is enormous potential for Beenleigh to flourish.”

Cr Murphy said additional CCTV would be installed in Beenleigh in the coming months to connect into the existing Logan Safety Camera Program, while upgrades are also planned for other Council facilities, including parks, sports clubs and community centres.

The shade solution and streetscape projects are being jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover funding program.

Beenleigh is home to Australia’s oldest operating distillery and tourism icon, The Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, and the popular Spirit of the Red Sands – a highlyacclaimed live Aboriginal story-telling and theatre experience.

Investment in the area was also given a boost in 2019 when national coffee franchisor Zarraffa’s invested $20 million to relocate its headquarters from the Gold Coast, while the Distillery Road Market will launch later this year. The Market will celebrate the region’s love of fresh produce, dining and entertainment.

Visit the Logan City Council website for more information and to sign up for project updates.

Meadowbrook health vision takes shape

Works will soon begin on the first stage of Logan City Council’s plans to upgrade areas around Logan Hospital at Meadowbrook.

Council aims to develop parts of the City of Logan suburb into a health, wellbeing and education precinct.

The works, which will continue through to the middle of the year, will develop a ‘Healthy Street’ environment that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, improves local amenity and encourages local development and investment.

Upgrades include:

  • A signalised pedestrian crossing between Logan Hospital and Meadowbrook Shopping Centre across Loganlea Road
  • Road modifications to convert Loganlea Road from four to six lanes in some sections
  • Shared paths (up to 3 metres wide) from Loganlea rail station for pedestrians and bicycles
  • Additional safety cameras, upgraded lighting, public artwork, seating and shade structures

The works were identified as priority projects arising from the Council-hosted Meadowbrook Summit in September 2018.

They are being funded from the $5 million Meadowbrook Implementation Fund endorsed by Council and from grant funding by the State Government under the Unite and Recover program.

City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said the upgrade of the precinct around Logan Hospital was one of several significant projects Council will undertake this year.

“These upgrades will not only make it easier for people to access health services in Meadowbrook, they will also help attract more investment in the area which will deliver more services and more jobs,” Cr Raven said.

Artists impression of Loganlea Road with trees and artwork.

Council’s works in the area coincide with the $460 million expansion of Logan Hospital which is well underway.

Several other health-related development projects in Meadowbrook have also been approved or proposed.

These include:

For more information on the upgrade, email meadowbrook@logan.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3412 3412