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Hear 'dream city' ideas at free May 1 Urban Design Seminar

What does it take to plan and design a 'dream city'?

Four leading urban design and creative industry professionals next week will address what attracts people to places and makes them stay and return to urban centres at the first of Toowoomba Regional Council's free 2014 Winter Urban Design Seminar series at the Empire Church Theatre, 56 Neil Street.

Members of the public, as well as planning, design and building industry members are invited to the first seminar on Thursday, May 1. The event opens at 5pm for a 5.30pm start and runs to 7pm.

Brisbane architect and leading urban design figure Peter Edwards will discuss 'Building Our Dream City'.

Peter is a director and co-founder of architecture and urban design practice Archipelago.

His firm's recent projects include the masterplan for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village and the Maroochydore Central Masterplan.

Fellow architect and urban designer Alex Cohn will add his insight to realising the dream city goal.

Read more: Hear 'dream city' ideas at free May 1 Urban Design Seminar

Toowoomba City Safe Program in the spotlight

Toowoomba's City Safe Program will be one of the headline projects at the 2nd National Community Safety and Security Conference in Sydney next week.

The two-day conference (April 28 and 29) focusses on successful projects that provide public safety and security in local communities with Toowoomba's City Safe Program being one of 11 hand-picked presentations for the event.

The focus of the presentation will be the "journey" over the past 20 years of operation with Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnership chairman Cr Geoff McDonald, City Safe co-ordinator Frank Reimann and Sgt Ian Reimers representing the city at the conference.

Read more: Toowoomba City Safe Program in the spotlight

TRC team 2nd at Qld leadership Challenge

LGMA-secondExcellent decision making under pressure last week saw a Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) team judged the second best group in the state based on a series of leadership tests at a Local Government Managers' Australia (LGMA) Queensland Challenge.

TRC Customer Service portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said the result was a fantastic achievement by the team at the March test day in Brisbane, which was held on the Toowoomba Show public holiday.

Seventeen teams from local governments across Queensland assembled for the extensive exercises.

Cr Glasheen said TRC's Synergy Effect team, comprising mentor Michael Pendlebury, Gabe Woldt, Josh Leddy, Minnie Moody, Jess Gallagher, Erin Ford and Andrew Spradbrow received their award at a presentation function in Brisbane.

Read more: TRC team 2nd at Qld leadership Challenge

RADF grants promote diverse arts projects across region

April-RADF-1Eight projects successful in attracting the latest round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants from Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) promise to surprise, confront and challenge as well as entertain audiences across the region.

Works including photographic exhibitions, theatrical productions, a new and artistic twist on opera and vocal recitals, dance workshops and performances, a silk painting workshop and the creation of new music for an independent recording project are among eight proposals to receive RADF grants announced recently by TRC Library and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney.

"In this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, we will see projects totalling almost $53,000," Cr Scotney said.

Read more: RADF grants promote diverse arts projects across region

Council News - April 23, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • Residents urged to support businesses as Goggs Street closes for upgrade works,
  • How to dispose of e-waste safely,
  • Lest We Forget: Where you can remember our fallen diggers this ANZAC Day,
  • Why all roads are leading to Felton this weekend,
  • And Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets for sale online.

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

David Hack Classic Meet on again

A large crowd is once again expected to descend upon Toowoomba for the annual David Hack Classic Meet next month.

The annual event run by the Rotary Club of Toowoomba North will be held at the Aerotec Hangar at Toowoomba Aerodrome on May 4 with more than 500 classic trucks, cars, motorcycles and historic planes expected.

Toowoomba Regional Council tourism and events portfolio leader Councillor Geoff McDonald said the annual fundraising event attracted visitors from all over Australia.

Read more: David Hack Classic Meet on again

Incentives to preserve CBD heritage

Toowoomba Regional Council has moved with the times to protect the past.

TRC Planning and Development portfolio spokesman Cr Chris Tait said Council recognises the region's historic buildings provide important cultural connections to the past as well as making a major contribution to the present day streetscape by introducing a new CBD Heritage Incentives Scheme.

"This new scheme has been introduced by Council to assist and encourage owners of local and State-listed heritage properties to conserve places of significance," Cr Tait said.

"Council recognises that there is community interest in the retention and conservation of privately-owned heritage buildings and provides support and financial assistance to enable this," he said.

Read more: Incentives to preserve CBD heritage

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.

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

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