Mayor congratulates Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise on a successful year

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio believes there is a strong link between significant growth in the region and the work of the Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE).

The Mayor was speaking after the organisation held its AGM in Toowoomba last night.

“Council is delighted with the outcomes being achieved by TSBE. 

“Our objectives for the organisation including harnessing the capacity of the business community, and establishing a strong voice to promote economic development are certainly being realised,” he said.

Over the past twelve months TSBE’s membership has grown to 440 organisations, an increase of 65% on the previous financial year.
 

Read more: Mayor congratulates Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise on a successful year

Wilsonton Park to benefit from $1m plus upgrade

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Wilsonton residents will soon enjoy new parkland facilities and state-of-the-art play and exercise equipment.

Exercise “nodes”, a bush food area, public artwork, totems, fenced playground and native grassland will feature in the major upgrade planned for Wilsonton Heights Park, which is bound by Tor Street, Wine Drive, Port Street and High Court Drive.

The $1 million-plus project is being jointly funded by Toowoomba Regional Council (60%) and the Queensland Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (40%).

The tender process is currently underway and will be completed later this month (October). It is anticipated construction will begin before the end of the year.

Read more: Wilsonton Park to benefit from $1m plus upgrade

Change of access for Station Street

Access to Station Street, Toowoomba from Russell Street will be changed this week as part of the Outer Circulating Road (OCR) Victoria Street extension project.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Acting Chair Cr Chris Tait said the existing right-hand turn into Station Street from Russell Street will be removed.

Motorists will access Station Street by turning left from Russell Street. Station Street will remain a one-way street.

"This new traffic configuration is required to improve safety for motorists along Russell Street. A new median strip will be constructed on Russell Street from Station Street to the railway crossing," Cr Tait said.

"The new centre median provides a clearer and safer path for traffic wanting to access Station Street, Railway Street and the railway carpark."

Read more: Change of access for Station Street

Toowoomba Regional Council News - October 8, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • $1m upgrade planned for Wilsonton Heights park,
  • How to become one of the first leaders in TRC's inaugural youth program,
  • Find out what's happening in your area this October,
  • Time's running out to submit 2015 Australia Day nominees,
  • Register for Ride 2 Work to join a free, hearty breakfast.

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

 


Applications open for inaugural Youth Leaders Program

Youth Leaders ProgramResidents aged between 14 and 25 now have the opportunity to represent their community after Toowoomba Regional Council launched its first Youth Leaders Program.

The twelve month program hopes to engage the commitment of up to 50 young people across the Toowoomba region.

Environment and Community Committee Chair, Cr Geoff McDonald says Council hopes the program will develop a real connection with the communities younger generation.

"We're hopeful they will get as much out of it as Council will, so we really want to engage the youth of our entire region to get on board," Cr McDonald said.

"There are so many young people who have an enormous amount of talent that sometimes we take it for granted. This program will help showcase that talent and will put the spotlight on youth in a way it has never been done before."

Read more: Applications open for inaugural Youth Leaders Program

Make a splash for a great cause

The annual MS Swimathon will be held at the Milne Bay Aquatic Centre in Toowoomba on Saturday, November 8 from 6am until 6pm. For more information or to register, visit www.msswimathon.com.au

Click on the video below to learn more about the MS Swimathon.


 

First girders installed for new Toowoomba bridge

The first girders for the new Gowrie Creek Bridge are being installed today as part of the Outer Circulating Road Victoria Street extension project.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Cr Paul Antonio said the placement of the first girders for the new three-span bridge was a major milestone for the project.

"The new bridge over the confluence of East and West creeks near the old Allied Mills site will help to provide major flood mitigation benefits as part of the project which includes doubling the capacity of the Russell Street culvert and upgrading the West Creek channel," he said.

"The first girder, which is 27 metres long and weighs 60 tonnes, was trucked up the Toowoomba Range early this morning to avoid traffic delays.

"The project team is using a 400-tonne super lift crane to lift the girders. Assembling the crane itself is a huge task which has taken about a week to complete."

Read more: First girders installed for new Toowoomba bridge

Toowoomba Regional Council News - October 1, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • Watch the 3D fly through of new city library,
  • Proposed cuts to Federal Government disaster relief funding is slammed by State Government Minister,
  • Smell the aroma, as hundreds begin descending on Millmerran for the Camp Oven Festival,
  • Council wants your say on Draft Community Plan as public feedback sessions hit the region,
  • Public voting opens for Healthy Teeth Competition,
  • And enjoy a free Korean cultural performance at USQ

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

 

 

 

New home for Cathro Park bottle tree

A bottle tree from Cathro Park in Ruthven Street will find a new home as part of works to upgrade the East Creek culvert.

Councillor Sue Englart, who leads Toowoomba Regional Council's Environmental Health and Parks and Recreation portfolio, said the Brachychiton rupestris will be relocated to the Ballin Drive parkland adjacent to the new playground.

"A specialist company will use a tree spade to remove the bottle tree from Cathro Park and transplant it at Ballin Drive Park," she said.

"A number of these types of trees have been successfully moved over past years. I am happy that this tree will be replanted rather than destroyed."

Read more: New home for Cathro Park bottle tree

Toowoomba City Library and Civic Square construction gets the green light

Construction of Toowoomba Regional Council’s new city library and civic square is expected to begin in November with today’s announcement the multi-million dollar project has been awarded to local contractor Hutchinson Builders.

The $24.5m project, encompassing the new city library, community meeting rooms, immunisation clinic, a cycle centre, basement carpark and civic square, is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

The high-tech library and civic square will be located behind City Hall (bounded by Herries, Victoria and Little Streets).

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said the project would be a major boost to the local economy.

“We congratulate Hutchinson Builders on winning the contract to build this exciting project, which will be enjoyed by residents young and old for many years to come.”

Read more: Toowoomba City Library and Civic Square construction gets the green light

Toowoomba Regional Council News - September 24, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • 65th Carnival of Flowers continues with plenty on offer,
  • Which major thoroughfare is now closed to traffic,
  • Kwong Sang Walk now open,
  • Libraries and pools across the region ensures kids stay active these school holidays,
  • And time's running out to enter your healthy teeth competition video - check out the latest entries.


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Busy opening weekend launches 65th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Packed city streets, gardens and parks brimming with visitors and excellent crowds at Queens Park activities have opened the 65th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in fine style.

Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said estimates showed crowds along the Grand Central Floral Parade route were up around 10% on 2013.

“Residents and visitors joined the festive celebrations for the Grand Central Floral Parade with Toowoomba and Australia’s first Indy Car world champion Will Power heading the official party opening the traditional street procession,” Cr McDonald said.

“The parade was a fitting floral cavalcade for Carnival’s 65th birthday and showed off the creative talents of float designers, along with parade characters and a lively mix of musical entertainment.

“Queens Park lived up to its title as the hub of opening weekend activities with the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival and Sideshow Alley drawing in crowds across the weekend.

Read more: Busy opening weekend launches 65th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Greenwattle St to close for stormwater upgrade works

Construction works to upgrade stormwater drainage on Greenwattle Street, 150 metres north of the South Street and Greenwattle Street intersection, start tomorrow (Tuesday, September 23).

These works require the full closure of this section of Greenwattle Street. Motorists will not be able to pass and will have to use alternative routes via Glenvale Road or South Street.

Heavy vehicle operators are advised to seek alternate routes and should ensure they only use routes permitted for specific vehicle types.

Works will include removal of the old pipe culverts, construction of four new larger culverts, new kerb and channel and 100 metres of new road surface.

Read more: Greenwattle St to close for stormwater upgrade works

Emerging artists on show at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Contemporary artworks created by some of South East Queensland’s most promising emerging artists is on display at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

Situated, the sixth Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists’ Award Exhibition, runs from September 13 to October 26 and showcases creative artworks that explore a sense of place and identity.

Four artists were chosen for the exhibition, Gaye-Deanne Fraser, Harley Macbeth, Rose McDade-Broer and Cassie Roatz. They work across mediums of painting, photography and sculpture.

Artworks from the exhibition will be selected to be presented at a number of schools and community venues across the Toowoomba Regional Council area in 2015 as part of the Crates on Wheels Touring Exhibition.

Mayor Paul Antonio will open the display and announce the selected artists at the official opening this Sunday, September 21 at 1pm for a 1.30pm start.

This preselected acquisitive award exhibition alternates each year with the Contemporary Wearables exhibition of Australian and New Zealand jewellery.

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven Street, is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays.

The Gallery will open 10am-4pm Monday, September 22 for the Carnival of Flowers.

FREE joining fee at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre

Milne Bay Aquatic Centre is giving residents the opportunity to start getting their summer bodies ready now, with no joining fee for the month of September.

If you share the video below onto your Facebook page you will go into the draw to win a free weekly trial.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - September 17, 2014

This week's Council News, presented from Queens Park, includes:

  • 65th Carnival of Flowers set to bloom bigger and better than ever before,
  • Russell Street re-opens to two-way traffic,
  • New accessibility map to open up CBD,
  • And tickets still available for Spring Bluff train ride.

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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Road Closures

Marching band through the leafy streets of ToowoombaMotorists are advised to note road closures in and around Toowoomba’s Central Business District for tomorrow’s (Saturday, September 20) Carnival of Flowers celebrations.

Council asks motorists to be mindful of altered road conditions.

Saturday September 20

(Section A – Start of Parade)

Closures 6am till 4.30pm (approx)

  • Herries St: from Kitchener to Hume St (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Victor St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Teys Lane: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Philip St: from Eton to William (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Leonard St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Jane St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Jarrott St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Garget St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Aubigny St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)

Closures 2pm till 4.30pm (approx)

  • Hume St: from Clopton to King Sts

 (Section B – Parade)

Closures noon till 4.30pm (approx)

  • Herries St: from Ruthven to Hume Sts
  • Herries St: from Victoria to Ruthven Sts (eastbound only)
  • Little St from Duggan to Ruthven Sts
  • Ruthven St from Herries to Margaret Sts
  • Ruthven St: from Margaret St to Chalk Drive
  • Union Lane: from Annand to Ruthven Sts
  • Dent St: from Margaret St to Grand Central carpark entrance
  • Russell St: from Victoria to Ruthven Sts
  • Schofield St: Ruthven to Russell Sts
  • Piper St: from Ruthven to Ruthven St via McCrum Lane

Closures 2pm till 4.30pm (approx)

  • Neil St: from Julia to King Sts
  • Ruthven St: from Campbell St to Chalk Drive
  • Chalk Drive: from Ruthven to Hume Sts
  • Hume St: from Campbell to Bell Sts
  • Margaret St: at Ruthven St intersection 

(SECTION C – PARADE FINISH)

Closures 6am till 4.30pm (approx)

  • Godsall St: from Hume St (Residential access allowed via Lawson Lane)
  • Lawson Lane: (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Tana Lane: (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Ora Lane: (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Eleanor St: (Residential Access Allowed)

Closures 2pm till 4.30pm (approx)

  • Neil St: from Campbell to Bowen Sts
  • Anthony St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Thomas St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)
  • Laurel St: full length (Residential Access Allowed)

FRIDAY September 19 to SUNDAY September 21

(Section D – Queen’s Park Off-Street Parking)

Closures from 6am Friday to Midnight Sunday

  • Lindsay St: the internal U shaped roadway entering Queens Park off Lindsay St.

Russell Street re-opened to through traffic

Russell Street has been re-opened to through traffic in a major milestone for the Outer Circulating Road Victoria Street extension project.

Traffic diversions had been in place at the rail crossing since April to allow duplication of the drainage structure on West Creek under Russell
Street.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor praised the contractor Probuild Civil and Council's project team for meeting this important milestone.

"It was vital to the Russell Street traders and the wider community that the street be re-opened in time for the Carnival of Flowers as promised,'' she said.

"The contractor and project team worked hard to ensure the street re-opened on time in spite of some recent wet weather and technical challenges."

Read more: Russell Street re-opened to through traffic

Mayor welcomes next step, but calls for future proofing

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has welcomed the short-listing of three International consortiums to build the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

Cr Antonio said the three leading bids from Nexus, RangeConnect and RangeLink boasted international experience of the highest degree and would ensure the project was completed to the highest possible standard.

"The consortiums are responsible for building some of the biggest projects within South East Queensland over recent years including the Gateway Bridge and the Gold Coast light rail system," Antonio said.

"All of them boast international experience working with all tiers of government and will now submit business cases detailing their approaches to building the biggest inland road project in Australia," he said.

"I welcome the experience these companies bring to the table and encourage them to work with our local expert knowledge wherever possible."

Read more: Mayor welcomes next step, but calls for future proofing

Council News - September 10, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Geoffrey Rush sends a Skype message to congratulate the Empire Theatres on the opening of the Armitage Centre, 
  • Mayor launches the Awards for Excellence in Urban Design,
  • New cycleway links Highfields to Top Camp,
  • Warrego Highway roadworks to temporarily close the Mt Tyson access to the Jondaryan Waste Management Facility, and
  • Tenpin bowling East Coast Challenge Cup to be held in Toowoomba this month.

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

 

Council to trial city loop shuttle bus service

Toowoomba Regional Council is seeking to implement a three-month trial of a free shuttle loop in the Toowoomba CBD for aged and disabled members of the community.

Council discussed a proposed trial at yesterday's Environment and Community Committee monthly meeting with the final decision to be endorsed at next Tuesday's general meeting.

Environmental Health and Parks and Recreation portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said the idea had grown following a number of reports of elderly residents having difficultly accessing the new temporary library and mini-CBD library in Ruthven Street.

Read more: Council to trial city loop shuttle bus service

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