Queensland's chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter visits Logan social enterprise Substation 33

LOGAN VISIT: Chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter and Substation 33 founder Tony Sharp. Photo: Supplied
LOGAN VISIT: Chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter and Substation 33 founder Tony Sharp. Photo: Supplied

QUEENSLAND’S chief entrepreneur Steve Baxter has described Logan’s flooded road warning signs as a great example of social enterprise helping the community.

Mr Baxter toured Substation 33, a social enterprise that recycles electronic waste for innovative uses.

“I’ve been blown away, I’ve seen some amazing things down here today,” he said.  

“Obviously the flooded road signs they’re doing which is fantastic, right through to the recycling of the computer hardware through to the 3D printing.”

Mr Baxter was shown projects the team at Substation 33 works on, including the award-winning flooded road smart warning system signs that council has installed across the city.

The low-cost, solar-powered flashing signs are triggered automatically if a road, where they are installed, floods. Flood information on council’s website is also automatically updated.

Substation 33 founder Tony Sharp said it was exciting to have someone of Mr Baxter’s standing to visit their Kingston site.

“To have Queensland’s chief entrepreneur in this building for us is a really big day,” Mr Sharp said.

“It’s a great day for Logan and a great day for Substation 33.”

Mr Baxter also met with representatives from Logan City Council’s innovation and city transformation branch.

Mayor Luke Smith said the creation of an innovation hub in Logan was a key topic of conversation.

“We want to make Logan an innovation powerhouse and it was great to have Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur come to Logan and hear us talk about our plans for the future,” he said.

“Mr Baxter’s experience and standing in the start-up community makes him the perfect sounding board for our ideas to drive Logan forward in this space.”

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