Logan was declared to be a new city in 1981, basing its administration on Wembley Road in Woodridge.
Woodridge was a settlement in Tingalpa shire just outside Brisbane. In 1949 it had been amalgamated into a new shire, called Albert, based around Beenleigh in the south that also included the Gold Coast hinterland. Albert's total population was just 7,261 covering 1,323 square kilometres (by air about 70kms x 19kms). However Woodridge and its surrounding area saw major development, especially after reticulated water was connected in 1963, and attracted a large number of migrant and poorer families through the assistance of the state housing commission. In 1978 Logan Shire was created, separating itself from Albert (& other) shires. In 1981 Logan Shire became Logan City. Since 1981 Logan has grown from 82,000 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. Note, from 1949, Beenleigh as previously mentioned was the centre of Albert Shire, along with the surrounding suburbs of Eagleby, Mt Warren Park, Windaroo, Edens Landing and Holmview. In 1978 they became the northern area of a much diminished Albert Shire — with the separation of Logan its population had shrunk from 72,000 in 1976 to 18,000. But the Gold Coast Hinterland now exploded in size and in 1991 the shire's population was right up to 144,000. In 1995 Albert Shire was dissolved and Beenleigh and those northern suburbs were amalgamated, along with the Gold Coast hinterland, into Gold Coast City. In 2008 Beenleigh and those suburbs were transferred from Gold Coast City to Logan City (despite protests from locals, who voted against being part of Logan).
Logan City's 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.
Click here for a geographical layout of these suburbs, showing which electoral division each one falls into.
Click here for current enrolments by division as at 31 Jan 2019. Total=190,682 voters.
|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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