Toowoomba Regional Council News - May 21, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • Council to chip in and help restore heritage listed buildings,
  • Community input sought on proposed Highfields Sport Park,
  • New laneway to recognise Toowoomba's ethnic foundations,
  • Share your memories of Picnic Point,
  • How to win $5000 while promoting the region,
  • And temporary road closures ahead of FKG Tour of Toowoomba cycle race.

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


Flood mitigation an ongoing task for Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba Regional Council is continuing to look at ways to improve flood mitigation in the region, with a number of new projects identified for funding.

Mayor Paul Antonio says following the 2011 flood event, the Queensland Flood Commission Inquiry made it quite clear that Council had a responsibility to minimise future damage and in-turn, the social and economic cost of flooding to the community,” Mayor Antonio said.

Council recently applied to the State government’s Disaster Mitigation and Resilience fund for help with a number of new projects. 

The most significant project aims to improve flood immunity in the northern part of CBD by upgrading the Ruthven Street crossing of East Creek.

Read more: Flood mitigation an ongoing task for Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba awarded 'top drop' for south-west Qld

The term 'top drop' normally applies to liquid of an alcoholic variety. But Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has claimed the top title for its non-alcoholic, clear, and some might say, tasteless, 2014 vintage drop.

For the second time in three years, accolades have flowed to TRC for trumping other water samples from south western Queensland to top the regional semi-final of the Queensland Water Directorate's Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.

The water from Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant was selected through a blind-test of attendees at the Queensland Water Directorate's regional conference from eight water samples from Goondiwindi, Balonne, Southern Downs and Western Downs regional councils.

Read more: Toowoomba awarded 'top drop' for south-west Qld

Forum ideas to feed into tourism strategy

A Toowoomba Tourism Forum scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at the Empire Theatre will be the place to exchange ideas and suggest the way forward for the industry.

Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said the forum will include invited representatives from key tourism stakeholder groups and regional towns.

"I am excited about this opportunity to hear from tourism operators within the Toowoomba region.

"Council strongly supports tourism as an economic driver and wants to hear from its stakeholders and partners about what it could be doing to further develop and promote the industry."

Read more: Forum ideas to feed into tourism strategy

Federal Budget brings big wins for the Toowoomba region

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio believes the federal government’s investment in the Toowoomba region, announced in last night’s 2014-15 budget is indicative of the growth expected over coming years.

“There is no doubt this budget is the best Toowoomba has ever seen in terms of infrastructure,” Mayor Antonio said.

“With $700 million set aside for the construction of the Second Range Crossing and an assurance of up to $1.3 million, depending on private investment for the project, there is now nothing standing in the way of the Toowoomba community finally seeing this vital piece of infrastructure delivered”

The Treasurer also announced $508 million to upgrade the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Miles.  The upgrade program is expected to include the initial stages of highway duplication between Toowoomba and Oakey.   

Read more: Federal Budget brings big wins for the Toowoomba region

Toowoomba Regional Council News - May 14, 2013

In this week's Council News:
  • The $1 billion Budget promise for a Second Range Crossing,
  • The $21 million upgrade connecting the Warrego Highway to Wellcamp (Cecil Plains Rd), 
  • Council backs Fatality Free Friday campaign,
  • Mayoral Prayer Breakfast raises thousands for our farmers,
  • Wheels turn on month of cycling activities ahead of FKG Tour of Toowoomba,
  • Foodies, art lovers set to sample regional produce, entertainment at Hampton Food Festival,
  • And Council salutes our valuable volunteers.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.

Community input sought on proposed Highfields Sports Park

HighfieldsSportsParkWebThe proposed Highfields Sports Park has taken a step closer to reality with the opening of a public consultation period from this Saturday, May 17.

For three weeks, members of the Highfields community will have an opportunity to view draft concept plans for the Highfields Sports Park, chat with project officers and provide feedback.

Copies of the draft plan will be available in Council's Customer Service Centre in Toowoomba and the Highfields Library.

A static display will also be at Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre where feedback sheets will be made available.

Read more: Community input sought on proposed Highfields Sports Park

Help us name Jellicoe Street bridge

JellicoeStreetBridgeWebSuggestions are being sought for the naming of the Jellicoe Street bridge in North Toowoomba.

Naming of roads, bridges and boat ramps provides an opportunity to honour individuals and groups for contributions and achievements that deserve recognition.

It can also present an opportunity to emphasise important landmarks, geographical features or history that may be relevant in some cases.

Following the 2011 flood event, the old bridge was demolished and a new bridge constructed by contractor FK Gardner and Sons (FKG) as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements flood recovery project.

Read more: Help us name Jellicoe Street bridge

Toowoomba Regional Council News - May 7, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • Mayor Antonio explains the withdrawal of Freyling Place development application,
  • Latest pictures of OCR project as councillors inspect the site,
  • Plan ahead - another city street is set to close for vital upgrade works,
  • The free application helping promote your event,
  • Council's immunisation program targeting school kids,
  • And help support our farmers by buying a ticket to this year's Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

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

If you can't come to Council, let Council come to you

We’re all busy, so getting away from home or work to attend to Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) matters can be difficult.

That’s why Council (with the generous support of the Australian Government) is undertaking a campaign to remind residents of the many ways you can “do business” with TRC.

With Council now embracing new innovative technology and the government’s high-speed National Broadband Network (NBN) program, TRC now offers a video-conferencing option that’s quick, convenient and, best of all, free.

The project aims to provide a faster and more convenient communication channel for members of the community to contact and interact with Council.

“This is a great initiative and will allow the public to directly contact Council officers through a video call and booking facility,” TRC Mayor Paul Antonio said.

“With more and more homes and businesses having access to the NBN, and its unprecedented rise in speed and reliability, this is a very exciting time where we can utilise the very latest in modern technology to assist our community.

“The service being provided is an online video-call / booking system which provides the ability for members of the community to access an online Council calendar, select a desired date and time, and make a reservation for a video-call to be conducted at that time.

“There are busy people out there who would prefer to tee up a pre-arranged time with an officer and have a one-on-one conversation, but without the need to leave their home or business,” he said.

“It will prove especially helpful for rural residents who may not have the capacity to get into a service center to discuss any issues they have.”

Cr Antonio said the service has also introduced a point-to-point video conferencing solution in all Council service centres across the region, allowing communication between centres to expert staff, wherever they are.

He said Toowoomba was one of the first regions in Australia to receive the NBN and thereby, prove a global leader in terms of internet speeds and capabilities.

“I encourage the local community and businesses to become more digitally engaged by using these new Council services and capitalise on the ability to access NBN’s superfast internet and connect to Council.”

Cr Antonio added that, as well as taking advantage of the video conferencing options, customers were also welcome to visit any of the region’s eight customer service centres or jump online 24/7 to access Council’s information and payment options.

He said on-line services include:

  • Lodge a service request
  • View impounded animals
  • View impounded goods
  • View your accounts with Council
  • View your Property Assessment details
  • Library catalogue
  • Cemetery search
  • Community directory
  • Community engagement
  • Events register
  • Subscribe to Council eNews
  • Weekly Video News via Youtube
  • Snap, Send , Solve “App” based customer requests
  • Payments
  • Rates/Water accounts
  • Fines (Parking, Animal, Development, Environment and others)
  • Animal Registration Renewal fees
  • License Renewal fees
  • Debtor Invoices


“As you can see, there are a host of different ways you can access Council information or pay your bills with just a click of the mouse and without leaving home,” Cr Antonio said.

“And, if you need to speak to a Council staff member to further explain a problem or seek help with a query then please call 131 872.

“Remember, if you can’t come to Council, let Council come to you.”

Council’s video conferencing program is an Australian Government funded initiative under the Digital Local Government program.

 

Agriculture opportunities ripe for the picking

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio believes agricultural production in the Toowoomba region is set for a major boost with the advent of the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. 

“The Wellcamp Airport is presenting unprecedented opportunity for our region.

"On track to be completed later this year, the airport will open up potential for direct export and import capability, never before seen in this community,” Mayor Antonio said.

Toowoomba Regional Council, though the work of the Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), is encouraging the agriculture sector in our region to take advantage of the interest shown by markets like Asia in Australian products. 

Read more: Agriculture opportunities ripe for the picking

Toowoomba Regional Council News - April 30, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • Building incentives scheme to end June 30,
  • CBD Hotel to retain heritage facade, as demolition works begin,
  • Mayor to play key role in national Inland Rail push,
  • Community Forum to discuss West Toowoomba future development, 
  • Competition offers schoolchildren a brush with fame,
  • Foodies join greenthumbs at this weekend's Gardenfest,
  • And calling on sports fans to support Council in the inaugural Corporate Touch Challenge.

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

Community Engagement Forum to discuss West Toowoomba future development

Community Engagement ForumThe early stages of the West Toowoomba Local Plan will be presented at the Toowoomba Regional Councillor Community Engagement Forum in Glenvale tonight (Wednesday April 30).

The plan encompasses the developing suburbs of Glenvale, the Charlton Wellcamp Enterprise Area and Highfields /Meringandan/Meringandan West.

Read more: Community Engagement Forum to discuss West Toowoomba future development

Mayor to play key role in national Inland Rail push

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio is set to represent southern Queensland’s interests in a group formed to ensure local government plays a key role in the development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail line.

The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA), chaired by Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith, met earlier this month and includes local government representatives from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. 

Mayor Antonio said he was pleased to be endorsed as the only Queensland member of the group’s executive.

“The Federal Government has committed $300 million in the budget for corridor acquisition and detailed alignment of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail.

This group brings together all local governments with an interest in seeing the inland rail line developed,” he said.

The Mayor’s appointment to the group follows a visit by Chair of the National Implementation Group, former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, to Toowoomba in February.

Read more: Mayor to play key role in national Inland Rail push

Competition offers schoolchildren brush with fame

HealthyToothPrimary students who love to flash their pearly whites for the camera are invited to take part in the inaugural Toowoomba Healthy Teeth Competition.

Run by Toowoomba Regional Council and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS), the competition is designed to promote dental health throughout the region.

Primary schools across the region have been invited to participate, and should have recently received information about the competition via the post.

Council last year voted to add fluoride to a number of town water supplies across the region, including the main Toowoomba supply.

Read more: Competition offers schoolchildren brush with fame

Council News - April 23, 2014

In this week's Council News:

  • Residents urged to support businesses as Goggs Street closes for upgrade works,
  • How to dispose of e-waste safely,
  • Lest We Forget: Where you can remember our fallen diggers this ANZAC Day,
  • Why all roads are leading to Felton this weekend,
  • And Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets for sale online.

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

Council News - April 16, 2014

This week's video news segment includes the following:
  • Council unanimously adopts East Creek masterplan,
  • Mayor explains detention basin decision in a one on one exclusive interview,
  • Council looks for a 'sign' from residents,
  • Glenvale State School to host councillors on April 30.
  • And where to find the best Easter events in your region.
Click on the video below to watch this week's edition of Council News.




Video News: Wetalla Treatment Plant upgraded

Why are people from around the world coming to our region to see the Wetalla Treatment Plant?

Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste Portfolio Leader, Cr Nancy Sommerfield, and Council principal engineer, Will Higgins, explain more in this video (click on the link below to watch):

 

Toowoomba Regional Council News - April 9, 2014

This week's video news segment includes the following:

  • City car park to temporarily close for maintenance,
  • Devoted community worker to speak at this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast,
  • MKR winners set to tantalise Gardenfest,
  • Brrrr! Change of season closes swimming pools,
  • How to beat school holiday boredom,
  • And picture perfect weather set to complement weekend activities.

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

 

Change of season closes swimming pools

Boy-in-Pool optWith the imminent arrival of winter, pools across the region will begin to close.

TRC Library and Cultural Services Portfolio Chair, Cr Ros Scotney said with the exception of the Milne Bay Aquatic Centre (MBAC), all outdoor swimming pools will close for the 2013/14 season as of Monday, April 21.

MBAC outdoor 50m pool will continue to open until 5pm Friday, April 25.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our pool lessees to focus on maintenance work during the cooler months,” Cr Scotney said.

“Swimming pools are scheduled to re-open early September – depending on when the water is an acceptable temperature for patrons.”

While the outdoor pool will be closed, MBAC visitors can still enjoy the 25m indoor heated pool, the program pool and inflatable programs.

All other centre facilities, including the gym and popular fitness classes at both MBAC and the Highfields Fitness and Recreation will be available as per normal operation.

For more details clink on this link www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/pools.

Tombstone Tours tell region's remarkable history

Tstone-Tours-P-CullenThe ornate inscriptions on some of the cemetery's oldest tombstones will be embellished into the fascinating, little-known and sometimes tragic stories that helped shape our region.

Presented by local historian Peter Cullen, the Tombstone Tours will be held at Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery in Anzac Avenue on May 10 and May 18 at 10am.

Libraries and Cultural Services Portfolio Chair, Cr Ros Scotney, said the tours enabled residents to visit the gravestones of families who were integral to our community's history.

Read more: Tombstone Tours tell region's remarkable history

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