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Discovery Centre Will Showcase Our Waterways

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A $5.5 million Riverine Discovery Centre – designed as an educational facility and a tourism destination – is planned to be built overlooking the Albert River at Eagleby.

The Centre would offer a range of activities aimed at improving understanding of City
of Logan waterways and increasing community use of the Albert and Logan rivers.

The Riverine Discovery Centre could provide or include:

  • Environmental education
  • Outdoor nature-based activities
  • Historic displays
  • Community hub
  • Café and river-view dining
  • Commercial water‐based activities

The 2021/2022 Community and Lifestyles budget allocates $400,000 towards
planning and design of the project.

Construction of the Centre over the following two years is contingent on Council
receiving funding through the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland
Community Stimulus Program.

The project will be partly funded, by the Environmental Levy.

It is estimated the Centre could add up to $1 million annually to the local economy
through visitor spending and will provide jobs during construction and throughout its
operations.

Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said community feedback showed
residents and visitors want more opportunities to use City of Logan’s waterways.

“The Logan and Albert rivers are already popular for fishing, kayaking, riverbank walks and looking for platypus,” Councillor Raven said.

“A Riverine Discovery Centre would allow the community to learn more about getting
the balance right between protecting and enhancing our waterways while opening
them up for more recreational use.”

Division 12 Councillor Karen Murphy said a Riverine Discovery Centre would be an
ideal complement to Eagleby’s popular Albert River Parklands playground.

“I am very excited about Eagleby having facilities where families can have fun while also learning about protecting our environment and waterways,” Cr Murphy said.

A Riverine Discovery Centre is among several initiatives in the 2021/2022 Budget
that aim to encourage residents to spend more leisure time in the city and increase
day-trip visitation from other parts of South East Queensland.

Additional initiatives to increase city tourism include:

  • Measures to encourage more footpath and laneway dining
  • Parks enhancements to boost tourism
  • Upgraded mountain bike trail management

To boost the local restaurant scene and encourage more footpath and laneway dining, Logan City Council will waive application fees for new operators and existing restaurants wanting to expand into al fresco dining.

Council will also waive annual licence fees for existing and new dining operators.

Up to $1.8 million in funding for major projects will see the enhancement of a diverse range of parks and open spaces to increase tourism and provide healthy, active recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

Funding allocated to Council’s mountain bike trail management operations, more than $400,000 over the next five years, will be used to upgrade and maintain existing tracks in line with Australian Mountain Bike Trail Guidelines.

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