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City of Logan celebrates a decade of achievements

Published: 15 March 2018

City of Logan celebrates a decade of achievements

Ten years after significant changes were made to the City of Logan's boundaries, Logan City Council is reflecting on what has been achieved over the past decade and accelerating towards an innovative and dynamic future.

Mayor Luke Smith said the local government landscape in Queensland changed dramatically on 15 March 2008, and Logan City Council was one of many council organisations that had to change its strategic direction in a very short period of time.

"We only had a few months to put plans into place after the State Government announced in August 2007 that parts of the former Beaudesert Shire and Gold Coast City would be part of Logan, but it's a challenge our councillors and staff took on with great gusto," he said.

"The geographic size of our city almost quadrupled, and with the expanded boundaries, Logan was suddenly home to 90,000 new residents.

"Our infrastructure responsibilities also nearly tripled, on top of dealing with high numbers of staff vacancies at the same time.

"The newly-elected councillors had less than three months to deliver a budget for the new city, and as the Finance Committee chairperson at the time, I can say that those discussions were intense – we wanted to do the best we could for all of our residents.

"We were also operating under three sets of policies, local laws, fees and charges and planning schemes until we could undertake substantial community consultation to help us adopt a unified approach for many of our operations."

Mayor Smith said Council had invested greatly in the Logan community over the past 10 years.

"Right across Logan, we've spent billions of dollars to improve our city, including investing in roads and drainage infrastructure, building new libraries and parks, and opening the Logan Metro Sports Centre, Berrinba Wetlands and Beenleigh Town Square, just to name a few," he said.

"We've also launched fantastic events such as Eats and Beats, and raised the profile of Logan here in Australia and internationally as a key business and economic powerhouse.

"We see Logan as an innovative and dynamic city of the future with unlimited potential, so as we celebrate 10 years of milestones, I'm excited about what we'll achieve in the next 10 years and beyond.”

Some of the projects delivered between 2008 and 2018

  • Upgrade of Chambers Flat Rd to four lanes
  • Multiple upgrades to Teviot Rd between Greenbank and Flagstone
  • Upgrades to New Beith Rd, New Beith
  • Upgrade to Cusack Lane, Jimboomba
  • Upgrade to Stoney Camp Rd, Greenbank
  • Upgrade to River Hills Rd, Eagleby
  • Upgrade to Muchow Rd, Waterford West
  • Completion of Beenleigh Ring Rd
  • Replacement of bridges at Undullah (Edward O'Neill Bridge), Jimboomba (Darcy Edmunds Bridge), Greenbank (Edwards Bridge) and Logan Village (Miller Bridge)
  • Jimboomba Park upgrades to sporting facilities, especially pony club area
  • New suburbs declared around Jimboomba/Flagstone area and Yarrabilba
  • Beenleigh Town Square opening ($9.75 million project)
  • $12.5 million to upgrade Beenleigh wastewater treatment plant
  • Waste water pipeline for the Bahrs Scrub local area
  • Wastewater pipeline between Bethania and Tanah Merah
  • Major upgrade for the Loganholme wastewater treatment plant ($85 million) - from Alfred St pump station to Loganholme. Completed from 2012 to 2016
  • Master drainage upgrades in Browns Plains, Springwood, Rochedale, Underwood
  • Various upgrades at Underwood Park
  • Construction of Shailer Pioneer Park
  • SouthWest1 mixed industry precinct and Berrinba Wetlands
  • New libraries at Underwood (Logan North) and Logan Central
  • $17 million Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre
  • Two-bin system introduced
  • Eat Safe Logan food safety program
  • New safety camera monitoring room
  • New local laws for animal keeping
  • New city-wide planning scheme
  Before 15 March 2008 On 15 March 2008 March 2018
Population 175,000 261,000 313,785 (and increasing 1.5% each year)
Land area 229 square kilometres 957 square kilometres 957 square kilometres
Number of suburbs 29 63 70
Operating budget value for Council $367 million $500 million $779 million