Liveable cities projects awarded to Logan City

Logan will soon be home to two projects showcasing the best in urban design, planning and renewal

April 12, 2012

Logan, one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities, will soon be home to two projects showcasing the best in urban design, planning and renewal, funded as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to make the nation’s major cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese says the first, the Logan Central Affordable Housing Demonstration Project, to be delivered in partnership with Logan City Council, will involve a new apartment complex catering for the area’s growing number of low-income retirees, newly arrived migrants and local hospital staff.

The project is part of the Council’s longer term plans to rejuvenate Logan Central by attracting a wider-range of affordable housing options, as well as jobs, public transport, retail facilities and recreational activities, to the area.

The second, the Meadowbrook Knowledge Precinct Project, will see Commonwealth funding to assist in the development of a long-term strategic master plan to guide future growth and developments around Logan’s major health and educational institutions.

Encompassing Griffith University, Logan Hospital, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE campuses, local bus and rail hubs as well as private developments along Loganlea Road, the project’s aim is to create an urban environment where new businesses will want to set up and where people will want to live, work and raise a family.

"From a national perspective, it’s a great example of the kind of cooperation between governments, as well as with the private sector, which will be required if we are to overcome the big challenges facing our cities such as climate change, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion and a growing, ageing population," the Minister says.

"Indeed, as one of the most urbanised societies on the planet, Australia’s future economic prosperity and social cohesion will depend largely on how successful we are at making our cities work better.

That’s why Federal Labor has ended the Commonwealth’s self-imposed, decade long exile from our major cities and is again engaging with the states and territories as well as local councils to bring about a much needed urban renaissance."

Both the Logan Central Affordable Housing Demonstration Project ($689,038) and the Meadowbrook Knowledge Precinct Project ($120,000) are being funded as part of the Federal Government’s Liveable Cities Program.

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