The roads around the city will be giving some cash to improve them after the release of the latest budget along with drainage upgrades, improved street lighting and the continuation of the beautification program.

$241.5 million will be used over the next 12 months to continue improving the city’s infrastructure and work on being ready for continued growth.

Council’s budget also commits $200,000 for the Southern Gateway Motorway business case to examine a link between the Logan Motorway and industrial and enterprise hubs at Berrinba, Crestmead, Park Ridge and North Maclean.

The proposed new motorway would connect the City of Logan with Port of Brisbane and support freight movement to Sydney and Melbourne.

As part of Council’s focus on being a ‘growing city’, the budget also funds urban streetscaping, updated residential building practices and further development of the Logan Plan 2025 to guide a new era of growth.

More than half a million people will live in Logan in the next 15 years, and the budget launches a range of projects that build on recent key infrastructure upgrades.

The roads and drainage spend over the next year follows recently announced plans for the first phase of an upgrade to the Teviot Road and Middle Road intersection at Greenbank, and completion of a $6.2 million bridge replacement at Scott Lane, North Maclean.

Loganlea Road will be widened to six lanes between University Drive at Meadowbrook and the M1.

Mayor Darren Power
Mayor Darren Power

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power said it was important the business case for the Southern Gateway Motorway began as soon as possible.

“This is an essential connecting motorway which would support our fast-growing city and booming industry sector for the next 25 years and beyond,” Councillor Power said.

“Suburbs including Berrinba and Crestmead offer enormous manufacturing, warehouse and employment potential, but the development of these areas has been hamstrung by an over-reliance on Wembley Road and the Mount Lindesay Highway.

“We need to get this motorway built and we are pleased to contribute this money to take the first step.”

Council will spend up to $600,000 – $50,000 per division – on its public spaces over the next 12 months and has allocated a further $1.8 million for the following financial year.

The money will go towards a city beautification program to refresh landscaping, paint murals and stencil concrete paths and areas.

Council will spend $50,000 over the next two financial years to extend a smart lighting technology trial across the city.

Solar-powered smart controls on light poles measure lighting output and allow Council to optimise levels.

The 2022/2023 Budget will also resource Council to better target residential site building practices by expanding its Construction Taskforce Team.

The move will ensure better environmental protection, particularly in fast-growing suburbs including Park Ridge, Flagstone and Yarrabilba.

The taskforce will monitor building sites and respond to complaints from the public on issues including unsecured building materials and site run-off reaching local waterways or crossing other properties.

Other growth-inspired projects funded in this year’s budget include:

  • $8.8 million for the Wastewater Network Renewal and Improvement Program
  • $1.52 million for cleaning and maintaining culverts, stormwater gullies and open drains
  • $617,000 for cleaning the 1375km of footpaths across the city
  • $115,000 to restore the Strategic Land Acquisition program, which helps unlock employment opportunities in key development areas
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