Toowoomba Regional Council News - November 4, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • Young achievers urged to apply for 2015 William Groom scholarship,
  • Council recognised by Spinal Injuries Australia for its Inclusive Community Plan 2015-2020,
  • Win an e-reader by simply joining a walking group,
  • Registrations now open for Walk to Work day,
  • Community Engagement Forum heads to Felton,
  • And will NRL legend Shane Webcke don the dt's for a good cause.

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TRC offers free kits to clean up illegal graffiti

graffiti-remover-boxResidents and business people tired of unsightly illegal graffiti and tagging can apply for a free kit to clean premises.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC), in conjunction with the state government, is offering free graffiti removal kits to interested people.

TRC Community Development and Facilities portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney said the kits contained an eco-safe, non-toxic spray solution, scrubbing brush, protective glasses, gloves, soap and a cloth to clean up illegal graffiti.

Cr Scotney said the free kits were available from any Council customer service centre.

Read more: TRC offers free kits to clean up illegal graffiti

Toowoomba Regional Council News - October 29, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

Extreme fire danger prompts Disaster Management warning,
Centre car parking changes operating in the CBD,
Nominate for TRC's Awards for Excellence - Urban Design, Heritage and the Environment,
Landholders urged to join wild dog baiting program,
And find out what's happening in your area by visiting Council's free events register.

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Council seeks input from local suppliers on procurement

Toowoomba Regional Council is hoping to engage with industry leaders and business representatives in a bid to help local suppliers win more business from Council.

Council purchases goods, services and works across a range of areas including roads, footpaths, recreational and community facilities, parks and trees to heavy vehicles, office equipment, professional services, utilities and more.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said understanding how Toowoomba Regional Council made its purchases could improve the chances of local businesses winning more contracts to supply goods to Council.

“Sourcing goods and services locally is crucial to the business community in Toowoomba and Council is committed to spending locally to help local businesses grow and prosper,” Cr Antonio said.

Read more: Council seeks input from local suppliers on procurement

Landholders urged to join wild dog baiting campaign

pest baitingToowoomba Regional Council is promoting an integrated approach to managing wild dogs across the region ahead of its next baiting campaign early next month.

Pest Management Advisory Committee chair, Cr Anne Glasheen, said an integrated approach including shooting, trapping, exclusion fences, the use of herd protection animals and baiting was the most effective way to control wild dogs.

"We need rural communities to unite behind an integrated approach as the best way forward is together, the effectiveness of these campaigns is only restricted by a lack of participation," Cr Glasheen said.

Read more: Landholders urged to join wild dog baiting campaign

Nest boxes to boost wildlife in parks

nestingboxesRosellas, cockatoos, king parrots, lorikeets and other wildlife are set to benefit from the installation of more than 40 nest boxes in Garnet Lehmann and Ballin Drive Parks.

Mayor Cr Paul Antonio said that as part of ongoing works along East Creek, Toowoomba Regional Council arranged for a variety of nest boxes to be installed to attract native birds and animals to the area.

"The team from Red Leaf Projects has been up in the tree tops attaching the boxes to the large gum trees in the two parks," Cr Antonio said.

Read more: Nest boxes to boost wildlife in parks

Toowoomba Regional Council - October, 22, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Mayor meets with Queensland Treasurer to talk Second Range Crossing specifics,
  • Council adopts cutting-edge technology for Oakey,
  • Comment on draft Charlton Sports Precinct Masterplan,
  • Applications now open for inaugural Youth Leaders Program,
  • And how to make cash from your trash.

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Council adopts cutting-edge technology for Oakey

Toowoomba Regional Council is set to switch on a $750,000 state-of-the-art flood early warning system to alert the residents of Oakey.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the Council will be the first in Queensland to include 10-day rainfall forecasting data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) into its flood forecasting as an emergency management tool.

"This means that even before it begins raining, we can anticipate an approaching weather system and begin flood forecast modelling," Cr Antonio said.

"This is truly cutting-edge technology," he said. "Several sources of information, including real-time information from Council's five new flood level and rainfall gauging stations in the Oakey Creek catchment, will be fed into a predictive forecasting model."

"Then as the weather system approaches BOM regularly updates its information and accuracy on the event. When it starts to rain Council will immediately start receiving data from our new rainfall gauges and feeding that into our predictive models.

"The reported data is updated every six minutes, via new Council gauges, through a high-tech telemetry system which will allow staff to undertake real-time modelling. Council will be able to provide emergency services vital information as conditions change on the ground."

Read more: Council adopts cutting-edge technology for Oakey

Toowoomba Regional Council News - October 16, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Flood Early Warning System for Oakey,
  • Toowoomba city's newest cycleway opens,
  • City Hall throws open its doors for Open House Toowoomba event,
  • Make some cash for your trash by signing up for the Garage Sale Trail, and
  • Mayor's Over 80s Christmas Party.

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Ace activities for tennis fans to enjoy

Tennis fans and sports followers will have plenty to enjoy this week with the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International once again at the Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre – USQ from October 11-18.

Emerging men’s and women’s professionals will be the main attraction at USQ during the week, but there will be plenty of chances for fans of all ages to join the action on and off court.

Frog’s Hollow in Queens Park will be a hive of activity from 3.30-6pm on Tuesday, October 14 for the ANZ Hot Shots Tennis in the Park. Try your hand at the Hot Shots activity, speed serve or target practice. Meet a selection of players and see the Brisbane International trophies.

Win an Ipad and a family day pass (ground entry) to the Brisbane International next January. A sausage sizzle and ice creams will be available, along with a coffee van.

A free Indigenous Come and Try event runs from 4-6pm on Friday, October 17 at USQ.

All the activities return for the finals on Saturday, October 18 at USQ. The Hutchies Corporate Challenge presented by Taylor’s Removals final starts at 9am, followed by an all-abilities exhibition before the women’s singles final presented by Tilly’s Crawler Parts at 11am. The Hutchinson Builders men’s singles final follows the women’s match.

Limited $5 grandstand seating can be reserved by contacting the Toowoomba Tennis Association on 4639 1874.

Check event details at www.toowoombatennisinternational.com or like us on www.facebook.com.au/toowoombatennisinternational

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.

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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

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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

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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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