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Innovation

Council is currently developing the City Futures Strategy for the City of Logan and wants to hear ideas from the community. Those ideas can help to shape the liveability, productivity and sustainability of our dynamic city.

There are several ways to get involved including round table sessions or completing the relevant survey.

Round table sessions

Individuals and business owners can attend by choosing one of these sessions to be held on Monday, 18 September 2017. Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Survey

The survey closes at 11:59pm Sunday 1 October 2017.

More detailed submissions from all interested stakeholders - the community, businesses, innovators, researchers and beyond are welcome. Submissions can be sent by emailing innovation@logan.qld.gov.au by 11.59pm Sunday 1 October 2017.

Background

Digital transformation and smart city investment are driving innovation and improved economic and community outcomes in cities and towns the world over. 

Building on its Unpacking Innovation event in May 2017, Logan City Council has recently confirmed its new vision for the City of Logan, with innovation positioned front and centre. 

To fulfil the vision the next stage is to develop an innovation strategy. This will set the direction for the city’s transformation. We want to involve all stakeholders and develop a mutual understanding of how you can be involved and contribute to the fulfilment of the city’s innovation vision.

Join us to help define what ‘smart cities’, ‘innovation’ and ‘incubation’ means for local government and our community.

City Vision

Innovative, dynamic city of the future

Imagine a well-planned sustainable city that has local and global reach, where resources are used responsibly and where connections between people and places are convenient. The City of Logan is a place with a rich history and diversity interwoven into the fabric of our neighbourhoods. A place where people and business are adaptable and where potential is realised.

Examples of Council's innovative projects

Flooded Road Smart Warning System

The City of Logan’s Flooded Road Smart Warning System has won the 2017 National Award for Local Government in the Road Safety Category.

Council worked with researchers at Griffith University to develop an innovative system that activates when the road floods. Low-cost, solar-powered flashing signs trigger automatically. The smart signs can also automatically update flood information on Council’s website, and provide real-time information to other web pages. This innovation has been a collaborative effort that has also supported a local social-enterprise, Substation 33, responsible for developing and installing the innovative low cost automatic warning signs.  

Through Council’s project, Substation 33 has become much more than an electronic waste recycling operation, and is helping train and rehabilitate many people for entry (or re-entry) into the workforce.

Nature play

Another collaborative partnership in delivering innovative services to the Logan community was established with Nature Play Queensland. Since late 2016, Council has introduced a tailored program aimed at getting kids back to nature.

Logan City Council joined forces with Nature Play QLD to create a Logan version of the “Passport to an Amazing Childhood’ program which challenges young people to complete a series of nature play ‘missions’ and record their results in their Nature Play passports.

This pioneering partnership saw the development of a local version of these passports, filled with Logan-based suggestions for fun and free activities that children can participate in across the city.

Nature Play QLD Program Manager, Hyahno Moser, said the success of the passport program, which had already distributed 200,000 passports across Queensland, showed children can be encouraged to rediscover healthy outdoor play if given the right tools.

“We applaud Logan City Council for being the first council in Queensland to recognise and harness the power of the passport program to create better resources for local kids and help local parents raise happy, healthy, resilient and creative children in the modern digital world,” he said.

Drainage plans online

In an Australian first, since April 2017 Logan City Council has published as-constructed drawing plans in its online portal that has slashed the cost and time it takes to access drainage plans.

Drainage Plans Online allows customers to immediately find information on the installed drainage system attached to an existing dwelling/house.

Previously customers had to lodge a formal written request with Council’s Plumbing Services team which would take five to 10 days to complete and cost $51 per plan.

Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) said its members have reacted positively to the new online regime.

“A number of members have contacted us to say that the service has saved them time and money,” MPAQ Executive Director Penny Cornah said.

“It has enabled our members to access drainage plans on-site via their smart phone resulting in repairs occurring the same day.

“The dropping of the administration fee has also cut costs to home owners.”

Protecting Koala populations

Logan is one of three councils testing a new tool for protecting their vulnerable koala populations – drones equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and backed by powerful statistical analysis.

Koala experts with Logan, Gold Coast and Tweed councils have recently completed a pilot led by a multi-disciplinary team of QUT researchers and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialists to develop and trial technologies they hope will prove cheaper and more accurate than current tracking methods.

The researchers have been conducting test flights over koala habitats in each region, coinciding ground-based koala counts. The project has already proved the technology can save councils valuable time. In one test, it took humans more than two hours to conduct the same survey a UAV took just 30 minutes to complete. The thermal imaging can detect even well-camouflaged koalas effectively and the counting and tracking algorithms can differentiate the shape of a koala from a possum, bird or other animal.