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This election is going to be a very interesting one, because the majority of the Council will be made up of new faces. Getting in "new blood" won't be an issue, but I think it will be important to consider the candidates who have council experience, so there are at least some people in there with an idea of how things work.

We have three Mayoral candidates with experience (one a former Logan Mayor, one a Logan Councillor of 22 years experience (one of four not facing charges) and one former Federal MP); while 3 previous divisional councillors (3 of the 4 who are not facing charges) are running for re-election.
 

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This election is going to be a very interesting one, because the majority of the Council will be made up of new faces. Getting in "new blood" won't be an issue, but I think it will be important to consider the candidates who have council experience, so there are at least some people in there with an idea of how things work.

We have three Mayoral candidates with experience (one a former Logan Mayor, one a Logan Councillor of 22 years experience (one of four not facing charges) and one former Federal MP); while 3 previous divisional councillors (3 of the 4 who are not facing charges) are running for re-election.
Totally agree. I've found it funny how many candidates for both mayor and councillor have some version of the same slogan: 'fresh start', 'fresh ideas', 'a new way', 'a new start', 'fresh leadership'. But most notably I laughed when I went on John Freeman's website (former mayor from 2000 to 2006) and his slogan was "a new way forward for Logan".
 

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^^ Haha!!! "Back to the Past" might have been more apt for Freeman.

At least Darren Power has something a bit less generic (albeit a bit corny) - "Power up for Mayor 2020"
 

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I've tried to get an understanding of what each candidate stands for and it's all pretty light on detail. Mostly rhetoric about improving everything but freezing rates increases. I looked on the ECQ website under the donation register for each of the mayoral candidates. https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/donations-and-gift-disclosure/disclosure-of-political-donations/published-disclosure-returns

Darren Power has $135K (all donated by his wife from a joint account)
John Freeman has $0
Stewart Fleming has $9,600
Brett Raguse has $13,447
Paul Taylor has $0

Makes you wonder how much a campaign would actually cost and what they're spending it on other than corflute signs.
 

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I don't know if any of the candidates have been advertising in local newspapers (Logan & Albert News, Jimboomba Times), but if they were then that would be a considerable cost. The corflute signs are not cheap and I've certainly seen a lot of Darren Power, Stewart Fleming, and Paul Taylor signs, but none from John Freeman. Interestingly I noticed Lisa Bradley's signs (Division 1) were in black and white, which I've not seen before but I'm sure it would be cheaper.

For me, if any candidate includes the promise of a 'rates freeze', that instantly rules them out of my consideration. I don't think Logan's rates are excessive, but to actually deliver on that promise would be a massive hit to the Council's budget. The real result of a rates freeze is either fewer services are being delivered or less infrastructure being provided.
 

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Lisa Bradley actually has two different signs. One is black and white and came out early Dec and a new colour one that makes her look completely different came out in late Jan. I've never seen a candidate have two different signs.
 

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^^ I don't know for certain, but I think the Black & White ones are old signs that Lisa is reusing, so I assume the colour ones would be new ones to supplement/replace the old ones.
 

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What I want from the next Logan City Council is some genuine improvements to buses in Logan. Not just services out to the newer areas like the new-ish 535 route but improvements to existing routes as well. Obviously they can't be BCC or GCCC with the resources those councils get for public transport (mostly because they aren't anywhere near big enough) but surely there is room to improve bus services in the places where improvements are necessary.

And for those who say "demand isn't there" I point you to routes on the northern gold coast around Coomera. Some time when I first moved to QLD and was staying with family in the Upper Coomera area (so that would have been late 2013/early 2014) there were changes to the bus services in that area that (among other things) reduced the hours of operation of the services through that area (e.g. this was when the 721 was created).

At the time I actually heard from people using the old services that the changes meant they would no longer be able to use the bus due to the shorter hours of operation.

I suspect there are bus routes in Logan where if the hours of operation, the routing or the frequency were improved (and the changes communicated widely) it would result in people taking the bus post-change who don't currently take the bus (which is always a good thing)
 

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^^ While I do agree with what you are calling for, do remember that LCCC doesn't have any direct control over local bus operations, in the same way that BCC does. Logan could perhaps make a greater financial contribution to Translink, which I believe Gold Coast does, but in the end it is Translink that calls the shots.
 

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Totally right Nathan.

To date Logan has taken a hands off approach to public transport. I agree with Jon that I would like to see council be more active in promoting and improving transport outcomes for the city, and if that means introducing a transport levy, as done by Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, then so be it. For context, Gold Coast's levy is $126/year, while Sunshine Coast's is $43/year.
 

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Does anyone know where and how I go about doing pre-poll voting in the Logan council elections? I will be in Toowoomba for a LEGO show on election day (no reports from either the club or the venue that its been canceled so I intend to continue as though its actually going ahead) and need to vote early.
 

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Does anyone know where and how I go about doing pre-poll voting in the Logan council elections? I will be in Toowoomba for a LEGO show on election day (no reports from either the club or the venue that its been canceled so I intend to continue as though its actually going ahead) and need to vote early.
^^Brisbane Election Thread---> Search for your Early voting venue here
 

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Is there a candidate for mayor in Logan that isn't anti-development and saying things like "we promise more community consultation when it comes to development in Logan and we promise to ensure developers don't get to do whatever they like" (which sounds a lot like code for "we will listen to anti-development NIMBYs and put their wishes ahead of sensible sane developments")

Of course there probably isn't a mayoral candidate in the state that could get elected if they didn't at least make some kind of "we are going to listen to the community when it comes to high rise development" type statements...
 

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^^ There will be a lot of that for the simple fact that the previous Mayor is facing charges of official corruption related to receiving gifts from a local developer which weren't officially declared.

Remember that suburban development is a different kettle of fish to urban development, and in a lot of cases being straight pro-development isn't always a positive thing. Suburban development can equal urban sprawl.
 

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^^ There will be a lot of that for the simple fact that the previous Mayor is facing charges of official corruption related to receiving gifts from a local developer which weren't officially declared.

Remember that suburban development is a different kettle of fish to urban development, and in a lot of cases being straight pro-development isn't always a positive thing. Suburban development can equal urban sprawl.
Which is a problem that Logan has been accused of - particularly in the last 4 years (i.e. approving urban sprawl through Logan Reserve and Park Ridge).

I've certainly seen divisional candidates who are explicitly pro- or anti- development, however most of the mayoral candidates seem to walk the beam to appease both constituencies.
 

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Considering all the land development going on in places like Jimboomba and elsewhere pushing the urban sprawl out even further (and going into places where there aren't transport links, services, retail etc and that therefore further entrench car-dependence) I can see that having a mayor who will just green light anything might not be such a good idea. But by the same token, a mayor who is clearly against higher density development (even in places where such development is appropriate such as around transport hubs) is not a mayor I want to vote for.
 

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Work is commencing on The York:

State, council approval paves way for April start on Beenleigh office building

Work will start next month on the first major office building in a decade in Beenleigh in a project that will generate hundreds of new jobs.


An artist's impression of The York, Beenleigh’s first major commercial office development in a decade.

CONSTRUCTION will start next month on the first major commercial office development in Beenleigh.

InvestLogan and Alder Developments have received development approval from State Government and local council to proceed with The York, at 96-98 York St.

The approval allows for an underground carpark and a winter garden overhanging the street.

InvestLogan Chairman Steve Greenwood said the approval for the seven-storey building was an exciting step forward for project partners and the people of Beenleigh.

“We are extremely pleased with this outcome and look forward to getting the project under way in what will be a catalyst for the revitalisation of Beenleigh,” he said.

“The built form of the development pays tribute to Beenleigh’s rich history, urban structure and rural setting in both building form, colour and materials.

“The development is designed to provide a modern interpretation of the distinctive character of Beenleigh’s historic buildings with elements like the winter gardens protecting the street like an awning, while enabling passive surveillance of the active spaces and streetscape.”

The York will have 156sq m of ground floor retail, 452sq m of study or home office space and 4003sq m of office space as well as two levels of underground carparking with 10 short term car parks for public use.

It is the first new major commercial office building to be constructed in Beenleigh in the last decade, the project is expected to bring 140 new full-time jobs and 100 construction jobs to the area.

General manager of Alder Developments Greg Tupicoff said preliminary works have commenced to prepare the site for construction and he anticipates work will start in April.

John Lane access and York St access will remain open to pedestrians and vehicles throughout the construction period.
https://www.couriermail.com.au/busi...h/news-story/46b63a8285aebdd69cc7ffc7ad0d631b
 

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Couriermail.com.au---Beenleigh’s first big office development in a decade breaks ground to deliver $40m economic and jobs bonanza


Construction has begun on a seven-storey office development south of Brisbane that will deliver 100 jobs during construction and an estimated 140 full-time jobs once complete.

Phil Bartsch, The Courier-Mail
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WORK has begun on the first major office development in Beenleigh for a decade sparking a $40 million economic and jobs boom for the area. More than 100 jobs will be created during construction of the seven-storey building The York and an estimated 140 new full-time jobs once it is complete in late 2021.

Ground was broken on the development this week after project partners investLogan and Alder Developments were granted approval last month from State Government and local council.
Logan City mayor Darren Power said the project was creating jobs “at a time our local economy and local construction businesses needs them”.
“A key priority for the new council is driving local job creation and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The development at 96-98 York St has been designed by Conrad Gargett and comprises 4003sq m of commercial space as well as four SOHO (small office or home office) apartments, 156sq m of ground floor retail space and an underground carpark. Stacked wintergardens with a cascading array of greenery will drape from the building’s facade.

Conrad Gargett director Tony Jemmott said The York draws upon and contributes to the character of Beenleigh and its historic rural environs while setting a new standard in design for the city.
“The ground level integrates small scale commercial and retail spaces, linking York St to John Lane via a pedestrian only laneway that connects directly to Beenleigh Town Square.
“As a laneway culture develops, The York will become a hub of activity and ultimately a visitor attraction.”

InvestLogan chair Steve Greenwood said the start of construction on The York signified the next stage in the evolution of Beenleigh.
“The design and delivery of catalytic projects like The York will contribute to the revitalisation of Beenleigh and encourage further private sector investment,” he said.
 

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We have a proposal for the old Australia Post facility at Underwood.


First Look: Masterplan reveals massive redevelopment of former Australia Post site at Underwood
A developer’s masterplan for Australia Post’s former sprawling Queensland distribution centre near Brisbane has been revealed, and it includes townhouses, a tavern, medical centre and buildings up to eight storeys.

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Artist's impression of proposed redevelopment of former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.

Artist's impression of proposed redevelopment of former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.

A MELBOURNE-based developer has staked its biggest claim in Queensland with medium-term plans for a massive mixed-use development south of Brisbane.

Victorian Investments Management Group has paid $26 million for the former Australia Post Queensland distribution centre, which sits on a sprawling 9.78ha site at Underwood.

It comprises an existing 24,873sq m industrial facility, which was home to the postal service for 25 years until its distribution operation was relocated to Redbank late last year.

The Beenleigh Rd property changed hands in a recently settled transaction and a development application already has been lodged for the redevelopment of the site.


Aerial view of the former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.

Aerial view of the former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.

A detailed masterplan submitted with the application reveals a proposed mixed-use precinct with residential lots and buildings up to 8 storeys as well as a village green.

It includes a tavern, a 2 to 3-storey medical centre, 133 townhouse lots, a 7-storey 56-apartment building for short-term accommodation, two 8-storey retirement living buildings with a total of 204 apartments and an 8-storey aged care facility

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“Our intention is to land bank the site for the short to medium term and we are in discussions with a number of tenants to take advantage of the considerable logistics infrastructure onsite.”


Masterplan for redevelopment of former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.

Masterplan for redevelopment of former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.

Mr Primus said a development application had been lodged with the proposal featuring medium density residential — including retirement/aged care — along with commercial, medical and retail uses.

“We chose the site because of its location, positioned in the Brisbane’s southern growth corridor and alongside Underwood Marketplace Shopping Centre” he said.

The substantial holding at 1677 Beenleigh Rd was taken to market via an expressions of interest campaign by Simon Beirne, Anthony White and Brendan Hogan from Colliers International.

“A range of industrial groups as well as local and offshore developers showed strong interest in the property thanks to its Specialised Centre zoning which allows for flexible uses,” Mr Hogan said.

Artist's impression of proposed redevelopment of former Australia Post distribution centre site at Underwood.



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