The Park Ridge Economic Precinct along Mount Lindesay Highway became available for purchase in August 2021, with lots up to 3 hectares in size selling for commercial development.
The developments were projected to bring an additional 13’000 jobs to the Park Ridge area.
Logan City Council division eight councillor Jacob Heremaia said community benefits included more job opportunities for people living in Park Ridge and surrounding suburbs.
“It makes getting into the job market a lot easier, especially for some of our young people,” he said.
Another community benefit would be increased funding for public recreational spaces.
“When these developments happen, developers have to give money to council, and we use that money to upgrade local infrastructure.
“It’s because of the development in our area that we’ve been able to afford to fund stage one and two of Rosia Park, which will be an Australia-first wheeled sports facility.”
Savills commercial sales agent Will Carmen said nine large lots currently owned by Ingham Property Group were available to purchase and subdivide.
“It’s commercial land for commercial businesses to occupy, such as childcare centers, medical centres, warehousing, industrial areas, and offices,” he said.
“Any party would be able to either lease the land, or buy and occupy the land.”
Park Ridge State High School work education transition officer Wendy Howard was skeptical that the developments would benefit the local school.
Mrs Howard said about 8 years ago, Yarrabilba developers agreed to employ a percentage of Park Ridge State High School students through traineeships and apprenticeships, but it was not followed through.
“I get very annoyed at big companies who give our kids promises, and give our kids hope, and then turn around and slap them in the face,” she said.
“We have all this land, and developers come in and they promise the world – they promise it to the local governments so they can get government support, but often it doesn’t get followed through.”
Mrs Howard said that while the Park Ridge population was growing, she hoped the Park Ridge Town Centre and other local businesses would survive against bigger companies arriving in the area.
“I’m not saying it’s a bad thing … if it delivers what it says it’s going to deliver, that will be awesome,” she said.
“We’ve got a lot of kids doing it really tough, so we need those new companies to come on board and accept the fact that they’re part of our community now, and they have a responsibility to these kids.”
Mr Heremaia said the balance between economic benefits and environmental and wildlife impacts was considered by the council when assessing applications from commercial and suburban developers.
Although Logan was one of the greenest cities in South-East Queensland, Mr Heremaia was fighting for stronger environmental protections in division eight.
“What really breaks my heart is going down Park Ridge Road and seeing wildlife, and roadkill after roadkill after roadkill – it’s really, really bad.
“Some good local news that I’m working towards is installing some more environmental protection.”
Wildlife protection would potentially include installing light-up wildlife signs and extending the “invisible fence,” along Park Ridge Road, which alerts wildlife of oncoming cars through high-frequency soundwaves.
In 2020 the tree canopy in Logan increased by about 5%, with 30,000 trees funded through an environmental levy and 70,000 funded through development projects.
“100’000 trees were planted this year alone.
“Even though all this development is going on, there are things that the council are doing to make sure we look after our wildlife, and to make sure that our environment is protected,” Mr Heremaia said.
Mr Heremaia encouraged members of the community to contact their councillor as a first point of contact for any local issues or concerns regarding local developments.
“Just reach out to your local member; if you’re in division eight, reach out to me,” he said.
“I’m happy to talk, I’m happy to have a meeting, I’m happy to come out on site and come out to a local park in my mobile office.”
Locals can also voice their support or objections towards certain developments online through the Logan City Council Development Applications at logan.qld.gov.au/development-applications-1/development-applications-2