RDA Logan and Redlands visit to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and Southern Moreton Bay Islands

On the 26th and 27th of April 2022, the RDA Logan and Redlands Board travelled to North Stradbroke (Minjerribah), Russell (Canaipa) and Macleay (Jencoomercha) Islands to meet with businesses, Indigenous representatives and community representatives from across the Redlands Coast islands. 

The Board travelled to the islands to hear directly about the challenges and opportunities being faced as the islands recover from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic and begin to explore the opportunities arising from the recent signing of the SEQ City Deal and as preparations for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are pursued.

The Board came away from its meetings with businesses, community representatives and Council officials from across North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), Russell Island (Canaipa), Macleay Island (Jencoomercha), Karragarra Island, Lamb Island (Ngudooroo) and Coochiemudlo Island with a substantially deeper understanding of the issues confronting the local economy and the residents of the islands. 

This will be captured in the updated Regional Plan currently under development. The Plan is an evidence based document which is built on the premise that the Redlands and Logan region is at the centre of economic and employment growth for South East Queensland, statewide Queensland and Australia wide.

The Hon. Gary Hardgrave, Chair of the RDA Logan and Redlands said I would like to thank all those who shared their views with the RDA Logan and Redlands and for the warm welcome and generous hospitality. 

“A wealth of information was captured over the two days of consultations, providing invaluable insights that will feed directly into the development of the updated Strategic Regional Plan, which the RDA Logan and Redlands is planning to launch later in the year at a proposed Summit in September 2022. 

“On behalf of the Board, I acknowledge this visit will continue the RDA’s engagement with the islands and its commitment to maintaining its ongoing relationship with the Redlands Coast islands community.”

In keeping with its commitment to engage key stakeholders across the Logan and Redlands Region the Board is planning to hold meetings with stakeholders from the Jimboomba, Flagstone and Yarrabilba areas of Logan City in late June 2022.

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Pictured above: The Hon. Gary Hardgrave addresses participants at lunch consultations held at Macleay Island Bowls Club

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Pictured above: Simon Mayne and Jane Bartlett from the Macleay Island Bowls Club pictured with RDA Logan and Redlands Chair the Hon. Gary Hardgrave

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Pictured above: Robin Harris, President of the Macleay Island Progress Association with RDA Board Members.

Left to Right: The Hon. Gary Hardgrave, Alexis Matthews-Frederick, Robin Harris, Anne Livingstone & Kim Kerwin.

Enabling Better Aged and Community Care for Forgotten Australians National Forum

The RDA Logan and Redlands was pleased to both sponsor and attend the Enabling Better Aged and Community Care for Forgotten Australians National Forum that was held on Monday 4th of April 2022.

The National Forum was part of activities for the International Care Experienced History Month throwing the spotlight on the needs of Forgotten Australians as they age. Forgotten Australians are those whoas children, were raised in orphanages, Children's Homes, institutions or other forms of out-of-home care.

The National Forum was a hybrid event that brought together Forgotten Australians, service providers and researchers from Australia and around the world. The Forum aimed to highlight what the future could hold for quality and targeted aged and community care for Forgotten Australians and other Care Leavers. Discussions focused on how to improve access to care, the appropriateness of care and the quality of support and care that is currently available for Forgotten Australians.  

The outcomes from this incredible event were numerous including supporting improvements in a range of structural and funding arrangements as well as spotlighting the unique needs of this large group of older Australians. 

To find out more contact Mal Causer: 

Latest report to the region available now

Our latest Report to the Region for January to March 2022 is on the website now.

Find out what's been happening around the Logan and Redlands region, including updates on:

  • Australian Government Budget 2022
  • RDA Logan and Redlands research into regional skills needs 
  • Inland Rail: Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton (K2ARB)
  • Building Partnerships
  • Joint SEQ Regional Development Australia Activity
  • Funding opportunities.

Click here to view the report.