Signs are strong for small business

Logan City Council has underlined its commitment to supporting local business by signing the Small Business Friendly Councils charter.

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power this week joined Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer and Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Maree Adshead, to become the 16th council state-wide to sign the charter.

Representatives from the three local chambers of commerce – Logan, Logan Regional and Beenleigh-Yatala – also co-signed the charter.

There are more than 22,000 small businesses across the City of Logan that help drive the local economy and provide local jobs.

By signing the Small Business Friendly Councils charter, Council has committed to supporting those local small businesses in their specialist areas and helping to reduce red tape.
Cr Power said pledging to the charter added to Council’s existing high-level and multi-faceted support for local business.

This includes the Council-operated Logan Office of Economic Development, which offers small business advice, workshops and assistance towards relocation, expansion and redevelopment.

Council this month also endorsed a new Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027, which is driven by a vision that ‘Logan’s economy is everyone’s business, with Council leading the way’.

The Strategy also includes the formation of the Mayor’s Local Job and Skills Taskforce, which will engage with local businesses to create employment opportunities.

“In addition to helping them build a resilient and sustainable workforce, Council will work closely with existing businesses across all sectors to grow the local economy and attract new customers and investment,” Cr Power said.

Minister Farmer said small businesses are the heart and hubs of local communities.

“They are our families, our friends, our neighbours and they keep our communities strong,” Minister Farmer said.

“It’s fantastic that so many councils have committed to the small business friendly charter, with many others lining up to join them.”

Commissioner Adshead said the whole community benefits when councils work closely with local business.

“I look forward to continuing to work with all concerned to bring real benefits to the local small business community in the Logan region,” she said.

To support local businesses and the community, Council has launched the ‘Think Local, Buy Logan’ campaign which encourages locals to shop locally.

To set an example, Council has also committed to a ‘Buy Logan’ procurement policy with a target of channelling 45 per cent of Council’s $500 million annual products and services spend towards local providers.

New strategy inspires jobs and investment

Attracting new investment, supporting local businesses and boosting youth employment are among the key pillars of Logan City Council’s new five-year Economic Development Strategy.

Council today endorsed the strategy which is driven by a vision that ‘Logan’s economy is everyone’s business, with Council leading the way’.

The Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027, accompanied by a five-year Implementation Strategy, was developed after extensive community and stakeholder consultation and feedback.

The development of the Strategy included an independent economic analysis report and eight economic opportunity roundtable events with stakeholders and local business owners.

A prevailing theme across all consultation activities was the high level of business and community confidence in the City of Logan’s economic future, despite the setbacks of the last year due to pandemic lockdown and restrictions.

There was also a strong desire among local businesses to support City of Logan residents through education, training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The new strategy will see Council’s economic support directed into major areas including:

  • Growth from within by supporting the evolution of existing businesses and industries
  • A focus on job quality, training and career pathways for youth and job seekers
  • Leveraging the city’s location and strengths to attract national and international businesses
  • Tapping into emerging industries
  • Further development of the local day and night-time economies to nurture hospitality, creative and entertainment options

Mayor Darren Power has taken a hands-on approach to boosting the local economy with the formation of the Mayor’s Local Job and Skills Taskforce, which will engage with local businesses to create employment opportunities.

He said Council would also be strongly promoting and supporting Council’s ‘Buy Logan’ procurement policy, which has a target of channelling 45 per cent of Council’s annual products and services spend towards local providers.

“Every business in Logan matters and Council will continue to work with them all to help consolidate their existing core operations while also building for future growth, resilience and success,” Cr Power said.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said Council will continue to build on recent success in attracting new investment to the city as well as tapping into new and emerging industries.

“The City of Logan is already a destination of choice for national and international businesses looking to expand or relocate,” Cr Raven said.

“This Strategy will ensure we continue to be a leader in driving economic growth and creating local jobs.”

The Strategy also includes programs to boost employment and education opportunities for local youth. These include:

  • Collaborating with schools and education providers
  • Expanding the popular Catapult youth entrepreneurial and enterprise skills program
  • Developing programs that help align businesses and skills with local jobseekers

“Young people make up 30 percent of our population but are 100 per cent of our future,” Cr Raven said.

“We want Logan’s youth to actively participate in the growth of our city – economically, socially and culturally.”

A publicly available version of the Economic Development Strategy will be made available by the end of the year.

Fund to attract new business

A Logan City Council initiative to attract business and create employment has been tailored to target emerging sectors such as clean technology, health and medical providers and tourism.

The highly successful Investment Attraction Incentive Fund (IAIF) was this year allocated $3 million over the next three years to attract investment from business operations and projects that provide significant economic benefit and job creation for the City of Logan.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said amendments to the scheme, to be adopted at a future Council meeting, would enable Council to diversify the types of industry looking to set up business in the city.

“As our city continues to grow, we had to think about the kind of industries we could attract that would also provide employment opportunities for locals,” Councillor Raven said.

“This creates real opportunities for the next generation, kids who attend school here, can go to university here or get a trade and then start a career somewhere close to home.

“By targeting emerging industries, we know there will be demand for these products and services well into the future.

“This provides some certainty around long-term economic outcomes for the city and has a ripple effect by attracting further investment.”

Industrial biotechnology, education and health, transport and logistics and the creative arts are industries on the radar.

Council will also introduce a high priority investment list which targets assets that are either non-existent, under-represented or highly sought after by the business or residential communities.

This could include a hotel, short-term accommodation, tourism attraction, or boutique food outlets.

Since its inception in 2018, the initiative has attracted 15 businesses and is estimated to generate more than 940 new and retained jobs and inject around $120 million into the local economy once all projects have been completed.

LSKD CEO Jason Daniel at the site of his new headquarters building in Loganholme

LSKD have recently invested in Logan with a new HQ and warehouse underway in Loganholme

Successful recipients include street sportswear brand LSKD; DHL Supply Chain; V Resource; Help Enterprises; Go1; The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre; ATP Science; Border Express; and BlockTexx.

BlockTexx founders Graham Ross and Adrian Jones recently relocated their textile recycling business from Sydney to a 2220 sqm operation at Loganholme.

The clean technology company recovers polyester and cellulose from textiles and clothing and will inject around $43 million into the local economy.

It will provide 30 jobs in the short-term and recycle 4,000 tonnes of textiles using the company’s proprietary Separation of Fibre Technology (S.O.F.T.) solution.

Mr Ross said large manufacturers, government bodies, corporations and charities are all looking for opportunities to reuse and repurpose unwanted fabrics – such as uniforms, hotel sheets and unsold stock.

Deputy Mayor Jon Raven with BlockTexx co-founder Graham Ross and samples of recycled fabric

Deputy Mayor Jon Raven with BlockTexx co-founder Graham Ross and samples of recycled fabric“We spoke to a lot of Councils from around the county and we decided on Logan. The council has been highly supportive of our relocation from Sydney,” he said.

“Logan ticks all the right boxes and we are excited to build Australia’s first commercial scale textile recovery facility at our new location in Loganholme.”

Visit our incentives page for more information on the Investment Attraction Incentive Fund and other incentives to invest in the City of Logan

Logan is the drone delivery capital of the world

Wing has announced the City of Logan as the drone delivery capital of the world. From Wing’s early days delivering to a small group of customers in two suburbs in 2019, the drone delivery company is now making thousands of deliveries each week to 19 suburbs, with a combined population of more than 110,000 people.

Jesse Suskin, Wing spokesperson and Head of Policy and Community Affairs, says that the company has completed more deliveries globally in the second quarter of 2021 than in the entire year of 2020. “Wing saw a 500% increase in deliveries worldwide in 2020 over 2019, and we’ve continued to grow at a similar rate in 2021.”

“We’ve seen a significant increase in use of our on-demand drone delivery service in South East Queensland this year. Wing has already made more than 50,000 deliveries to the Logan community in 2021, with almost 4,500 deliveries in a single week, during the most recent Queensland COVID-19 lockdown in early August.”

“We heard from a number of customers that they found on-demand drone delivery especially useful as they stayed home, and relied on our contactless service to deliver the things they needed.”

In the past year, Wing customers in Logan have:

  • ordered more than 10,000 cups of fresh barista-made coffee;
  • had more than 1,000 loaves of bread delivered to their home, saving a trip to the shops;
  • kept break time interesting as kids transitioned to remote-learning with more than 1,700 snack packs ordered for morning and afternoon tea;
  • tucked into more than 2,700 sushi rolls to beat the lunchtime cravings; and
  • made more than 1,200 hot chooks fly, just in time for family dinner.

With celebrations and major events in Queensland being impacted by COVID-19 this year, Wing was there to ensure Logan residents didn’t miss out on the joy.

“In April this year, as residents were asked to stay at home in the lead up to Easter, we delivered more than 250 chocolate eggs, bunnies, and hot cross bun packs to customers in Logan. Earlier this month, as the Ekka was cancelled, we delivered more than 500 showbags, dagwood dogs, fairy floss, and strawberry ice creams to give customers a little taste of Queensland’s
favourite show from home.”

Improvements to the delivery service in 2021 include new, quieter aircraft to address residents’ concerns over noise, and the addition of delivery services to non-residential addresses to supply workplace essentials along with popular items like coffee and snacks.

Jesse Suskin says the next 12 months are exciting for the company. “As Wing expands over the next year, we’ll continue to improve our service’s ability to meet the needs of the communities we serve and the local businesses we support. While local businesses currently co-locate with us at our delivery facility, in the coming months we’ll be exploring new delivery models, including co-locating our on-demand drone delivery service with businesses at their premises.”

“For over two years, we’ve worked closely with the Logan City Council, small businesses and the larger community to offer a first in the world drone delivery service. We’re thrilled that the Logan businesses we deliver for, and the many thousands of Logan residents who are customers have found the service convenient and valuable. We look forward to continuing our investment in the City of Logan, expanding our service, and working closely with the Logan City Council and community to continue making last mile delivery, safe, fast and environmentally friendly.”

Jesse Suskin from Wing with drone in the sky overhead

Jesse Suskin, Wing spokesperson and Head of Policy and Community Affairs

Wing currently delivers to parts of the following suburbs in Logan:

  1. Beenleigh
  2. Berrinba
  3. Bethania
  4. Browns Plains
  5. Crestmead
  6. Edens Landing
  7. Heritage Park
  8. Holmview
  9. Kingston
  10. Logan Central
  11. Loganlea
  12. Marsden
  13. Park Ridge
  14. Regents Park
  15. Slacks Creek
  16. Underwood
  17. Waterford
  18. Waterford West
  19. Woodridge

Related stories:

Wing Blog: Logan, Australia: The Drone Delivery Capital of the World

Google drones deliver 1,200 hot chickens in Queensland – Australian Aviation

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