Bipartisanship on Logan's mental health services ahead of federal election

MENTAL health services in Logan will get a boost no matter who is elected at the upcoming federal election, according to Logan City Council treasurer Trevina Schwarz.

BUDGET VERDICT: Cr Trevina Schwarz said noth sides of politics have put mental health services on the agenda.

BUDGET VERDICT: Cr Trevina Schwarz said noth sides of politics have put mental health services on the agenda.

Cr Schwarz welcomed the Coalition's $520,000 commitment to extends Individual Placement and Support Trials at the Meadowbrook Headspace facility and Labor's promise to build a new Headspace at Logan.

"We're pleased that both sides of politics have increased funding for mental health services. It's an area that I'm passionate about and it's good to see a bi-partisan approach to increasing access to services," Cr Schwarz said.

Cr Schwarz said employment opportunities for young people was the number one issue for Logan residents.

"Our young people are the Logan leaders of tomorrow and it's important they have all the support they need to be the best they can be," she said.

"Ask any young person or parent in Logan and they'll tell you their number one concern is a lack of employment opportunities.

"Ask any small business owner and they'll tell you how hard it is to find, and keep, apprentices."

The Coalition promised new apprentices will receive $2000 after 12 months if they remain in their trade with an extra $2000 available for people taking up skill shortage trades including baking and bricklaying.

Labor pledged to offer 150,000 new apprenticeships and increase TAFE investment.

Cr Schwarz said these incentives would encourage more people to choose a trade.

"...And the increase in the asset write-off threshold is another win for small to medium businesses," she said.

Logan City Council has identified an upgrade to the Mount Lindesay Highway and the Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail service as key priorities for the federal election.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $30 million for Mount Lindesay Highway upgrades to be matched by the state government.

Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey is yet to match the funding and told the Jimboomba Times that a $75 million federal contribution was needed to deliver a genuine upgrade.

The federal budget did not allocate funding for Cross River Rail, which would be needed to make Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail possible.

However, the Queensland government has since announced it will fully fund the $5.4 billion project.

Logan City Council has called on the state government to bring forward the 2041 timeline to complete passenger rail.

To see council's full federal election wish list visit fairshare4logan.com.au.

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