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June 21, 2019 by admin

Logan’s mayor Pam Parker wants to prioritise education, re-training, housing and migrant settlement programs to create a two-year plan for the city at a forum in February.
Nanjing Night Net

Cr Parker called the meeting in the wake of a family feud that began over damage to one family’s car, triggered days of frustration in the Logan suburb of Woodridge and ended today when one family moved to the Gold Coast.

Now details for a two-day forum – being called “Logan: City of Choice Forum” – are being hammered out so the meeting can be held between the state and federal parliament sitting weeks in February.

At the two-day forum, Logan City Council, the Queensland and federal governments will be set objectives for two years based on views of the community.

Day one will be a “ministerial roundtable” of both federal and state government ministers, while on day two planners will hear from community groups and community leaders in Logan.

“We are calling it City of Choice because it is about turning the issues in Woodridge around and creating a city of choice for people to invest and live,” Cr Parker said.

Tackling unemployment and housing problems in Woodridge were the immediate, short-term step, Cr Parker said.

Logan City’s unemployment dropped from 7.7 per cent to 7.3 per cent in the June 2012 quarter. But Woodridge has unemployment of 18.4 per cent – three times the Queensland average of 6.1 per cent.

“It has extremely high unemployment and it needs to have a strong focus on employment opportunities,” she said.

Cr Parker said the state government was addressing housing.

“We have the housing taskforce where the [state] government is looking at the revitalisation of housing commission properties in Logan and that particular suburb, Woodridge, as well,” she said.

Housing and Public Works minister Tim Mander is overseeing this project, set up by previous minister Bruce Flegg.

Similar revitalisation projects in Inala, southwest of Brisbane, and the Ipswich suburb of Churchill have been successful.

“That’s the type of thing we are looking for,” Cr Parker said.

“There is a housing working group that has been established that is looking at the revitalisation of Woodridge.”

Unemployment and training must be addressed by the federal government, she said.

“Unemployment, I would like to know what can happen at a federal level. I want to know what skilling and training they can put in place for the long-term unemployment,” she said.

She said Logan also wanted to explore education options and had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the education department to look at more innovative ways of teaching.

“We have learned that with a multicultural community like ours, one style of learning does not fit all,” she said.

“And the classes will be based on language literacy and ability rather than age -related.”

Cr Parker said Logan City Council would manage the forum, but said all levels of government must be involved.

“We want to bring a whole-of-government approach to this. We will co-ordinate it, but we want the different levels of government to take ownership for their areas of responsibility,” she said.

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