Logan businesses embracing circular economy during Recycling Week

City of Logan businesses are turning trash into treasure as they embrace this year’s theme for National Recycling Week.

Sixteen local companies have already signed up for a pilot program called ASPIRE, that provides a platform to trade and donate waste that would otherwise be discarded.

Logan businesses with up to 100 employees can register and use the platform for free.

The 25th annual National Recycling Week is Monday, November 9 to Sunday, November 15.

This year’s theme is ‘Recovery – A future beyond the bin’.

The ASPIRE program, supported by Logan City Council and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, echoes that call to action.

It encourages local businesses to find ways to reuse or recycle material, treat waste as a potential resource and contribute to the ‘circular economy’.

Participating companies can buy, sell or donate waste to improve their own efficiencies, create new revenue streams and supply chains and reduce amounts going to landfill.

An example is coffee grinds and plasterboard offcuts, which often are dumped, can be used to make kitty litter.

Crestmead-based soft window furnishings manufacturer Vadain joined the ASPIRE program in September.

General Manager Tessa Schouten said the company, which employs more than 40 people, wanted to reduce its carbon footprint.

It hopes to find ways to reduce its general waste, such as fabric offcuts and cardboard and PVC centre tubes, from going to landfill.

“This is a great initiative and the best way to make it successful is to get as many companies as possible to join in,” Ms Schouten said.

City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee Deputy Chairs, Councillor Karen Murphy and Councillor Miriam Stemp, visited the Vadain factory this week.

Both praised the company’s recycling efforts and determination to minimise the amount of their waste from going to landfill.

“Some of the fabric offcuts are beautiful material that I know could be made into so many handy products rather than being dumped,” Cr Murphy said.

“I know there are groups across Logan, and possibly other companies, that could benefit from using these offcuts,” Cr Murphy said.

Piles of metres-long PVC tubes from the inner roles of material caught Cr Stemp’s eye.

“If there is any way we can recycle and stop this material go into landfill I’m all for it,” Cr Stemp said.

“That’s the beauty of the ASPIRE program in helping one organisation find another that can use their waste.”

Deputy Mayor Jon Raven said the Logan community strongly supports recycling.

“Recycling and reusing not only helps improve our environment but can also save money at home and in the workplace,” Cr Raven said.

For more information and to register visit the ASPIRE page or contact LOED on 3412 4888.

City of Logan rises as industrial powerhouse

The City of Logan continues to strengthen its position as an industrial powerhouse in south-east Queensland, attracting more than $1.7 billion of national and international investment during the last 18 months.

Despite challenging global economic conditions, Logan’s industrial sectors have continued to push forward—building approvals have far exceeded the previous financial year, with more than double gross floor area approved in 2019-20.

Businesses in the transport and logistics, manufacturing and construction industries are key drivers in the local economy, generating $8.3 billion in revenue annually and creating almost one in three local jobs.

Located between the Queensland cities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Logan is fast becoming the region’s leading transport and logistics hub, with unrivalled access to major arterials and in close proximity to three international airports and the Port of Brisbane.

Recent infrastructure upgrades, including Transurban’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project, have improved freight productivity and spurred commercial activity along Logan’s major industrial corridor.

Logan will soon be home to one of the largest industrial estates in Queensland—and the largest in the city’s history—with the Crestmead Logistics Estate breaking ground in August this year.

The $1.5 billion estate, to be developed during the next five years by Pointcorp, will deliver 650,000 sqm of warehousing, business, logistics and manufacturing space.

With the unprecedented demand for industrial space driven by consumers, the Crestmead Logistics Estate will enter the market at a pivotal time in the history of Logan and the wider region.

Matthew Frazer-Ryan, national director, industrial at Colliers International, said Logan was an exceptional location for this landmark development.

“The estate is just 6.4km from the Logan Motorway and Gateway Motorway interchange within the hugely successful Berrinba-Crestmead industrial region.

“This location benefits significantly from the recently-upgraded Wembley Road Interchange, providing occupiers with efficient access to a network of roads servicing greater Brisbane, south-east Queensland and key interstate transport routes,” Frazer-Ryan said.

Singapore’s Mapletree Logistics Trust will develop stage one of the estate into a $440 million world-class logistics park spanning 200,000 sqm.

Mapletree boasts an impressive tenant network of well-known multinational brands and has a multi-billion-dollar global asset base across real estate in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

This follows more than $240 million of investment from a number of national and international companies moving in or expanding their footprint in Logan including DHL, CEVA Logistics, Mitre 10 and JB Hi Fi.

In addition, national third-party logistics (3PL) company McPhee Distribution Services and multinational Japanese gas appliance manufacturer Rinnai Corporation completed their $40 million warehouse in August.

Situated in the well-established industrial precinct in Berrinba, the 13,000 sqm facility co-locates McPhee Distribution Services and Rinnai Corporation’s Queensland headquarters.

With 3PL providers in high demand, McPhee Distribution Services managing director Jay McPhee said having ready access to their customers in south-east Queensland has been advantageous during this time, and reinforces the decision to set up in Logan for the long-term.

“We will be based in Logan for the next 20 to 30 years at least.”

As the second-fastest growing city in the region, Logan has access to a catchment of more than 2.6 million potential customers, a vast network of suppliers and a diverse pool of talent.

The city’s growing population was a key drawcard for air delivery company Wing’s world-first autonomous drone delivery service, which recently celebrated one year of operation in Logan.

Based in the South West 1 Enterprise Park in Berrinba, Wing saw customer demand surge in March to May, and plans to expand its service in coming months.

The South West 1 Enterprise Park was an initiative of Logan City Council to attract investment and jobs to the city.

Established in 2013, companies such as Phoenix Transport, National Tiles, PACCAR, GMK, Avery Dennison, Huhtamaki and Sigma Healthcare have moved into the estate.

Recently achieving a significant milestone, the industrial estate reached its completion with the construction of Phoenix Transport’s 9,999 sqm custom-built facility.

In response to the take-up in South West 1 Enterprise Park and existing tenants in the Crestmead Industrial Estate, Queensland developer De Luca Corporation is nearing completion of the first stage of Berrinba Central—a $60 million mixed-use development that will provide essential services for the area and surrounding suburbs.

With thousands of jobs created and millions of dollars funnelled into Logan since the inception of South West 1 Enterprise Park, its success shows how the city is evolving and has become a key player in south-east Queensland’s industrial sector.

Why invest in the City of Logan? Visit loed.com.au/investinlogan to find out more.

Queensland Government announces Indigenous tourism strategy

The Queensland Government and Tourism & Events Queensland have named 2020 the Year of Indigenous Tourism.

“Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been proudly practicing and preserving their cultures by sharing it with the next generation for tens of thousands of years,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“In modern times, their culture and stories have been an integral part of our tourism industry, attracting people from all around the world to learn more about the world’s oldest cultures.

Tourism Research Australia reports that 351,000 overseas visitors and 116,000 overnight domestic visitors took part in an Indigenous tourism experience in Queensland in the year ending March 2019.

The Queensland Government has launched a new $10 million Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland Fund to create economic opportunities and jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

The fund will support new, unique and innovative Indigenous tourism products and experiences in Queensland, particularly in regional areas. The fund comprises 2 categories, offering up to $25,000 to develop concepts for tourism products or experiences, and $250,000 to $1 million to improve or develop key tourism infrastructure or facilities.

Indigenous Tourism Development Service

Additionally, the Queensland Government is establishing a dedicated Indigenous Tourism Development Service to support Indigenous tourism in the state.

The new service would work with emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander operators to start and grow their businesses and products.

“The new Indigenous Tourism Development Service will play a key role, providing on-the-ground support for Indigenous tourism businesses, helping them access government and industry services,” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.

“This is about growing our tourism industry to create jobs in Queensland.”

SEQ Indigenous Tourism Strategy

The State Government is also working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop an Indigenous tourism strategy for South East Queensland.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government wanted to give tourists greater access to Indigenous cultural experiences and to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with more business and employment opportunities.

“A working group of Traditional Owner groups from SEQ will identify gaps and opportunities to develop the tourism industry to deliver broad benefits across the entire region.”

Sprits of the Red Sand in Beenleigh is one of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experiences, featuring in the Discover Aboriginal Experiences brochure. The interactive theatrical performance includes dinner served on the homestead’s broad patio and shuttle transfers to and from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Mike Tamaki and Eddie Ruska perfected the play’s dialogue through extensive consultation with community elders, ensuring that the story, based on true events, is told in a way that is at once educational and inspiring.

The success of this experience highlights the opportunities that Logan City Council is keen to encourage. The Logan Destination Management Plan 2018-2022 seeks to position the city as a specialist cultural and arts events centre.

 

Need help establishing or growing your indigenous tourism offering in the City of Logan? Contact us on 07 3412 4888 or send us a message.

 

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Black Sky Aerospace rockets towards manufacturing solid rocket boosters

Black Sky Aerospace has just been given the green light by regulators to begin the process towards the manufacture of Solid Rocket Motors (SRM).

The South East Queensland space company, based in the City of Logan, will be the first manufacturer of its kind in Australia and will be able to provide access to solid fuels for orbital and sub-orbital launch vehicles.

SRMs are the fuel (propellant) that boosts rockets in to space, such as the boosters on the space shuttle and is the preferred fuel to use by many space launch companies due to its simplicity and cost-effectiveness.

Solid Rocket Motors are particularly useful too, in the ever – emerging market that requires responsive access to space. This is because SRMs have a long shelf life and can be stockpiled with little upkeep, yet still be ready to use many months or years later.

Black Sky Aerospace has spent several years planning to step its operation over from the U.S.A to New Zealand, to its now permanent home in Logan, Queensland; opening both domestic and international markets for the product.

Director of Black Sky, Blake Nikolic said “our propulsion arm is integral to the bigger picture for us; without fuel, the industry stalls. Our SRM manufacturing provides industry with accessible rocket boosters, made right here in Queensland.”

Nikolic continued with “this also allows us to continue with our testing and launch capabilities that we carry out at our facility in Goondiwindi.”

The one stop – shop for SRM, testing and launch will make the logistics of space work and research far less challenging for companies looking to send their payloads in to lower earth orbit.

Logan City Council Director of Strategy and Sustainability, David Hansen, applauded Black Sky’s latest achievement and said Logan is positioning itself as a world-class innovation city.

“City of Logan continues to punch above its weight when it comes to tech and innovation companies launching big ideas – and rockets,” he said.

“Council is a proud supporter of Black Sky Aerospace and seeing its trajectory from start-up to become a scaled-up manufacturer and leading exporter is exciting for the city.

“Council sponsored Black Sky’s maiden commercial rocket launch last year and has worked closely with the business to assist in managing growth and to help accommodate the company’s expanding operations.

“The direct economic impact means more jobs for Logan, but it also puts the city on the international map as a reputable base for the future of the aerospace industry.”

The first batch of solid rocket motors is expected to be ready for delivery before the end of 2019.

Our sporting reputation gets another big boost

An events partnership that has brought thousands of visitors to the city and has the potential to inject millions of dollars into the local economy will continue in 2019/20.

Council has collaborated with a leading national sports, events and conference agency for the City of Logan to host a number of major events in the last 12 months, including the Touch Rugby League State Championship, the Royal Rumble Roller Derby and the Queensland PGA (golf) Trainee Championship.

Economic analysis shows the three events alone generated $1.5m for Logan’s economy and enhanced the city’s reputation as a significant events hub in Queensland.

Logan City Council Community Services Director Katie Barton-Harvey, said Council was committed to making Logan a destination of choice and delivering a broad selection of events for the city’s 326,000 residents who represent 217 different ethnicities.

“Each successful event generates a positive image of the city which translates into increased visitation and investment,” Ms Barton-Harvey said.

“This benefits the entire community and grows our reputation as a sporting and cultural hub.

“The growth and expansion of our Events Attraction Program will undoubtedly see more exciting opportunities come our way.”

Other events under consideration include the Queensland PGA Championship, the 2020 Squash Australia National Championship and the National Inline Hockey Championship.

Council is also on board with the Council of Mayors (SEQ) efforts to bring the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to South East Queensland and contributed to a recent feasibility study ahead of a possible bid.

Should the Games come to Queensland, Logan will have two Olympic-standard venues ready to go with a BMX freestyle facility under construction and a whitewater park in planning stages.

Beenleigh’s Doug Larsen Park BMX Concept Art

Concept design for the $3.1m revamp of Beenleigh’s Doug Larsen Park BMX and skateboard facility.

Council is currently scouting locations and undertaking an economic feasibility study into the proposed whitewater park project, which would be a Queensland-first.

In Beenleigh, a $3.1million rebuild of Doug Larsen Park currently underway will give Logan what Cycling Australia has rated Australia’s premier BMX freestyle facility ahead of the sport’s debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In a community-driven effort, Logan-raised BMX freestyle 2017 world champion Logan Martin helped design the BMX course and skate-park half-pipes along with representatives from Cycling Australia and the local BMX and skateboarding communities.

Funding of up to $5,000 for small artisan producers

The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program will provide assistance to artisan producers of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) to help them grow their businesses, access new market opportunities and enhance their gourmet food expertise.

Queensland is home to a growing number of local producers and the Palaszczuk Government wants to support more purveyors of tasty treats to get their products to market.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman launched the Supporting Artisan Producers plan at the Brisbane City Markets alongside local stall holders.

“Whether its honey or macadamia nuts, chocolates or jams, cheeses or gluten-free goodies, Queensland’s artisan producers are creating one of a kind food and beverage products,” Ms Fentiman said.

“We are committed to supporting artisan food and beverage producers and assisting them to grow and reach their goals and this is what the Supporting Artisan Producers plan will do.

“We want more artisan businesses to start, grow and employ more Queenslanders and that’s why we have detailed a range of measures including the new Artisan Producer Grants.

“These grants will provide up to $5,000 that can be used for professional advice to take their business to the next level or develop a website or digital marketing campaign to help them work smarter and enhance their online presence.”

“We are also working to tailor our fantastic Mentoring for Growth program to cater to the needs of artisan producers to ensure we are helping businesses reach their full potential.

“As part of our commitment to support artisan producers, I have also asked the Better Regulation Taskforce to conduct a review of how we can streamline licensing and process requirements for artisanal food and non-alcoholic beverage producers to sell their product.”

Mark Power, founder of Goodwill Projects who operate a variety of iconic Brisbane farmer’s markets – including The Beenleigh Town Square Markets – welcomed the launch of the plan to promote and assist the growing artisan community.

“Queensland is home to so many incredible producers and it’s fantastic initiatives are in place to plan for the future growth of the industry,” Mr Power said.

“Local stall holders such as Darren and Jo Molloy from Old Cossack Kifir Beverages are already stocking their beverages in stores across Australia and we want to help other local producers like them to expand locally, and internationally.”

Applications for the Artisan Producer Grants opened on July 11.

“By working in collaboration with our stakeholders, we will continue to support Queensland’s diverse range of artisan food and beverage producers,” Ms Fentiman said.

For more information about how the Artisan Producers Action Statement is assisting food and beverage producers in Queensland visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/artisanproducers or call 1300 654 687.