Season's greetings from Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team
Published: 16 December 2015
It's been another momentous year for the Logan: City of Choice initiative, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and joyous festive season. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, school and university breaks or simply winding down after a busy year, it's important to stop and take a breath and spend quality time with the people who matter the most to us.
On behalf of the Leadership Team, I would like to thank Logan City Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government for the unprecedented levels of cross-government support for City of Choice initiatives in 2015, as well as our much valued community and business partners who joined us throughout the year.
Here is a quick snapshot of City of Choice highlights in 2015:
- Logan Together: The collective impact initiative officially launched in August and excellent progress was then made on developing the shared early childhood development roadmap for Logan.
- Queensland Music Festival: Also in August, QMF staged Under This Sky: Logan’s Musical Celebration, attracting around 10,000 people over two nights at Logan Brothers Rugby League field.
- Community Cohesion Working Group: This group, which includes representatives from the Leadership Team, Logan City Council, Queensland Government, Australian Government and Griffith University’s Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue was formed. Its initial focus has been to make Logan City more welcoming to all residents and to build pride in Logan's cultural diversity.
- Community response to domestic and family violence: This initiative involves a range of service providers, government agencies and community-based organisations developing an action plan to help change behaviour in our community around domestic and family violence.
- Partnership projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: Key projects included the Black Diggers of Logan Digital Stories and Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
- Jobs 4 Logan: Planning continues for a long-term coordinated strategy for creating job pipelines in Logan to connect school leavers to emerging employment sectors. In the meantime, the Leadership Team, Logan City Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government are working to co-design shorter-term initiatives to better connect young Logan job seekers with existing Logan jobs.
We are moving in an exciting direction as a city, and we need to press on to ensure we can build on our successes and momentum to date and are well positioned to respond to emerging challenges in our community, such as domestic and family violence, chronic health, the need for more local jobs for local people and transport issues.
We are well progressed in planning for a potential Phase 2 of City of Choice, and the new year will see us engaging with stakeholders to further refine a second stage. This approach will be presented to the new Logan City Council after the 19 March 2016 election.
I would like to warmly thank my fellow Leadership Team members for their outstanding work again this year. Your commitment to the people of Logan City is invaluable and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the new year.
Jude Munro AO
Chair, Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team