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Logan River Vision

The Logan River catchment is one of the largest in South East Queensland, with an area of 3,076 km2. One fifth of the catchment area lies within the City of Logan.

Meandering 184 km from the mountain ranges to the bay, the Logan River starts its journey in the World Heritage listed rainforests of Mt. Barney. It flows through open grazing farmlands, acreage bushland blocks, urban suburbs and tidal flats, finally entering the southern part of the World Heritage-listed Moreton Bay.

The river serves as a rich resource and place of spiritual significance for Traditional Custodians including people of the Yagara and Yugambeh language groups.

Past

Once the lifeblood of the community, the Logan River has seen both people and goods transported along its reaches, bringing in supplies and sending out goods such as timber and sugar cane.

The river was a rich source of seafood and its banks covered with edible plants.

The Logan River has remained largely untamed, with natural banks continuing to support important habitat.

Unfortunately, with no central plan for river use, it has slipped from view and is largely unappreciated.

Present

As the city grows, the Logan River’s importance will continue – it provides habitat for wildlife, flood management and supports local fisheries. All while supporting both small and large businesses, recreation, ecosystems and tourism.

As the river slowly journeys, the landscape changes, as do the people that live and use the river.

Offering something for everyone, the Logan River features freshwater areas, where families can take a dip and cattle can drink; historic villages to explore and tidal flats.

Home to important habitat for Australian Sea Bass and Mullet, the river is a fishing hotspot and estuary habitat that provides many spots for keen anglers, a lazy river paddle or a place for a picnic.

Key facts

  • 103 km of Logan River frontage in the City of Logan.
  • Approximately 90 per cent of properties along the river are owned and protected privately. About 10 per cent are publicly owned and managed by Logan City Council or Queensland Government.
  • 54 parks available to view and enjoy.
  • 11 parks with boat ramps and pontoons to access the Logan River.
  • Seven bridges crossing the Logan River.
  • 70 per cent of the City of Logan’s land area is within the Logan River catchment.
  • An established Logan River Tinnie Trail identifies key sites of interest about the history from the River mouth to Logan Village.
  • 56 species of native mammals, 273 species of birds, 58 native reptile species, 27 native frogs and many fish and insect species in the City of Logan.
  • At least seven plant species classified as endangered in the City of Logan, two of which exist along the Logan River corridor.
  • Important breeding ground for Australian Sea Bass and Mullet.

Future

The Logan River will continue to provide many benefits for residents and visitors. It’s a place of spiritual significance and a natural resource for drinking and irrigation, areas for leisure and recreational activities as well as a key wildlife corridor from the mountains to the bay.

The Logan River Vision is a 50 year vision from 2017 through to 2067. It was developed from ideas and feedback from the community that was collected over a 10 week period in 2016.

The Logan River Vision will be at the forefront of council’s planning, policies and strategies. It provides a basis for council to promote the community’s vision and priorities to neighbouring councils, state and federal government and the private sector.

Council has been busy implementing projects towards the Logan River Vision, please see below for a summary of current projects. Check back regularly for news on new projects and current project updates.

Logan Riverside Parks Rehabilitation

The Logan Riverside Parks Riparian Rehabilitation Project has so far delivered on-ground riparian rehabilitation works at 3 riverside parks: Larry Storey Park (Waterford), Newstead Park (Buccan) and Chris Green Park (Beenleigh). Planting along the riverbanks within these riverside parks will improve bank condition, suppress weed growth, improve the health of the Logan River and create a connected environmental corridor. Parks planned for rehabilitation works in 2018/2019 so far include Malling Park (Waterford), Cochrane’s Bridge Park (Woodhill), and Tansy Park (Tanah Merah).

Logan River Trail

Strengthening the connection between people and place, the Logan River Trail aims to provide points of interest along the river in the form of interpretive signage as well as improving wayfinding by making park identification signage visible from the waterway. Whether by tinnie or kayak, there is truly something for everyone to discover along this water-based trail. Currently 5 riverside parks have been signed as part of the trail - Skinners Park (Carbook), Logan River Parklands (Beenleigh), Alexander Clark Park (Loganholme), Riverdale Park (Meadowbrook) and Larry Storey Park (Waterford) - and consist of wayfinding pontoon signs as well as interpretive material and park facilities signage. The Logan River Trail project also encompasses the installation of furniture art. More parks are planned to be added to the trail in early 2019. Explore the Logan River Trail today!

Logan River Trees

As part of the Logan River Vision, in 2017-18 Logan City Council developed the Logan River Trees Initiative. This initiative allowed for private landholders along the Logan River to apply for up to 1000 free native tube stock. Planting along the riverbanks helps to increase stability and reduce soil run-off whilst also increasing habitat connectivity for our native animals.

In the 2017-18 financial years Logan City Council received a total of 29 applications from land holders along the Logan River and as a result have given away over 6700 free native tube stock.

This year’s round of river trees applications are currently open, for more information visit www.rivervision.com.au

Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan

The Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan is a key deliverable identified in the Logan River Vision Implementation Plan. Accessibility and connectivity to the river is one of the key opportunities to activate the river, promote tourism and develop the economic potential of the river identified in the Logan River Vision 2017-2067.

The Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan provides this assessment and is aimed at identifying:

  • the river’s value as an attraction, drawing visitors to pursue recreational tourism experiences
  • existing formal access points to and from the river
  • park facilities for users visiting riverside parks
  • current “use” of access points and riverside park amenities.

The Logan River Accessibility and Connectivity Concept Plan is a strategic conceptual plan that is intended to guide future planning, investment and delivery of on-ground actions to achieve the long-term vision for the Logan River.