Inside Page Baner

Community celebrates City of Choice achievements

Published: 1 September 2016

Community celebrates City of Choice achievements
Wesley Enoch chats to (from left) Minister Shannon Fentiman, Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro and Councillor Steve Swenson at last week's Milestone Event.

Key achievements of the Logan: City of Choice initiative have been celebrated by almost 200 representatives from the City of Logan community, business sector, Queensland and Australian Governments and Council.

The City of Choice Milestone Event was held at Logan Entertainment Centre on Friday 26 August to provide an update on outcomes delivered over the past 12 months and to preview what's planned in the future.

Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro said it was great to see so many partners come together to recognise what City of Choice has achieved for Logan through the support and leadership of Logan City Council.

"It was particularly inspiring to hear what has been happening since Logan Together launched 12 months ago to close the gap for Logan children to be as healthy as any other group of Australian children and reach agreed health, education and social milestones by the age of eight," she said.

"The on-the-couch session with Logan Together Director Matthew Cox, community representative Pastor Ross Smith and Leith Sterling from Logan Together partner, The Benevolent Society, was very insightful."

It followed an on-the-couch session with Councillor Steve Swenson (representing Mayor Luke Smith), Queensland Government Minister, The Honourable Shannon Fentiman (Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Child Safety and Member for Waterford) and Ms Munro to talk about City of Choice priorities, including growth areas, employment, social cohesion and the prevention of domestic and family violence.

The Leadership Team launched a crowd-funding campaign at the event to raise up to $50,000 to deliver a Logan-based community action plan for preventing domestic violence.

The Logan Community Response to Domestic Violence will promote respectful relationships, and the money raised will fund a position to help address cultural change and community attitudes in the city through positive messaging.

Ms Munro said almost $7,000 had been pledged so far, with people also pledging to display campaign material in their workplaces, community groups, faith groups and schools. To pledge money towards the domestic violence prevention campaign, or to offer to display materials in the community, phone 3412 4896.

The event wrapped up with a performance by local musicians Mad Mike and Junior, who featured in the SBS documentary, The Logan Project (which followed the journey of the Queensland Music Festival's production of Under This Sky in Logan in August 2015).

Logan: City of Choice is an initiative of Logan City Council, which is led by Council and supported by the partnerships of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and community organisations.