Get back into the swim of things

photo 1Crows NestWith spring in the air swimming pools around the region are set to reopen in coming weeks.

Community Development Facilities Portfolio Leader Cr Ros Scotney said a number of improvements were made to all pools during the shutdown period, including a $485,000 upgrade to plant and facilities at the Crows Nest pool.

“The work undertaken at the Crows Nest pool now gives those with a disability access to the pool, with the installation of an entry ramp,” Cr Scotney said.

Pool opening dates include:

·         Opened Monday September 8 - Milne Bay Aquatic Centre (outdoor 50m pool) 
·         Monday September 15 – Highfields Aquatic Centre
·         Saturday September 20- Clifton, Cecil Plains, Oakey, Pittsworth, Millmerran and Yarraman Pools.
·         Saturday September 27 – Crows Nest (due to the finalisation of current refurbishments)

“Each facility boasts a clean, safe environment for the whole family to enjoy,” Cr Scotney said.

“Whether you are looking to get fit or simply cool off during the warmer months, our swimming pools are designed to meet the community’s needs as well as impress visitors to the area.”

Opening hours for each centre can be found by visiting the Toowoomba Regional Council website or by clicking on the below link.

Council launches Awards for Excellence

Awards for Excellence launch 4 WebToowoomba Regional Council today unveiled details surrounding the inaugural Awards for Excellence - Urban Design, Heritage and the Environment in the Marks Courtyard at City Hall.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio yesterday issued a call for entries across nine categories with the winners to be announced on a glittering presentation night in the new Toowoomba Region Arts and Community Centre on March 7 next year.

"These Awards promote high quality urban design and recognise professionals who contribute to positive design in Toowoomba demonstrating excellence across a number of areas including residential and commercial architecture and urban design," Cr Antonio said.

"The establishment of these biennial awards stems from the success of the Toowoomba Regional Urban Design initiative (TRUDI) and will become an important event on the city calendar," he said.

Read more: Council launches Awards for Excellence

Nestbox workshop marks National Threatened Species Day

A2 Homemade nestbox DMcPhersonWildlife enthusiasts are invited to gather at the Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat at Mackenzie Street from 9.30am this Saturday (September 6) to mark this year's National Threatened Species Day (Sunday) with a nestbox building workshop.

The workshop, organised by the Toowoomba Landcare Group and supported by Toowoomba Regional Council, enables the community to do some practical good for local wildlife.

"We will be building and painting boxes from pre-prepared parts on Saturday, the day before this year's national Threatened Species Day," Toowoomba Landcare member Lorraine Lisle said.

"These boxes will be suitable for microbats and gliders, rosellas and possums, wood ducks and the mouse-like antechinus," she said. 

"Everyone who takes part will be encouraged to build a box for the park and another one to take home for the backyard."

The nestbox building workshop is one of a number of community events planned by the Toowoomba Landcare Group, thanks to a $25,450 grant from the State Government's Everyone's Environment program.

The workshop starts at 9.30am but interested residents are welcome to join in at any stage throughout the morning. No RSVP is required.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - September 3, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Qantas to take off from new Wellcamp airport,
  • Spring heralds the beginning of premier event,
  • Watch Mayor's reaction to ice bucket challenge,
  • Volunteers thanked as nearly ten thousand walk through the gates at Jondaryan Festival,
  • And pools re-open across the region in time for the warmer months.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Mayor and others accept Ice Bucket Challenge

VIDEO: Mayor Paul Antonio and other local politicians, sportsmen, media personalities and members of the community accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge this Friday, August 29 at midday. Please click on the link below to watch the video.

Preserving Pittsworth memories for a new generation


Do you have old photos or film that you'd like to preserve digitally?

A Fostering Digital Participation Project (FDPP) Information Night in preparation for a series of workshops on how capture memories digitally will be held at the Pittsworth Library next Tuesday, September 2.

The Living Lab workshops by a team from the Queensland University of Technology will introduce a range of digital skills including capture, editing and archiving of digital photographs, and uploading personal and community stories to a dedicated website.

The workshops, which are free, will also explore making connections digitally with other interest groups around Australia and internationally.

It is intended that the Living Lab will showcase many aspects of Pittsworth and the surrounding district.

All residents are welcome to attend the information night and following workshops.

Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014

The renowned Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014 will be held at the Jondaryan Woolshed on August 29 until August 31.

To find out more, please click on the video below.


Mayor takes up Challenge for a cause close to his heart

VIDEO NEWS: Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio and other prominent personalities will take up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the Village Green this Friday, August 29 at 12pm.

Click on the video below to watch

Residents urged to take extra care during magpie season

UnknownWith the advent of their breeding season, some magpies have started swooping residents across the Toowoomba region.

Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said this activity was a timely reminder to ask residents to be extra vigilant, as a small proportion of male magpies demonstrated aggressive territorial behaviour while protecting their eggs and young.

“The magpie breeding season can start as early as July and usually lasts until December, but it’s the peak period from late August to October where magpies prove the biggest problem to residents,” Cr Englart said.

“While some magpies can cause injuries to passers-by, there are a few simple ways everybody can help to avoid being attacked, including the following:

·         Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses or shelter under an umbrella to protect your face from swooping magpies,
·         If a magpie swoops while you are cycling, it will probably stop if you get off your bike and walk,
·         And avoid ‘defence zones’ by taking alternative routes during the breeding season,

“Research suggests that most aggressive magpies have previously had negative interactions with humans; people have thrown stones or sticks at them, their chicks or nests. So it is important that people don’t harass the birds as this will only make them more aggressive.”

Cr Englart said residents were reminded that the birds were protected under Australian law and cannot be harmed. Anyone doing so faced a significant fine and possible jail sentence.

“Understandably, individuals in the community express concerns and demand action from council to address swooping magpies, and we have set out a protocol that we will follow,” Cr Englart said.

“If we receive a complaint about a magpie in our parks or along our roads, we will conduct a preliminary assessment of the location where the magpie nests and take appropriate action relevant to the risk.

“In most cases we will erect warning signs so that people are aware of the risk and can adjust their behaviour accordingly. In rare situations an extremely aggressive bird may be caught by a licensed catcher and relocated to an unpopulated area.

“As such, we ask parents to keep a careful watch on younger children and to wear a hat and eye protection if heading into a known nesting area. Also, carrying an umbrella can be a great deterrent.

“As well as warning park users, we also need to remind residents that magpies nesting in street trees often swoop cyclists and this may startle a rider. So, please take extra care when cycling on any of the tree-lined roads or those that border our parks,” Cr Englart said.

“If any residents wish to raise an issue with council about magpies this season, I’d ask them to call our Customer Service Centre on 131 872,” she said.

Cr Englart said more information on magpies was also available from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection at or by calling 13 74 68.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 27, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Council trials new 'wave' of parking meters,
  • Tee-rrific idea to put city in the swing,
  • Pools set to re-open in time for spring,
  • Four world champion shearers to go head-to-head at Jondaryan Festival,
  • Mayor Paul Antonio to join Shane Webcke in icy encounter,
  • And nominate a worthy Australian.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Lake Annand to undergo repair work

LakeAnnandImportant maintenance work will begin at Lake Annand Park next week (Monday, August 25).

The large lake will be drained on Sunday (August 24) in order to catch any fish and return them to the Bird Habitat area.

During the next fortnight, the wall area of the lake and the surrounding pathways will be repaired.

The small lake with the fountain will remain full during these works for the public and wildlife to enjoy.

If residents have any questions regarding this project, please call Customer Service on 131 872.

Better quality water for Crows Nest, Hampton from new Pechey Water Treatment Plant

2-New-Pechey-treatment-planThe taste of water flowing from the newly commissioned Pechey Water Treatment Plant will be a matter of personal opinion for Crows Nest residents, and Hampton residents shortly, but the water quality will be a vast and measurable improvement on past supplies.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Water and Waste Projects portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield today joined TRC Water Project Services officers and project contractors UGL Engineering for the official commissioning of the $3.6 million Pechey plant.

Read more: Better quality water for Crows Nest, Hampton from new Pechey Water Treatment Plant

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.

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

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:

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:

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.


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.

Perseverance Hall plays host to Community Engagement Forum

Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) community engagement sessions continued last week with another successful meeting held at the Perseverance Hall.

Councillors, TRC staff and the public came together to discuss community priorities.

The gatherings are an informal meeting where councillors can give residents an update on significant projects in the region, as well as hear local issues and concerns first hand.

To hear from councillor Anne Glasheen and find out when the next forum will be held, watch the video below.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 6, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Council's development panel to review food precinct proposal on Ruthven Street,
  • Meet this year's Carnival of Flowers Ambassador,
  • Your guide to the Carnival of Flowers main events
  • Travel the world in one day for under $10,
  • And join the Mayor and a former NRL star to talk about men's health.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.


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