Two giants of Logan City Council say farewell

Outgoing Mayor Darren Power and Deputy Mayor Laurie Koranski at today’s final Ordinary Council meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Darren Power and Deputy Mayor Laurie Koranski at today’s final Ordinary Council meeting.

Published: 13th March 2024

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power has chaired his final Logan City Council meeting.

Donning his ceremonial chains for the last time at the final Ordinary Council meeting of this term, Councillor Power thanked his family, fellow Councillors and the community.

He praised the outgoing Council for its hard work over the last four years – a period which included the pandemic and the worst local flooding since 1974.

He also he reflected on his time as a new elected representative nearly three decades ago to remind Councillors that the interest of their local communities must always be at the centre of every step they take.

Cr Power, who was elected as Mayor in 2020 after 23 years as Division 10 Councillor and five years as a Council officer, announced last October that he would not contest Saturday’s Local Government election.

“As I reflect on my 32 years with Logan City Council, it’s a bittersweet moment, however I am filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment,” Cr Power said.

“Over the past four years as a Council team, we have embarked on a journey filled with challenges, triumphs and countless moments of unity.

“Throughout these four years, we have achieved remarkable milestones and implemented initiatives that have positively impacted the lives of our citizens.

“From revitalizing our neighbourhoods to investing in infrastructure, we have worked tirelessly to build a brighter future for Logan.

“As my local government career comes to a close, I am humbled by the opportunity to have served as Mayor of this great city.

“As a Council team, I am proud we have proven that when we work together, there is no challenge too great and no goal beyond our reach.

“It has been a privilege to serve as the Mayor of the City of Logan.”

Today’s Ordinary Council meeting also marked the end of an eight-year term in Local Government for outgoing Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski.

Cr Koranski, who was first elected as Division 4 Councillor in 2016, said it had been a privilege to serve and help shape her fast-growing part of the community.

“I am very grateful to the residents of Division 4 for placing their trust in me not once, but twice, to be their voice in Logan City Council,” Cr Koranski said.

“My greatest joy has been working alongside our residents, schools, sporting groups and cultural organisations to achieve new things for our community, while also protecting our environment and preserving as much of our history as possible.

“Our community came together as one voice at the 2018 Logan Village Summit, and it has been an honour to deliver some great outcomes that were first suggested at that meeting, including our expanded Logan Village Green and the Rail Trail to Yarrabilba.

“We have also boosted community safety over the past eight years with 31 safety cameras now installed across Division 4.

“More recently, serving as Deputy Mayor, reaffirmed for me that the City of Logan has a community spirit second to none.

“I have no doubt, with a new Council at the helm, our community will continue to achieve great things.”

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City of Logan residents head to the polls this weekend to elect a new Mayor, and their divisional Council representatives for the next four years.

Residents in Divisions 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will vote only for the Mayor, as their current Councillors have been re-elected, unopposed.

Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens over the age of 18. Polling booths are open from 8am to 6pm on Saturday.

For more information, including polling locations, is available at: Electrol Commission Queensland.

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