Deliver south-west infrastructure now to avoid past mistakes
To avoid repeating past government mistakes in Logan, innovative health and education infrastructure is urgently needed in the rapidly-growing south-west of the city.
As part of the FairShare4Logan campaign, Council and the Logan community are reinforcing this critical need with major parties and local candidates in the 25 November Queensland Election.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the new communities of Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone in particular would be home to more than another 170,000 people in coming years, and both areas were already behind when it came to community infrastructure.
"We know what happened in Logan in the 1960s and 1970s when consecutive State Governments drove major residential growth without delivering services to support those communities," Mayor Smith said.
"The State Government is now driving residential development in the Priority Development Areas of Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone, and we again have the issue of growing communities not having adequate access to the education, health and wellbeing facilities."
"While there has been some initial investment in community infrastructure by the State Government, the rate of delivery has been far too slow to keep pace with growth.
"We've been working with successive Queensland Governments to deliver innovative solutions for health and education infrastructure needs in the south-west - and we'll continue to do so - but we need firm commitments to projects, funding and timing that meets the ever-increasing demand."
Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said the growth at Yarrabilba reflected the appeal of the area, especially for young families. "Many people have moved out here on the promise of a fully serviced community and are now finding it frustrating they don't have access to essential services," Cr Koranski said.
"The announcement of a public secondary school to commence construction in 2018 is welcome news, but we need the incoming State Government to commit to providing vital funding for health, early learning support facilities and wrap-around services."
Division 11 Councillor Trevina Schwarz said Greater Flagstone faced the same challenges, as the area's population grew exponentially.
"Access to quality services and facilities is critical to community health and wellbeing, quality of life and creating education and job opportunities," Cr Schwarz said.
“It’s not only the state-developed areas that need attention, though. There are more than 25,000 people in existing areas that have largely been forgotten when it comes to services. Communities from Greenbank to Woodhill – including the wider Jimboomba area – are also experiencing growth and are still without adequate health, social support and education services.
"Our south-west communities offer hope and a great way of life for the thousands of people who live here now, and will move here in the future. We need to make sure these areas can deliver on their lifestyle promises."
Locals can have their say by going to www.FairShare4Logan.com.au, where they can sign the online petition and help spread the message on social media.
Council is mobilising the community to help ensure the City of Logan receives its fair share of funding for major roads and public transport, and timely services for growing communities.
The #FairShare4Logan campaign enables locals to have their say and reinforces the need for critical investment in Logan.
The campaign is based around five key priorities:
- Mount Lindesay Hwy
- M1 Motorway and extension of South East Busway
- Waterford Tamborine Rd
- Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail
- Infrastructure for growing communities.
Act now: www.FairShare4Logan.com.au