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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Council shows discretion in regard to new parking fees

New parking fees across the Toowoomba Central Business District became effective on July 1.

A progressive roll-out across the city has started as signage is changed and the city's 1121 single head parking and 110 Pay and Display machines are re-programmed to show the new charges.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure chairperson Cr Carol Taylor said to make the transition a little easier Council will accept the 2013-14 fees for 8P (eight-hour parking) and off-street parking areas until the signage is rolled out.

"You will still need to buy a ticket, but if you have a ticket displayed, parking inspectors will exercise discretion before they issue a fine," Cr Taylor said.

Cr Taylor said Council had made the decision to minimise inconvenience to residents who may not have been aware of the changes – the first rise in parking fees since 2012.

"We have received feedback that some residents were unaware of the parking increases and Council is mindful that a lot of people don't have access to suitable public transport options," Cr Taylor said.

"We expect all new signage at off-street car parks to be in place by Monday (July 7)."

Read more: Council shows discretion in regard to new parking fees

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.

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Old Goombungee Road flood recovery work starting

Old-Goombungee-RdToowoomba Regional Council (TRC) tomorrow (June 24) starts reconstruction work on a section of Old Goombungee Road.

TRC Infrastructure Services committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said Council had awarded contractor FK Gardner and Sons (FKG) the NDRRA flood recovery works which are located along Old Goombungee Road between Griffiths Street, Harlaxton and Old Homebush Road, Gowrie Junction.

Cr Taylor said the project involved pavement reconstruction works of a 4.5km section of Old Goombungee Road.

"The contractor expects to finish the work by September this year, weather permitting," Cr Taylor said.

Read more: Old Goombungee Road flood recovery work starting

Mayoral Prayer Breakfast funds top up Lifeline Drought Appeal

Prayer-Breakfast-Lifeline-pThe generosity of people on the doorstep of one of Australia's richest agricultural regions has seen $9000 tipped into the Lifeline Darling Downs Drought Appeal.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio tonight (June 19) presented a cheque for $9018 to Lifeline Darling Downs Marketing and Fundraising manager Suzie Washington on behalf of CEO Derek Tuffield.

Cr Antonio said Toowoomba area residents had shown their genuine concern for the plight of primary producers by attending the 22nd Mayoral Prayer Breakfast at Rumours International in May.

Read more: Mayoral Prayer Breakfast funds top up Lifeline Drought Appeal

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. 

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Get the team in shape for 2015 NZ Masters Games

There's nothing like the promise of the football World Cup to fire fans' own sporting dreams.

While the World Cup in Brazil, the A-League or other top sporting contests might be off most players' radar, not all is lost for a taste of international competition.

Prospective Toowoomba region athletes of all ability have time to prepare for the 2015 New Zealand Masters Games in Wanganui.

Toowoomba's first Sister City next year hosts the Masters Games from January 30 to February 8.

Entrants can sign up for a wide range of competitive or social activities. Anyone from 20 to 80 is welcome to enter.

Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said Council encouraged sporting groups and individuals to consider nominating for events.

"A number of people and teams have competed in past events and Council is keen to encourage sports clubs to consider competing under an informal Toowoomba banner," Cr McDonald said.

"In 2013 an enthusiastic squad of Toowoomba Supa Oldies footballers put in months of training ahead of competing at the Games.

"The Masters Games provide a great chance for residents to meet and compete against our Trans Tasman rivals.

"Away from the friendly competition, Games organisers welcome supporters to join the atmosphere and a range of organised leisure activities."

Toowoomba Supa Oldies Masters coordinator Gordon Mills said the players enjoyed spreading their horizons to the sporting and social festivities on New Zealand's North Island.

Click on the link below to watch a video on the "Supa Oldies"


Mr Mills said the Supa Oldies had been keen to head overseas after competing at six Pan Pac Games at the Gold Coast and other competitions around Queensland.

"The club was keen to try something different and the Wanganui trip doubled as a brief holiday afterwards for family and supporters," Mr Mills said.

Cr McDonald said Council officers were available to provide information and assistance to individuals and groups who were considering making the trip. Enquiries can be directed to 131 872.

He said prospective competitors could choose from almost 70 sports.

He said a host of traditional sports such as athletics, archery, badminton, golf, cricket, tennis, touch, triathlon and netball were scheduled for the Games.

Competitors looking for something a little different are in luck. Organisers have catered for almost every sport and leisure activity from bocce, bridge, curling, dog handling and dragon boating to fishing, marching, line dancing, petanque, poker, stair racing, underwater hockey, wood chopping and wine appreciation.

Entry forms and additional information can be found on the official website at www.nzmg.com

The New Zealand Masters Games alternate between Wanganui and Dunedin in the South Island. Dunedin will host the 2016 Games.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - June 11, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • Council to complete missing link in Ruthven Street Cycleway,
  • $3 million to fix black spot intersections in Toowoomba region,
  • Milne Bay Aquatic Centre to close for two weeks at the end of June,
  • Community invited to see final detention basin designs,
  • And how you can travel the world in one day at this year's TLC Festival.
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Toowoomba Regional Council News - June 4, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • Exclusive preview of Council's 2014/2015 Budget,
  • Another milestone for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing,
  • Mayor meets with former Deputy Prime Minister to ramp up inland rail plans,
  • Russell and Scholefield Streets to be converted to two-way traffic,
  • And free kits to clean up illegal graffiti,
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Another milestone for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project

Mayor Paul Antonio has welcomed the delivery of the State Government's 2014-15 budget with $321 million locked in for the delivery of the Second Range Crossing.

The allocation complements the $1.3 billion assurance given by the Federal Government last month.

"There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes to make sure the State and Federal Governments came to an agreement about the road's funding and construction.

"This hard work has culminated in today's announcement and I especially thank Minister John McVeigh, Trevor Watts and Federal Minister Ian Macfarlane for the role they played in the negotiations," Mayor Antonio said.

Read more: Another milestone for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project

Two-way traffic in Russell Street

Russell Street will be converted to two-way traffic between Ruthven and Victoria streets from 15 June 2014 as part of the Outer Circulating Road (OCR) Victoria Street extension project.

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor said converting that section of Russell Street to two-way traffic was an important step in the OCR project which would lead to improved traffic efficiency in Toowoomba's Central Business District (CBD).

"Changes will be made to the Ruthven and Russell streets intersection to allow traffic to turn west into Russell Street," she said.

"While the Russell Street diversion is in place, motorists will be able to do a U-turn at the traffic signals at Victoria Street to head back east along Russell Street.

"Traffic from Victoria Street turning east into Russell Street will go into a single lane with barriers in place to keep vehicles in the correct lane."

Cr Taylor said Scholefield Street would be temporarily converted to a cul de sac with two-way traffic as part of the changes.

Read more: Two-way traffic in Russell Street

Inland Rail group to meet in Toowoomba

Former Deputy Prime Minister the Hon John Anderson AO and the Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) Inland Rail project team will be in Toowoomba tomorrow.

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio has welcomed the group's visit saying he expects a stakeholder meeting to be held tomorrow afternoon will include an update on the current status of the project as well as an overview of plans for the track.

"Council will also reiterate this community's appetite for the link and the remarkable opportunities it will open up for this region," Mayor Antonio said.

Mr Anderson, Chair of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail implementation group, visited Toowoomba in February for a Council-led Inland Rail Roundtable.

"Our meeting with John earlier this year instilled a great deal of confidence about the government's commitment to the project.

It's great to see this has been followed up with a $300 million commitment from the Federal Government to finalise planning, design, environmental assessments and to start construction of the track."

Mayor Antonio said he expects the meeting to include discussion around how the rail link will integrate with the planned Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

"We're very pleased with the early level of engagement being displayed by John Anderson and the ARTC particularly with local government and industry," he said.

Toowoomba Regional Council News - May 28, 2014

In this week's Council News:
  • Milne Bay Aquatic Centre to close for two weeks from June 27 for a $100,000 facelift,
  • Time is running out to have your say on the future of the region,
  • Toowoomba awarded 'top drop' in South West Queensland,
  • Margaret Street Markets to host this year's Queensland Day festivities,
  • How your child could win up to $3000 in prizes by showing off their pearly whites,
  • And some serious analysis ahead of tonight's State of Origin clash.
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Mayor calls for a review of Council procurement processes

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has called for a review of Council's procurement processes saying he wants to find ways of giving local companies a better chance to compete for projects.

"Toowoomba is very fortunate to be home to some of this nation's strongest family-based businesses.

Read more: Mayor calls for a review of Council procurement processes

Feedback invited on Council’s community and corporate plans

CorporatePlanResidents are encouraged to have their say on Toowoomba Regional Council’s strategic direction and community plans for the region.

From now until Saturday, May 31, members of the public can view and provide feedback on the draft Corporate Plan 2014-2019 and the draft mid-term review of the updated Toowoomba Regional Community Plan.

Copies of the draft plans and feedback forms are available on Council’s website  www.toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay and at libraries and Council customer service centres during standard business hours.

Read more: Feedback invited on Council’s community and corporate plans

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.

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