Cr Don Petersen and former Mayor Pam Parker displaying limited edition Logan Village anniversary stamps in 2013.
Cr Don Petersen and former Mayor Pam Parker displaying limited edition Logan Village anniversary stamps in 2013.

Tributes flow for former Queensland councillor

TRIBUTES are flowing for former Logan City councillor Don Petersen, who committed suicide on Wednesday.

His family, wife Nola, and children Lennan and Karla, paid their respects to their dad and husband on Facebook.

"We have some upsetting news to share," the post said.

"Sadly, Don committed suicide on Wednesday evening after a 10-year battle with depression. "He was loved and will be sorely missed."

Mr Petersen served for 14 years on Beaudesert Shire Council from 1994-2008 and on Logan City council from 2012-2016 as chairman of the roads and water committee.

After unsuccessfully contesting the 2008 Beaudesert Shire council elections, he worked for YFS (Youth and Family Services) in Logan Central and helped establish the Helping Out Families program at Beenleigh/Nerang for The Benevolent Society.

He also served two terms as Logan Village Falcons president, organising the club's transition from a soccer club to an all sports club, including soccer, tennis, darts and netball.

In 2012, he ran for Logan's Division 4, currently held by Cr Laurie Koranski, and was elected to Logan City Council.

 

He campaigned on "Roads and Community", and was made chairman of Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee of Council.

He oversaw a huge increase in expenditure and several major road upgrades and also designed the concept for the GRASS (Gravel Roads and Shoulder Sealing) program.

Since leaving council, he maintained his involvement in community groups from the old Beaudesert Shire, and also became involved with groups in Beenleigh, Mt Warren Park and Windaroo.

Some of the projects that occurred were the new Geoff Philp bridge linking Logan Village to Chambers Flat, developing the Community Centre at Logan Village, including retaining and relocating the historical buildings and assisting with building the Clubhouse for the RSL/LV Riding Club and Logan Village Soccer Club.

With Carol Flanaghan, he was responsible for bringing the Bendigo Community Bank to Logan Village.

 

A photo from February 2013 with Woodlands Neighbourhood Watch Clean Up Australia Day North Area Co-ordinator Emma Workman (left) with South Area Co-ordinator Linda Casbolt (right) and Logan Cr Don Petersen (centre).
A photo from February 2013 with Woodlands Neighbourhood Watch Clean Up Australia Day North Area Co-ordinator Emma Workman (left) with South Area Co-ordinator Linda Casbolt (right) and Logan Cr Don Petersen (centre).

He helped set up the steering committee, undertook the due diligence for establishment of the bank and served as vice president for several years.

He and wife Nola lived in Jimboomba for nearly 30 years and both their children attended Logan Village State School and Canterbury College.

Former mayor John Freeman led the tributes.

Mr Freeman said during the time he was mayor, Mr Petersen worked to improve the rural residential characteristics of the area.

"It was a great pleasure when I was Mayor of Logan to work with a man who had his community at heart and was continually endeavouring to make their lives better as a councillor in the Beaudesert Shire Council and also Logan City," Mr Freeman said.

"As someone who knows what hold depression can have on someone, I am very sad that Don was not able to fight off the Black Dog.

"Don Peterson's legacy will live on in the community that he cared for with passion."

Details of Mr Petersen's memorial service were still being finalised.

 

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Cr Don Petersen and former Mayor Pam Parker displaying limited edition Logan Village anniversary stamps in 2013.
Cr Don Petersen and former Mayor Pam Parker displaying limited edition Logan Village anniversary stamps in 2013.