News in brief

News in brief - Saturday July 26, 2014

Council meetings

Council's Standing Committees will meet at 9am on Tuesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 13. The next Ordinary meeting of Council starts at 10am on Tuesday, August 19. All meetings are at City Hall, 541 Ruthven St, Toowoomba and the public is welcome to attend.

Community Engagement Forum

The next Councillor Community Engagement Forum will be held at the Perseverance Hall, 10 Perseverance Hall Road (off Esk-Hampton Road) on Wednesday, July 30. It will be held at 6pm for a 6.30pm start with tea, coffee and light supper provided. RSVPs and enquiries to Community Liaison Officer Nikki Gallatly on 0487 007 337 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audit Committee position

Expressions of Interest are called to fill a casual vacancy on the Toowoomba Regional Council Audit Committee. The Audit committee generally meets four times each year and comprises of two Councillors and up to four independent members to monitor and review: the integrity of financial documents; the internal audit function; the effectiveness and objectivity of the Council's internal auditors; and make recommendations to Council about any matters that the Audit Committee considers need action or improvement. It is expected that the successful applicant will have extensive experience in one or more of the following areas: accounting, financial management, risk management, internal control and governance. Expressions of Interest, providing details of qualifications and experience should be sent to: Chief Executive Officer, Toowoomba Regional Council, P.O Box 3021, Village Fair 4350 by August 15. Information packs can be obtained from the Council's Manager, Governance, Norm Garsden on 4688 6964.

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. Large commercial buildings such as offices, wholesale storage buildings, manufacturing premises and public healthcare facilities – also will need to install tanks. View details at

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

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.

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.

Bridge information session

Residents are invited to a Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge upgrade public information session on Saturday, August 2 from 10am to 2pm at the Gowrie Kingsthorpe Hotel, Kingsthorpe Haden Road. The community will be able to view the concept designs for the Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge and discuss the next steps with the project team. For more information, phone 131 872 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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.

Hot ashes – cool them first

Hot ashes and your PLASTIC wheelie bin do not mix (your ashes will melt your bin). Make sure your ashes are completely cool by soaking them in water and making sure they are cold, before you place them in your bin. Ashes can go in your general waste bin – but NEVER in your recycling or greenwaste bin. Or, bury them in your garden.

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1st time here and spent yesterday exploring the city. It's obvious the residents have a lot of pride in their city. Beautiful well kept houses gardens and verges. I don't think I've seen such a well kept town/city. Keep up the good work.

Richard (via facebook)

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