The RDA Logan & Redlands Committee’s initial focus for 2018 to 2019 was to ensure a highly effective Committee operating at best practice in the areas of governance, planning, and market penetration. This has been achieved and sets the foundation for the year ahead.
The Logan and Redlands Region is ideally located between Brisbane to the north, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim to the west and the Gold Coast to the south. Its infrastructure corridors provide access to the Port of Brisbane and the Toowoomba, Brisbane and Gold Coast international and domestic airports.
However, while the Region’s infrastructure corridors are currently adequate, they are under constant and growing pressure.
The planned Inland Rail, possible 2032 Olympics bid, Visitor Economy 2031 and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme provide opportunities to better leverage the Region’s aspiration to be the centre of economic growth and employment opportunities in Australia.
The Region has a uniquely diverse community of cultures and is steeped in culture and heritage. The Logan and Redlands Region features high-density city living, industrial precincts, villages, islands, rainforest, rural hinterland, farmland, beaches, bays, creeks and freshwater lakes as well as iconic flora and fauna.
It has substantial economic capacity in the areas of: Health Care and Social Assistance; Advanced Manufacturing; Infrastructure; Transport, Logistics and Warehousing; Education and Training; Professional Services; Tourism; and Research. The opportunity exists to translate this capacity into sustainable economic growth.
The draft RDA plan for 2019 to 2020 is currently with the Commonwealth for consideration. It offers up the following 5 strategic priorities:
- Provide leadership in establishing the Logan and Redlands Region as the centre of economic growth and employment opportunities in Australia through public leadership capitalising on the Region’s economic capacity, location and attributes.
- Integrate individual impacts of key national, provincial and local strategic planning on the Logan and Redlands Region with particular focus on a potential 2032 Olympic bid, Inland Rail, Infrastructure (including public transport) and Connectivity and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
- Assert economic opportunities in the key industries of Health Care and Social Assistance; Advanced Manufacturing; Infrastructure; Transport, Logistics and Warehousing; Education and Training; and Tourism.
- Utilise Committee advocacy capacity to represent the interests of the Logan and Redlands Region particularly in the area of connectivity as it relates to transport infrastructure and communications (National Broadband Network).
- Grow awareness of trade opportunities as a basis for greater regional growth as an international trade centre.
It is intended an abridged version of the final plan will be the subject of a limited public release and be more widely available via the RDA website.
On the basis of the above thinking, I have been undertaking an extensive range of meetings with Members of the Australian Parliament and Members of the Queensland Parliament whose electorates cover any area of the Logan and Redlands Region, as well as relevant people in the Logan and Redland City Councils to socialise aspects of the RDA’s strategic direction and discuss opportunities.
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome John Perry OAM and David Radich to the RDA Logan & Redlands Committee. Both have extensive experience in the Logan and Redlands Region, and I look forward to working with them on achieving the Region’s full economic and social potential.
I would also like to acknowledge Karen Prentis’ departure from the Committee. I extend my appreciation on behalf of the Committee for her contribution and wish her the best for her future endeavours.
There is still much to be done and, as always, I encourage all in the community to contact me or our director Steve McDonald to discuss topics of interest.
The Hon. Gary Hardgrave
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands
The third meeting of the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB) Community Consultative Committee was held 14 May 2019. The meeting provided a project update and general information regarding noise and vibration investigations and requirements. Presentations were provided by members of the ARTC K2ARB project team.
The Chair of Inland Rail’s Scenic Rim Community Consultative Committee was also a guest speaker. Information provided to the committee included:
- A progress update on the project, including information regarding environmental investigations to be undertaken
- Details about the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, should the project be declared a “coordinated project”
- Information about consultation with the local community.
Committee members requested the following actions during the meeting:
- ARTC to include on the next meeting agenda, a discussion regarding opportunity for the committee to request independent technical advice
- ARTC to respond to questions tabled by a Member, prior to the next meeting
- ARTC to amend references to the two proposed new crossing loops in the project area to a geographical reference to prevent confusion regarding their location.
The following actions are ongoing:
- The provision of maps of the locations where environmental investigations will take place, once known
- Notification to the community as to the outcome of the request to the Office of the Coordinator General on the project approval pathway
The next meeting will be held on 5 August 2019.
For further information go to inlandrail.artc.com.au/K2ARB.
The RDA continues to actively support the implementation of the NDIS in the Logan and Redlands Region within the non-negotiable principle that the NDIS should be demand driven and contribute to the growth of an effective disability services market.
Sourced from the NDIS website are the following Q&As:
If I self-manage or plan manage my plan, will I still be able to receive funding for support coordination?
Yes. The decision for a plan to be self-managed, plan-managed or NDIA-managed has no effect on funding support coordination. Funding support coordination is decided by what is considered reasonable and necessary.
When creating your plan you can discuss with your planner, LAC, or ECEI Coordinator what your plan management options are and the differences between them.
Can I change to a different provider if I'm not happy with the support I am receiving?
Yes. You remain in control of your plan and have choice and control over who your providers are. If you wish to change providers you should discuss it with your provider and review your service agreement. Depending on your service agreement, you may have agreed to give some notice before you change.
I am developing a service agreement with a support coordinator, what questions should I ask before signing anything?
Just like starting with any new provider, you can ask them questions that will help you make a decision on whether you will use them as a provider or not. Below are a few examples of questions you may want to ask the provider:
- How will they will help you to achieve your goals?
- What is their experience delivering supports?
- What are their prices? What is included? How will they charge you?
- Do they wish to discuss a notice period for ending an agreement?
Remember, you have choice and control in the supports you receive. This means you have the choice over who provides your supports and how they are provided.
Current and potential participants and providers are urged to familiarise themselves with the NDIS at www.ndis.gov.au
Landmark infrastructure agreement for Logan
A $1.2 billion deal to secure the infrastructure needs of two priority development areas over the next 45 years has been made between Queensland government, Logan City Council and nine property developers. The deal will ensure necessary funding towards local roads, water and sewerage facilities for the two development areas of Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone. The nine developers are Lendlease, Villa World, Mirvac, Peet, Pioneer-Fortune, Celestino, Pacific International, New Beith and Gittins.
Under the Agreement 170km of council roads will be upgraded as well as the construction of two new state of the art wastewater treatment facilities to service the two new cities of Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone.
The annual Quandamooka Festival being held from June to August 2019 in the coastal region of the Redlands Coast is a great opportunity to become immersed in one of the oldest living cultures on earth. The Festival is 91 days of celebrating culture, country and people with 7 major events, 2 evening concerts and 4 workshops. Experience the continuing culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Goenpul clans of Quandamooka, first-hand.
Learn more about Country; the sands, seas, sacred lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands / Moreton Bay islands from the Quandamooka Peoples perspective. Become socially engaged in Caring for Country and enjoy the thrill of experiencing wildlife in their natural environment.
For more information you can downloads the program here.
2019 Redland Business and Retail Awards : Yura from Quandamooka!
The Redland Business and Retail Awards has grown to become the largest event of its type on the Redland City calendar. In 2018, more than 250 businesses participated in the Awards, collecting more than 16,000 votes. The Gala Dinner hosted 727 local business people, coming together to celebrate business excellence.
The theme for this year’s awards is Community - Connection – Collaboration.
Voting is now open but will close on 6 August 2019. Awards will be presented at the Redland Business and Retail Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held on Saturday, 23 November 2019.
For more information, please contact Naomi Cauley on 0478 202 306 or at or go to www.redlandbarawards.com
3rd Annual Logan and Surrounds Small Business Expo
Taking in Logan, Redlands and North Gold Coast regions, the Expo includes 175 exhibition stands and 1200 business professionals in a sales-focused business-to-business marketplace. This is a one day event focused on generating sales leads for exhibitors and attendees.
The Expo will be held on Friday, 30 August 2019 at the Mount Warren Sports Centre, 2 Milne Street, Mount Warren Park.
For more information go to www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au
Logan Business Distinction Awards for 2019
Together the Logan Chamber of Commerce Inc, Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce and Logan Country Chamber of Commerce host the Logan Business Distinction Awards. The 2019 Awards were presented at a gala event on 28 June 2019 at the Logan Entertainment Centre.
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands congratulates all winners from the Logan Business Distinction Awards for 2019.
The RDA’s support for local businesses was reflected in our sponsorship of the Manufacturing and Construction Category Award. This award was won by Bee All Natural, an ‘artesian’ family owned business based in Jimboomba and, proudly operating since 2013.
For details of all winners click here.
In April 2019, RDA Logan & Redlands:
- Met with MR Business Support (Redlands based business advisor)
- Met with Bay Islands Security
- Met with Business Development Executive – Tourism, Economic Development and Strategy Branch, Logan City Council
- Met with Director, Strategic Partnerships, South East Region, Department of Education
participated in the Visitor Economy 2031 Workshop
- Met with Redland City Council Economic Development personnel
- Met with Mable (formerly Better Caring)
- Attended Redlands Angels pitch night
- Met with the Logan Office of Economic Development
- Met with Export Connect
- Attended Redland City Chamber of Commerce Bendigo Bank Business Breakfast
- Presented at monthly Logan City Council/Logan Chambers of Commerce Presidents’ Meeting
- Attended Beenleigh-Yatala Chamber of Commerce networking event
- Provided post 2019 Commonwealth Budget funding briefing for Economic Development and Community Engagement officers of Redland City Council
- Met with Advancing Regional Innovation Program contract holder for Redlands and Logan region
- Met with representatives of ECConnect; Logan Startup Hub; Logan Angels; and INNOV8 Logan
- Met with Busy at Work
- In partnership with Skills Participation and Pathways, South East Region, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, participated in the TAFE Queensland Youth Jobs & Skills Fest 2019 at Alexandra Hills TAFE Campus.
In May 2019, RDA Logan & Redlands:
- Met with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
- Met with Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia
- Participated in the Visitor Economy 2031 Workshop specifically for South East Queensland RDAs
- Participated in a Career Expo for students from the region in partnership with the Beacon Foundation
- In partnership with Skills Participation and Pathways, South East Region, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, participated in the TAFE Queensland Youth Jobs & Skills Fest 2019 at Loganlea TAFE Campus
- Attended Mabel Park State High School - Beacon Business Breakfast
- Participated at inaugural Defence Electronics Multipliers Hub workshop
- Attended Innov8 Logan community networking event
- Met with Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
- Met with Innovation Programs, Innovation Division, Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
- Participated in Innovation & Technology on Island Communities workshop
- Participated in Logan Manufacturers’ Networking Event convened by Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
- Participated at Redland City Chamber of Commerce and Redland City Council Business Workshop
Met with Urbis
- Met with Skills Participation and Pathways, South East Region, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (technology and island communities)
- Sponsored Logan Business Links event and participated in Logan Business Links and Innov8 Logan Day events for Queensland Small Business Week 2019.
In June 2019, RDA Logan & Redlands:
- Met with the partners intending to establish “CRC Longevity”
- Met with New Horizons
- Attended the Industry Connections Breakfast: Waste is a resource in a circular economy future
- Participated in the Mabel Park State High School Polish for Work initiative
- Participated in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Tourism Summit
- Attended the Workability Youth Attraction Roadshow (Mabel Park State High School)
- Participated in the Redlands Angels forum
- Met with STAR Transport
- Participated in the Redland City Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business and Retail Awards Launch as guest speaker
- Participated in the South East Queensland RDA quarterly forum
- Attended the Small Business State Budget 2019-20 Roadshow
- Participated in the Queensland Department of State Development , Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning auspiced SEQS Connect meeting with the Gold Coast, Logan and Redland City Councils
- Attended the Bendigo Bank Business Breakfast: Cradle to Career - Education in today's environment
- Participated in INNOV8 Logan’s Community initiative
Met Accesibili-T and Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Attended and presented an award at the Logan Business Distinction Awards for 2019.
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