Alliance brings Logan community together
This week more than 300 members of community organisations, including churches, unions, ethnic associations and charities, met in Logan to discuss and seek action on their shared issues.
The meeting of the Queensland Community Alliance, held at St Francis College School Hall in Crestmead, aimed to mobilise community groups and help make the Logan community safer.
During the meeting, three key outcomes were achieved:
- A Working Party of State Government MPs and Logan City Council Councillors was created. Building on and linking into the Logan City of Choice Transport Sub-committee, this working party was charged with finding innovative local solutions to public transport, and reporting back to a Queensland Community Alliance public meeting on 10 March 2016.
- A new participatory public safety initiative was announced. A proposal for Safe Havens were endorsed by Logan City Council and the Queensland Police Service, and scores of Logan residents pledged to visit their local shops and storefronts to recruit them to act as guardians for safety around their shops.
- More than 20 organisations pledged to take action to address the outcomes of children aged 0-8 in Logan, by informing all their members in Logan of the Logan Together Collective Impact project, and organising wider civil society. This pledge was matched by Queensland Minister for Communities, Shannon Fentiman, who committed $75,000 in funding this financial year to the Logan Community Group Alliance to organise Logan civil society towards this goal.
The Queensland Community Alliance is a perfect example of what can be achieved when community groups join together and take action on shared issues.