Logan, Brisbane South, Queensland

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City of Logan is a local government area in South East Queensland, Australia. The city is situated between the City of Brisbane to the north and Gold Coast to the south. The city also borders the Scenic Rim, the City of Ipswich and Redland City.

It covers over 950 square kilometres and has a population of over 300k or over 6% of Queensland’s population. Over the next 20 years, Logan will continue to be one of the fastest growing cities in Queensland, with the population expected to increase by around  to 200k. Logan Council’s objective is to create at least 53k jobs to support this population growth.

Key industries in the city’s economy include manufacturing and retail sectors, professional services, property and real estate services, health and medical, construction, and agricultural industries. This already diverse economy has the potential to grow and diversify further while adding a stronger focus on technology and knowledge based industries. Given its central geographic location and available young workforce, Logan is ideally placed for continued growth in the South East Queensland region.

As a young city, Logan’s residential neighbourhoods are predominantly fresh and contemporary. New estates continue to flourish, giving locals a wide range of lifestyle options from leafy suburbs to bushland acreage. Many older suburbs predating the city’s short history have been revitalised through urban and community renewal partnership projects between Logan City Council and the Queensland Government.

Logan City has a wide range of work, education, transport (road and rail), medical and recreational facilities.

Logan City is a cluster of affordable suburbs midway between Brisbane City and the Gold Coast, and is well-connected by road and rail. It is a 35-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD and the Gold coast via the Pacific Motorway, but is also well serviced by buses and trains on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines.

As well as easy commuter access to employment hubs in the Brisbane CBD and Gold Coast, Logan also has has thriving commercial, retail and manufacturing precincts, as well as healthy service and wholesale industries. There are also light industrial precincts at Marsden, Crestmead, Slacks Creek and Loganholme, which continue to expand.

The area is especially strong on retail facilities. The Logan Hyperdome is among the largest shopping centres in Australia. Ikea has a large outlet in Springwood. The Logan Mega Centre has 28 retail stores which mostly offer household and furniture outlets, but also camping and sporting goods.

There are many schools. Griffith University established the Logan campus.

For nature lovers, there are regional parks beside the Logan River, walking and cycling trails through wetlands and bushland, and the Daisy Hill Koala Conservation Area (including the Daisy Hill Koala Centre). There are many places along the Logan and Albert Rivers to fish by pontoon, or to launch a tinnie or jet ski. Redland Bay, which provides access to Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island (home to Tangalooma Resort), is also within easy reach.

Logan’s appeal as an investment location is based on affordability, commuter train links, proximity to employment nodes, an attractive location halfway between the Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast, together with plenty of education, shopping and recreational options.

Queensland government broad hectare land profile (pdf) showing the location of larger land parcels (minimum 2,500 m²) to house future population, broken down into: higher density (over 20 dwellings/ha); urban residential (between 3 and 20 dw/ha); & rural residential (up to 3 dw/ha), and the timeframe for development.

Matusik August 2018 Logan City (PDF) has Logan City in the recovery/upswing quadrant of the property clock and estimates that the new housing market in Logan City is undersupplied by about 20%.

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