City of Logan families have received a welcome boost with increased funding in the 2021/2022 Community and Lifestyles budget for key programs and activities aimed at younger residents.
Nearly 27 per cent, or around 81,000, of City of Logan’s population is aged 17 or younger, according to the last Australian Census (2016).
KRANK, Logan City Council’s popular school holiday program for young people, has received a $40,000 boost in 2021/2022 to provide more free and low-cost activities for children aged from five to 17.
The first KRANK program in 2005 offered 36 activities attended by 647 participants.
More than 5000 young City of Logan residents took part in KRANK in the 2019/2020 financial year.
KRANK activities range from cooking classes and jewellery workshops to wakeboarding sessions, rocket science workshops and ninja obstacle courses. Some activities book out within minutes.
The increased funding in this year’s budget will be put straight to use with an expanded KRANK program offered for the upcoming June/ July and September/ October school holidays.
City Lifestyle Chair Councillor Laurie Koranski said youth were the future of the city and it was vital Council continued to support their development.
“Programs such as KRANK not only provide fun and healthy activities for children on school holidays, they also provide valuable support for working mums and dads,” Cr Koranski said.
High school students and school leavers are also offered incentives in this year’s budget. They include:
• More than $130,000 in funding for the Catapult Youth Entrepreneurship Program which helps build entrepreneurial skills
• Two Council-funded bursaries for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students keen on a career in town planning or civil engineering
• Increased access to library services through an extension of opening hours at Beenleigh, Jimboomba, Greenbank and Logan Village libraries.
Catapult was first delivered last year as a pilot to Loganlea, Park Ridge, Shailer Park and Mabel Park State High schools.
It involved 75 students with business and industry representatives serving as mentors and coaches.
“Catapult was quickly embraced by our local school communities and we are pleased to support it for another year,” Cr Koranski said.
The bursaries, collectively worth $68,100, will help the recipients attend university and study town planning or civil engineering.
Council will also provide a placement of 15 hours per week to support the completion of the students’ studies.
The City of Logan has a strong focus on youth and education.
Marsden State High School dominated the 2020 Australian Educator Awards. It was nominated in a record nine of 21 categories and won the coveted Australian School of the Year award.
The school’s Principal Andrew Peach was named as Australia’s Principal of the Year.
Other City of Logan schools including John Paul College, Mabel Park SHS, Canterbury College and Beenleigh SS, also featured prominently in various educational awards.