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Council News - April 16, 2014

This week's video news segment includes the following:
  • Council unanimously adopts East Creek masterplan,
  • Mayor explains detention basin decision in a one on one exclusive interview,
  • Council looks for a 'sign' from residents,
  • Glenvale State School to host councillors on April 30.
  • And where to find the best Easter events in your region.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.




Council maintains stance on flood mitigation for city

Toowoomba Regional Council maintained its commitment to better flood mitigation in the city at a special meeting of Council today.

Council sought further community feedback following public concern around the construction of detention basins at Ballin Drive and Garnet Lehmann parks as part of the overall flood mitigation strategy for the city.

Today Council confirmed it will proceed with implementing the East Creek Master Plan and the basins in a unanimous decision.

Read more: Council maintains stance on flood mitigation for city

TRC's outstanding rates, charges down $2 million in past year

A supportive and collaborative approach to rates and charges is paying dividends for Toowoomba Regional Council.

A significant improvement in outstanding rates and charges was noted at today's (Tuesday, April 15) April Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Finance and Business Strategy Committee Chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Mike Williams said the value of outstanding rates and charges was down around $2 million compared with the same time last year.

Outstanding rates and charges totalled $10.8 million (5.87%) at 31 March 2014, compared with $13 million (8.8%) at the same time in 2013.

"Our arrears figures have been improving in dollar and percentage terms in recent years," Cr Williams said.

Read more: TRC's outstanding rates, charges down $2 million in past year

New members for Access and Disability Advisory Committee

Toowoomba Regional Council this week announced the successful applicants for the Regional Access and Disability Advisory Committee.

Sandra Coffin, Robin Meredith-Bramwell and Simon Edwards were appointed to the committee at today's Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Access and Disability Advisory Committee spokesperson Cr Sue Englart said Council received 21 nominations to fill the three vacant positions, which reflected the depth of interest in the role the committee was fulfilling in the community.

Read more: New members for Access and Disability Advisory Committee

Council looks for a ‘sign’ from its residents

Toowoomba Region Council is asking residents to express their support for the unique aspects that sum up their little piece of paradise.

Council has allocated $750,000 to update entrance signage throughout the region and is asking residents to go to its website and "Have Your Say" on what best reflects their town.

The new entrance signage will include an overall Toowoomba Regional Council design and logo and unique image or 'icon' that highlights the individual identity of each town or locality where they are installed.

Read more: Council looks for a ‘sign’ from its residents

Anyone for tennis? Spend a weekend exploring Toowoomba

There is something for everyone in Toowoomba over the Easter long weekend.

Each year the city plays host to the nation’s largest alcohol and drug-free music festival Easterfest, but Toowoomba Regional Council tourism and events portfolio leader, Councillor Geoff McDonald, said the city has a range of events to cater for all tastes.

Read more: Anyone for tennis? Spend a weekend exploring Toowoomba

2014 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale

Ross-Savill-hdaTickets are on sale from today (April 14) to the 2014 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

Toowoomba's Ross Savill, pictured, a HumeRidge Church of Christ Youth Pastor, is the guest speaker at this year's 22nd annual fundraiser.

The function is on Tuesday, May 13 at Rumours International, 323 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Doors open from 6am with proceedings finished by 8.30am.

Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for school-age children.

Tickets can be purchased at all Council Customer Service Centres from 8.30am to 5pm.

Tickets also can be bought by calling 131 872 or online at www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/breakfast

Read more: 2014 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale

Normal service for public holiday kerbside collections

Kerbside waste collection services continue as normal across Easter and Anzac Day public holidays.

Trucks could call earlier than usual, so please place bins on the footpath the night before. Opening hours continue as normal at respective waste facilities.

Waste sites remain open on Good Friday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day.

More information about waste hours and recycling is available at www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/waste and www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/bins

Commemorative services a prelude to Anzac Day events

M-MemorialCommemorative services in Toowoomba this weekend are a solemn prelude to Anzac Day services to be marked across the region on Friday, April 25.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Toowoomba at a commemoration service at the Toowoomba Garden of Remembrance and Crematorium Wall of Memory on Sunday, April 13. The service starts at 8am.

Mayor Antonio will lay a wreath on Sunday afternoon at the Solemn Service of Remembrance at the Cross of Sacrifice, Memorial Wall, Toowoomba War Cemetery at the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. This service starts at 3pm.

Read more: Commemorative services a prelude to Anzac Day events

Steve Parish opening Crows Nest Gallery photo exhibition

CN-nature-photoA photographer who has seen and photographed some of Australia's most remote locations and unique flora and fauna is the special guest at a contemporary photography exhibition opening at the Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery this weekend.

Renowned Australian nature photographer and publisher Steve Parish will open Angle of View from 1.30pm on Sunday, April 13. Please RSVP to attend the official opening by calling the Gallery on 4698 1687.

The exhibition of contemporary works by Queensland-based photographers Anna Gee, David Nielsen, Greg Harm and Judi Neumann will be displayed until May 4.

Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery is participating in the annual Queensland Festival of Photography 5 run by the Queensland Centre of Photography.

Read more: Steve Parish opening Crows Nest Gallery photo exhibition

Video News: Wetalla Treatment Plant upgraded

Why are people from around the world coming to our region to see the Wetalla Treatment Plant?

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Portfolio Leader, Cr Nancy Sommerfield, and Council principal engineer, Will Higgins, explain more in this video (click on the link below to watch):

 

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