Logan City Council is home to more than 280,000 people from more than 185 different cultures. It's a youthful, vibrant community where around 50 per cent of the residents are aged 30 or younger. Logan's residential areas range from older, leafy suburbs to urban housing developments, new residential estates to established acreages.
Part of the city's appeal is its location. Ideally situated between Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast, it provides easy access to some of South East Queensland's premier business and recreational destinations. There's a lively restaurant and café scene, plus the opportunity for employment in one of the region's thriving light industries.
Wyong's field workers innovative use of forms on standard mobile phones even integrates with TRIM document management! Over the last thirty years Wyong Shire has been transformed. Sydney's urban sprawl, a freeway and faster public transport have brought this New South Wales Central Coast Shire within daily commuting distance of Sydney.
This new mobility has changed the way residents access and interact with local services. Where once upon a time a local would have raised a rates query in person at the council chambers, today many residents prefer to use their mobile phones or computers. Email, texting, Twitter and Facebook are the preferred tools and channels for many of the young home buyers moving to the area.
In the far north of the New South Wales coast, just shy of the Queensland border, lies Tweed Shire. Covering more than one thousand square kilometres it's an area of outstanding natural beauty and an appealing sub-tropical climate. It's little wonder that the outdoor life holds sway, that tourism and hospitality are two of the region's biggest employers, or that it has one of the fastest growing populations in New South Wales.
One effect of the region's constant stream of visitors and new arrivals is that information about local services and events is in high demand. Tourists want to know whether beaches are open and safe. New householders want information about development approvals, garbage collections and library hours.
Australians like their sports. We like to listen to them on the radio, watch them on television and we like to see the game in person. Many of us are ardent fans who want to learn all there is to know about our teams.
Twenty-five years ago, sports supporters found much of their information in printed club newsletters and magazines. Filled with facts about upcoming events, major fixtures, player profiles, sponsorships and junior codes, such publications fed the supporters’ hunger for background information but they lacked immediacy, making them a poor source of news. To find out the team line-up for next weekend or to learn the latest about a player injury, fans had to rely on the sports section of their daily newspaper.