A new way to connect

Published: 12 May 2017

Another major step in the rejuvenation of Logan Central has begun with construction of a $2.1 million shared pathway.

The shared pathway and pedestrian crossing will connect Railway Parade to Logan Gardens and enhance access to the Logan Entertainment Centre and the Logan Art Gallery.

It will run between Woodridge State School and Logan City Special School, from Charles Avenue to Wembley Road, completing the link between the Woodridge Railway Station and Logan City Council Administration area.

Mayor Luke Smith said it was the first capital works project implemented under the Logan Central Master Plan.

The plan is guiding development in Logan, in keeping with the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031.

“The pathway will bring together some major elements of Logan Central and connect people to their place and community,” Mayor Smith said.

“It’s the first step on Council’s vision to improve connectivity in the City of Logan and make heavily patronised areas safer and more accessible for the entire community.”

The pathway became possible after the Queensland Government agreed to contribute $1.12m to the project and an agreement reached with Woodridge State School (through Education Queensland) to provide a 15-metre wide strip of land through its grounds.

Planning and Development Committee Chair and Division 2 Councillor Russell Lutton said such collaboration would advance the Logan Central precinct.  

“Council is committed to working with all levels of government to realise the full potential of the Logan Central Master Plan,” Cr Lutton said.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for partnering with us to take this first important step on the improvement of Logan Central.”

The Department of Transport and Main Roads contributed $733,000 to make the pathway user-friendly for cyclists.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the works demonstrated the Government’s commitment to building cycling infrastructure.

“These works are a part of our Cycle Network Local Government Grants program which has allocated $17.5 million to cycling projects across Queensland in 2016-17,” Mr Bailey said.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland, with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.”

Local Government Minister Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government had also contributed $338,000 in local government grant funding to the Logan Central project.

“I’m always keen to explore forward-thinking opportunities for boosting connectivity and liveability in local communities,” Mr Furner said.

Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick said it was an important investment in the Logan community.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s partnership with Logan City Council is also expected to deliver an additional 16 jobs in the Logan area, which is great news for the local economy,” Mr Dick said.

“It’s a good example of the community benefits that can be achieved when two levels of government work together, travelling in the same direction.”   

The pathway project will be enhanced by landscaping, lighting, CCTV cameras and the signalised pedestrian crossing, which will make Wembley Road safer for pedestrians and school children.”

Work should be completed by October this year, weather permitting.

Every effort is being made to minimise disruption during construction with project vehicles accessing the site from Charles Avenue via Woodridge State School.