RDA Logan & Redlands releases its Strategic Regional Plan: Message from the Chair
In September 2022, Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands (the RDA) held its To 2042 and Beyond: Investing in SEQ Summit (the Summit). In the RDA’s Report to the Region immediately following the Summit, I noted a clear mandate had been identified to progress the concepts and ideas raised at the Summit and gave a commitment to continue and grow traction amongst regional stakeholders in the mandate’s pursuit.
I further noted the RDA would now conclude its development of a Strategic Regional Plan for the Region which was being substantially enriched as a result of the Summit.
I am now pleased to announce the release of the RDA’s Strategic Regional Plan Logan and Redlands: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth (the Plan), the follow up to 2020’s Logan and Redlands: The Centre for Economic and Employment Growth.
The release of the Plan reflects the need for cohesive, co-ordinated and long-term strategic regional planning.
To ensure the RDA maximised opportunities for input to the development of the Plan, an ambitious and extensive consultation process was implemented and has been maintained since late 2020. The development of the Plan included revisiting the RDA’s earlier strategic document released in late 2020; planning for and the successful conduct of the Summit; and greater penetration through the expansion of the RDA’s stakeholder engagement strategy.
In addition, over the past 2 years, consultations included aligning the RDA Board’s bi-monthly meetings with stakeholder round tables including with local businesses, employment intermediaries, education and training providers, Councils, Queensland Government State Departments, Members of the Australian and Queensland Parliaments and community groups. This included holding meetings on the islands off the Redlands mainland.
The development and validation of the Plan included seeking and receiving comment on the draft Plan on a confidential and without prejudice basis. All comments received were of value and indicated general support for the Plan and its contents.
Taking the Plan forward will be driven through the leadership of RDA Board members in advocating the Plan (including through facilitating sessions with key stakeholder groups) and raising the RDA’s 2023 to 2024 business plan as the platform for operationalising the Strategic Regional Plan.
The strategic planning lays out the long-term, broad goals to be achieved. The tactical planning will dominate the 2023 to 2024 business plan and outline the short-term steps and actions to be taken to achieve the goals of the Plan.
In closing the Summit and thanking those attending and presenting, I acknowledged without their support initiatives such as the Summit and its capacity to drive change to reflect current and emerging opportunities with the intention of challenging conservative and competitive approaches to planning for the Region would not be possible. Equally, taking forward the intent of the Plan will only succeed with the support and participation of those who comprise the Region’s communities.
I commend the Plan to you and welcome your engagement as the RDA pursues its economic development, social cohesion and environment sustainability goals for the Region.
A copy of the Plan is available at the link below:
Please feel free to contact the RDA’s Director of Regional Development on 0429 377 803 or at
The Hon Gary Hardgrave
Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands Inc
21 February 2023