Queensland election 2017: Logan City Council probes election candidates

Yarrabilba Community Association president Clinton Neumann, Logan Country Safe City president David Kenny, Paul Bailey from Multilink and Logan councillor Laurie Koranski.
Yarrabilba Community Association president Clinton Neumann, Logan Country Safe City president David Kenny, Paul Bailey from Multilink and Logan councillor Laurie Koranski.

LOGAN City Council has probed state election candidates about their position on transport and community infrastructure.

The council invited business owners to hear candidates promises and meet up with those standing for election.

Independent candidates who took to the stage Hetty Johnson and Gregory Bradley, candidates for Macalister and Logan candidate Daniel Murphy.

Independent candidates who took to the stage Hetty Johnson and Gregory Bradley, candidates for Macalister and Logan candidate Daniel Murphy.

The event was held as part of the council’s FairShare4Logan campaign launched earlier this month.

A council spokesperson said candidates were asked to share their views on the five priorities of the campaign: Mount Lindesay Highway, M1 Motorway and extension of the South East Busway, Waterford Tamborine Road, Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail and infrastructure for growing communities.

Jordan candidate Steve Hodgson.

Jordan candidate Steve Hodgson.

The spokesperson said council had launched the FairShare4Logan advocacy campaign to mobilise the community ensure Logan received its fair share of state funding for major roads and public transport, and services for emerging communities.

Mayor Luke Smith said Logan had not received its fair share of funding.

Beenleigh Yatala Chamber president Karen Murphy, who represented Logan businesses, and Logan Country Chamber president Kerry Menck.

Beenleigh Yatala Chamber president Karen Murphy, who represented Logan businesses, and Logan Country Chamber president Kerry Menck.

“We need urgent investment in key major roads and public transport, and timely delivery of health, education and well being services in our growing communities,” he said.

“Following the success of our federal government advocacy campaign last year – which helped secure funding for the first part of a fix for the M1 at Eight Mile Plains – we’re moving our focus to the state government.

Councillors Jon Raven and Laurie Koranski hosted residents at the council's breakfast.

Councillors Jon Raven and Laurie Koranski hosted residents at the council's breakfast.

“We want political party leaders and candidates in Logan to know what’s important for our community.”

Through a council-run website fairshare4logan.com.au people can vote for important infrastructure and priorities.

Council have asked candidates to commit to:

Mount Lindesay Highway

  • Invest $10 million for a business case that will deliver a comprehensive plan for upgrades
  • Priority funding for construction of an end-to- end solution.

M1 Motorway and extension of South East Busway

  • Invest $16 million for a business case to deliver a comprehensive solution for the M1, including:
    • upgrading the northbound lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale
      upgrading the remaining section from Rochedale to the Logan Motorway
      extending the South East Busway to Loganholme
  • upgrading the northbound lanes between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale
    upgrading the remaining section from Rochedale to the Logan Motorway
    extending the South East Busway to Loganholme

Waterford Tamborine Road

  • Invest $7 million to $10 million for detailed design and project funding to upgrade the road between Anzac Avenue and North Street (Logan Village)
  • Invest $10 million for a business case to upgrade the remaining length of the road from North Street (Logan Village) to Kingston Road/Albert Street (Waterford)

Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail

  • $5 million to bring forward a business case to provide a passenger rail service
  • Infrastructure for growing communities (including priority development areas of Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone)
  • Commitment to:
    • health services and facilities to meet community demand
    • support high quality education facilities from early years through to high school
    • support development of a community hub in the south-west
    • the right level of police services in the south-west
    • places to gather and hold events in our community.
  • health services and facilities to meet community demand
  • support high quality education facilities from early years through to high school
  • support development of a community hub in the south-west
  • the right level of police services in the south-west
  • places to gather and hold events in our community.