Implementing progressive social and economic regeneration in Logan City.
Despite reputation and stigma Logan City is also a place of great vibrancy and opportunity.
Dave Adamson now works with Compass Housing Services in Newcastle, New South Wales, as Research and Development Manager. Compass is the largest Community Housing Provider (CHP) in Australia and will shortly take over management of an additional 4,800 homes in Logan City, Queensland. Unlike the UK where ‘stock transfer’ was with title, the general pattern in Australia is for management only transfer, without title, for a fixed term. Compass will manage the Logan City housing portfolio for the next 20 years.
Compass has partnered with BlueCHP, another not-for-profit CHP to create a new organisation, Logan City Community Housing (LCCH), which will mange the housing within a framework, the Logan Renewal Initiative (LRI). This commits LCCH to managing existing housing, developing new housing and delivering the socio-economic renewal of social housing communities. Deep Place in Logan will be delivered in this context, which provides fertile ground for the implementation of Deep Place economic strategies.
With a population of one million within an area of 1,000 square kilometers
Logan City is a satellite of Brisbane, located to the south between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. With just over one million population, the City authority covers nearly 1,000 square kilometers. Logan has become a by-word for poverty and social exclusion, with core parts of Logan City in the 2nd percentile of disadvantaged suburbs in Australia. The community has a diverse ethic population with significant indigenous and refugee communities. The social housing portfolio is dispersed across the city but with key concentrations in some 5 suburbs.
Despite reputation and stigma Logan City is also a place of great vibrancy and opportunity. With a progressive city authority promoting key initiatives such as Logan City of Choice and Logan Together, there is ample opportunity for progressive social and economic regeneration. Logan City of Choice is effectively a Total Place type strategy with a strong resemblance to the ‘coalition for change’ in the Deep Place approach. Logan Together is a multi-agency ‘early years’ intervention to overcome educational and family barriers to social inclusion. Logan City also has a highly developed social enterprise sector with over 50 active members of a Social Enterprises network providing a wide range of services to the community.
Despite reputation and stigma Logan City is also a place of great vibrancy and opportunity. With a progressive city authority promoting key initiatives such as Logan City of Choice and Logan Together, there is ample opportunity for progressive social and economic regeneration.Dave Adamson
Engaging with a complex housing community
The LCCH Community Development and Deep Place Plan will commence following transition of the housing stock from the state department to LCCH later this year. An active period of community development activities will be delivered to engage with a complex housing community with high rates of crime, domestic violence and substance misuse. Tenant forums will be established and LCCH is in the process of recruiting and training a group of ‘tenant ambassadors to provide a link to the various communities in the housing portfolio. Deep Place activities will include:
- Social procurement practices delivered by LCCH and Lakes, the primary housing repairs contractor.
- Targeted recruitment and training of Compass Tenants with specific programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders tenants
- Partnership with existing, and development of new social enterprises, to provide employment and training opportunities
- Identification of new economic activities, with local food production attracting current interest
The detailed Deep Place Plan will be for a period of 10 years and will be developed in a co-production exercise with Logan City residents.