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Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan_____

Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan - Tract

Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan

Completed by Tract Consultants on behalf of Logan City Council, the Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan is a comprehensive document outlining a series of strategies and interventions to address current barriers to access and utilisation of the Logan River.

Building upon opportunities identified in the earlier Logan River Vision 2017-2067 (Tract Consultants and Logan City Council, 2017), the document aims to unlock the River’s potential contribution to the community, economy, and ecology of the Logan Region. The Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan includes:
  • thorough Background Investigations of the existing access and connectivity network, surrounding context, and detailed audit of all parks adjacent the river;
  • a Gaps and Opportunities Analysis identifying opportunities and challenges along the river;
  • a series of Recommendations, concept plans, and visualisations; and
  • a detailed Prioritisation Framework and associated Multi-Criteria Assessment Tool.
The project is noteworthy for the scale and level of detail involved, factors that required innovative leveraging of both traditional and unconventional data acquisition and filtering techniques in the project’s early investigative phases. Encompassing the entirety of the 103 kilometres of Logan River frontage in the City of Logan and all areas within 2 kilometres either side of its banks, the study included both quantitative and qualitative assessments within this approximately 412km² region. These analyses consisted of large-scale mappings, detailed evaluations, audits, and thematic overlays. GIS datasets, site visits on and along the river, review of historical recordings, and consultation with Logan City Council representatives and relevant stakeholders captured much of the required data. Additional information was obtained through the deployment of novel methods including computational filtering of online collaborative open-source mapping services, and data extraction from social media APIs.

The Logan River can support multiple key recreational activities along its length: activities which will contribute to the physical and social health of the community, and a collective sense of ownership of the river. Successfully developing these opportunities requires tactical investment in the facilities, amenities, and infrastructure needed to support these activities and connect people to the river. With this in mind, the project carefully identified and considered significant gaps and opportunities associated with the City of Logan’s existing networks and infrastructure, and those identified through a study of the river and its immediate context. This phase of the project acted as a detailed diagnosis, identifying key activities that could occur on and along the river, gaps where access and connectivity could be improved, and locations where investment in infrastructure would be beneficial moving into the future.
The evaluation and diagnosis of the project and discussion with Stakeholders informed recommendations for long-term visions for the Logan River as a whole, and specific strategies to be implemented within seven reaches along its length. These recommendations targeted social, environmental and economic concerns, and included both guiding principles, as well as concise and highly localised advice for discrete interventions. Concept plans, photos, diagrams, tables, text, and 3D visualisation were all used throughout the report to coherently communicate these concepts and illustrate how ideas might be realised.

A Prioritisation Framework was included in the document to rationalise its recommendations into achievable actions, and provide a means of enabling input from relevant stakeholders. This framework further developed the recommendations, providing a guideline for the delivery, timing, and value of the 75 x potential projects extracted from the Concept Plan. The framework outlines specific actions required to implement each project, and prioritises these according to an evaluation against critical performance measures contained within a Multi-Criteria Assessment Tool developed for the study.

This prioritisation of the projects occurred during a workshop in which key stakeholders nominated by Logan City Council used the assessment tool to rate each project. The result of this process was 14 projects which emerged as priority projects. It is intended that the Prioritisation Framework and associated Multi-Criteria Assessment Tool function as living documents, to be utilised in the future to realign the Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan with changes in political thought, priority directions and community support.

The Logan River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan effectively synergises ideas into strategies and actions. Moving towards 2067, it will act as a blueprint to guide future planning, investment and the delivery of on-ground actions to achieve the long-term vision for the Logan River. Since completion the document, Logan City Council has begun implementing its strategies. In addition, the methodology is being repeated and applied to the Albert River Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan, commenced in April 2019.

In recognition of the demonstrated leadership and strategic directions outlined within The Logan River: Accessibility & Connectivity Concept Plan, the project has received the 2019 Queensland Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning. This award follows on earlier success and commendation at the 2018 Logan Urban Design Awards for the initial overarching strategic piece; The Logan River Vision.

This ongoing partnership with Logan City Council continues to grow from strength to strength, unlocking key aspirations, regional collaborations and future vision directions for the Greater Logan region.
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