‘Western Logan Voters’ Group Aims To Give Residents A Voice
What started as a Facebook Group to engage neighbours on the issue of property resumptions along Chambers Flat Rd, has taken on a life of its own as council elections activated the interest of locals along the Mt Lindesay Hwy corridor of Logan City.
The Facebook Group, now called Western Logan Voters, was founded by Chambers Flat resident Ant Aitken, whose parent’s property was being effected by land resumptions to widen and improve Chambers Flat Rd. But over the last few months, it has grown far beyond his neighbourhood and now includes Divisions 4, 7, 8, 9 & 11 of the Logan City Council.
“For most people, talking politics at the pub or home is frowned upon because we know we aren’t going to agree on everything and it tends to cause division. But I was brought up to talk politics respectfully around the dinner table. We disagreed regularly (and still do) but we try to argue the point first and foremost. I found there were others who wanted to do the same, and as we started sharing the substantive issues, more people participated“, Mr Aitken said.
The group has become a place for residents to share their concerns and discuss local issues. From individual property issues to regional development, environment, transport and infrastructure issues, people are starting to get informed as they explore ways to improve the area.
“At one of the mayoral events, John Freeman reminded me of a concept I’d learnt in University: Participatory Democracy. I think we can get better outcomes for the community when we discuss them as a community and participate in the democratic process. I realised not many of my neighbours agreed with me on some of my perspectives and that is ok. I’ve been able to understand where they’re coming from and what they believe, and we are seeking positive solutions.”
While local council issues have been the focus of discussion in the lead up to the March 28 council elections, a state election is on its way in October and the group has turned its attention to broader issues.
See the ground rules for the group and apply to join by searching ‘Western Logan Voters’ in Facebook.