Toowoomba Regional Council today unveiled details surrounding the inaugural Awards for Excellence - Urban Design, Heritage and the Environment in the Marks Courtyard at City Hall.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio yesterday issued a call for entries across nine categories with the winners to be announced on a glittering presentation night in the new Toowoomba Region Arts and Community Centre on March 7 next year.
"These Awards promote high quality urban design and recognise professionals who contribute to positive design in Toowoomba demonstrating excellence across a number of areas including residential and commercial architecture and urban design," Cr Antonio said.
"The establishment of these biennial awards stems from the success of the Toowoomba Regional Urban Design initiative (TRUDI) and will become an important event on the city calendar," he said.
Wildlife enthusiasts are invited to gather at the Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat at Mackenzie Street from 9.30am this Saturday (September 6) to mark this year's National Threatened Species Day (Sunday) with a nestbox building workshop.
The workshop, organised by the Toowoomba Landcare Group and supported by Toowoomba Regional Council, enables the community to do some practical good for local wildlife.
"We will be building and painting boxes from pre-prepared parts on Saturday, the day before this year's national Threatened Species Day," Toowoomba Landcare member Lorraine Lisle said.
"These boxes will be suitable for microbats and gliders, rosellas and possums, wood ducks and the mouse-like antechinus," she said.
"Everyone who takes part will be encouraged to build a box for the park and another one to take home for the backyard."
The nestbox building workshop is one of a number of community events planned by the Toowoomba Landcare Group, thanks to a $25,450 grant from the State Government's Everyone's Environment program.
The workshop starts at 9.30am but interested residents are welcome to join in at any stage throughout the morning. No RSVP is required.
VIDEO: Mayor Paul Antonio and other local politicians, sportsmen, media personalities and members of the community accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge this Friday, August 29 at midday. Please click on the link below to watch the video.
Do you have old photos or film that you'd like to preserve digitally?
A Fostering Digital Participation Project (FDPP) Information Night in preparation for a series of workshops on how capture memories digitally will be held at the Pittsworth Library next Tuesday, September 2.
The Living Lab workshops by a team from the Queensland University of Technology will introduce a range of digital skills including capture, editing and archiving of digital photographs, and uploading personal and community stories to a dedicated website.
The workshops, which are free, will also explore making connections digitally with other interest groups around Australia and internationally.
It is intended that the Living Lab will showcase many aspects of Pittsworth and the surrounding district.
All residents are welcome to attend the information night and following workshops.
The renowned Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014 will be held at the Jondaryan Woolshed on August 29 until August 31.
To find out more, please click on the video below.
VIDEO NEWS: Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio and other prominent personalities will take up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the Village Green this Friday, August 29 at 12pm.
Click on the video below to watch
Important maintenance work will begin at Lake Annand Park next week (Monday, August 25).
The large lake will be drained on Sunday (August 24) in order to catch any fish and return them to the Bird Habitat area.
During the next fortnight, the wall area of the lake and the surrounding pathways will be repaired.
The small lake with the fountain will remain full during these works for the public and wildlife to enjoy.
If residents have any questions regarding this project, please call Customer Service on 131 872.
The taste of water flowing from the newly commissioned Pechey Water Treatment Plant will be a matter of personal opinion for Crows Nest residents, and Hampton residents shortly, but the water quality will be a vast and measurable improvement on past supplies.
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Water and Waste Projects portfolio leader Cr Nancy Sommerfield today joined TRC Water Project Services officers and project contractors UGL Engineering for the official commissioning of the $3.6 million Pechey plant.
Toowoomba Regional Council encourages children and their families to enjoy a range of activities around the region's libraries for Book Week.
Book Week is a very important time in Toowoomba Regional Libraries and activities range from displays of books to storytelling sessions with pre-school and school age groups.
It is a chance to share our love of books and showcase the extraordinary talent of Australian authors and illustrators.
All fun sessions are designed to help primary school children develop vital literacy and numeracy skills in a social atmosphere. This links closely with the 2014 Book Week theme, Connect to reading – Reading to connect.
Learning language and other skills at a young age can give children the ability to cope and connect with more formal lessons and the building blocks for success at school.
Other regular library activities use LEGO for a variety of games to create words and rhymes, learn new vocabulary and build letters and numbers. Pyjama Storytime is on every Wednesday, 6.30 pm at Toowoomba City Library, 618 Ruthven Street.
Libraries offer much more than reading materials and are a great place for families to take advantage of a range of resources. For a list of activities, please visit www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/library
The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) celebrates Book Week every year during the third week of August. Book Week is a culmination of the year's activities in children's literature. Each year the theme changes, this year it is Connect to reading – Reading to connect.
One of the main aims of the CBCA is to bring quality literature to children across Australia. One of the many ways this volunteer organisation does this is through their annual children's literary awards, the Book of the Year Awards.
During the calendar year of 2013, 416 books were entered into the awards across five categories. Categories range from books for babies to 18-year-olds, fiction and non-fiction.
A notables list and then a short list of six exceptional books in each of the five categories are judged by eight children's literature professionals. The winners are announced this week.
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.