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Mayor and others accept Ice Bucket Challenge

VIDEO: Mayor Paul Antonio and other local politicians, sportsmen, media personalities and members of the community accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge this Friday, August 29 at midday. Please click on the link below to watch the video.

Preserving Pittsworth memories for a new generation


Do you have old photos or film that you'd like to preserve digitally?

A Fostering Digital Participation Project (FDPP) Information Night in preparation for a series of workshops on how capture memories digitally will be held at the Pittsworth Library next Tuesday, September 2.

The Living Lab workshops by a team from the Queensland University of Technology will introduce a range of digital skills including capture, editing and archiving of digital photographs, and uploading personal and community stories to a dedicated website.

The workshops, which are free, will also explore making connections digitally with other interest groups around Australia and internationally.

It is intended that the Living Lab will showcase many aspects of Pittsworth and the surrounding district.

All residents are welcome to attend the information night and following workshops.

Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014

The renowned Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014 will be held at the Jondaryan Woolshed on August 29 until August 31.

To find out more, please click on the video below.


Mayor takes up Challenge for a cause close to his heart

VIDEO NEWS: Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio and other prominent personalities will take up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the Village Green this Friday, August 29 at 12pm.

Click on the video below to watch

Residents urged to take extra care during magpie season

UnknownWith the advent of their breeding season, some magpies have started swooping residents across the Toowoomba region.

Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said this activity was a timely reminder to ask residents to be extra vigilant, as a small proportion of male magpies demonstrated aggressive territorial behaviour while protecting their eggs and young.

“The magpie breeding season can start as early as July and usually lasts until December, but it’s the peak period from late August to October where magpies prove the biggest problem to residents,” Cr Englart said.

“While some magpies can cause injuries to passers-by, there are a few simple ways everybody can help to avoid being attacked, including the following:

·         Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses or shelter under an umbrella to protect your face from swooping magpies,
·         If a magpie swoops while you are cycling, it will probably stop if you get off your bike and walk,
·         And avoid ‘defence zones’ by taking alternative routes during the breeding season,

“Research suggests that most aggressive magpies have previously had negative interactions with humans; people have thrown stones or sticks at them, their chicks or nests. So it is important that people don’t harass the birds as this will only make them more aggressive.”

Cr Englart said residents were reminded that the birds were protected under Australian law and cannot be harmed. Anyone doing so faced a significant fine and possible jail sentence.

“Understandably, individuals in the community express concerns and demand action from council to address swooping magpies, and we have set out a protocol that we will follow,” Cr Englart said.

“If we receive a complaint about a magpie in our parks or along our roads, we will conduct a preliminary assessment of the location where the magpie nests and take appropriate action relevant to the risk.

“In most cases we will erect warning signs so that people are aware of the risk and can adjust their behaviour accordingly. In rare situations an extremely aggressive bird may be caught by a licensed catcher and relocated to an unpopulated area.

“As such, we ask parents to keep a careful watch on younger children and to wear a hat and eye protection if heading into a known nesting area. Also, carrying an umbrella can be a great deterrent.

“As well as warning park users, we also need to remind residents that magpies nesting in street trees often swoop cyclists and this may startle a rider. So, please take extra care when cycling on any of the tree-lined roads or those that border our parks,” Cr Englart said.

“If any residents wish to raise an issue with council about magpies this season, I’d ask them to call our Customer Service Centre on 131 872,” she said.

Cr Englart said more information on magpies was also available from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection at or by calling 13 74 68.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 27, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Council trials new 'wave' of parking meters,
  • Tee-rrific idea to put city in the swing,
  • Pools set to re-open in time for spring,
  • Four world champion shearers to go head-to-head at Jondaryan Festival,
  • Mayor Paul Antonio to join Shane Webcke in icy encounter,
  • And nominate a worthy Australian.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Lake Annand to undergo repair work

LakeAnnandImportant maintenance work will begin at Lake Annand Park next week (Monday, August 25).

The large lake will be drained on Sunday (August 24) in order to catch any fish and return them to the Bird Habitat area.

During the next fortnight, the wall area of the lake and the surrounding pathways will be repaired.

The small lake with the fountain will remain full during these works for the public and wildlife to enjoy.

If residents have any questions regarding this project, please call Customer Service on 131 872.

Tee-rrific idea to revolutionize city

GolfClubDetentionBasinToowoomba Regional Council and the City Golf Club have hit upon a plan to revolutionise the city's recreation habits.

The plan involves the building of a "missing link" in the cycleway network through the golf course and developing a state-of-the-art driving range on the Wilf Gowlett Detention Basin.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the in-principle agreement with the City Golf Club was a win-win for all involved.

"The project will see the Water Street flood detention basin revitalised into a top-sporting class facility with no detrimental impact on the flood mitigation capacity of the basin," Mayor Antonio said.

"Council believes this innovative project will improve the lifestyle and amenity of the whole city," he said.

City Golf Club initial plans are to have a practise/warm up area in place for the Coca-Cola Qld PGA Championship in February.

Eventually the new driving range will feature undercover hitting bays, an automatic ball dispensing machine, safety netting, landscaping, kiosk and amenities.

Read more: Tee-rrific idea to revolutionize city

Council trials next “wave” of parking meters

ParkingWeb1Parkers at some CBD off-street car parks will shortly be able to simply "wave and pay" as Toowoomba Regional Council trials the next generation of contactless payment enabled parking machines in the Central Business District.

The new machines – which will be installed in the Central and Neil/Annand Street Car Parks tomorrow afternoon – will allow parkers to pay all-day parking tariffs by credit card.

TRC Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said the introduction of this new technology was the first step in a journey to revolutionizing parking in the CBD.

"Dredging the bottom of pockets, ashtrays and handbags will be a thing of the past, although the machines will still be able to accept coins," Cr Taylor said.

"The new parking machines will provide commuters with options of paying by coins, PayWave technology and credit card for eight hour parking," Cr Taylor said.

Read more: Council trials next “wave” of parking meters

Better quality water for Crows Nest, Hampton from new Pechey Water Treatment Plant

2-New-Pechey-treatment-planThe taste of water flowing from the newly commissioned Pechey Water Treatment Plant will be a matter of personal opinion for Crows Nest residents, and Hampton residents shortly, but the water quality will be a vast and measurable improvement on past supplies.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Water and Waste Projects portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield today joined TRC Water Project Services officers and project contractors UGL Engineering for the official commissioning of the $3.6 million Pechey plant.

Read more: Better quality water for Crows Nest, Hampton from new Pechey Water Treatment Plant

Time to get Australia Day nominations in

AustraliaDayAwardsToowoomba Regional Council Australia Day Organising Committee chair Cr Anne Glasheen is urging residents to "take advantage of a quiet period" to nominate outstanding residents for the 2015 Australia Day Awards.

"There is hardly a week that there isn't something on the calendar for the Toowoomba region,'' Cr Glasheen said. "But with winter winding down before the onset of Carnival of Flowers celebrations now might be the time to begin a nomination of one of our local neighbourhood heroes."

"The clock is ticking and the deadline to nominate someone for an Australia Day Award is October 31 – so now's the time to act," she said. "That may seem like plenty of time ... but trust me, the time between now and then will just fly by."

Cr Glasheen said Australia Day Awards were an opportunity to recognise those "neighbourhood heroes" who have worked tirelessly for the betterment of their community.

"These people serve as an inspiration to others and we are eager to see them acknowledged for their efforts," Cr Glasheen said. "If you know somebody who has stepped up in sporting endeavours, community work, artistic or cultural activities ... then make sure you nominate them for an Australia Day Award."

Read more: Time to get Australia Day nominations in

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