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Leadership Team extended for six months

Published: 8 October 2015

Leadership Team extended for six months
Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team: (Back, left-right): Cr Russell Lutton, Wesley Enoch, Jude Munro, Deborah Lanham, Cath Bartolo, Gail Ker, Lesley Chenoweth (Front, left-right): Matthew Cox, Josephine Aufai, Mayor Pam Parker, Adrian Pisarski, Bert van Manen MP (Inset): The Hon. Shannon Fentiman MP

The City of Choice Leadership Team and the City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015 have been extended by six months, through to 30 June 2016.

The extension beyond December 2015 enables the Leadership Team to continue to build on the initiative's successes to date, and provide time to plan for a potential Phase 2 of City of Choice. The additional six months also allows time for the March 2016 Local Government Elections to be held before moving into a second phase.

Leadership Team Chair, Jude Munro, said the extension provided time for the Leadership Team to reconnect with the many community leaders it has engaged with this year, as an initial step in planning beyond 2015.

"I encourage each of those leaders to begin thinking now about what our priorities might be in a Phase 2, as we'll be in touch in coming months to start those formal discussions," Ms Munro said.

Over the past two years, the City of Choice initiative has delivered major game-changing projects including Logan Together, the Logan Renewal Initiative, Under This Sky: Logan's Musical Celebration, the emerging Jobs 4 Logan Workforce Coordination Project and Community Cohesion Working Group, and a coordinated local response to domestic and family violence.

To date, the initiative has attracted more than $6 million in funding to Logan City and an investment commitment of $800 million (over 20 years) through the Logan Renewal Initiative. It has strengthened partnerships between all three levels of government and firmly placed Logan City on the state and national agenda.

At its meeting on 25 August 2015, Logan City Council resolved to extend the tenure of the Leadership Team, including Chair Jude Munro, and for the Two-Year Action Plan to also continue for the same period.

Following the Local Government Elections on 18 March 2016, the incoming Council will then consider a report outlining options for Phase 2 relating to the City of Choice initiative.

Ms Munro said the extension meant the Leadership Team could continue to maximise opportunities presented by the collaborative relationships it had developed with Logan City Council, the Queensland Government and the Federal Government.

"The City of Choice initiative has gained significant traction this year, particularly in the areas of cross-sector responses to some of the key challenges facing our city such as housing, early childhood development, workforce planning, community cohesion, and responses to domestic and family violence," Ms Munro said.

"Moving forward, a potential second stage of the initiative would look at continuing to build on our successes, and specifically targeting emerging issues using evidence-based approaches.

"Extending the tenure of the Leadership Team and the Two-Year Action Plan ensures we will be best placed to identify and effectively respond to issues that matter to the people of Logan City, from a whole-of-community perspective.

The Leadership Team comprises representatives from three levels of government, non-government and community sectors. For full details on the Leadership Team go to: http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/community-support/city-of-choice/the-logan-city-of-choice-leadership-team