What a year!
There’s no getting away from the challenges of Covid but I’m proud to be part of a Logan community that kept on keeping on, getting things done and reaching out a helping hand to those among us who needed it most.
The end of the year is a perfect time to look back and celebrate our community and what a great place it is and how so many of us are working to make it even better.
There have been plenty of highlights but these are some of my favourites. Hope you enjoy them.
And with Christmas and the New Year almost upon us, I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a happy and healthy break, hopefully with some time with those closest to you, plenty of laughs and see you again recharged for 2022.
Air Conditioning all schools
As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Cooler, Cleaner Schools program, every classroom, staff room and library in every Qld state school will be air conditioned. It was great to tour the classrooms having air con installed recently at Springwood State High School.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was passed in Parliament in September. These laws have given terminally ill Queenslanders more choice. Many locals shared their personal stories with me, including Springwood electorate local, Georgia. Thanks to Georgia and others for your courage and advocacy, to ensure this Bill was passed.
The M1 northbound, between Sports Drive and the Gateway Motorway is now open, getting us home safer and sooner. The 3.5 kilometre upgrade, part of the broader $750 million, 8km M1 Eight Plains to Daisy Hill project, is complete with all five lanes now open to traffic. Works on the V1 (Veloway) also continue, providing cyclists with a safe ride all the way from Kangaroo Point to Logan.
Springwood Youth Advisory Committee
Our young people are the leaders of the future and in 2021 we have seen the first Springwood Youth Advisory Committee formed. I want to support young people in taking a leading role in their own personal development and the development of our community. Since July, committee members have participated in several forums regarding mental health in the workplace, Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and most recently Queensland’s Energy Plan.
Mt Cotton Road Fire Station
We are no stranger to extreme weather conditions here in Logan. The Mt Cotton Road Fire station will be staffed by a specialist fire rescue bushfire response team, with off road trucks, in addition to having aerial capabilities, operating out of the station 24/7.
More schools have been getting on board with the Qld Government’s Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program in our neighbourhood. Most recently, 284 panels were installed on the roof of the hall at Kimberley Park State School. Another four more schools will have the installation of solar panels getting underway soon.
Push up Challenge
Over the last two years, throughout the pandemic, mental health is something that many young people have really struggled with. In June, I again took part in The Push-Up Challenge, to raise much needed funds for Headspace at Meadowbrook. 3318 push ups were completed, with the assistance of members of local sporting clubs, local politicians (photo with Logan City Council Deputy Mayor Jon Raven) & community groups. In total $9000 raised – many thanks to all who donated!
Kids 4 Kids
Getting school supplies isn’t always easy for families, which is why local resident, Samuel Glancy, started Kids4Kids, to support those families in need. In 2021 over 28 300 stationary items were collected, with all donations being passed on to children in need within Logan and regional schools.
Throughout 2021, Shailer Park SHS & Springwood SHS had major upgrades completed. Shailer Park SHS opened a new General Learning Centre (complete with 10 new classrooms) in addition to a redevelopment of their Multipurpose hall. Under the Renewing our Schools Program, refurbishments to Springwood SHS’s hall, performing arts centre, home economics buildings (to name a few) has ensured the students have some of the best facilities in the state to help students on their pathway to success. These projects not only support a better learning environment for students, but they also support jobs for local tradies.
The Hyperdome was decked out with 12 400 solar panels in July – enough to power the equivalent of 1000 homes! Plus, 40 local tradies got the job done