Logan is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Our communities comprise around 217 nationalities and cultures, and our population is expected to increase to 490,522 people by 2036.
Logan City Council is managing this rapid growth proactively, to ensure our city is one with neighbourhoods that are equitable, resilient and sustainable, underpinned by a powerhouse economy, connected to a socially inclusive community.
Council can't achieve this on its own. State and Federal Governments have a critical role to play, particularly in delivering key infrastructure such as major roads, telecommunications technology, community-based infrastructure, and important social services.
We have identified 38 priority projects in our city that require policy change or legislative, financial or in-kind support from one or both levels of government. We are now actively advocating on behalf of our community to secure that support, and the outcomes that will help the City of Logan become an innovative, dynamic city of the future. A full list of Council's advocacy priorities for 2017-2019 are included in the City of Logan Advocacy Strategy 2017-2019: Blueprint for City Transformation (PDF 4070 KB).
What is advocacy?
In simple terms, advocacy is the act of speaking on behalf of, or in support of, someone else. In our context, it involves Council acting on behalf of the City of Logan community to achieve outcomes for our city. Primarily, Council advocates to the Queensland Government and Australian Government to secure funding for major infrastructure, referred to as either hard (roads, high speed internet etc.) or soft (community support services).
How does Council advocate on behalf of the City of Logan community?
Council delivers its advocacy efforts through a range of activities including:
- Building key relationships with political, industry and community representatives
- Regularly meeting with key Ministers and senior executives to ensure the City of Logan's needs are well articulated, well understood and front of mind for State and Federal Governments
- Making submissions for consideration during State and Federal Government budget cycles
- Working with collaborative local government organisations such as the Council of Mayors South East Queensland and Local Government Association of Queensland, to ensure our needs are captured in the broader regional and state agendas
- Mobilising the community to join high profile public campaigns during state and federal election periods.
City of Logan Advocacy Strategy 2017-2019
To guide our advocacy efforts, Council has adopted the City of Logan Advocacy Strategy 2017-2019: Blueprint for City Transformation.
The strategy includes advocacy priorities for the lifespan of the strategy. Some of these projects are long-term, and will be advocated for beyond 2019.
How are we doing?
Each year, Council prepares an annual report to track our advocacy efforts, particularly in relation to:
- the priorities in the City of Logan Advocacy Strategy 2017-2019: Blueprint for City Transformation
- Logan: City of Choice Leadership 2017-19 priorities and actions
- securing external funding through grants and subsidies
- regional collaboration outcomes.
Read more: 2018 Advocacy Annual Report (PDF 3747 KB)
Helping to give our community a voice
Since adopting our advocacy strategy, we have delivered an effective community-based campaign during the 2017 Queensland Election. The FairShare4Logan campaign was focused on gaining commitments from local candidates and major parties around five key priorities (from City of Logan Advocacy Strategy 2017-2019: Blueprint for City Transformation):
- Mt Lindesay Hwy
- Waterford-Tamborine Rd
- Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail
- Growing communities in the south west
The campaign was supported by a website through which locals could sign a petition on the issue/s most important to them, which was then forwarded to local candidates and major parties prior to the election on 25 November 2017.
Through the Fair Share 4 Logan campaign:
- 311,000 Facebook users reached through digital campaign
- More than 1,000 petition signatures
- $556m in total commitments across all parties.
You can stay up to date on our city's infrastructure needs and our advocacy activities here: