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Second City of Choice milestone event a hit

Published: 23 March 2015

Second City of Choice milestone event a hit

Two hundred people gathered at the Beenleigh Events Centre on 17 March for an update on the Logan: City of Choice initiative.

Community members and business, government and non-government agency representatives came together for the lively event, which featured panel-style discussions, a live performance and video clips including an exclusive look at the trailer for the upcoming Black Diggers of Logan documentary.

Now in its second year of delivery, the ground-breaking Logan: City of Choice initiative has secured more than $6m in funding and another $650m in investment commitments.

The milestone event coincided with the delivery of the July-December update report from government stakeholders on progress of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015.

Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team member (and Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director) Wesley Enoch hosted the morning, with his first guests being City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker, City of Choice Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro, and the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, the newly elected Member for Waterford and Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Minister Fentiman has also been confirmed as the Queensland Government representative on the Leadership Team.

Other guests on stage included Queensland Music Festival's Sean Mee, who provided an update on Logan's Musical Celebration, and Douglas Watkin, film director of Black Diggers of Logan.

Leadership Team member Matthew Cox gave an overview of the Logan Together initiative - aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of all Logan children aged birth to eight years - and Charles Northcote from the Logan City Community Housing company updated guests on the Logan Renewal Initiative, which will change the face of social and affordable housing in Logan over the next 20 years through a $650m investment.

The breakfast event closed with an a capella performance by three members of the Logan Youth Gospel Choir, formed through the creative process of the recent production, My Story: The Journey.

Mayor Pam Parker congratulated all stakeholders on the progress made with City of Choice.

"I'm very grateful for the work our community, the Leadership Team and all government stakeholders have done to date. I'm confident that over the next few months and beyond, we will see the fruitfulness of the hard work and countless hours that have gone on behind the scenes to deliver key initiatives."

Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro told the audience the focus is now on strengthening community capacity building to ensure effective advocacy work with other levels of government continues well beyond the Two-Year Action Plan, particularly in areas of jobs, roads, busways and public transport.

"We have been very strong on ensuring our major initiatives are evidence-based, and this has been the key to building bi-partisan government support and partnerships.

"In addition to consolidating our relationships with other levels of government, we are also determined to ensure we have backbone organisations in place by the end of the year to take the important work of City of Choice into the future," Ms Munro said.

The Logan: City of Choice Update Report July-December 2014 is now available online.