The past 3 years has seen unprecedented, concurrent impacts on Australia’s economic and social environments.
This has included:
This changing world has had a major impact on the Logan and Redlands Region and draws attention to this often overlooked Region. Throughout the immediate past, Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands’ (the RDA) work has included continuing extensive consultations with key stakeholders, engaging resources to capture and categorise data and raising a position paper that captures the focus for the Board’s strategic discussions.
In October 2020 the RDA released Logan and Redlands: The Centre of Economic and Employment Growth for Queensland which captured key issues and areas of focus. A key current activity for the RDA is reviewing this document to reflect current and emerging opportunities with the intention of challenging the thinking around planning for the Region.
Priority expenditure in outer suburbs is per capita lower than inner city areas, but in addition, road and rail transit corridors in and around the Logan and Redlands Region have been about “passing through” rather than “getting around” the Region. In short, infrastructure expenditure needs to better match the needs of the Region to unleash its strategic importance to economic and employment growth.
It is within this environment the RDA continues to pursue its determined corporate goal of ensuring the Logan and Redlands Region will be at the centre of economic and employment growth for South East Queensland, Queensland statewide and Australia wide.
If you wish to be part of this development work, please contact our Director Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
There is still much to be done and, as always, I encourage all in the community to contact me or Steve McDonald to discuss topics of interest.
For further information on the RDA, go to https://rdaloganandredlands.org.au/. Information on Board members is available at https://rdaloganandredlands.org.au/about-us/board.
The Hon. Gary Hardgrave
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands Inc
Following the May 2022 Federal Election the RDA wrote to the following newly appointed Ministers with Regional responsibilities:
The RDA conveyed its sincerest congratulations on their election and their Ministerial appointments. In doing so the RDA took the opportunity to provide a brief overview of the RDA’s priorities with an invitation to meet as their schedules allow.
The RDA also wrote to the following elected local members conveying the RDA’s congratulations on their success and extending an invitation for them to also meet the RDA Board as their respective schedules allow.
The Board has separately expressed its congratulations to The Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP on his appointment as Treasurer and wishes him every success as he pursues this key role.
The RDA looks forward to working with the local Federal Members of Parliament and the Albanese Government in any capacity to ensure the economic, social and environmental growth and sustainability of the Logan and Redlands Region.
The next meeting of the Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton section of the Inland Rail project is yet to be settled. In the interim, information relating to key dates, publications and the project timeline is available at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/K2ARB. The CCC membership, Agendas, Minutes and Chair’s summaries from each of the previous meetings of the Committee are available at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/k2arb-ccc.
Status information on the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton Inland Rail project is available at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/k2arb-project-update-mar-22/. Information on opportunities for the community available through the Inland Rail build are available at https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/where-we-go/projects/kagaru-to-acacia-ridge-bromelton/opportunities.
The Regional Development Australia Charter includes RDAs having an active and facilitative role in their communities with a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize economic opportunities and attract investment.
Collaborating with other RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDAs will:
a) Facilitate regional economic development outcomes, investment, local procurement and jobs.
b) Promote greater regional awareness of and engagement with Australian Government policies, grant programs and research.
c) Improve Commonwealth regional policy making by providing intelligence and evidence based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues.
d) Co-ordinate the development of a strategic regional plan, or work with suitable existing regional plans that will align with the Commonwealth’s regional priorities.
The work and objectives of RDA Logan & Redlands, as noted in the Message from the Chair, directly reflects this Charter.
Specifically, over the period April to June 2022, the RDA:
South East Queensland and adjacent areas are served by several Regional Development Australia Committees including for:
These RDAs communicate regularly to discuss issues impacting across the South East Queensland region and how best to work together in the interests of this broader region.
The RDAs met on 16 to 17 June 2022 in Redcliffe to discuss linkages between the SEQ City Deal investment, the Infrastructure Australia Regional Strengths and Infrastructure Gaps report, the 2032 Olympic and Paralympics and Inland Rail.
During its meeting the Alliance agreed to refresh its purpose to include clear statements including around collaborating to enhance economic opportunities for South East Queensland’s regions and advocating for communities within the RDA SEQ Alliance.
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More details are available at https://rdaloganandredlands.org.au/funding.
We are here to work for the Logan and Redlands Region. We welcome being contacted on any issue any member of the community wishes to raise. Please feel free to directly contact us with your comment or query email@example.com.