Mayor wants infrastructure injection to continue in regional Qld

ocrsign2Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio says he'll take the first available opportunity to meet the incoming State Government and put the Toowoomba region's needs on the table.

A decision on whether a Labor or LNP administration will form government in Queensland is expected in the coming weeks.

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TRC News - February 4, 2015

This week's Council News includes:

  • Work to begin on Anzac Centenary Wall project,
  • Summer of sport sizzles with footy, golf, cycling,
  • Free CBD-Library shuttle service proving popular,
  • Meet with the Mayor and Councillors at this years' first Community Conversation Forum,
  • Evening immunisation clinic resumes,
  • Join Waterbird Habitat tree planting,
  • And how to get healthy and win an e-reader.

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

Wetalla Access Road bridge works start

Preparation work has started for the construction of the Wetalla Access Road bridge, with site set up and construction underway.

The works include construction of a more flood resilient, 36 metre long, single lane bridge and removal of the old bridge, as well as a new road embankment and reconnection works to Old Goombungee Road. Construction is due for completion by June 2015, weather permitting.

Read more: Wetalla Access Road bridge works start

Upgrade for Spring-Ramsay streets detention basin

Work to upgrade the Spring and Ramsay streets detention basin in Toowoomba is set to start in mid-February.

The upgrade, which includes improved landscaping, is part of Toowoomba Regional Council's flood mitigation works.

Council's Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said the improvements to the detention basin were part of the East Creek Masterplan which includes other detention basins downstream.

"The upgraded Spring and Ramsay streets detention basin, in conjunction with the Garnet Lehmann Park and Ballin Drive Park detention basins and other East Creek projects, will provide significant flood mitigation benefits for the city," she said.

"This project will involve installation of a larger box culvert under Spring Street to improve the detention basin function as well as the construction of new headwalls and a low-flow pipe in the basin area."

Read more: Upgrade for Spring-Ramsay streets detention basin

Clifton Pittsworth Road bridge works start

Toowoomba Regional Council started repair works to Hodgson Creek Bridge on Clifton Pittsworth Road on Tuesday, January 27.

The works include repairs to the bridge abutments and reconstruction of the approaching road pavement, and are due for completion by 30 April 2015, weather permitting.

Infrastructure Services portfolio leader Councillor Carol Taylor said a ten kilometre section of Clifton Pittsworth Road from the Volker Road intersection to the Toowoomba Karara Road intersection would be closed to through traffic during this time.

“Closing the bridge will assist with completing the works within this timeframe,” Cr Taylor said.

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Work to begin on Anzac Centenary Wall project

Toowoomba’s iconic Mothers’ Memorial Garden precinct is set to be extended as part of this year’s Anzac Centenary celebrations.

Work will begin this week on a new Anzac Centenary Wall, which has designed to complement the existing memorial and be used to honour those soldiers who fight in future conflicts.

Toowoomba Regional Council Parks and Recreation spokeswoman, Cr Sue Englart, said the new wall was being constructed as the previous space allocated for memorial plaques had run out of room.

“Plaques had been accommodated at the Boer War Gates at the Margaret Street entrance to the gardens, but there is no more room,” Cr Englart said.

“Our Mothers’ Memorial precinct is an iconic part of Toowoomba’s history and a lot of care and attention has been devoted to ensuring the area remains uncluttered and the new wall does not dominate the area,” she said.

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CHANGE health activities coming to Clifton, Cambooya

Clifton and Cambooya residents have the chance to join a range of new health programs in coming weeks.

Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) CHANGE Project offers a range of free and low-cost activities to help people be more active and eat healthy meals.

TRC Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said Clifton and Cambooya residents could sign up for new activities in the coming week.

A new, free Women Out Walking group starts in Clifton on February 6 from Platz Oval (Clifton Recreation Reserve), Morton Street and continues each Friday at 7.30am for a 60 minute walk. To join or for details, please contact Sarah on 0407 735 440 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Anyone who joins a Heart Foundation walking group and logs eight walks by March 31 will receive a free Kobo E-Reader from the Heart Foundation.

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Another fillip for Toowoomba arts industry

Australia’s leading website for professionals working in the arts has listed Toowoomba Regional Council as having one of the best and busiest arts scenes in Queensland.

ArtsHub has around 80,000 users viewing its material and has been running a state-by-state breakdown on arts and culture projects around the country.

The Queensland review was based upon the most concentrated arts services and activities across the 72 local government areas in the State. Toowoomba was one of seven regions featured alongside Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Logan City, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Ros Scotney said this was the second major boost for the region’s arts community this year.

“The Sun-Herald had the city’s First Coat Festival as one of the three must-do festivals in the world on its 50 Best Travel Finds of 2014 and now this,” Cr Scotney said.

Read more: Another fillip for Toowoomba arts industry

Gates and Grids compliance fee waived to June 30, 2015

gridwebToowoomba region landholders will not pay compliance fees for gates and grids on their properties until next financial year.

Toowoomba Regional Council's January meeting agreed to waive the introduction of the annual compliance inspection fee this financial year.

TRC Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said the extension would allow Council officers sufficient time to contact all existing gate and grid owners and advise them of the requirements of Council's Gates and Grids Policy.

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Middle Road upgrade awarded to FK Gardner & Sons

Toowoomba Regional Council has awarded the contract to upgrade Middle Road at Anduramba and make repairs to Anduramba Range Road to FK Gardner & Sons valued at $3.7 million.

The Toowoomba-based firm’s project tender was considered the best value for money and management of risk for Council.

The upgrade is part of Council’s Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) flood recovery program and follows multiple land slips on Anduramba Range Road during flooding in 2011 and again in 2013.

Infrastructure Services portfolio leader Councillor Carol Taylor said the works were scheduled to start in mid-February and be completed by mid-May, weather permitting.

Read more: Middle Road upgrade awarded to FK Gardner & Sons

TRC News - January 28, 2015

This week's Council News includes:

  • Toowoomba ranked third highest in Australia for diversity of industry,
  • Congratulations to our Australia Day award winners,
  • W H Groom scholarship winner devoted to charity, study,
  • Renewed calls to report illegal graffiti,
  • And plan the perfect wedding at free wedding open evening.

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

 

Paju students enjoy Down Under study tour, shopping

paju-duoIt's doubtful whether Aussie students on an overseas exchange would relish the chance to cram in extra study lessons in favour of other pursuits.

Dedicated study is part of the deal for 16 Paju high school students from Toowoomba's Republic of Korea Sister City, who last week attended a Mayoral reception at City Hall in recognition of their visit.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio warmly welcomed the 16 visiting students and their teacher Ms Seungae Lee who come from a variety of Paju schools.

Read more: Paju students enjoy Down Under study tour, shopping

W H Groom scholarship winner devoted to charity work, study

emma-rae-scholarshipWhen members of older generations grumble about young people today it is obvious they have not met this year's W H Groom scholarship winner Emma Rae.

Emma today received the 2015 W H Groom scholarship from Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio at Toowoomba's Picnic Point Australia Day festivities.

Being idle isn't in Emma's lexicon. She is preparing for her second year studying a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in journalism) and Bachelor of Business at the University of Southern Queensland.

When not committed to her tertiary studies, Emma gives her time and talents to numerous charities, including the Rotaract Club of Toowoomba and associated deeds at the Rotary Club of Toowoomba South.

This is in addition to time spent with Olave Queensland, affiliated with the Girl Guides, and the Toowoomba Hospice. She recently gave up a part-time job in order to devote time to her volunteer work.

"My interest in community service started through my involvement in the Concordia Lutheran College Interact Club. Since leaving school I have progressed to the Rotaract Club of Toowoomba," Emma said.

Read more: W H Groom scholarship winner devoted to charity work, study

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