Construction has started on a $7.4 million community centre to provide a place of connection for people living in the growth satellite suburb of Yarrabilba.
The project is a joint venture between Logan City Council, the Queensland Government, Brisbane Catholic Education and Lendlease.
City Lifestyle Chair, Councillor Laurie Koranski, said Yarrabilba was growing rapidly with the population expected to reach 50,000 when completed.
“This new community hub is one part of a community facilities network which will help meet the growing demand for services and spaces in Yarrabilba,” Cr Koranski said.
“It will be an inclusive, engaging and responsive place that enables a thriving community to connect, learn, earn and innovate.
“It will also provide important community services that offer guidance and support for people in need.”
The hub, on Basalt Drive between the Yarrabilba State Secondary College and San Damiano College, will host community events, courses and activities for young people and adults.
“Location is key with these centres and given this one is strategically positioned between two secondary schools, a dedicated youth space will be an important part of the service,” Cr Koranski said.
Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the project would create 22 jobs.
“We know the importance of these facilities, not only as spaces to help build community connections, but to create jobs and support the local economy,” Minister Enoch said.
“This is a great example of the Queensland Government and Logan City Council collaborating with private enterprise to deliver excellent outcomes for the community.”
Lendlease Head of Queensland Communities, Ian Murray, said the sod-turning event marks another key milestone for the rapidly growing Yarrabilba community.
“The new community hub will also become the permanent home to ‘The Exchange’, offering free services to local job-seekers and employers to support a thriving community,” Mr Murray said.
Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education Pam Betts said the facility would provide good opportunities for young people.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative project that will enhance student access to life enriching opportunities in Yarrabilba,” she said.
The community hub will be completed mid next year.
It builds on Council’s historic Community Visioning Strategy which sought feedback from residents about the kind of city they want to live in.
In June’s Budget, Council announced an annual $20 million commitment to fund much-needed community infrastructure such as community centres.