Report to the Region

October - December 2022

Message from the Chair

GaryHardgraveThe impacts of fires, floods and drought will remain cyclical features of Australia’s climate. The flow on affects of instability in geo political conditions, the recent pandemic, changing work practices and heightened internal migration are yet to play out.

This changing world has and continues to have a major impact on the Logan and Redlands Region and demands attention to this often overlooked Region.

This changing world demands a stronger vision, better planning capacity and earlier identification of responses especially focussing on fleetness of foot in skilling the workforce and securing supply chains.

In October 2020 the RDA released Logan and Redlands: The Centre of Economic and Employment Growth for Queensland which captured the then key issues and areas of focus for the Region. A key activity for the RDA throughout 2022 has been to review this document to reflect current and emerging opportunities with the intention of challenging the thinking around planning for the Region.

Over the past 12 months the RDA Logan and Redlands Board has held meetings with the three levels of government and across the region with key local businesses, community representatives and individuals. The Board’s purpose in meeting around the Region has been to directly hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the Logan and Redlands Region as it repairs from the economic and social impacts of the pandemic and begins to explore the opportunities arising from the SEQ City Deal and as preparations for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are pursued. The Board has come away from its meetings with a substantially deeper understanding of the issues confronting the local economy and the residents of the Region.

The Board recognises the value of conducting consultations driven by a focus on gathering insights that drove the RDA Logan and Redlands’ To 2042 and Beyond : Investing in SEQ Summit held in September 2022 and to be captured in the revised Strategic Regional Plan.

The Summit brought together key decision makers, funders and stakeholders. Reflecting the extensive consultations and the RDA’s commitment to the long term, the To 2042 and Beyond : Investing in SEQ Summit considered a broader South East Queensland context in addressing impediments to and opportunities for regional economic growth. It is the position of the RDA that while the key events such as the SEQ 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games provide great incentive for regional investment, it is necessary to ensure the legacies that benefit the regional economy and its community extend well beyond 2032.

On 25 October 2022 (one month after he delivered the keynote address at the RDA Logan and Redlands’ To 2042 and Beyond: Investing in SEQ Summit) the Australian Treasurer, The Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP delivered the Federal Budget with its focus on A stronger, more resilient economy - Investing in the capabilities of our people and the capacity of our economy. This is addressed in detail in the Regional Australia Policy section of this report.

The RDA Logan and Redlands Board sees a clear mandate to take forward a commitment to progress the concepts and ideas that were raised at the Summit and to ensure that this process continues to gain traction and momentum amongst regional stakeholders. This intention is reflected in the RDA Logan and Redlands 2022 to 2023 Annual Business Plan.

Drawing together the work of the RDA, the Strategic Regional Plan will be released in the coming months and will be substantially enriched as a result of the RDA’s 29 September 2022 Summit, reflecting the need for cohesive, co-ordinated and long-term strategic regional planning and the 25 October 2022 Federal Budget.

If you wish to be part of this development work, please contact our Director Steve McDonald at for further information.

For further information on the RDA, go to rdaloganandredlands.org.au. Information on Board members is available at here.

The Hon. Gary Hardgrave
Chair
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands Inc

Regional Australia Policy
Inland Rail - Kaguru to Acacia Ridge & Bromelton (K2ARB)
Building Partnerships
Joint South East Queensland Regional Development Activity
Funding Opportunities
Invitation to Action