Community services Minister Tracy Davis visits Logan

Logan MP Michael Pucci, area manager of Able Australia Jimboomba Caddies Ann Abkins and Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracey Davis tour the centre's  
food pantry last Wednesday.
Logan MP Michael Pucci, area manager of Able Australia Jimboomba Caddies Ann Abkins and Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracey Davis tour the centre's food pantry last Wednesday.
Logan MP Michael Pucci, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracey Davis, Able Australia Jimboomba Caddies volunteers Peter Bowler and Ray Connell and area manager Ann Abkins tour the centre's food pantry .

Logan MP Michael Pucci, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracey Davis, Able Australia Jimboomba Caddies volunteers Peter Bowler and Ray Connell and area manager Ann Abkins tour the centre's food pantry .

THE state minister for community services and disability toured Logan last week, visiting a Jimboomba charity which has been stretched to its limit.

Hosted by Logan MP Michael Pucci, Tracy Davis visited The Spot at Browns Plains, Autism Queensland at Sunnybank Hills and Able Australia Jimboomba Caddies.

Able Australia area manager Ann Abkins said the minister made a good impression at the centre.

"It was really good, really fruitful," she said.

"She has two good ears and listens beautifully."

Ms Abkins said she raised concerns about high unemployment, domestic violence, lack of public transport, and the need for youth services and support accommodation in the area.

She said the minister spoke about upcoming changes to the way funding will be distributed among service providers.

"The way that it's divided between providers is going to change," Ms Abkins said.

"I believe smaller providers will have to look at merging with bigger groups."

Ms Davies said she was surprised to hear demand for services at Able Australia had increased two-fold in recent months.

"It's been wonderful to have the chance to understand what the services here are dealing with," Ms Davies said.

"One of the parts of my job that I cherish, is to speak to the frontline services."

It was Ms Davis' second visit to the Logan electorate, with the first being in the aftermath of last February's devastating floods.

"It's wonderful to be able to come down, seeing how the community has rebuilt."

Mr Pucci said Able Australia provided a good example of community-driven social services.

"This is one of the things I wanted (the minister) to see," Mr Pucci said.

"It's the community helping the community."

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