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NEWS IN BRIEF - APRIL 26, 2014

Council meetings

The next Committee of Council meetings will be held at 9am on Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14. The next Ordinary meeting of Council starts at 10am on Tuesday, May 20. All meetings are at City Hall, 541 Ruthven St, Toowoomba.

Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale

Tickets to the 2014 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, May 13 at Rumours can be purchased at all Council Customer Service Centres from 8.30am to 5pm, by calling 131872 or online at www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/breakfast Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for school-age children. All credit cards, except Diners Club and American Express, can be used.

School vaccination program

The second round of the school- based vaccination program will start the week beginning May 5. Year 8 students will receive the second dose of the HPV and Chickenpox vaccine and Year 10 boys will receive the second dose of the HPV vaccine as well. Parents will be given confirmation of their child's vaccinations throughout this four week program. If your child misses their immunisation at school, please contact Council on 131 872.

Changes to Russell St

Traffic diversions on Russell St at the rail crossing have now commenced and will continue until mid September, 2014. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the area and all businesses are open and accessible. Up-to-date construction information is available from www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/OCR or phone 131 872.

English language conversation groups

Free English conversation groups meet at the temporary new home of the Toowoomba Library at 618 Ruthven Street (opposite Toowoomba Toyota). If you wish to practise speaking English and learn about life in Australia, please come to any of the sessions (Wednesdays 1pm to 2.30pm, Thursdays 1pm to 2.30pm and Saturdays 10am to 11.30am). We're also looking for volunteer tutors to assist participants with their spoken English in small, friendly groups – so, if you'd like to help out, please phone 131 872.

Healthy teeth competition

Council and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) have joined forces to help promote dental health in this region and are asking primary schools to participate in a children's video competition. There is $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs, so for more information go to www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/dental

Classic cars and planes on show

The popular David Hack Classic Meet is on again Sunday, May 4 from 8am to 3pm at the Aerotec hangar, Toowoomba Airport, Spitfire Street. Come and see the impressive range of classic cars, trucks and warbirds. There'll be joy rides and adventure flights on the day. Adults $15 and children (under 12) are free. Proceeds will assist local charities. For more information, contact Brian on 0417 630 774 or John on 0409 332 962.

Melrose Bridge works

The public is advised that Council will be carrying out construction works on Melrose Bridge (Melrose Road, Brookstead). The bridge will be closed to traffic from Monday, April 28 for four weeks (weather permitting). A detour will be in place and Council thanks drivers for their understanding during these important works.

Give input on town signage

Council is proposing to update entrance signage throughout the region and wants to consult as widely as possible within communities regarding the image that best represents their town. So, we’re asking you to comment. Some images have already been suggested and a list of these is available on selected posters at nominated TRC service centres. If you have a suggestion or preference please complete a leaflet and place in the box provided or post to PO Box 3021, Toowoomba 4350 or scan and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tombstone Tours return

Tombstone Tours are presented by the Local History Library and the Toowoomba Historical Society’s Peter Cullen at the Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery, Anzac Avenue. The latest theme will be Journeys and Peter will visit gravestones of families that were integral in assisting in journeys such as the Hampton tramway, the first car built in Queensland and the grave of the Gore family and their historical links to the Gore Highway. The tours will take place on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 18 at 10am. Tickets are $5 per person, payable in advance to the Local History Library at 476 Ruthven St. Ph:4688 6150.

Wild dog control commencing

Council advises that the regional wild dog baiting campaign will run between April 29 and May 8, 2014. All landholders who formally registered their details during the 2012 programs should have now received specific program details in the post. Any eligible landholder wishing to access this service who has not received notification will need to contact Council’s Conservation and Pest Management section prior commencement of the program. Rules and regulations on the 1080 service can be found at  www.daff.qld.gov.au  For details or a hard copy of state guidelines can be obtained by phoning Council’s Conservation and Pest Management branch: Garry Wilson or Grant Beutel on 131 872.

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