Enter Summer Reading Club to win prizes

boysreadingbooksinloungechairswebCouncil’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) offers a chance for members up to 18 to win a range of prizes by listing any title read from December 1 to January 31, 2015.

Register at your nearest TRC library for a pack and start reading.

If you can’t visit a library, email your name, age and library membership number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a pack will be posted to you.

Write book titles you read in the log and return it to a library to enter the prize draw. (www.summerreadingclub.org.au)
Preschool prizes: Six prizes to be won. Each prize consists of two picture books and a $50 Coles/Myer gift card.

Primary prizes: Six prizes to be won. Each prize includes a novel, a set of headphones, a notebook, a Smiggle pen and a $50 Coles/Myer gift card.

Secondary prizes: Four prizes to be won. Each prize consists of a Canon IXUS digital camera, a set of headphones, a notebook, a pen and an Adventure Time keychain and lanyard.

For the full list of holiday activities check out TRC's Library pages.

Take the challenge at Boot Camp

villiagegreenchrisliftingtyrewebShake off the festive season’s excesses with a jolt at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre’s (MBAC) Boot Camp.

The 10-week Boot Camp challenge starts on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at a venue to be decided.

The one hour classes will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6am.

The first session will start with a health assessment (measurements, blood pressure check), fitness test, strength testing or circuit test and an intro to boot camp classes.

The course will use a variety of exercise equipment with activities such as battle ropes, tyres, slosh balls, medicine balls, kettle bells, body weight exercises and boxing fitness activities

The final week, on Friday, March 27, ends with an information sheet showing participants’ improvements.

For details call MBAC on 4688 6330.

MBAC and Highfields Fitness and Recreation have joined forces to waive joining fees in January.

Swim lessons, holiday fun at pools


learntoswimclass-childwithinstructorThere’s no place for holiday boredom at Council’s aquatic centres and pools over the summer break.

Waves Learn to Swim School will hold holiday sessions at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre and Highfields Fitness and Recreation from January 12-16 and 19-23. The cost is $60 per child per week.

Bookings are open for Waves’ 2015 Term 1 learn to swim lessons at the two venues listed above, starting on Tuesday, January 27.

Lessons cover infant and toddler classes, learn to swim programs, stroke development classes, intermediate squads, adult learn to swim lessons and an adult squad.

The infants’ program covers floating, kicking and blowing bubbles to introduce youngsters to water safety.

An adult swim squad with training supervision will be held at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre from 6-7pm each Monday and Wednesday. Swimmers can pay normal pool entry fees or buy 10 sessions for $55.

Squad sessions can include stroke correction and are ideal for strengthening and endurance work or as introductory training for triathlons.

Beginners are welcome.

Ready, set, go for Highfields Sport and Recreation Park

Toowoomba Regional Council will use a $1.5 million Queensland Government Get Playing Plus grant to help build vital infrastructure at the new Highfields Sport and Recreation Park.

Mayor Paul Antonio said the Queensland Government funding would complement the $4.5 million already set aside by Council this year to address the shortage of sports fields in Highfields.

Council has already spent more than $4.2 million on purchasing the land, planning and design development.

"Currently there are 11 sports clubs based in Highfields which are serviced by just four sports fields," Mayor Antonio said.

"The Regional Strategic Sport and Recreation Plan 2010-2030 had identified this as an issue and Council is working to remedy this deficiency.

Read more: Ready, set, go for Highfields Sport and Recreation Park

TRC endorses Toowoomba Region Sustainable Transport Strategy

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has endorsed the strategy that will guide and inform transport planning and implementation across the region for the rest of this century.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the strategy would set the course for a long-term vision for the transport system by considering current issues and opportunities as well as likely future challenges.

"This is a major step forward for our transport planning and for managing expected growth in transport demand and our investment in regional, private motor, freight, public and active transport networks," Cr Antonio said.

"A sound, coordinated and efficient transport system is fundamental to underpinning and driving the regional economy.

"Council is thinking about future needs in a more sustainable way. This will allow us to address issues including traffic congestion and public transport, which are key issues in relation to future population growth and liveability in the region

Read more: TRC endorses Toowoomba Region Sustainable Transport Strategy

Toowoomba Regional Council News - December 17, 2014

In our last Council News segment for the year:

  • Christmas messages from the Mayor and Councillors, and
  • Highlights of 2014.

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

 

TRC moves condolence motion for Sydney hostage incident victims

Toowoomba Regional Council's Ordinary monthly meeting today was preceded by a motion of sympathy for the two innocent victims and everyone involved in the Sydney hostage incident in Martin Place.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the community and Council extended their deepest sympathies to the families of the two people who were killed in the incident.

"Councillors, members of the public and staff, it is with a very heavy heart that we reflect on the tragic circumstances that have arisen in the past 24 hours in Sydney," Cr Antonio said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected directly and indirectly by this event.

Read more: TRC moves condolence motion for Sydney hostage incident victims

Toowoomba Conferences capitalises on new flights for business boost

Toowoomba Conferences has had its first success in attracting a conference primarily due to increased air access to Toowoomba.

The city's business tourism bureau has been working on securing the national Australian Seed Federation conference since October, but it was not until the start of Qantaslink flights to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport that Toowoomba was confirmed as the conference location.

Better connectivity to southern capitals means that access, historically a barrier to visits, is easier for business groups and individual travellers.

The 2015 conference will bring around 130 delegates to Toowoomba for three days with an estimated economic return of $219,406*. The other location on the conference shortlist was Coffs Harbour.

Toowoomba Regional Council recognises the value of business tourism through its funding of Toowoomba Conferences. Business tourism is the only sector that has seen continuous growth over the past three years with a 77% increase in visitors from June 2011 to June 2014.^

Read more: Toowoomba Conferences capitalises on new flights for business boost

Full steam ahead for Wilsonton Heights Park project

wilsonton-height-park-trioConstruction on the $1 million-plus Wilsonton Heights Park project will start early in 2015.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio and Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts today announced Landscape Solutions had been awarded the contract to transform Toowoomba's Wilsonton Heights Park into a highly prized community asset for residents in the area.

"This major upgrade project is funded by Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) and the Queensland Government's Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program," Cr Antonio said.

"Community input has helped guide the park master plans which will see exercise nodes, a bush food area, public artwork, fenced playground and native grasslands in the site, which is bound by Tor Street, Wine Drive, Port Street and High Court Drive.

"Apart from new park landscaped features, residents will be able to use state-of-the-art play and exercise equipment. The fenced playground will provide a safe environment for children of varying ages and abilities.

Read more: Full steam ahead for Wilsonton Heights Park project

TRC joins new community coalition in drive to save lives

road-safety-coalitionRoad safety awareness this week received a timely boost ahead of the Christmas holidays with Toowoomba Regional Council joining other groups on a new Toowoomba Community Coalition.

Join the Drive to Save Lives (JTD) Toowoomba Community Coalition was launched at Picnic Point and represents a new approach for addressing road safety across the community.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads devised the JTD program to allow community members to lead road safety discussion and education.

The Toowoomba project is one of four community programs across Queensland and a first in Australia.

Read more: TRC joins new community coalition in drive to save lives

Toowoomba Regional Council News - December 10, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Two-hour free parking returns to Toowoomba CBD,
  • Mayor encourages workers to park outside the city centre,
  • Find out Council's Christmas hours,
  • Annual Mayoral Christmas Carols goes off with a bang,
  • And Christmas events planned right across the region.

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

Council on track to provide free holiday parking

Toowoomba Regional Council has negotiated an additional 150 free parking spaces across the CBD during December in a bid to support Christmas spending in the inner city.

The free car parks will operate in tandem with a further 310 extra paid public parks coming on line through Council-owned facilities, boosting overall car parking by nearly 500 spaces.

Council is hoping city workers will use the new car parks which will in turn free up parking in Margaret and Ruthven streets for use by shoppers.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council had conducted a survey last month to determine how CBD traders and patrons were faring against a backdrop of construction activity in the inner city.

Read more: Council on track to provide free holiday parking

Locals to work on Ballin Drive Park detention basin

Civil construction company Allroads Pty Ltd, based out of Oakey, will deliver the Ballin Drive Park detention basin works as part of the East Creek Master Plan.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Allroads was the successful tenderer for the works and he was thrilled that local workers would be used to complete this significant project.

"Allroads is a family based operation with a long history of completing major construction projects and because they have a major depot at Oakey this will further bolster the employment of local people," Cr Antonio said.

"Allroads will begin work on site in mid-December with a vision to having the project completed by May 2015," he said.

Read more: Locals to work on Ballin Drive Park detention basin

Toowoomba Regional Council News - December 3, 2014

This week's Council News includes:
  • Waste transfer station on the move,
  • New sign to raise awareness in school zones,
  • Special meeting of Council called to discuss parking pressures in the CBD,
  • Christmas events planned right across the region, and
  • The winners of the inaugural Healthy Teeth Competition.
Click on the video below to watch this edition of Council News.

Waste transfer station on the move

Toowoomba Regional Council has purchased land on O’Mara Road, Charlton to build a state-of-the-art waste transfer station.

The proposed new waste transfer station will replace the Smart Tip shop, weighbridge and administration at Council’s Toowoomba Waste Management Centre in Bedford Street.

A section of the Bedford Street facility has been acquired as part of the infrastructure corridor for the Second Range Bypass.

The new facility in O’Mara Road will operate as a transfer station and not a landfill site. Landfill will continue at Bedford Street.

Read more: Waste transfer station on the move

Vote now for a chance in $600,000 of grants

Toowoomba Regional Council is asking for the community to get on-line and vote for the chance to share in $600,000 in grants under the 2015 Medibank Community Grants program.

Council’s Active Parks program is one of 33 community projects short-listed to receive assistance. Shortlisted projects were chosen on the criteria they would help encourage healthy eating, physical activity and greater community connectedness, promoting health and wellbeing.

Toowoomba Regional Council Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said the Active Parks fitness sessions will be conducted over spring next year at outdoor gyms in Toowoomba, Highfields, Oakey, Clifton and Millmerran.

Read more: Vote now for a chance in $600,000 of grants

Public invited to information session

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is inviting interested residents to an information session outlining the proposed upgrading of Middle Road north of Crows Nest.

TRC Infrastructure Services committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said Council had decided it could not safely reopen Anduramba Range Road and would be proceeding with upgrading Middle Road.

“Council understands there will be some disappointment from the community but this is the only available option to Council,” she said.

“Safety is Council’s number one priority and we cannot guarantee that Anduramba Range Road can be rebuilt to a safe standard for the long-term.

“We cannot risk the lives of motorists.”

Read more: Public invited to information session

Toowoomba Regional Council News - November 26, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Special meeting of Council called to discuss parking issues in the CBD,
  • Christmas events planned right across the region, and
  • A great opportunity for aspiring young lifeguards.

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

New sign to raise awareness in school zones

speed signToowoomba Regional Council have launched a new targeted School Speed Awareness campaign today at Centenary Heights State High School.

The campaign will involve the parking of a programmable mobile speed advisory trailer which will advise motorists of the speed they are travelling. School zones throughout the city are 40kph.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said speeding accounted for 20% of the road fatalities in the region and the new signs were aimed at educating drivers to watch their speed at all times.

“The latest road information showed 14 incidents and one fatality in 40kph zones over a five year period,” Cr Antonio said.

“As our city continues to grow these school zones will only get busier … and if a crash occurs it is the child that will be hurt, not the driver.

“Importantly this initiative is one of the results of the Road Safety Forum held in Toowoomba earlier this year.

“I thank the State Government for their funding contribution for the trailer.”

Read more: New sign to raise awareness in school zones

Toowoomba Regional Council - November, 19, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • Construction of $24.5m new library begins,
  • Youth given a voice through library project art display,
  • The region put on the map as the first QantasLink plane takes off from Brisbane West Wellcamp airport,
  • Mayor returns from overseas trip fostering China business,
  • GraffitiSTOP program given vital boost,
  • New book featuring Toowoomba's best trees,
  • How to become a Downs Little Lifeguard,
  • And a full wrap up of the Mayor's Over 80s Christmas Party.

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

Neil Street car park to return to full capacity

Toowoomba Regional Council intends to have the Neil Street Bus Station Car Park back to full capacity within 12 months.

Car parking at the 298-bay multi-storey complex has been reduced by 67 spaces to allow for some structural rectification works to be undertaken.

TRC Infrastructure Service Committee chair, Cr Carol Taylor, said structural flaws had been discovered during recent inspections.

"The complex was constructed around 1989 and is starting to show signs of wear and tear," Cr Taylor said. "Council will need to bring in specialist contractors to undertake the repair work."

"Building techniques have gone ahead significantly since this structure was built. The rectification works will significantly extend the facility's working life," she said.

Read more: Neil Street car park to return to full capacity

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