With Christmas just days away it’s a chance to stop, pause, reflect, and spend quality time with family and loved ones.

I know when I reflect on 2021, I think about a year that has taught us so much – resilience, flexibility and patience.

Undoubtedly the Yuletide festivities will be welcomed, but for many Christmas can also be a time of sadness and hardship.

I encourage you to spare a thought for those who may be doing it tough. Take care of one another, check in on your neighbours or those who are most vulnerable. 

Christmas is about giving and making a difference – no matter how big or small. Sometimes a little thank you or a simple smile can go a long way. 

With the Queensland borders opening last week I hope this will be a time for many to be reunited with family and friends they may not have seen for some time.

Valuing friends, family and good health is what really matters at Christmas. I encourage you to appreciate the small moments that we sometimes take for granted.

The innocent laughter from a child, or the timeless grin from an elder, are the sprinkles of Christmas magic that we sometimes take for granted.

And if you are taking the chance for a holiday, be safe and take your time on the roads.

This holiday season, our festivities and celebrations represent a fresh start, as we welcome a new year filled with hope.

I for one am looking forward to 2022 and all that it holds for the City of Logan.

On behalf of Council staff and my fellow Councillors I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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