$510,000 State Government funding confirmed for Logan Together
Published: 25 May 2015
The State Government has confirmed its commitment of $510,000 to the ground-breaking Logan Together initiative, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of every child in Logan City aged birth to eight years.
Waterford MP and Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman announced the new funding at the Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team meeting on 1 May 2015 as lead Minister for the Government of the innovative project.
"Creating the best health, educational and developmental opportunities for our children and young people is vital for our community," Ms Fentiman said.
"When we raise healthy, happy and smart young people, they contribute to the success of Logan. They'll be the leaders of Logan in the future."
Logan Together is a collaborative approach to early childhood development that aims to close the gap so that, by the age of eight, Logan children will be as healthy as any other group of Australian children and reach agreed health, education and social milestones.
The State Government funding is the latest support for the cross-sector initiative, which has already had commitments from the Australian Government Department of Social Services ($500,000 funding and in-kind support), the Ten20 Foundation ($450,000 funding and in-kind support), Logan City Council ($80,000) and the Australian Red Cross ($75,000).
To date, almost 40 government and non-government agencies and service providers in Logan City have committed formal support. The next step will be more in-depth engagement with families and the wider community.
Senior staff seconded from the Australian Government Department of Social Services are providing initial support for the independent Logan Together backbone organisation, which is being hosted by Griffith University (Logan Campus) in its early stages. Recruitment is currently under way for the Logan Together Director, with other key positions to follow.
The backbone organisation will coordinate participating agencies, develop common goals that galvanise community action, develop shared measurement systems, and build on existing networks in Logan.
More information is available at the interim website: