Did you attend the 2014 Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival? For a glimpse of this year's event, please click on the link below.
DON'T want to miss you favourite show?
It may be time to retune as your free-to-air TV channels in Toowoomba as they change frequencies.
Most Toowoomba residents, in suburbs including Wilsonton, Harlaxton, Redwood, Rangeville, Kearneys Spring and Darling Heights, are advised to retune after 3.30pm today (Wednesday, Aug 13).
Viewers in Top Camp, Withcott, Helidon Spa, Kearney Springs and Hodgson Vale will need to retune on Thursday, August 14.
Retuning is done using the remote. For most systems, viewers should press the 'menu' button on the remote, look for settings such as 'channels' or 'auto-tuning', then follow the prompts to retune.
Viewers might want to write down their favourite channel, program recordings or parental lock settings before they retune.
Once the channels have moved, viewers will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to get them back.
Viewers will not need to retune again - the TV services will reappear once the work at the transmission site has been completed.
Outages could occur over the next two days.
It is recommended residents check the retune website to see if their location is affected: http://retune.digitalready.gov.au/
For help retuning and information on temporary outages visit the retune website or call the digital ready information line on 1800 20 10 13, 8am -- 10pm, seven days.
These moves will free up broadcasting spectrum so it can be used for new services such as mobile broadband.
The countdown is on to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and one of the many highlights is the Spring Bluff train rides.
Starting on Sunday September 21, a diesel-hauled train will be travelling to and from the Toowoomba Railway Station and Spring Bluff twice a day at 9am and again at 1pm.
Tickets are now on sale at the Toowoomba Railway Station ticket office.
Click on the video below to watch 'acting' station master Ralph Hickey's smooth moves.
The annual Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival is the region's largest multicultural event, attracting thousands of visitors to Queens Park every year.
This year's festival will be held on Sunday, August 10 from 10am until 4pm, and will feature live music and dance performances, international cuisine, children's activies, camel rides, language activities, markets and a health and wellbeing expo.
For more information about the festival, please click on the video below:
Come join the fun of The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears from August 29 to 31.
Being held for the third year at the Woolshed, Jondaryan, the festival celebrates the history and birth of the Darling Downs region.
Over the three days, visitors live the lives of our great pioneers and experience the thrills and freedom that the pioneering spirit inspires.
The weekend will include sheep-shearing displays, fashion shows, historic displays, machinery parades, markets, live music, delicious food and more.
The Grand Banquet is held on Friday, August 29 and is sure to be a spectacular evening of fashion, fine food and entertainment.
The Woolshed manager Mrs Lisa Raklander said: “this festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family. We have entertainment and experiences for visitors of all ages.
“Children love the animal nursery where they can feed, touch and interact with farm animals and Australian wildlife. The draught horse-drawn cart rides are also very popular with families that would like a unique experience.
“The Grand Banquet this year is all about glamour and fine dining. The menu will feature lamb-inspired cuisine using locally grown produce. The fashion show promises to be an exciting walk down memory lane, working with some of Australia’s top designers including Alex Perry, Country Road and Camilla and Marc.
“This year, the Grand Banquet Charity Auction will be held to raise funds for the Endeavour Foundation, one of the leading disability support services in the country,” Mrs Raklander said.
The festival gates will open from 9am and will have a full day of activities available. Following the shearing presentation on Saturday, there will be live music in the evening by the Average Joes. Caravan and camping accommodation is available on site as well as delicious coffee and food from the recently opened Woolshed Cafe.
Entrance to the festival costs $49 for a family day pass, or $120 for a three-day pass. Individual tickets are also available at the gates. To purchase tickets to the Grand Banquet, please contact the Woolshed office on (07) 4692 2229.
What: A community celebration of the lives of Jill and Roger Guard
Where: The Empire Theatre, 56 Neil Street Toowoomba
When: Sunday August 3rd at 2.30pm
Important background info:
Mayor Paul Antonio has announced a community event will be held in Toowoomba to remember those lost through the MH 17 disaster, and to celebrate the contribution Roger and Jill Guard made to the local community.
On the day, due to parking restrictions, a free shuttle service will be offered for attendees. The buses will leave from Toowoomba Grammar School where parking will be available via the Margaret Street entrance.
Buses will leave from the internal Grammar School bus stop at 1.30pm and 2.00pm and will return at the conclusion of the event.
"There has been a deep community response to this terrible tragedy and it's important that we come together to express our grief and offer support and sympathy for the Guard family," Mayor Antonio said. "It's difficult to comprehend that an incident of this nature on the other side of the world can have such a profound effect on our peaceful city of Toowoomba. "Council is working with the Guard family to remember all those who have been affected but especially Roger and Jill Guard, as two of our own."
Live streaming of the event will be available from this page.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.
Following the record breaking floods of 2010/2011, Council is working to implement a number of flood mitigation measures. This includes detention basins at Ballin Drive Park and Garnet Lehmann Park to improve flood mitigation as part of Council's wider Gowrie Creek Catchment Flood Mitigation project.
3) Powerpoint presentation >> shared on Slideshare.
9) An 3D flythrough of the proposed Garnet Lehmann detention basin on Youtube.
Residents and organisations seeking funding and assistance for their not-for-profit ventures are encouraged to apply now for Toowoomba Regional Council's Community Grant Programs.
These programs provide opportunities to gain funding or in-kind support for various initiatives.
New for this year is the Sports Tourism Event Grant Program, which supports eligible organisations to develop and deliver successful sport tourism events that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region's economic prosperity, community wellbeing and diverse lifestyle.
The Cultural and Arts Support Grant (CAS) supports aspiring artists, regional grassroots community arts and cultural activities. Applications will be accepted until August 1.
The Community Support Grant Program seeks to achieve a safe, healthy and equitable community, enjoying a quality lifestyle by providing support for projects that:
Applications close on August 1.
Other available programs include Events, Environmental and Sport and Recreation. Further details on each of these programs can be found here.
Motorists who use Meringandan-Goombungee Road are advised to observe traffic lights and signs while major upgrade work occurs at the Shirley Road intersection.
Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said work on the project would be completed in October, weather permitting.
Cr Taylor said the $1.4 million project included rehabilitation of the existing two lanes by raising the pavement 500mm, upgrading the intersection with the addition of turning lanes and installing additional stormwater units.
"Council also will extend and upgrade the existing concrete footpath, lighting and complete other road safety improvements," Cr Taylor said.
"Traffic control measures will be in place for the duration of the project. Concrete footpath work has been done during the school holidays to provide safe access for patrons during construction activities.
"When necessary, dust suppression and noise control measures will be used during the construction times from 7am to 5pm. Council is mindful of the disruption to normal traffic conditions and urges motorists to exercise caution near the road works on this busy thoroughfare. We ask all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these works are performed."
If you have any questions about this work or would like more information, please contact Council on 131 872.
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