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Anzac Tombstone Tour

Join the special Anzac Tombstone Tour at the Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery, Anzac Avenue on Sunday, August 3 at 10am to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. Cost will be a $5 donation (per person) to Legacy payable in advance to the Local History Library, 476 Ruthven St. Phone 4688 6150.

Family History Workshop

Presented by Helen V Smith, the Family History Workshop will be held on Saturday, August 9 at the Toowoomba City Library Meeting Room (Children's Area) at 618 Ruthven St. Attendees can book any or all sessions (50 people maximum per session) – 10am Housing for all, 11.15am British newspaper archive, 1pm They went to Australia and now can't be found, 2.15pm How DNA can be used to Solve Genealogical Puzzles. Enquiries to 131 872.

Express an interest in RADF spots

If you have an interest in any aspect of arts and cultural activities in Toowoomba, Crows Nest or Pittsworth, consider lodging an expression of interest to serve on Council's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Advisory Committee. Three new members are sought to fill vacancies from September 1, 2014 covering Crows Nest, Pittsworth and Toowoomba. Interested people in these areas only are asked to submit expressions of interest by Friday, August 1. For more information about RADF or lodging details, please call 131 872.

Walking trails reopen

Bushwalkers will be happy to learn that final track restoration on the Fantail and Firetail walking tracks at Picnic Point has been completed and they are now open to enjoy.

Apply for a grant

Council's grant programs provide opportunities for not-for-profit organisations and individuals across the region to gain funding or in-kind support for their initiatives. The programs close August 1, so, if you wish to make an application or receive more information please contact the appropriate TRC officer to help with your enquiry – Events: Simon Underwood; Sports Tourism: Andrew Allpass; Community Support: Rebecca Schroder; Cultural & Arts: Di Baker; Environmental: Mark Ready; Sport and Recreation: Dominic Doyle/Anna Barrett. Please phone 131 872.

Yoga classes

Low-cost ($3) yoga sessions will be available each Saturday from 4.15pm to 5.15pm at Zama Yoga, Southtown Shopping Centre, 140 South Street, Toowoomba. No bookings are required and participants are requested to bring a mat and towel (mats also available for hire for $2). For details, contact Bridget or Nicole on 3162 1652 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arts & Cultural Grants now available

Applications for: • Cultural and Arts Support grant (CAS) close on August 1, 2014. CAS supports regional grassroots community arts and cultural activity and nurtures fledgling artists.

• Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF) will close on August 15, 2014. Further information and details about application processes for RADF and CAS are available from Council's Customer Service Centre on 131 872 or

Applicants will be offered a brief appointment to check applications before lodgement. To book, call 131 872.

Pool minds for trivia dates

Think you and a group of friends have what it takes to be trivia champs? If so, join any of the July trivia afternoons planned for seniors. Please register four-member teams by calling 131 872. Prizes will be offered. All sessions run from 1.30-4pm. Dates are: 21st Highfields Cultural Centre; 23rd Toowoomba Laurel Bank Hall; 25th Newtown Progress Hall and 28th Cambooya Hall.

Rainwater tanks for new buildings

New single detached houses built on blocks larger than 250 square metres (Queensland Development Code 4.2) across the Toowoomba region from September 1 this year must include a rainwater tank. Duplexes and other apartment blocks will be exempt. Buildings classified under sections five to nine of the Queensland Development Code 4.3 – large commercial buildings such as offices, wholesale storage buildings, manufacturing premises and public healthcare facilities – also will need to install tanks. Lapsed building applications will be required to comply with the new scheme. View details at 

More two-way traffic in Russell St

Russell St is now open to two-way traffic between Ruthven and Victoria streets as part of the Outer Circulating Rd Victoria St extension project. There is a U-turn facility at the traffic signals near Victoria St so motorists can head back east along Russell St. Traffic from Victoria St turning east into Russell St now goes into a single lane with barriers in place to keep vehicles in the correct lane. Scholefield St has been temporarily converted to a cul-de-sac with two-way traffic and a turning area at the western end. While there are still traffic diversions in place at the railway line in Russell St, the area is open for business and is still accessible.

Comment on transport strategy

Public input and responses to Council's Draft Toowoomba Region Sustainable Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan can be lodged up to Friday, August 22. The document offers an informed guide to transport policy, integrated land use, infrastructure planning and future transport investment options. Copies of the draft Strategy can be viewed at all Council customer service centres or online at

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