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Community to remember Roger and Jill Guard

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor, Paul Antonio has announced a community event will be held in Toowoomba to remember those lost through the MH17 disaster, and to celebrate the contribution Roger and Jill Guard made to the local community.

“There has been a deep community response to this terrible tragedy and it’s important that we come together to express our grief and offer support and sympathy for the Guard family,” Mayor Antonio said.

“It’s difficult to comprehend that an incident of this nature on the other side of the world can have such a profound effect on our peaceful city of Toowoomba.

“Council is working with the Guard family to remember all those who have been affected but especially Roger and Jill Guard, as two of our own.

“Both Drs Roger and Jill were involved not only in the strong medical community we have here in Toowoomba, but more broadly in a range of community service and social groups.”

The event will be held Sunday, August 3 at 2.30pm at the Empire Theatre, Neil Street.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 23, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • State Miniseter announces new CCTV cameras to boost community safety,
  • International mountain bike championships to put Toowoomba on the map,
  • Works begin on Kwong Sang walkway.
  • How all pre-sold tickets will be honoured at this year's Flower Food and Wine Festival,
  • And keep the kids amused this weekend at free learn to skate program.

Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.



Transport strategy looks to the future

Toowoomba Regional Council's draft Toowoomba Region Sustainable Transport Strategy was launched today (Friday, July 18) for public exhibition.

The strategy is on exhibition until August 22.

Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said transport issues were often raised by residents.

"Traffic congestion and public transport are key issues in relation to future population growth and liveability within the region," Cr Taylor said. "Residents often ask me how we are going to cope with transport into the future."

"This new strategy sets out a vision and a range of actions to meet the future needs of our residents while maintaining the aspects of what makes Toowoomba a great place to live," she said.

Read more: Transport strategy looks to the future

Domestic waste collection route extends to Pampas area

Cr-Sommerfield---two-tanksPampas district residents will experience the convenience of a regular kerbside waste collection service starting later this month.

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Projects portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield, pictured, said the extended service route would start from July 30.

Cr Sommerfield said Council last week finalised an expansion of the domestic waste kerbside collection area for rural residents near Pampas, including parts of Brookstead and Condamine Plains.

"Following requests from a number of residents, the service has been expanded to include an additional 36 houses in the Pampas area," Cr Sommerfield said.

Read more: Domestic waste collection route extends to Pampas area

Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 16, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Public comment opens soon on draft Toowoomba Region Sustainable Transport Strategy,
  • New community arts centre nears completion,
  • Night work to begin on West Creek Channel Works,
  • See the world at Languages and Cultures Festival,
  • And all aboard the Clifton Railway birthday party.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Visiting children's author at Toowoomba Library

my-two-blanketsWhen Austrian-born academic Irena Kobald took her young daughter to play in a Toowoomba park, little did she realise the experience would inspire My Two Blankets, a heartwarming story of friendship and the difficulties of settling into a foreign country.

Irena will be visiting Toowoomba City Library on Wednesday, July 16 from 4pm until 6pm. Free tickets are available from the Library Help Desk.

Irena has lived and travelled in many countries. She came to Australia in 1982 and completed a B.A. (Honors) in Russian Language and Literature, a B.F.E.T and a Masters in TESOL. Irena is the mother of four children and has lived and worked in the Northern Territory for the past six years.

Council maintains stance on flood mitigation for city

Garnet Lehman ConceptFollowing the record breaking floods of 2010/2011, Council is working to implement a number of flood mitigation measures. This includes detention basins at Ballin Drive Park and Garnet Lehmann Park to improve flood mitigation as part of Council's wider Gowrie Creek Catchment Flood Mitigation project.

Related resources

1) East Creek detention basins - Questions and Answers

2) icon Minutes of Special Meeting of Toowoomba Regional Council 16 April 2014 (450.66 kB)

3) Powerpoint presentation >>  shared on Slideshare. 

4) icon The Chronicle – Gowrie Creek Catchment Management Strategy 19 April 2014 (1.18 MB)

5) icon East Creek Masterplan Executive Summary (3.43 MB)

6) icon Letter from the Premier of Queensland dated 28 June 2012 (93.91 kB)

7) icon Preliminary Design Concept for Ballin Drive Basin (2.63 MB)

8) icon Preliminary design concept for Garnet Lehmann Park basin (2.21 MB)

9) An 3D flythrough of the proposed Garnet Lehmann detention basin on Youtube.

Funding opportunities for regional initiatives

GrantsClownResidents and organisations seeking funding and assistance for their not-for-profit ventures are encouraged to apply now for Toowoomba Regional Council's Community Grant Programs.

These programs provide opportunities to gain funding or in-kind support for various initiatives.

New for this year is the Sports Tourism Event Grant Program, which supports eligible organisations to develop and deliver successful sport tourism events that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region's economic prosperity, community wellbeing and diverse lifestyle.

The Cultural and Arts Support Grant (CAS) supports aspiring artists, regional grassroots community arts and cultural activities. Applications will be accepted until August 1.

The Community Support Grant Program seeks to achieve a safe, healthy and equitable community, enjoying a quality lifestyle by providing support for projects that:

  • demonstrate collaboration and partnerships between community organisations,
  • encourage and assist community interaction and inclusiveness,
  • foster indigenous, multicultural and inter-generational understanding and equity,
  • support innovation, forward thinking and learning opportunities,
  • upgrade facilities to meet standards, regulations and community expectations,meet changing community needs and/or increase facility usage.

Applications close on August 1.

Other available programs include Events, Environmental and Sport and Recreation. Further details on each of these programs can be found here.

Please observe signs on Meringandan-Goombungee Road works

Motorists who use Meringandan-Goombungee Road are advised to observe traffic lights and signs while major upgrade work occurs at the Shirley Road intersection.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said work on the project would be completed in October, weather permitting.

Cr Taylor said the $1.4 million project included rehabilitation of the existing two lanes by raising the pavement 500mm, upgrading the intersection with the addition of turning lanes and installing additional stormwater units.

"Council also will extend and upgrade the existing concrete footpath, lighting and complete other road safety improvements," Cr Taylor said.

"Traffic control measures will be in place for the duration of the project. Concrete footpath work has been done during the school holidays to provide safe access for patrons during construction activities.

"When necessary, dust suppression and noise control measures will be used during the construction times from 7am to 5pm. Council is mindful of the disruption to normal traffic conditions and urges motorists to exercise caution near the road works on this busy thoroughfare. We ask all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these works are performed."

If you have any questions about this work or would like more information, please contact Council on 131 872.

New exhibition on show at TRAG

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is excited to present to Toowoomba a most ambitious touring visual art exhibition from Maitland Regional Art Gallery and supported by Visions of Australia, In[Two]Art.

Curated by Joseph Eisenberg, In[Two]Art presents new work by sixty of Australia’s leading artists (thirty artistic and life couples) drawn from across five Australian states and the ACT.

The exhibition features an impressive convergence of recent works from sixty significant Australian artists.

Read more: New exhibition on show at TRAG

Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 9, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Rainwater tanks manadatory on specified new buildings,
  • Careless drivers prompt safety warning at roadworks,
  • Revamped Milne Bay Aquatic Centre re-opens,
  • And how will Clifton residents celebrate a major milestone.

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1st time here and spent yesterday exploring the city. It's obvious the residents have a lot of pride in their city. Beautiful well kept houses gardens and verges. I don't think I've seen such a well kept town/city. Keep up the good work.

Richard (via facebook)

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