Elected representatives from all three levels of government were in attendance at Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen’s Community BBQ in Middle Park, Boronia Heights.
The event was well attended by over 40 Boronia Heights and Greenbank residents and State Member for Logan Linus Power, Logan City Councillors Jacob Heremaia (Division 8), Tim Frazer (Division 7), and Natalie Willcocks (Division 11) were present.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen held the event after several residents had raised issues around crime, hooning and a lack of activities for youth with his office.
“I am incredibly honoured to represent this community, and I want to thank residents for attending and sharing their concerns with me,” Mr van Manen said.
“This was an opportunity for leaders from every level of government to get together and listen to residents and take their feedback on board. It’s what we’re elected to do.”
A number of residents raised concerns around congestion and public transport.
“The Logan West community is growing at a tremendous pace, and the transport infrastructure needs to keep up with demand,” Mr van Manen said.
While roads and transport are primarily the responsibility of State Governments, Mr van Manen acknowledged residents’ concerns about congestion, road safety and public transport.
“The Morrison Government is investing $100 billion dollars in key infrastructure projects across Australia to deliver jobs, productivity improvements and economic growth for all Australians,” Mr van Manen said.
“Locally, this includes $30 million for upgrades to the Mt Lindesay Highway, $11.3 million for Chambers Flat Road upgrades and $10 million for the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail business case.”
“This is all a part of our plan to get residents home sooner and safer.”
Responding to concerns around crime and hooning, Mr van Manen encouraged residents to actively report incidences to police.
“I strongly encourage anyone who witnesses hooning or antisocial behaviour to report incidences to police. This will help them investigate and allocate resources appropriately,” Mr van Manen said.
“Residents can call the hoon hotline on 134 666 or Policelink on 131 444. It’s important to have as much information about the vehicle as possible to assist police, including registration, make and model, year, colour, body type.”
Mr van Manen acknowledged and thanked his State and Local City Council colleagues for attending.
“I look forward to having similar events in other areas of the electorate over the coming months,” Mr van Manen said.
Council backs police in fight against hoons
Hoons will be targeted in a new plan by Logan City Council to restore peace and quiet to the suburbs.
Council has allocated $250,000 towards proactive measures to stop hoons on local streets.
Council will develop a Hooning Action Plan through an Anti-Hooning Task Force comprising several councillors.
The task force will prepare terms of reference for the plan to allow Council to support the Queensland Police Service in the fight against this significant community problem.