CBD Library, Local History Library closing by mid May

The announcement of the Walton Stores urban renewal project in Toowoomba's CBD will result in an immediate change to operations at Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) CBD Library/Local History Library at 476 Ruthven Street.

TRC Library and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney said the project would force the earlier-than-expected closure of Council's CBD Library/Local History Library at 476 Ruthven Street by the middle of May.

Cr Scotney said the closure would be completed in two stages with some services transferring to Toowoomba City Library, 618 Ruthven Street.

"The move is unavoidable and Council is working to minimise the disruption to services offered down town," Cr Scotney said.

"The interim arrangements will be in place until the new Toowoomba City Library, on the corner of Herries and Victoria streets, opens early next year. Construction work is progressing well at the new site.

"Access to some of the Local History Library's resources will be available at Toowoomba City Library, 618 Ruthven Street from Friday, June 12.

Read more: CBD Library, Local History Library closing by mid May

Laneway culture to 'evolve' in Toowoomba's inner city

Toowoomba's Central Business District is continuing to evolve with a new laneway project being announced this morning.

The Walton Stores urban renewal project was unveiled today and is set to change the perception of the inner city.

Aspect Director of Project Management Graham Secombe said the Walton Stores project would blend heritage with innovation to create a unique space in Toowoomba's CBD.

"We want to combine dinning, retail, commerce in the one space. Our vision for Walton Stores will be a laneway project with eclectic cafes, boutique retail and convenience shopping and the most unique office space on offer in the city," Mr Secombe said.

"The site is surrounded by established professional office and retail uses providing employment to thousands of CBD employees.

"Laneway shopping is taking hold in a number of cities around the world."

Read more: Laneway culture to 'evolve' in Toowoomba's inner city

Toowoomba Regional Council News April 29, 2015

This week's Council News includes:
  • City to swell by hundreds for HMAS Toowoomba crew visit,
  • Record numbers pay respects at Mothers’ Memorial Anzac Day services,
  • Three major projects in progress in growth corridor,
  • TRC receives Guide Dog award for footpath markers,
  • Reading time at the City Library to host furry friends,
  • Parking maps to ease CBD confusion.
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Carnival team powered by Peter Roberts Honda

carnival-hondaWith plans well advanced for this year's 66th annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers from September 18-27, Carnival organisers have added extra sponsorship by signing Peter Roberts Honda as a major partner.

Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said the backing of a long-established Toowoomba business was a welcome endorsement of Carnival.

Cr McDonald said Peter Roberts had been a proud sponsor of Carnival for more than 15 years and this year was no exception with the team enjoying the benefits of the new HR-V, 5-door, compact SUV.

Read more: Carnival team powered by Peter Roberts Honda

Toowoomba Enterprise Hub continues to grow

The approval of a new service station and food outlet at Charlton by Toowoomba Regional Council’s Development Assessment Panel (DAP) yesterday continues the development of the area into a major industrial centre.

DAP is a panel of Councillors which meets every second Thursday to discuss relevant planning applications with Planning and Development Services general manager Stewart Somers.

At Thursday’s meeting an application by Witmack Developments to build a new service station at the intersection of the Warrego Highway and O’Mara roads was approved with conditions.

The service station will be a 24-hour seven-day-a-week operation and will include parking bays, amenities for truck drivers and playground for children. A section of the service station will comprise a dedicated food outlet.

TRC Planning and Assessment spokesman Cr Chris Tait said the new facility was being built to cater for passing motorists on the future second range crossing and to service the growing needs of the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub.

Read more: Toowoomba Enterprise Hub continues to grow

Bunnings development plan approved under Sustainable Planning Act

Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) approval for a Bunnings warehouse and other amenities on the former Toowoomba Foundry site is a watershed for urban renewal on the CBD's northern fringe.

TRC Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Bill Cahill said contrary to some reports, the development application was assessed in accordance with all requirements for a Code Assessable application.

"This proposal was assessed under the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) and not the Economic Development Act 2012, which is the assessment vehicle for applications that will be lodged for the Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area that includes the proposed Toowoomba Railway Parklands," Cr Cahill said.

"The Bunnings Group application was assessed under the SPA as the development application pre-dated last December's declaration of the Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area.

"Under the Act, the application was accepted as an approved land use activity for the site.

"The application met many requirements and, for others that did not, the applicant has been able to satisfy Council that the use is permitted subject to conditions. This is the case in many development applications.

Read more: Bunnings development plan approved under Sustainable Planning Act

Dedication ceremony for new addition to Mothers’ Memorial

The newest addition to Toowoomba’s iconic Mothers’ Memorial Garden precinct will be formally dedicated tomorrow.

Work has been completed on the new Toowoomba Anzac Centenary Wall, which will serve as an entranceway to the larger Mothers’ Memorial precinct from the Toowoomba CBD.

Toowoomba Regional Council Parks and Recreation spokeswoman, Cr Sue Englart, said the new wall was constructed as the previous space allocated for memorial plaques had been fully allocated.

“Plaques at the Boer War Gates on the Margaret Street entrance to the gardens had been fully used,” Cr Englart said. “It was time to expand the area, but we needed to do so with a design that complemented the existing memorial.”

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

Read more: Dedication ceremony for new addition to Mothers’ Memorial

Toowoomba Regional Council News April 22, 2015

This week's Council News includes:

  • Mega-store gains Council’s final tick of approval,
  • Which long-term CBD car park now has a three hour limit?
  • Council awaits report on paid parking in the CBD,
  • Register your interest - Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area,
  • Help transform a local park at tree planting day,
  • RADF grants to close soon,
  • and regional residents urged to register ahead of wild dog baiting program.


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Development plan a spur for northern CBD fringe revival

Plans for a Bunnings warehouse, interpretative centre and food outlet near the corner of Ruthven and Bridge streets will spur the revival of Toowoomba's northern CBD precinct.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) today approved a development application lodged by Bunnings Group for the mixed use development.

TRC Development Assessment portfolio leader Cr Chris Tait said Council's approval paved the way for the revival of an overlooked and neglected part of the city.

"Council is looking to encourage development in the area north of the CBD," Cr Tait said.

"This application presents an interim and adaptive re-use of the site, which is in keeping with Council's longer term vision for the area.

"The development application was assessed in accordance with all requirements for a Code Assessable application under the Sustainable Planning Act.

Read more: Development plan a spur for northern CBD fringe revival

Growth corridor to receive $7.8m in new infrastructure

Toowoomba Regional Council is about to undertake two major projects in its south-west growth corridor.

A $5.8 million upgrade of the wastewater network including a new sewage pumping station at Wyreema is about to start and an 8km pipeline will connect Cambooya and Wyreema to Council's main Wetalla Water Reclamation Facility for treatment.

Water supply to the township of Wyreema will also be augmented through a $2 million 7km pipeline connecting to the main Toowoomba water supply at Westbrook.

TRC waste portfolio spokesperson Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the water supply project would greatly enhance quality and secure supply for future anticipated growth in the area.

"The two projects will result in efficiency and environmental improvements and is a key component of Council's ongoing program to upgrade existing water and wastewater networks and to replace aging infrastructure across rural areas," Cr Sommerfield said.

"Council has allocated $56 million for water and wastewater capital works projects this financial year and these are aimed at improving services and targeting areas of future growth across the region," she said.

Read more: Growth corridor to receive $7.8m in new infrastructure

Pittsworth Wastewater Treatment Plant replacement begins

Work will begin this week on the $9 million upgrade of the Pittsworth Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Toowoomba Regional Council has allocated $56 million for water and wastewater capital works projects this financial year with the Pittsworth project replacing an existing facility built in the 1970s.

TRC waste portfolio spokesperson Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the Pittsworth upgrade will result in efficiency and environmental improvements and is a key component of Council's ongoing program to replace aging wastewater treatment infrastructure.

"Council had significant issues in terms of aging assets coupled with population growth in outlying towns placing stress on the network in some areas," Cr Sommerfield said.

"Council has taken a strategic approach to upgrading all of its wastewater networks and Pittsworth is an excellent example of the investment being made in regional infrastructure upgrades," she said.

"The current system was constructed in the mid-1970s and was designed to service 4000 people at a time of much lower community and government expectations. It is nearing capacity and cannot provide the level of treatment we now need.

"Council's contractors UGL Engineering Pty Ltd have almost completed design work and will soon construct a modern plant for Pittsworth and will bring it on line by mid-2016."

Cr Sommerfield said the new system would expand the capacity of the plant by around 12 percent and is expected to meet the needs of the Pittsworth community until 2035.

"There will be an entirely new plant control system allowing for remote access and alarm notification systems," Cr Sommerfield said.

"There will be a number of upgraded treatment capabilities including on-site biological removal of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus as well as tertiary treatment through chlorine disinfection.

"This will result in better environmental outcomes, streamlined work practices and will meet the immediate growth needs of the system in Pittsworth.

"It will also involve a number of local sub-contractors in the construction phase so will provide employment opportunities for the Pittsworth community."

Toowoomba Regional Council News April 15, 2015

This week's Council News includes:
  • Which mega-store has received committee approval?
  • Family of the late Garnet Lehmann praise detention basin parklands,
  • Carnival of Flowers continues to bloom,
  • Eye-catching murals to attract visitors to the city,
  • Time's running out to enter this year's Contemporary Wearables Jewellery Award and Exhibition,
  • And all the ANZAC Day services.

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Mayor seeks assurances on Borneo Barracks' future

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has requested an urgent meeting with Defence Minister Kevin Andrews in a bid to clarify the future of the Borneo Barracks Defence base at Cabarlah.

The request follows speculation in recent weeks that the base is among several earmarked for closure following a review of Defence Department assets.

Mayor Antonio said the Defence community played a key role in the Toowoomba region both economically and socially and he was determined to do all he could to preserve that contribution.

"We estimate that the Defence Force Base currently provides jobs for more than 800 local residents and contributes more than $100 million annually to our local economy," Mayor Antonio said.

Read more: Mayor seeks assurances on Borneo Barracks' future

National spotlight on August Toowoomba Transport and Logistics Symposium

Toowoomba's emergence as a burgeoning centre for transport and logistics operations will gain additional traction and attention at a national symposium scheduled for August this year.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the Toowoomba Transport and Logistics Symposium, to be held in partnership with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), would create awareness about the transport and logistics capability in this region.

"With the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the coming construction of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the anticipated Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project, it is fitting that Toowoomba hosts a forum of this nature to explore the remarkable potential such infrastructure is bringing to Toowoomba and eastern Australia more broadly," Mayor Antonio said.

"Council hopes the symposium will position our region as a thriving inland hub and showcase to both the federal and state governments that we are ready to seize the opportunities created by key infrastructure projects proposed or under construction.

"International players are expected to attend along with a key speaker from a major international logistics firm."

Read more: National spotlight on August Toowoomba Transport and Logistics Symposium

Toowoomba’s Carnival continues to bloom

carnival-team-winToowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers was last night recognised as one of Australia’s premier tourism events by taking out the Festival and Events category at the 2014 Australian Tourism Awards.

Councillor Geoff McDonald was on hand with Council staff to accept the award at the Adelaide Convention Centre in front of an audience of tourism industry leaders.

One of seven finalists the Carnival of Flowers took the gong over the Uluru Outback Fest, home-town hero Cellar Door Wine Festival and the Opera on Sydney Harbour to name a few.

In its 30th year, the annual awards celebrate the highest achievement of Australian tourism businesses across 28 categories covering events, tourism education and training, accommodation and food experiences and destination marketing.

“What a tremendous experience,” Cr McDonald said. “Those of us who live in the Toowoomba Region know what a fantastic time of year Carnival is, but being honoured among the cream of Australian tourism will take Carnival to a whole new level.”

Read more: Toowoomba’s Carnival continues to bloom

Garnet Lehmann Park plays vital role in TRC's flood mitigation

The construction fences surrounding Garnet Lehmann Park will come down tomorrow to reveal the city's latest flood mitigation measure.

The 67-megalitre detention basin marks another significant step in Toowoomba's Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region initiative and its unveiling has been much-anticipated.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council had taken the step to take down the fences before the official launch of the project to allow residents to explore the park in a more relaxed fashion.

"We want people to come and explore this new park in their own time when they are ready," Mayor Antonio said.

"With the Easter break upon us, we thought people could come and explore with their families and friends and begin to use the park again.

Read more: Garnet Lehmann Park plays vital role in TRC's flood mitigation

Toowoomba Regional Council News April 1, 2015

This week's Council News includes:
  • Near explosive incident prompts waste warning,
  • Major city street to close for twelve months,
  • Jondaryan Woolshed's head damper cook reveals her secret recipe,
  • And events worth exploring this Easter break.
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Council to undertake rolling pest surveys across region

Toowoomba Regional Council will conduct a series of pest survey programs across the region starting next month.

The surveys will initially concentrate on the southern section of the region and will start in the Condamine Plains, Cecil Plains, Nangwee and Tipton areas next month.

TRC Pest Management Advisory Committee spokesperson, Cr Nancy Sommerfield, said pest control officers will be visiting properties to check for declared plant pests as part of a series of rotational inspections of the whole region.

“Pest plants can be extremely harmful to both livestock and agriculture,” Cr Sommerfield said. “Controlling declared pests, whether plant or animal, is part of Council’s commitment to improved biosecurity controls in the Toowoomba Region.”

“Council will work with landholders to promote best practice in the treatment of declared pests,” she said. “Council has a number of programs in place to assist landowners with plant pest control including large pumps and spray units that are available for hire at reasonable rates.”

Read more: Council to undertake rolling pest surveys across region

Toowoomba Regional Council News, March 18 2015

This week's Council News includes:

Local construction company awarded waste facility project,

Charlton Sports Precinct given final tick of approval,

Local teenager talks of his harrowing ordeal to flee his country to Toowoomba,

Mission Australia CEO 2015 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast guest speaker,

Former premier Anna Bligh to reflect on leadership, love and survival,

And the Mayor gets saucy for little Sophia.

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OCR Victoria Street extension taking shape

Toowoomba's newest road and bridge project will help transform the inner city, according to Cr Carol Taylor.

Cr Taylor, who is Toowoomba Regional Council's Infrastructure Committee Chair, said the Outer Circulating Road Victoria Street extension project would provide lasting benefits in terms of improved traffic efficiency in the inner city as well as improved flood mitigation.

"The Outer Circulating Road will help ease congestion at the Margaret and Ruthven streets intersection and tie in with the Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area to help revitalise the northern CBD area.

"While the new roadway is taking shape, there have been some delays to the works program from recent rain and the project will now take a little longer to complete," she said.

Read more: OCR Victoria Street extension taking shape

Toowoomba Regional Council News, March 11 2015

This week's Council News includes:

Mayor to join other leaders and meet with Prime Minister Tony Abbott,

Region weighs in on 2028 Olympic Games bid,

Help breathe life into a local park,

How a Council Community Grant is helping hundreds of locals in need,

'Community Conversations' to head to Oakey,

And win a health and active pack and get fit at the same time.

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