Community to help shape vibrant new heart of Logan

An image of Cr Jon Raven, holding the draft plan and leaning against the entrance sign to Logan Gardens
Deputy Mayor Jon Raven believes there is potential for Logan Gardens to be the City of Logan’s version of New York’s Central Park.

Community feedback will help finalise a Logan City Council draft plan for the upgrade of Logan Central.

The draft plan aims to develop Logan Central as the civic and cultural hub of the City of Logan.

The suburb has been identified as a key multicultural community that offers job and investment along with a range of entertainment, arts and recreational activities.

The draft Logan Central Civic and Community Precinct Plan aims to build on those assets to further develop a safe, accessible community and a strong local economy over the next 20 to 30 years.

A Precinct Vision has been developed to ‘create a place where the city’s diverse and vibrant communities come together to learn, do business, celebrate and socialise’.

The draft plan is based on outcomes from the Logan Central Summit in 2018 and has been modified further after extensive engagement with local stakeholders and a series of workshops.

City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said it was important for the heart of the city to be strong.

“This precinct plan outlines a vision for a civic and cultural hub integrated with beautiful parkland, almost like New York’s Central Park for Logan Central,” Cr Raven said.

“The plan identifies options to unlock that land to build new community infrastructure and help improve existing facilities and services.

“These improvements and upgrades will enhance the lifestyle of the local community while also creating additional local jobs and investment opportunities for business.”

Key outcomes proposed in the draft Logan Central Civic and Community Precinct Plan include:

  • Easier access to more than 7000sqm of public open space in Logan Gardens, which includes the $3.3 million water play area opened in January
  • Providing amenities and services that attract more people to live, work and relax in Logan Central. It is hoped to increase the permanent population of the suburb by up to 300 people.
  • Creating up to 400 permanent job opportunities and over 100 construction jobs on various projects within the long-term plan
  • Increasing local health services and provision for higher education to help build a stronger community hub
  • Proving a framework for future private and partnership arrangements to foster, and benefit from, a more appealing and vibrant precinct
  • Adding more than 330 new car parking spaces and improving accessibility and lighting along more than 9km of pedestrian and cycle paths
  • It is hoped the upgrades across in the precinct can help lift local property values by between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent

Projects to be implemented in the short-term (one to 10 years) could include:

  • New road connections, including a possible ring road, that stitch together Logan Gardens and the civic and cultural areas.
  • Development of an upgraded forecourt for the Logan Entertainment Centre (LEC) featuring seating and shade
  • A new plaza and open space area at the Wembley Road entrance to the precinct
  • A new convenient access into the precinct
  • Exploring opportunities for the Council-owned 27 Jacaranda Avenue site as a potential mixed-use development or trade and vocation school

Division 2 Councillor Teresa Lane, who lives in Woodridge, said it was important the local community provided feedback on the facilities and services they want in their neighbourhood.

“Bringing residents along on the journey of planning their suburb is the most important part of the Civic Plan,” Cr Lane said.

“Exciting concept ideas aside, local residents are the ones who will be living with the plans and they have the capacity to shape how we proceed with this masterplan.

“Businesses should also have a fair say in how we establish those projects with the most priority.”

Community feedback on the draft Logan Central Civic and Community Precinct Plan can be lodged through Council’s Have Your Say platform.

To view the plan and provide feedback, go to haveyoursay

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