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Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 20, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Kwong Sang laneway on track to be completed in time for the Carnival of Flowers,
  • Better water quality in store for Hampton and Crows Nest residents,
  • Newly addopted Pest Management Plan now available online,
  • Final days to have your say on the future of transport in the region,
  • And Laurel Bank Hall to host Community Engagement Forum next week.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Change of time for Ruthven Street-Chalk Drive resurfacing

Resurfacing of the Ruthven Street-Chalk Drive intersection will take place in the week beginning 25 August 2014 as part of the Outer Circulating Road (OCR) Victoria Street extension project.

The work was originally planned for 18-20 August but the timing has been changed to allow a section at the corner of Russell and Railway streets to be done at the same time.

The resurfacing is part of the current works at the intersection which have included stormwater upgrades and service relocations.

The Ruthven Street-Chalk Drive intersection is part of the State-controlled New England Highway.

The intersection will be closed at night to allow milling and asphalt works and line marking on Ruthven Street, between Chalk Drive and Campbell Street, and on a short section of Chalk Drive near the intersection. The works will take place over several nights between 6pm and 6am from 25 August, subject to weather and site conditions.

Traffic will be diverted to allow the works to take place safely.

Light vehicles travelling northbound on Ruthven Street will be diverted via Bowen Street to Neil Street to Campbell Street then back on to Ruthven Street.

Southbound traffic will be diverted along Campbell Street to Neil Street to Bowen Street and then back on to Ruthven Street. Heavy vehicles will be detoured via Jellicoe Street, West Street and James Street. Variable Message Signs and other signage will be in place to alert motorists to the changed traffic conditions.

To receive regular updates on the OCR project, register your interest with council by calling 131 872 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information about the project can also be found on council's website: www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/ocr

Turn over a new page for Book Week

BookWeek1Toowoomba Regional Council encourages children and their families to enjoy a range of activities around the region's libraries for Book Week.

Book Week is a very important time in Toowoomba Regional Libraries and activities range from displays of books to storytelling sessions with pre-school and school age groups.

It is a chance to share our love of books and showcase the extraordinary talent of Australian authors and illustrators.

All fun sessions are designed to help primary school children develop vital literacy and numeracy skills in a social atmosphere. This links closely with the 2014 Book Week theme, Connect to reading – Reading to connect.

Learning language and other skills at a young age can give children the ability to cope and connect with more formal lessons and the building blocks for success at school.

Other regular library activities use LEGO for a variety of games to create words and rhymes, learn new vocabulary and build letters and numbers. Pyjama Storytime is on every Wednesday, 6.30 pm at Toowoomba City Library, 618 Ruthven Street.

Libraries offer much more than reading materials and are a great place for families to take advantage of a range of resources. For a list of activities, please visit www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/library

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) celebrates Book Week every year during the third week of August. Book Week is a culmination of the year's activities in children's literature. Each year the theme changes, this year it is Connect to reading – Reading to connect.

One of the main aims of the CBCA is to bring quality literature to children across Australia. One of the many ways this volunteer organisation does this is through their annual children's literary awards, the Book of the Year Awards.

During the calendar year of 2013, 416 books were entered into the awards across five categories. Categories range from books for babies to 18-year-olds, fiction and non-fiction.

A notables list and then a short list of six exceptional books in each of the five categories are judged by eight children's literature professionals. The winners are announced this week.

Bridging the gap on the OCR project

Toowoomba Regional Council is bringing in the heavyweights as construction on the Outer Circulating Road Victoria Street extension project reaches a crucial stage.

Council's Infrastructure Committee Chair Councillor Carol Taylor said precast concrete girders and deck units will be delivered to the site over the next few months, with the first of the deck units being delivered today (14 August).

"The massive deck units will be used for the culvert duplication on Russell Street as well as for the new bridge which will span the confluence of East and West Creeks at Gowrie Creek," she said.

"The biggest deck units are up to 32 metres long, two metres wide and 1.5 metres high – and they can weigh up to 150 tonnes."

Cr Taylor said 137 of the deck units would be needed for the Russell Street structure while a further 437 deck units would be used for the rest of the project.

"Thirty-nine precast T girders will be delivered to the site to construct the new three-span bridge," she said.

"This represents a significant milestone in the OCR Victoria Street construction program.

"The deck units to be used for the Russell Street structure will allow the street to be re-opened to through traffic by mid-September as planned."

The deck units and girders will be delivered to the site via Scholefield Street and Bridge Street. Standard semi-trailers will be used to deliver the units at various times of the day.

Some of the deck units will be delivered via Piper Street later in the program.

The OCR Victoria Street extension project involves construction of a new four-lane road extending Victoria Street from Russell Street to Ruthven Street at the Chalk Drive intersection.

Once completed, the OCR network will run along Herries Street, Clifford Street, Russell Street, Victoria Street extension, Chalk Drive and Hume Street and help improve traffic efficiency in the inner city.

Council has received $45 million from the Queensland Government's Royalties for the Regions initiative (under the Roads to Resources Program) to fund the design and construction of the OCR project. The project is on track to be completed by the end of 2014.

To receive regular updates on the OCR project, register your interest with council by calling 131 872 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information about the project can also be found on council's website: www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/ocr

VIDEO: Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival 2014

Did you attend the 2014 Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival? For a glimpse of this year's event, please click on the link below.

It's time to retune your digital TV again

Remote-storyDON'T want to miss you favourite show?

It may be time to retune as your free-to-air TV channels in Toowoomba as they change frequencies.

Most Toowoomba residents, in suburbs including Wilsonton, Harlaxton, Redwood, Rangeville, Kearneys Spring and Darling Heights, are advised to retune after 3.30pm today (Wednesday, Aug 13).

Viewers in Top Camp, Withcott, Helidon Spa, Kearney Springs and Hodgson Vale will need to retune on Thursday, August 14.

Retuning is done using the remote. For most systems, viewers should press the 'menu' button on the remote, look for settings such as 'channels' or 'auto-tuning', then follow the prompts to retune.

Viewers might want to write down their favourite channel, program recordings or parental lock settings before they retune.

Once the channels have moved, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to get them back.

Viewers will not need to retune again - the TV services will reappear once the work at the transmission site has been completed.

Outages could occur over the next two days.

It is recommended residents check the retune website to see if their location is affected: http://retune.digitalready.gov.au/

For help retuning and information on temporary outages visit the retune website or call the digital ready information line on 1800 20 10 13, 8am -- 10pm, seven days.

These moves will free up broadcasting spectrum so it can be used for new services such as mobile broadband.

All aboard at Spring Bluff this Carnival of Flowers

The countdown is on to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and one of the many highlights is the Spring Bluff train rides.

Starting on Sunday September 21, a diesel-hauled train will be travelling to and from the Toowoomba Railway Station and Spring Bluff twice a day at 9am and again at 1pm.

Tickets are now on sale at the Toowoomba Railway Station ticket office.

Click on the video below to watch 'acting' station master Ralph Hickey's smooth moves.

 

Goggs, Clifford sts intersection to close for stormwater upgrade

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is closing the Clifford and Goggs streets T-intersection for up to four weeks from Monday, August 18 to complete major stormwater upgrade works.

TRC Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said the closure was necessary to complete the major replacement project.

"This work is the last phase in the stormwater upgrade construction work to be completed as part of this flood recovery project, funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), around these streets," Cr Taylor said.

Read more: Goggs, Clifford sts intersection to close for stormwater upgrade

Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 13, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • East Creek detention basin work starts,
  • Clifford and Goggs street intersection to close for major stormwater upgrade,
  • Have your say on the region's transport future,
  • Local Disaster Management Committee prepares for fire season,
  • Japanese Sister City soccer players enjoy successful visit,
  • Click go the shears at Jackie Howe Festival,
  • And all aboard! Spring Bluff train ride tickets now on sale. 
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Council opts to remove carbon tax component in commercial gate fees at waste sites

Commercial waste operators can expect to pay lower Council waste facility gate fees following the federal government's repeal of the Carbon Tax earlier this month.

Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) Water and Waste Committee today endorsed reimbursing commercial waste facility gate charges previously imposed under the legislation from July 1 this year.

The recommendation will be reviewed at next Tuesday's Ordinary Meeting of Council.

TRC Finance and Business Strategy Committee chair Cr Mike Williams said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had written to Council to advise it would monitor pricing as a result of the repeal of the Clean Energy Act 2011.

Read more: Council opts to remove carbon tax component in commercial gate fees at waste sites

Council calls for strategic approach to wild dog issue

Toowoomba Regional Council is promoting an integrated approach to managing wild dogs across the region ahead of its next baiting campaign later this month.

Pest Management Advisory Committee chair, Cr Anne Glasheen, said an integrated approach including shooting, trapping, exclusion fences, the use of herd protection animals and baiting was the most effective way to control wild dogs.

"We need rural communities to unite behind an integrated approach as the best way forward is together ... the effectiveness of these campaigns is only restricted by a lack of participation," Cr Glasheen said.

"Council has been working hard with a wide cross-section of the community and other local government and state bodies to develop a cohesive, effective wild dog plan as part of its larger Pest Management Plan for 2014-18," she said.

"The key to its success is there is strength in numbers. We need to unite behind this and fight back against a growing number of wild dogs.

Read more: Council calls for strategic approach to wild dog issue

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