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Logan hosts inspiring 2015 Queensland Community Development Conference

Published: 24 November 2015

Logan hosts inspiring 2015 Queensland Community Development Conference

More than 600 people were inspired and energised when Logan City hosted the 2015 Queensland Community Development Conference at Griffith University on 4-7 November.

The event included 32 workshops presented by community groups, as well as a full day strategic conversation hosted by the Coalition of Community Boards, and the traditional Les Halliwell Address, delivered by University of Queensland Community Development Lecturer Dr Lynda Shevellar.

Other key speakers included Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team member and Logan Together Director Matthew Cox, Dave Copeman from the Queensland Community Alliance, and Professor David Adamson from Compass Housing.

The conference dinner was a huge hit, set under fairy lights. Catering was provided by local social enterprises, and local entertainers showcased the breadth of Logan City's creative talent.

Other highlights included improv group Playback Theatre and Take Part of Art, through which delegates imprinted their handprint on an image of a tree to represent the conference of theme of 'community back in the picture'.

Feedback on the event has been overwhelmingly positive:

'Amazing vibe and atmosphere…'
'I left feeling inspired by the opportunities presented and the learnings from the speakers and workshops.'
'The camaraderie and intense discussion with like-minded people was exhilarating.'
'I really enjoyed the opportunity to get together with like-minded people.'
'It was a reminder that community development is so critical to the future growth and prosperity of our city.'

The conference concluded with the hand-over to Bundaberg City Council, which will host the 2017 conference.

The 2015 Queensland Community Development Conference was coordinated by Community Praxis Co-op, Community Development Queensland, Logan City Council, Loganlea Community Association Inc, Griffith University and the Coalition of Community Boards.

Logan City's hosting of the conference supports the objectives of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015.