Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 13, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • East Creek detention basin work starts,
  • Clifford and Goggs street intersection to close for major stormwater upgrade,
  • Have your say on the region's transport future,
  • Local Disaster Management Committee prepares for fire season,
  • Japanese Sister City soccer players enjoy successful visit,
  • Click go the shears at Jackie Howe Festival,
  • And all aboard! Spring Bluff train ride tickets now on sale. 
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Perseverance Hall plays host to Community Engagement Forum

Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) community engagement sessions continued last week with another successful meeting held at the Perseverance Hall.

Councillors, TRC staff and the public came together to discuss community priorities.

The gatherings are an informal meeting where councillors can give residents an update on significant projects in the region, as well as hear local issues and concerns first hand.

To hear from councillor Anne Glasheen and find out when the next forum will be held, watch the video below.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - August 6, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Council's development panel to review food precinct proposal on Ruthven Street,
  • Meet this year's Carnival of Flowers Ambassador,
  • Your guide to the Carnival of Flowers main events
  • Travel the world in one day for under $10,
  • And join the Mayor and a former NRL star to talk about men's health.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

VIDEO:Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival

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:


Watch history come to life

Woolshed-storyCome 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.

Woolshed-story2The 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.

For more information on this fantastic weekend, please log on to the website, visit facebook at, or phone (07) 4692 2229.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 30, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes look at the inaugural Carnival of Flowers jacket,
  • Council assures Oakey residents town water is safe to drink,
  • Community input sought on former Newtown Park tennis courts,
  • Weekend work to begin on Goggs Street stormwater project,
  • Get fit for spring and help a worthwhile charity,
  • And community engagement forum comes to Perseverance Hall.
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Community to remember Roger and Jill Guard

Live streaming video by Ustream

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:

  • News crews will have an allocated section at the front of the theatre, please arrive between 2pm and 2.15pm to set up for minimal disruption to the event (enter via front door)
  • A press conference with Paul Guard, son of Jill and Roger, and Mayor Paul Antonio, will be held at the conclusion of the event at 4pm
  • Live streaming will be occurring from this page.

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.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 23, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • State Miniseter announces new CCTV cameras to boost community safety,
  • International mountain bike championships to put Toowoomba on the map,
  • Works begin on Kwong Sang walkway.
  • How all pre-sold tickets will be honoured at this year's Flower Food and Wine Festival,
  • And keep the kids amused this weekend at free learn to skate program.

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Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 16, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Public comment opens soon on draft Toowoomba Region Sustainable Transport Strategy,
  • New community arts centre nears completion,
  • Night work to begin on West Creek Channel Works,
  • See the world at Languages and Cultures Festival,
  • And all aboard the Clifton Railway birthday party.
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Visiting children's author at Toowoomba Library

my-two-blanketsWhen Austrian-born academic Irena Kobald took her young daughter to play in a Toowoomba park, little did she realise the experience would inspire My Two Blankets, a heartwarming story of friendship and the difficulties of settling into a foreign country.

Irena will be visiting Toowoomba City Library on Wednesday, July 16 from 4pm until 6pm. Free tickets are available from the Library Help Desk.

Irena has lived and travelled in many countries. She came to Australia in 1982 and completed a B.A. (Honors) in Russian Language and Literature, a B.F.E.T and a Masters in TESOL. Irena is the mother of four children and has lived and worked in the Northern Territory for the past six years.

Council maintains stance on flood mitigation for city

Garnet Lehman ConceptFollowing 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.

Related resources

1) East Creek detention basins - Questions and Answers

2) icon Minutes of Special Meeting of Toowoomba Regional Council 16 April 2014 (450.66 kB)

3) Powerpoint presentation >>  shared on Slideshare. 

4) icon The Chronicle – Gowrie Creek Catchment Management Strategy 19 April 2014 (1.18 MB)

5) icon East Creek Masterplan Executive Summary (3.43 MB)

6) icon Letter from the Premier of Queensland dated 28 June 2012 (93.91 kB)

7) icon Preliminary Design Concept for Ballin Drive Basin (2.63 MB)

8) icon Preliminary design concept for Garnet Lehmann Park basin (2.21 MB)

9) An 3D flythrough of the proposed Garnet Lehmann detention basin on Youtube.

Funding opportunities for regional initiatives

GrantsClownResidents 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:

  • demonstrate collaboration and partnerships between community organisations,
  • encourage and assist community interaction and inclusiveness,
  • foster indigenous, multicultural and inter-generational understanding and equity,
  • support innovation, forward thinking and learning opportunities,
  • upgrade facilities to meet standards, regulations and community expectations,meet changing community needs and/or increase facility usage.

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.

Please observe signs on Meringandan-Goombungee Road works

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.

New exhibition on show at TRAG

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is excited to present to Toowoomba a most ambitious touring visual art exhibition from Maitland Regional Art Gallery and supported by Visions of Australia, In[Two]Art.

Curated by Joseph Eisenberg, In[Two]Art presents new work by sixty of Australia’s leading artists (thirty artistic and life couples) drawn from across five Australian states and the ACT.

The exhibition features an impressive convergence of recent works from sixty significant Australian artists.

Read more: New exhibition on show at TRAG

Toowoomba Regional Council News - July 9, 2014

In this week's Council News: 
  • Rainwater tanks manadatory on specified new buildings,
  • Careless drivers prompt safety warning at roadworks,
  • Revamped Milne Bay Aquatic Centre re-opens,
  • And how will Clifton residents celebrate a major milestone.

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

Rainwater tanks mandatory on new buildings from September 1

Tank-pic---Cr-Sommerfield-2Installing rainwater tanks on new houses and large commercial buildings will be mandatory across the Toowoomba region from September 1 this year.

Today's (July 8) Committee of Council meeting noted the approval from Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander formally endorsing Toowoomba Regional Council's (TRC) application to opt in to the Queensland Development Codes for rainwater tanks.

In June 2013 Council recommended 'opting in' to the mandatory installation of rainwater tanks on new houses and large commercial buildings.

Lapsed building applications will be required to comply with the new regulation from September 1.

TRC Water and Waste Projects portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield, pictured, said any new single detached houses built on blocks of land larger than 250 square metres (Queensland Development Code 4.2) would be required to install a rainwater tank and other water-saving measures. Duplexes and other apartment blocks will be exempt.

Also, buildings classified under sections five to nine of the Queensland Development Code 4.3 – large commercial buildings such as offices, wholesale storage buildings, manufacturing premises and public healthcare facilities – also will be required to install rainwater tanks.

Read more: Rainwater tanks mandatory on new buildings from September 1

Council News - July 2, 2014

This week's Council News includes:

  • Council's 2014/15 Budget handed down,
  • Changes in CBD parking charges,
  • School holiday activities planned in the region's libraries and the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery,
  • Popular walking tracks at Picnic Point reopened,
  • Call for volunteers for the 2014 Languages and Cultures Festival, and
  • New-look Toowoomba Bus Station opened this week.


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

Partial closure of bus station car parks

The second level of the Toowoomba Bus Station in Neil Street, Toowoomba has been partially closed to car parking for an extended period to allow repairs.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor said the partial closure was necessary to allow some structural rectification works to proceed.

"About 64 car parking spaces are affected and barriers have been put in place to cordon off the work area," she said.

"The second level of parking is rarely fully occupied so there is still ample parking available.

"The first level of parking won't be affected although some works will take place there."

Cr Taylor said the repair works were not related to the recent refurbishment of the bus station, formerly known as the Neil Street bus interchange.

For more information about the partial car park closure please call Council on 131 872 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Councillor Engagement Forum comes to Drayton

Community submissions on improving park amenities at Hodgson Vale and Harristown will be presented at the Toowoomba Regional Councillor Community Engagement Forum in Drayton tonight (Wednesday, June 25).

Residents will also have the opportunity to raisie individual issues with the Mayor and Councillors, and Council's Community Liaison Officers will be available to assist residents to record these issues in writing.

Customer Service portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said the monthly Community Engagement Forums provided an opportunity for residents to meet the Mayor and available councillors in a semi-formal public meeting.

"Councillors are sometimes accused of being removed from the community," Cr Glasheen said.

"We want to stress that is definitely not the case and reinforce that we are, and always will be, here for the residents.

"These sessions are the perfect opportunity for the public to come together, share a cuppa and discuss with us the issues that they feel are impacting on their neighbourhoods."

Local community organisations work with Council's community liaison officers to develop community priorities and visions for the future that are presented in an agenda to the councillors for consideration.

All residents are encouraged to attend and have a say.

Tonight's forum will be held at the Drayton Memorial Hall, 39 Brisbane Street, from 6pm. A light supper will be provided.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - June 25, 2014

In this week's Council News: 

  • Mayor previews 2014/2015 Budget,
  • Council begins flying fox dispersal,
  • Flood recovery works begin on Old Goombungee Road
  • New name and new look for Neil Street Bus Interchange,
  • And over $9000 tops up Lifeline Darling Downs Drough Appeal.

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

Toowoomba Regional Council - June 18, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • State Government to part fund $4.5m upgrade of CBD flood drainage, 
  • Technical issues delay Russell Street changes,
  • Get in shape and sign up for 2015 NZ Masters Games,
  • And it's full steam ahead for the Clifton Railway 145th anniversary. 

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



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