Our community has always been known for its friendly people and a willingness to band together in both the good times, and the bad.
Our population is also diverse, with more than a quarter of our residents born overseas.
The City of Logan is one of Australia’s top 10 humanitarian migrant settlement areas, which is no surprise when our population is made up of 234 cultural backgrounds.
We’ve also been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2017.
But no matter where we’ve come from, we’re all proud to call Logan home.
Last week, our efforts to be a more welcoming and inclusive city were recognised through a significant and historic announcement.
We are now the first Council in Queensland to be accredited by Welcoming Cities – a national initiative that provides a framework for local governments to achieve social cohesion objectives.
It’s been an in-depth process, taking more than a year since we first applied for the accreditation, after becoming a member city of Welcoming Cities in August 2022.
And not only have we been accredited, but it’s at an advanced level.
As Mayor, I’m very proud of the work Council is doing to help people of all backgrounds feel like they can belong, contribute and thrive here in Logan.
Some of the things we’ve been recognised for include our welcome signage featuring multiple languages at the entries of our Logan Central administration centre, the Kingston Butter Factory and Logan Art Gallery, as well as participating in Harmony Day each year and supporting a multitude of cultural events throughout the city.
Our Stories from the Kitchen program, funded by the Queensland Government, brought people from different backgrounds together by sharing food and stories.
The program has now transitioned to be run by the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre, which shows how Council and the community can work together to build new traditions.
And one of my personal favourites is the Swim Logan Program, which addressed common barriers to migrants feeling confident in the water as part of the Australian way of life.
We’ve got a lot to be proud of here in the City of Logan.
We don’t need any accreditations to demonstrate our community spirit, but we can definitely celebrate this national recognition and be proud of it.