Declared to be a new city in 1978, basing its administration on Wembley Road in Woodridge. Woodridge had previously been a settlement in the Tingalpa shire just outside Brisbane that had seen major development after WW2, attracting a large number of migrant and poorer families between 1963-1978 through the assistance of the state housing commission. Since 1978, Logan City has grown to 300,000 residents.
Situated between the City of Brisbane to the north and the City of Gold Coast to the south, the City also borders the Scenic Rim Region in the south west (Beaudesert), the City of Ipswich in the west, and Redland City in the east. It is divided into 70 suburbs and 12 divisions, for which a councillor is elected to each of the latter. Note, half the suburbs have less than 3500 residents, many have less than 500 residents.
According to Wikipedia, commercial hubs are
Its other populous suburbs include Beenleigh in the south, where they grew sugar cane and cotton in the 1800s, a struggle, and opened a rum distillery in 1884. Its main rural towns are Jimboomba and Logan Village. Logan City does have the dubious reputation of being Queensland's poker machine capital with over 2,000 machines in 41 registered sites.
The city facilitates much of the transport between Brisbane and the Gold Coast with all of its popular surfing beaches. Gold Coast's population has exploded since 1950, apparently from 29,000 in 1950 to 675,000 in 2018. Back in 1960, the Pacific Highway was still a two-lane section at Loganholme's and Coomera's river crossings, there was no bypass at Beenleigh, it was not until 1971 that the Pacific Highway became four-lane all the way to Helensvale. Then in 1985 the South-East Freeway was completed through to the Pacific Highway at Springwood, bypassing Logan Road all together.
In 2018 Logan City's motorway network is extensive: in the city's north-east, the Logan Motorway joins the Pacific Motorway at Loganholme, while the Mount Lindesay Highway in the west and Sydney–Brisbane rail corridor cross the city along a roughly central north-south axis.
New developments are Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone. Griffith University has now established a Logan campus in Meadowbrook which is being developed into a specialist area based around health, research and education.
In 2016, Luke Smith was elected mayor of Logan, but Cherie Dalley is currently the Acting Mayor of the city after the Minister for Local Government suspended Smith while allegations of serious integrity offences are investigated.
Click here for a geographical layout of these suburbs, showing which electoral division each one falls into.
|Beenleigh||8000||Sugar Cane Farms in 1866. Beenleigh Mitre 10 MEGA opened in 2004|
|Browns Plains||6309||First settled in 1840. Early history shows it was used for Tobacco Farming. Westpoint Shopping Centre opened in 1984 followed by the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre in 1994|
|Flagstone (part of Jimboomba)|
|Flinders Lakes brand new suburb 2016 in Logan City|
|Glenlogan brand new suburb 2017 in Logan City|
|Kagaru||Little development - split between Scenic Rim (Beaudesert) and Logan|
|Kairabah||Currently unoccupied formed from Yarrabilba|
|Kingston||10539||With many dairy farms in the area, a butter factory was opened in Kingston in June 1907. A piggery was established nearby in 1926 and pigs were fed on the buttermilk from the factory. Click here for further history.|
|Lyons mostly undeveloped|
|Monarch Glen brand new suburb 2016 in Logan City|
|Mount Warren Park||5665|
|Park Ridge South||1778|
|Riverbend brand new suburb 2017 in Logan City|
|Rochedale South||15317||Strathlands shopping centre opened in 1970 but was later renamed Rochedale Shopping Village then Split from Rochedale 1979|
|Silverbark Ridge brand new suburb 2016 in Logan City|
|Undullah very little developed||On 20 May 2016 the eastern part of Undullah (within Logan City) was excised to create the new localities of Flinders Lakes and Monarch Glen and part of the new locality of Flagstone|
|Veresdale||Old cotton plantation|
|Woodridge||12000||Surveyed as a small town, Booran, after railway line opened for freight purposes in 1888. Woodridge Railway Station opened to the travelling public in 1917.|
|Yarrabilba too low to be counted|
Note, many of these figures are from a 2011 census. In 2016 the population was 303 thousand.
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