Before he became a Queensland rugby league star, Parker was learning to kick a footy in Loganlea and playing juniors at Logan Brothers.
Parker recently moved his family back to Logan, to the leafy and family-friendly suburb of Cornubia.
“My wife Margaux and I both share a passion for renovating properties so during the early stages of our relationship we moved around fairly often,” Parker said.
“When the kids started coming along, we had to think beyond the house we wanted to do up and look at what was around it.
“It’s got a leafy outlook, is close to bushland and walking or riding trails.
“There are plenty of good schools nearby, as well as great access to shops, local sports clubs and local parks for the kids to play in.”
Parker said although the city had changed a great deal from his younger days, it had kept the sense of community he remembers growing up.
“Logan has certainly grown and there are new roads, housing estates in places that used to be paddocks,” he said.
Lifestyle and location are Logan’s best assets.
Situated between the city, the coast and the country, Logan has excellent access to South-East Queensland’s beaches, bay islands, the hinterland, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Logan has plenty of hidden secrets on its doorstep too.
Whether it’s the Eagleby and Berrinba wetlands, the Logan and Albert rivers, the Daisy Hill Conservation Park or one of the 900-plus parks, there are plenty of places to explore.
The best thing about the Logan lifestyle is that it remains affordable for both families and retirees.
Construction is underway in the master-planned communities at Flagstone and Yarrabilba, new townships that will attract tens of thousands of new residents in future years.
These new communities are bounded by protected green corridors that will continue to preserve the semi-rural outlook enjoyed by residents in many parts of Logan.
The City of Logan is also home to some of the region’s leading schools, giving families a diverse choice of education options for children, from primary right through to university.
School leavers weighing up their university choices don’t have to look too far from home either, with Griffith University campuses close by at Nathan and Loganlea.