Community Engagement Forum to discuss West Toowoomba future development

Community Engagement ForumThe early stages of the West Toowoomba Local Plan will be presented at the Toowoomba Regional Councillor Community Engagement Forum in Glenvale tonight (Wednesday April 30).

The plan encompasses the developing suburbs of Glenvale, the Charlton Wellcamp Enterprise Area and Highfields /Meringandan/Meringandan West.

Read more: Community Engagement Forum to discuss West Toowoomba future development

Mayor to play key role in national Inland Rail push

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio is set to represent southern Queensland’s interests in a group formed to ensure local government plays a key role in the development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail line.

The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA), chaired by Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith, met earlier this month and includes local government representatives from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. 

Mayor Antonio said he was pleased to be endorsed as the only Queensland member of the group’s executive.

“The Federal Government has committed $300 million in the budget for corridor acquisition and detailed alignment of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail.

This group brings together all local governments with an interest in seeing the inland rail line developed,” he said.

The Mayor’s appointment to the group follows a visit by Chair of the National Implementation Group, former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, to Toowoomba in February.

Read more: Mayor to play key role in national Inland Rail push

Competition offers schoolchildren brush with fame

HealthyToothPrimary students who love to flash their pearly whites for the camera are invited to take part in the inaugural Toowoomba Healthy Teeth Competition.

Run by Toowoomba Regional Council and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS), the competition is designed to promote dental health throughout the region.

Primary schools across the region have been invited to participate, and should have recently received information about the competition via the post.

Council last year voted to add fluoride to a number of town water supplies across the region, including the main Toowoomba supply.

Read more: Competition offers schoolchildren brush with fame

RADF grants promote diverse arts projects across region

April-RADF-1Eight projects successful in attracting the latest round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants from Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) promise to surprise, confront and challenge as well as entertain audiences across the region.

Works including photographic exhibitions, theatrical productions, a new and artistic twist on opera and vocal recitals, dance workshops and performances, a silk painting workshop and the creation of new music for an independent recording project are among eight proposals to receive RADF grants announced recently by TRC Library and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney.

"In this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, we will see projects totalling almost $53,000," Cr Scotney said.

Read more: RADF grants promote diverse arts projects across region

Council News - April 23, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • Residents urged to support businesses as Goggs Street closes for upgrade works,
  • How to dispose of e-waste safely,
  • Lest We Forget: Where you can remember our fallen diggers this ANZAC Day,
  • Why all roads are leading to Felton this weekend,
  • And Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets for sale online.

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Council News - April 16, 2014

This week's video news segment includes the following:
  • Council unanimously adopts East Creek masterplan,
  • Mayor explains detention basin decision in a one on one exclusive interview,
  • Council looks for a 'sign' from residents,
  • Glenvale State School to host councillors on April 30.
  • And where to find the best Easter events in your region.
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Video News: Wetalla Treatment Plant upgraded

Why are people from around the world coming to our region to see the Wetalla Treatment Plant?

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Portfolio Leader, Cr Nancy Sommerfield, and Council principal engineer, Will Higgins, explain more in this video (click on the link below to watch):

 

Toowoomba Regional Council News - April 9, 2014

This week's video news segment includes the following:

  • City car park to temporarily close for maintenance,
  • Devoted community worker to speak at this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast,
  • MKR winners set to tantalise Gardenfest,
  • Brrrr! Change of season closes swimming pools,
  • How to beat school holiday boredom,
  • And picture perfect weather set to complement weekend activities.

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

 

Change of season closes swimming pools

Boy-in-Pool optWith the imminent arrival of winter, pools across the region will begin to close.

TRC Library and Cultural Services Portfolio Chair, Cr Ros Scotney said with the exception of the Milne Bay Aquatic Centre (MBAC), all outdoor swimming pools will close for the 2013/14 season as of Monday, April 21.

MBAC outdoor 50m pool will continue to open until 5pm Friday, April 25.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our pool lessees to focus on maintenance work during the cooler months,” Cr Scotney said.

“Swimming pools are scheduled to re-open early September – depending on when the water is an acceptable temperature for patrons.”

While the outdoor pool will be closed, MBAC visitors can still enjoy the 25m indoor heated pool, the program pool and inflatable programs.

All other centre facilities, including the gym and popular fitness classes at both MBAC and the Highfields Fitness and Recreation will be available as per normal operation.

For more details clink on this link www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/pools.

Tombstone Tours tell region's remarkable history

Tstone-Tours-P-CullenThe ornate inscriptions on some of the cemetery's oldest tombstones will be embellished into the fascinating, little-known and sometimes tragic stories that helped shape our region.

Presented by local historian Peter Cullen, the Tombstone Tours will be held at Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery in Anzac Avenue on May 10 and May 18 at 10am.

Libraries and Cultural Services Portfolio Chair, Cr Ros Scotney, said the tours enabled residents to visit the gravestones of families who were integral to our community's history.

Read more: Tombstone Tours tell region's remarkable history

Council News - April 2, 2014

This week's video news segment includes the following:

  • Russell Street to close for six months,
  • New chapter for city library,
  • Committee to put disabled accessibility on the map,
  • An action packed week of activities to celebrate youth across the region,
  • Hop to it! What's on this Easter,
  • And March rain lifts dam levels.

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Whaddup? It's National Youth Week!

Toowoomba Regional Council is inviting young people to run the streets this week.

As one of many fun events being held across the region during National Youth Week 2014, Run the Streets will be jam-packed with activities including hip-hop workshops, a DJ, free sausage sizzle and street basketball.

Held from Friday, April 4 until Sunday, April 13, this year's National Youth Week aims to engage and involve young people through the theme: Our Voice, Our Impact!

TRC Library and Cultural Services Porfolio Chair, Cr Ros Scotney, said events had been developed to encourage young people to get involved with their community and meet some of the region's youth workers.

"There are many activities right across the region, including lazer skirmish, graffiti and street art workshops, and a festival night," Cr Scotney said.

"Council's multi-purpose Youth Connect trailer, which contains three wall-mounted televisions linked to computers and Play Station 3s, a wi-fi network and mixing desk will also be out and about. "

Regional Lazer Skirmish for ages 12-25 is free and will be held in the follow locations:

  • April 7 – Pittsworth Showgrounds
  • April 8 – Oakey Showgrounds
  • April 9 – Millmerran State School
  • April 14 – Crows Nest State School
  • April 15 – Yarraman State School
  • April 16 – Clifton Showgrounds

The Crash the Streets free youth festival, to be held on Friday, April 11 at the Toowoomba PCYC in James St from 1.30pm, will feature free graffiti art, DJ, skateboarding and parkour workshops. The workshops will be followed by a free Youth Festival Night from 5pm until 9pm, with freestyle motocross displays, live bands, DJs, skateboarding, Playstation battles and more.

The Run the Streets event will be held on Wednesday, April 9 from 10am until 12pm at Wine Drive Park and Thursday, April 10 from 10am until 12pm at Harlaxton Park in Harlaxton.

For more information on other National Youth Week events, please visit National Youth Week or www.youthweek.com

 

Council News - March 26, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • The new-look all-abilities playground in Queens Park opens,
  • Wetalla Treatment Plant undergoes an upgrade,
  • Early Flood Warning System extends to Oakey,
  • Library Mega Book Sale,
  • Transition Library set to open on Monday, and
  • Further information sessions on the East Creek Detention Basin planned.

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

Community can view East Creek Master Plan options

Toowoomba Regional Council recently asked the design team to review flood mitigation options for East Creek as part of the Gowrie Creek Catchment Management Strategy.

With the review now complete, there is an opportunity for Toowoomba residents to find out about the flood mitigation options at information sessions over the coming weeks.

Mayor Paul Antonio said the sessions will provide the reasoning behind the options and provide opportunities for questions and further information for those interested in the technical aspects of this project.

Read more: Community can view East Creek Master Plan options

Flood Early Warning System for Oakey

Relay towers will be installed in the Oakey area during March as part of a Flood Early Warning System.

The system, which aims to provide advance warning of flooding to Emergency Services, was officially switched on in Toowoomba in November 2013 and is now being extended to Oakey.

The whole system will be operational by Spring 2014 but there will be further fine-tuning as flood events occur.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said the system, funded by Council and the State Government, was a vital tool for flood management.

“The Oakey area has felt the impact of flooding in recent years and this early warning system will help the community cope with such situations,” Cr Antonio said.

Read more: Flood Early Warning System for Oakey

Council News - March 19, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Council and Easterfest organisers work together to make positive changes to the annual event,
  • Pechey Water Treatment Plant set to go online in August,
  • Tens of thousands of resources packed for massive relocation of Toowoomba City Library, and
  • City Hall goes orange for Harmony Day.

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VIDEO NEWS: New Pechey Water Treatment Plant under construction

Residents at Hampton and Crows Nest can be assured of top-quality water once the new Pechey Water Treatment Plant comes online in August.

Last week Cr Nancy Sommerfield and engineers from Council's water services branch checked progress of the new facility.

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Council News - March 12, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Help us name the new CBD laneway,
  • Pittsworth residents offered free computer workshops,
  • End of an era as Toowoomba City Library packs up ready to close in Victoria St this Sunday
  • Flying fox dispersal underway in Highfields, and
  • Goggs St drainage works cause some traffic restrictions.

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

East Creek Master Plan decision deferred

Toowoomba Regional Council has deferred a decision on the future of Garnet Lehmann and Ballin Drive Park until the consultation process is complete.

The adoption of the East Creek Master Plan was to be discussed at today's Infrastructure Committee meeting.

However, Mayor Paul Antonio told the meeting, Council needed more time to consider community feedback and explore all flood mitigation options for East Creek.

Read more: East Creek Master Plan decision deferred

New residents welcomed at meet and greet

Paulwelc1The friendly surrounds of the iconic Cobb and Co Museum proved the perfect backdrop for Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) latest “Welcome to Toowoomba” function, which brought together more than 50 new residents to the region.

They were joined by Mayor Paul Antonio, councillors Anne Glasheen, Sue Englart and Geoff McDonald who shared a cuppa and a chat this week with newcomers from as far away as Great Britain and Italy.

Read more: New residents welcomed at meet and greet

Toowoomba region drought declared

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has welcomed today's announcement that primary producers affected by the drought in the Toowoomba region are eligible for State Government assistance.

State Minister for Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, and Member for Toowoomba South Dr John McVeigh, said more than 79% of Queensland is now officially drought declared, the largest area ever recorded.

"I thank the State Government for taking decisive action in helping those suffering from one of the worst droughts in Queensland history," Mayor Antonio said.

The Toowoomba region is one of 38 Queensland shires eligible for assistance from 1 March 2014.

"This region is Australia's second most productive agricultural region and we know there are many farmers out there struggling to survive, this emergency aid and funding available will help to ease some of the pain."

Producers wanting to apply for Drought Relief Assistance should contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 13 25 23 or access DRAS claim forms at www.daff.qld.gov.au

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