Iconic Logan manufacturer steel themselves for future growth

Beenleigh Steel Fabrications will soon expand to a new $4.2 million facility, with works underway at a greenfield site in Berrinba.

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said construction of the new workspace reinforces Beenleigh Steel Fabrications’ commitment to Logan and employment in the city.

“This new $4.2 million manufacturing facility will double Beenleigh Steel Fabrications’ floorspace and production capacity,” Mr Dick said.

“Most importantly, this means more local jobs, with at least 59 new jobs set to be created with BSF over the next five years.

“Beenleigh Steel Fabrications have been helping build our state for more than four decades, and our government is proud to support this expansion to fuel the company’s next 40 years and beyond.

“BSF steel is at the core of new developments like Queen’s Wharf and Cross River Rail, and legendary local structures such as the Gabba and North Queensland Stadium.

“This is another great project that will contribute to Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan as we keep battling the impacts of COVID-19,” he said.

“It also shows the investment confidence businesses have in our state and the City of Logan as we work towards hosting the 2032 Olympic Games.”

BSF Director Frank Boyes, federal Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick, Logan Deputy Mayor Jon Raven & BSF Director Anthony Stoeckert turning sod

BSF Director Frank Boyes, federal Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick, Logan Deputy Mayor Jon Raven & BSF Director Anthony Stoeckert turning sod

BSF has been operating in Crestmead since 1980, carving out a strong market niche in architectural steel fabrications for large-scale projects Australia-wide.

They supply into projects ranging from stadiums, bridges and hospitals to army barracks, multi-level carparks and rail stations.

Beenleigh Steel Fabrication Director Anthony Stoeckert said construction will soon begin ramping up and is expected to take six months to complete.

“We’re very excited about our future and that of the Logan area,” Mr Stoeckert said.

“Our expansion will create job opportunities for up to eight apprentices and trainees per year in boilermaking, rigging, dogging, machine operation and computer skills.

“We are keen to find local Logan people to take up these opportunities and to be a part of growing our city.”

Federal Member for Rankin Jim Chalmers and Logan Deputy Mayor Jon Raven also attended today’s ceremonial sod turn, alongside the Treasurer and BSF representatives.

 

Construction commences on $30 million Springwood Health Hub

Work has commenced on the new $30 million Springwood Health Hub, following a sod turning ceremony this week hosted by developer Rogerscorp, with attendance including project builder Niclin, City of Logan Mayor Darren Power, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, and Division 1 Councillor Lisa Bradley.

The development is now on its way to making a difference throughout the Logan region by providing patient-centred care within the 7 storey state of the art, purpose-built health facility.

Rogerscorp’s Director, Simon Rogers said “The decision for Rogerscorp to embark on this project was driven by demand and data. With over 74% of residents needing to leave Logan for their health care needs.”

“Easily accessible off the M1, the site sits proud and visible. We worked with an award-winning architect to ensure we could deliver a prestigious building that people want to work from and visit.”

“We are in discussion with many tenants including IVF, cancer care and allied health operators, and already have commitment from a twin theatre gastro centre who will occupy the majority of the top floor.”

“In addition we have commitments from iMed Radiology, incorporating an MRI machine, as well as Myhealth GP Clinic.”

“We look forward to working alongside our tenants in delivering a brilliant space for them to operate from, and assisting where we can to ensure their business is a great success.”

Mr Rogers also praised the relationship with Council and the development application process.

“Logan City Council have been tremendous to work with throughout the planning and development approval process, and it is great to see such a pro-active council that is certainly stimulating business interest, and working hard to showcase the great benefits that Logan has to offer.” he said.

Artist render of Springwood Health Hub

Artist render of Springwood Health Hub

City of Logan Mayor, Darren Power said “Rogerscorp’s Springwood Health Hub would be a game changer for health facilities in the city.”

“Our city is experiencing growth like never before. With this growth comes the need for more health services.”

“Springwood Health Hub is not only an investment in our city but the health of our residents.”

“This state-of-art health hub will mean City of Logan residents have access to a range of medical services here in their own backyard,” Mayor Power said.

Niclin Group’s Managing Director, Nick Cave said “The project will create up to 1500 direct and indirect jobs.”

“We look forward to being a part of a project that will further strengthen the health services for the Logan area.” he said.

The Springwood Health Hub joins an increasing list of health and medical investments in the city, which include:

Logan City Council and Logan Office of Economic Development commissioned research in 2018 to identify the health and medical development and investment opportunities in the Logan Local Government Area. Based on evidence driven data, the research completed provided an understanding of the current and future health demand to identify gaps (existing and future) and direct investment attraction activities using key investment drivers. Springwood was identified as a potential location for health & medical investment, and the Springwood Health Hub will be a welcome addition to the area serving as a catalyst for jobs and providing easier access to specialty health and well-being facilities.

For leasing enquiries and more information on the project, please visit the Springwood Health Hub website.

 

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

Hundreds of jobs as Council initiative attracts $110m in development

A Logan City Council initiative aimed at attracting big business and to create jobs has cemented $110 million in new projects in the last 12 months.

Council’s Investment Attraction Program has generated 758 jobs since its inception, with more companies lining up to relocate to the city this year.

Global logistics provider DHL Supply Chain is the latest to benefit from the scheme after yesterday opening its new facility in the growth industrial hub of Berrinba.

Providing more than 100 jobs, the facility comprises two large warehouses spanning 19,000 sqm and a 10,000 sqm hard span linking the two buildings, to service the South East Queensland market.

men in front of DHL truck in warehouse

DHL State Manager Sean Hall, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven and DHL
CEO Australia and New Zealand Saul Resnick celebrate the opening of DHL at
Berrinba.

Economic Development Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said DHL Supply Chain’s opening was another exciting step in the city’s economic trajectory.

“Investing in Logan just makes sense. Great location, easy access to highways and a young population so businesses have a readymade workforce,” Cr Raven said.

“The success of these companies means jobs for the people of Logan. Each company that is supported through the Investment Attraction Program must meet local job targets.

“By making sure locals get employment opportunities, we leverage these investments to create lasting wealth for our city.”

The DHL Supply Chain opening follows two other multinational companies with Rinnai Australia, a national manufacturer of gas appliances, and McPhee, a fifth generation transport company in a co-located Berrinba facility.

The $40 million project will create 130 jobs once fully operational.

DHL Supply Chain CEO Australia and New Zealand, Saul Resnick, said setting up in Logan would improve efficiencies.

“DHL Supply Chain is committed to ensuring our customers’ supply chains are cost efficient and operationally excellent,” Mr Resnick said.

“This new site combines our warehousing and transport under the one roof and provides better connections to motorways.

“We are pleased to see the efficiencies and improvements to delivery times that this site brings to our customers and to be part of the growth in the Logan region.”

Other companies to launch in City of Logan the program include:

  • HELP enterprises – an employment provider for people with disability. It assists people who have been out of the workforce for long periods to re-enter the workforce as well as supporting disadvantaged people to secure employment. Employing 77 people, the business has built a warehouse and distribution facility at Crestmead to service City of Logan.
  • Pinnacle Hardware – a national garage storage supplier, specialising in innovative and quality storage solutions, garden sheds, pet enclosures and hardware. They supply exclusively to Bunnings and their new site at Berrinba is a distribution facility for Queensland. They employ more than 30 people.
  • Go1 – an online training and education service provider with their global headquarters at Underwood. The business moved to Brisbane but returned to its Logan roots and is now leading the way in innovation. The company has raised $40 million, including a big chunk of funding from Microsoft’s venture funding arm M12.
  • The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre – an industry-led organisation, combining employers and unions to create and teach the highest standards of vocational training for plumbing, gas fitting, air conditioning and fire safety. Their new site in Beenleigh combines two of their existing Queensland training facilities to become their largest site in the state.
  • ATP Science – set to employ 70 people at its new Meadowbrook facility. The pharmaceutical and health supplement manufacturer has increased its capability and capacity to do research and development and access international markets.

Border Express, Imaging Solutions and B&C Plastics have also expanded their operations in the city.

Last year, City of Logan launched the $1.5 billion Crestmead Logistics Estate. The nine-stage, 157-hectare estate will deliver 650,000 square metres of warehousing, business, logistics and manufacturing buildings.

It will generate around 6000 full-time jobs over the next five years. Tenants include the recently launched $500m Mapletree Logistics Park, set to deliver around 200,000 square metres of high-grade logistic warehousing and office space.

The project is expected to create at least 2500 jobs over four stages of construction.

Cr Raven said the community can be proud that City of Logan is leading the way as one of the most dynamic regional cities in the country.

“These are successful companies and they know we’re building something special in Logan,” Cr Raven said.

“To be able to attract and retain national brands to headquarter their operations in our city shows that Council’s vision and growth strategy is working.”

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.

 

Massive development kickstarts jobs bonanza

Logan City Council has granted approval to one of the biggest industrial developments in the city’s history.

An industrial park of nine warehouses will be constructed by Mapletree Investments, a leading real estate development, investment, capital and property management company headquartered in Singapore.

The new $500m Mapletree Logistics Park – Crestmead will be built on 36 hectares of the new $1.5 billion Crestmead Logistics Estate launched by Council last year.

The development will deliver approximately 200,000 square metres of high-grade logistic warehousing and office space.

The site is expected to include buildings ranging in size from 5000sqm up to possibly a massive 100,000sqm – the equivalent of almost 20 football fields.

The project is expected to create at least 2500 jobs over four stages of construction.

Artist impression of Mapletree Logistics Park with Crestmead in background

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power said the project was a strong endorsement for investment in the city.

“This is the start of a development that will deliver thousands of jobs for locals,” Cr Power said.

“This project is a game-changer, not just for the City of Logan, but all of South East Queensland.

“Mapletree, one of the largest industrial developers in the world, is leading the way in showing investors that the City of Logan is an ideal place for businesses to set-up and grow.

“Despite the setbacks of last year, this project sends a clear message that Logan is again open for business and a new hub for jobs and investment.”

Mapletree Group’s Chief Executive Officer Hiew Yoon Khong said the organisation had a strong conviction on the growth prospects of Australia’s logistics real estate sector.

“Mapletree Logistics Park – Crestmead’s excellent connectivity to key transportation nodes will provide companies with a high-quality space in a strategic location,” Mr Hiew said.

The Mapletree development was approved under Council’s innovative RiskSmart approval process.

It was subject to a comprehensive pre-application review prior to the application being formally lodged and approved by Council and the State Government.

The Crestmead Logistics Estate, on the corner of Green and Clarke Roads, was launched by Council in August last year.

It will be rolled out over the next five years and will eventually deliver 650,000 sqm of warehousing, business, logistics and manufacturing space.

The estate’s appeal includes its easy accessibility to the Logan and Gateway Motorways, two of the busiest transport arterials in South East Queensland.

Artist impression of Mapletree Logistics Estate

Crestmead Logistics Estate adds to an existing 367,000 sqm of commercial activity recently completed or planned in the City of Logan over the coming year.

Developments include:

  • DHL – 19,000sqm $38m 132 jobs (complete)
  • Mitre 10 – 27,000sqm $50m 110 jobs (complete)
  • Alphabet (Wing) – 15,000sqmm 36 jobs (complete)
  • Queensland Logistics Service – 15,000sqm 20 jobs (complete)
  • Pinnacle Hardware – 14,000sqm 36 jobs (complete)
  • CEVA – 21,000sqm (complete)
  • Hutamaki and Phoenix Transport – 25,000sqm (complete)
  • GPT – 13,000sqm (under construction) a further 72,000sqm to complete
  • Rinnai 13,000sqm (complete)
  • McPhee Transport 17,000sqm (under construction)
  • Berrinba Central Shopping Centre (Stage 1 complete, Stage 2 and 3 under construction)
  • Goodman 56,000sqm (under construction)
  • Quilton 60,000sqm (13 sheds under construction)

Ground breaks on essential new Medical Centre for Logan City Health Precinct

Buildcorp has broken ground with project partners for a new medical centre, which forms part of a significant Health and Knowledge Precinct for the Logan and Greater Brisbane region.

The $20m Southwest Medical Centre is located on a prominent corner of Logandowns Drive, 200m from Logan Hospital. Project partners including Client Horwell Group, DMA Partners and Cottee Parker, gathered to ‘turn the sod’ to celebrate the commencement of  the new build project that will be delivered over the next 8 months.

The multi-level Centre is designed by Cottee Parker and comprises over 2,000m² of retail, medical and office space. UQ Health Care (owned by The University of Queensland) has been secured as the anchor tenant and will provide an extensive range of health services, as well as essential training opportunities for the next generation of doctors, nurses and allied health.

Artist render of Southwest Medical Centre

Artist render of Southwest Medical Centre

Family development group Horwell Property Investments has long believed in the potential for the Meadowbrook site, having owned the land for more than 35 years.

Horwell Property Investments’ Ben Horwell said, “As a family, we’ve maintained our belief in this 100-hectare site through many property cycles and it’s extremely pleasing to see the final piece of the puzzle put into place.

“In committing to the development of the Southwest Medical Precinct, we sought to build a project team that, like us, had a strong level of confidence in the area, excellent knowledge of the current market and a determination to get the job done.

“We’ve gotten to this milestone today thanks to the input, support and expertise of the project team and the City of Logan.”

Buildcorp has developed a plan to minimise the construction impact on the local area and protect the operations of the local retail and Childcare Centre. This includes the use of a double height precast concrete panels made offsite, a detail traffic management plan to protect access and an innovative design for the foundations that negated the need for heavy construction works.

The construction project will bring community benefit through opportunities for local suppliers, trades and employment opportunities. Over the course of the project over 400 workers will be inducted to help deliver the Centre.

Buildcorp’s Managing Director Tony Sukkar said: “Buildcorp is honoured to start work on this project that draws from our extensive experience in delivering new build construction, medical facility fit-outs and developing partnerships based on family values.

“This innovative facility will bring much opportunity to the area in essential medical services, education and training, and employment. Buildcorp is proud to be working with a team of aligned and experienced partners to bring it to life.”

DMA Partners Associate Director Matthew Cummins said:

“We were engaged right at the beginning before the concept phase and that allowed us to work closely with the client and the architect to create a project which had high market appeal.”

“The Southwest Medical Precinct is backed by a strong and experienced project team, which truly has allowed for the best possible outcome for the site and for the region.

The overall result is an innovative medical precinct, which has been delivered in a way that benefits the surrounding community as well as the developer.

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.

 

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

Planning Scheme amendments reflect community feedback

Support for jobs, a boost for tourism and a greater focus on city centres are among the highlights of the latest amendments to the Logan Planning Scheme.

The Logan Planning Scheme is the blueprint that guides development across the City of Logan.

The recent amendments are in response to community feedback.

They are also an opportunity for Logan City Council to continue to improve the current planning scheme, which was introduced in 2015.

Improvements to the Logan Planning Scheme – Version 8 video transcript

The new amendments took effect on Monday, November 16.

Key changes include:

  • Improved support for industrial activity, job creation and new warehouse technology in Berrinba.
  • Changes to allow small-scale breweries to open in places close to restaurants and licensed outlets. This follows a similar earlier amendment for coffee roasters.
  • Improved criteria for new centres in growth areas so they are better located to serve the needs of existing and future communities.
  • Restrictions on crematoriums to ensure they are only built in industrial areas along with provisions for the community to have their say on any proposed crematorium development through public notification and feedback.
  • Updates to maps to show new properties created through subdivisions and other boundary changes.
  • Enhancing the Heritage Register to make it easier to learn about Logan’s rich history.

The City of Logan is already home to a number of specialist micro-breweries including Monkey Tree (Underwood) and Loose Moose (Browns Plains).

Some of the city’s coffee roasters include Zarraffa’s Kiwanda Café (Eagleby) and Extraction Coffee (Slacks Creek).

City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said amendments to the Planning Scheme were made because Council had listened to the community.

“These changes are what residents and businesses want to make our city a better place to live and work,” Cr Raven said.

“Not only will they help create jobs here in Logan, they also help boost our recently announced Food Tourism Strategy which is aimed at attracting more visitors to Logan.

“The latest amendments also begin to address some of what we learned about our city from Council’s recent 10-year Housing Study which showed a record number of people are moving to Logan.”

More details on the planning scheme can be found through Council’s award-winning Logan PD Hub.

Please visit the PD Hub for easy access to the online Logan Planning Scheme viewer, as well as interactive mapping and a collection of tools to help understand how the planning scheme applies to a particular property.

Logan PD Hub Screenshot

Logan PD Hub homepage