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2018 EDITION

WHY BUSINESS IS BOOMING & FAMILIES ARE FLOURISHING IN THE GARDEN CITY

LANEW A Y C ULTUR E AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST OUTDOOR GALLERY ENHANCES REGION’S PREMIER DINING SCENE


Celebrating our region

A place rich with tradition and bold with ambition, the Toowoomba Region is one of Australia’s largest inland and most diverse regional cities. With a population now nearing 160,000 and a broader regional catchment of nearly 500,000, we boast one of the nation’s most robust economies. Unprecedented opportunity is changing the face of our region and our list of attributes is long: • Australia’s 3rd most diverse regional economy; (health, education, manufacturing, transport and logistics, agriculture and production, mining, professional services) • Home to Australia’s newest jet-capable airport • Construction underway on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing – one of Australia’s biggest inland road projects • Positioned to become a leading intermodal hub – located at the intersection of three national highways, air and rail connectivity including the national inland rail route; competitive land prices for logistics sites • 12 hour flight to half the world’s population • 24 hour drive to 85% of Australia’s population • Recognised as one of Australia’s top five family friendly cities • One of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions. Toowoomba is set to be a real economic powerhouse in the years ahead. To be part of our success, contact Council on 131 872. Paul Antonio, Mayor – Toowoomba Regional Council

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4 WELCOME A city and region that has it all

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6 G’DAY TOOWOOMBA What the Census says about us 8 EAT STREETS A local’s guide to our foodie paradise 10 REAL ESTATE Housing market enticing families 14 ACCOMMODATION Our guide to staying in luxury

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17 SHOPPING Fashion forward retail therapy 20 PARKS AND GARDENS From tranquil to blooming gorgeous 22 FIRST COAT Street artists take over our laneways 24 TRIPS AROUND THE REGION Towns brimming with history and culture

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26 EVENTS GUIDE Join us at our signature events 29 EDUCATION Our award-winning institutions attract best and brightest 33 HEALTHCARE Medical sector leading the way 37 INFRASTRUCTURE City takes shape with major projects and industries 46 STAY A LITTLE LONGER Inside scoop on Toowoomba life 48 AGRICULTURE We’ve got everything you need for the dinner plate covered 51 SPORTS Sports stars on the track, in the pool or on the field

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LIVE Toowoomba magazine has been produced with the help of our region’s best photographers, including: Andrew Coates – Salt Studios Melissa Batterham – Mia Mia Photography Dan Proud – Dan Proud Photography Natasha Parkins – JiÁhn Art Fotografie

E D I TOR ’ S N OTE Welcome to LIVE Toowoomba , highlighting the best the Garden City has to offer. We really do have it all right here. A growing region on the back of huge infrastructure projects developing our future. A coming-of-age story enticing businesses to move and invest here, bringing their staff and families with them to make the most of the opportunities. But we’re not done yet. Our industries are driving a development boom with game-changing projects that bring with them the need to attract the skilled labour to build our workforce. At Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, we first launched LIVE Toowoomba three years ago and reached audiences across Australia. We’re proud to showcase why more than 160,000 people call the Darling Downs city home. We want you to talk with us at TSBE about how your business can join in the wealth and prosperity of our region, and how we can help you establish your business right here. It’s an amazing time to be in Toowoomba; to be part of its changing landscape while it remains true to its significant heritage. Our council’s maxim is Rich Traditions, Bold Ambitions, a sentiment shared by TSBE. It’s not just Toowoomba that has expanded, many towns to the south, west and north are developing and welcoming travellers and families. Jump in the car and get ready to explore. Elouise Quinlivan Editor LIVE Toowoomba and TSBE acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair people on which the publication was written.

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STUNNING SUNRISES Grab the camera; landscapes and sunrises like this one near Oakey are just a short drive from Toowoomba’s CBD ... and just wait until you see the view of the night sky!

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WELCOME TO THE REGION

the best of Toowoomba It’ s a new dawn of development, culture and lifestyle on the Darling Downs WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY DAN PROUD

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oowoomba has transformed itself from a sleepy city atop the Great Dividing Range to part of a thriving and diverse region that’s dared to dream. We boast an enviable café, laneway and dining culture that rivals Melbourne’s, a jam-packed events calendar attracting international attention, and a wellearned reputation as the Garden City for our eclectic food and wine festivals. There’s something here for everyone, just ask Expedia which listed us in the top five beautiful cities to visit across Australia, or Suncorp Bank, which named us the fourth most family-friendly city in Australia. Bursting with innovation and ingenuity, Toowoomba has become a hub for people looking to try something different and test the waters on the way to success in a range of industries from health, education, agriculture, science and infrastructure. With new breathtaking architecture and a reinvigorated CBD cityscape,

Toowoomba has found the perfect harmony between its heritage and old-style charm, mixed with a famous street-art gallery; First Coat. Photographers, bloggers, travel writers and explorers are all flocking to Toowoomba, with many choosing the destination for its natural landscapes or stunning venues to stage, and capture, the perfect wedding. Take a weekend to explore a city that matches the buzz that surrounds it. Stay in one of the many hotels, catch a show at the Empire Theatre, stroll the Japanese Gardens or get adventurous and climb Table Top Mountain. We’re an easy 90-minute drive from Brisbane, making our region ideal for a weekend getaway with plenty to explore. But be warned – a weekend will just be the beginning as those who visit can’t help but fall in love with what the region has to offer.

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G’ DAY T O OW OOM BA WHAT THE 2016 CENSUS REVEALS ABOUT US WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY DAN PROUD, MIA MIA PHOTOGRAPHY & CONTRIBUTORS

We’re earning more, have cheaper housing than capital cities, we’re a proud multicultural community and we’re home to more than 41,000 families. Latest Census data proves, without a doubt, the Toowoomba community is one to admire.

» We’re a vibrant mix

of family and singleoccupier homes, with an average of 2.5 people per household spread out across more than 68,000 homes.

» The average age in

the Garden City is 38, making us a year younger than the average Queenslander at 39.

» You can afford to

settle down here. A third of the population is renting, and pays $285 weekly. Compare that to Brisbane’s weekly rent of $390 and you can see why many choose Toowoomba as their home. We’re also cheaper than the state and national average ($330 and $335 respectively).

» Another third of the

population is repaying mortgages at $390 a week. Once again, that’s cheaper than Brisbane ($500) and the state and national bills ($433 and $438).

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» We’re culturally diverse

with 20% of residents born overseas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders making up 4% of the population. Toowoomba is made up of families from all walks of life, with an average of 1.9 children (let’s just say 2) for those with kids. Sadly fur-babies don’t count as kids in the Census.

» We’re an education

capital with about a third of residents attending a primary, secondary or tertiary institution. With worldclass education facilities, there’s little wonder we attract the brightest minds and entrepreneurs to the region to follow their dreams.

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We’re in an enviable position that sees residents enjoy not just a lower cost of living but an increase in pay packets, too. Our household incomes have gone up by $203 a week since the 2011 data, just outpacing Brisbane’s rate of income growth at $199 a week. It means we can afford the smashed avos and lattes.

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EATING OUT

Eat Streets LOCAL’S GUIDE TO

TRANSFORMATIVE DINING

There’s an evolving café culture to complement mouthwatering local and international restaurants in Toowoomba as our region embraces a dining lifestyle that offers something for every taste. Many restaurants have set up in historical buildings around the city. Be prepared to eat your way around town with Turkish, Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine just the beginning.

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EATING OUT

MILK AND HONEY Most can relate to M&H’s motto: Life Happens. Coffee Helps. M&H brings a contemporary atmosphere to the businesses in the area. An ever-changing menu with mouthwatering sweets, savouries and coldbrew coffee has your Sunday brunch sorted.

GROUND UP When locals talk about laneway cafés, they’re talking about Ground Up Espresso Bar. The venue transformed the Searle St walkway into a vibrant destination that is home to music, arts events and Toby’s Estate Coffee.

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RESTAURANTS » Phat Burgers Clive Berghoffer eating competition phatburgers.com.au » Fitzy’s Craft beer & vibrant outdoor area fitzys.com » Kajoku

Korean and Japanese cuisine 4564 9229

» Grumpy’s Tavern Authentic steakhouse & bar grumpystavern. com.au

» Sofra Turkish

Cuisine Award-winning menu, Ottoman charm sofra.com.au

LITTLE SEED Dynamic duo Ash and Jess serve delicious vegan and gluten-free options with a plantbased menu that delights in colour and flavour. Walk past the veggie garden on the way in as the chef picks fresh ingredients that add life to the menu.

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WALTON STORES Walton Stores takes urban renewal to the next level with Junk, Hello Harry, The Moose, Nitrogenie, Harajuku Gyoza and Full of Life café offering worldflavours in one place. It’s a foodie precinct and entertainment area with an outdoor giant screen perfect for grand final weekend viewing.

CAFÉS » Café Valetta

Heritage site overlooking Queens Park 96 Margaret St

» The Red Bench Single-origin coffee and baked goods 62 Margaret St » Engine Room

Café Relax by the Railway 41 Railway St

» Finch Café Fonzie Abbott Espresso & Banh Mi 469 Ruthven St » Sleepless City Roasters Drive-through coffee 538 Alderley St

MULLER BROS Transforming the historical building, Muller Bros is a Brazilian themed allyou-can-eat meat degustation where knife-wielding staff serve you a feast straight off the cut. Open 7 days but book early as the dining regularly sells out.

BLANK SPACE The historic Mills Precinct buildings that housed Toowoomba’s Defiance Mill is now a dynamic venue, Blank Space, home for major events, concerts and weddings, bringing the northern end of Ruthven St to life. Keep an eye out for the calendar of events.

THE OFFICE The Office draws a sophisticated crowd to try its gourmet food and drink selection. But what’s tucked around the corner has everyone reminiscing, with the speakeasy Chelsea Bar giving an indulgent glimpse into a bygone era of whiskey, cocktails and luxury.

4 BROTHERS BREWING QLD’s first brewery, Perkins, was built in Toowoomba in 1867. Decades after it closed in 1958, 4 Brothers Brewing keeps our malt flavours alive near the original site, serving an ever-changing range of brews straight from the keg.

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

UNREAL ESTATE TOOWOOMBA ON TRACK TO BOOM WORDS LJ HOOKER TOOWOOMBA

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oowoomba’s unprecedented road, rail and air infrastructure projects are opening new economic doors for the city’s businesses on an interstate and international scale. This has given the city the reputation as Australia’s ‘inland port’, as service industries leverage the possibilities with leading specialist advice of LJ Hooker Commercial Toowoomba. LJ Hooker principal Mike Stewart said the key to

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unlocking Toowoomba’s opportunities globally, including Asia, was the city’s accessibility to the Port of Brisbane and beyond. He said the $1.6 billion Second Range Crossing would transform road access from Brisbane, delivering $2.4 billion in economic and productivity gains in the next 30 years. Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport and the future Inland Rail are also creating significant freight and distribution solutions.

LJHCT provides strategic counsel and marketing services for Witmack Transport and Logistics Hub - part of the wider Toowoomba Enterprise Hub at Charlton – including the land sale to BP for the creation of the Westbound Service and Truck Stop. “Transport and logistics specialists are anticipating the efficiencies for their operations and are putting in plans to scale up. Toowoomba’s square metre rates for industrial property and developable


RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

The average house price is $383,000, and homeowners have enjoyed steady yearon-year growth of 21% over the past five years.

land are considerably cheaper than Brisbane and hold few urban limitations,” Mike said. New infrastructure, industry and comparative housing affordability is enticing families and business to Toowoomba and the South West region. Toowoomba is the region’s focal point, offering a diverse and sophisticated lifestyle.

While some regional areas relied on just one industry and struggled to grow, the SWQ region was one of the most diverse economic bases outside of a capital city. “We’ve embraced new economic pillars that are attracting people who want a country lifestyle and professionally rewarding career,” Mike said. “With the support of government investment and private operators we’ve seen the

tourism sector grow exponentially, taking in the whole region, from Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers and food culture, to Warwick as the gateway to the Granite Belt, joining the visitor wine and nature trails. Further west we see Roma, with the biggest cattle saleyards complex in Australia and events like the Chinchilla Watermelon Festival paying homage to the agricultural heritage of the region.” Mike said LJ Hooker worked collaboratively to cover an area of 8000sq km, “ensuring we unearth every opportunity in every marketplace for our customers”.

One of the many stunning homes you can see when walking through the city streets.

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HOUSING AND MEDIA

WE’RE BUILDING TOOWOOMBA AN AUDIENCE MEDIA IN

Toowoomba is drawing the attention of major TV channels and online video producers looking to explore what makes us so special.

Award-winning contemporary home designed by Feather & Lawry and built by Schriek Building group.

Toowoomba is a hub for news gathering with print, radio and TV broadcast sharing the stories from the region, from business and industry to events and community news.

WHO’S WHO OF TOOWOOMBA Charming traditional homes abound in inner-city Toowoomba with plenty of renovation potential.

HOUSING IT’S CHEAPER TO LIVE HERE AND WE’RE GROWING FAST Housing and average commutes to work make living in Toowoomba not only easier, but cheaper than Brisbane. Modelling shows despite slightly lower average income levels, a professional family of two adults and two kids is $9000 better off each year than the capital city, taking the value of travel time and savings into the equation. Highfields is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Queensland recording 2.5% growth in the 2016 Census. Shrewd city planning is also driving growth in other areas such as Glenvale, Mount Lofty

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and Cotswold Hills, while future potential has been identified in Kleinton near Meringandan. But we’re still affordable, with Toowoomba’s average house price well under $400,000 compared with Brisbane’s $650,000. COLONIAL HOUSES FULL OF HISTORY Inner-city homes are quintessentially Toowoomba with colonial charm, heritage overlays and a standing legacy to the past. Suburban growth has brought unit blocks and duplexes in the suburbs, and singlestorey brick homes are more common on the outskirts. An increasing number of homes are also solar powered.

NEWS » Print The Chronicle Rural Weekly Surat Basin News Queensland Country Life

» Radio Hit FM 100.7FM Triple M Darling Downs 864AM

SCAN THE QR CODES TO SEE VIDEO The Great Day Out on Channel Seven visited Toowoomba “where history and hipsters live in perfect harmony”. They explore the First Coat Festival in the CBD, before stepping into laneway cafés and restaurants including Indonesian flavours at Skewers and contemporary restaurant The Office, with its backroom speakeasy The Chelsea Bar.

Studio 10 crossed live to our annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers with presenter Stacey Thomson, better known as Ranger Stacey, checking out the blooms at Laurel Bank Park and the local produce on offer. She crossed live to Toowoomba two years in a row to share the highlights of the carnival.

ABC Southern Queensland 747AM 4DDB 102.7FM The Range 91.5FM 4AK 1242AM

The Bulls Head Inn.

4WK 1359AM

» TV 7 News 9 Darling Downs WIN News

» Online Beef/Grain/Sheep Central

Channel 10’s The Project visited Toowoomba to explore our paranormal activities, after being dubbed “the Most Haunted Place in Australia”. The news team explored notorious ghostsighting areas including The Drayton Cemetery and The Bulls Head Inn Hotel.


FAMILIES

FI ND Y O U R

Tree change ENTREPRENEUR SETS UP SHOP IN RUSSELL STREET WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY MIA MIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Cathy Kent left everything behind when she moved from Zimbabwe in 2003, finding her new home in Toowoomba.

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ere she met future husband Grant while working at a childcare centre where his sister’s children attended.

“It’s amazing how quickly everything is developing, and we’ve got so many choices of activities for the kids, and for us as well.”

More than a decade later, Cathy has embraced life in the Garden City as the perfect place to raise her young family.

Fulfilling a long-held passion, Cathy teamed up with her mum and another young mother to open The Wild Haven Collective, a furniture, homewares and fashion store on Russell St in the CBD.

Living in Highfields, Toowoomba has everything she wants in a home; affordable housing, great schools, sports clubs and a true community feel. “It’s perfectly spread out but you are also close enough that you see the same families at events like rugby and swimming and can catch up together,” she said.

“It’s been a big passion of mine, and the store is following that love,” she said. The timing was perfect for Cathy who was keen to return to work now her children were growing up. “We wanted to be able

to work around our family life but start a business for ourselves as well,” she said. “We just love it here in Toowoomba. We moved for a few months in 2009 to Brisbane, but found ourselves back here every weekend until eventually we returned.” Mia Mia Photography’s Melissa Batterham said she loved working with families to capture their perfect moment through the lens, using the picturesque region for inspiration. “Our many amazing local backdrops provide lots of colour, light and happiness to create family memories,” she said.

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ACCOMMODATION

POTTER’S HITS THE SPOT Toowoomba’ s newest accommodation offering delivers the wow factor in deluxe style WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY POTTER’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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otter’s Boutique Hotel has become one of the region’s leading accommodation hotspots since opening its doors in early 2017. Situated at the western end of Margaret St, the 55-room hotel has become a favourite among holidaymakers, and interstate and international business travellers.

Chelsea Basham, Natalie Gruzlewski and Mick Lindsay choose Potter’s Boutique Hotel for their Toowoomba stay.

Potter’s Boutique Hotel manager Madeline Stronge said the timing

of the hotel’s opening could not have been better. “There’s so much development and activity in the city that accommodation options have become soughtafter commodities,” Madeline said. Potter’s is just a short stroll from the newly redeveloped $500 million Grand Central shopping centre precinct and is already experiencing high-level occupancy. Madeline said guests

could feel the “wow” factor when they stepped into the rooms, with everything from the king-sized beds and pillows to the carefully hand-picked room amenities. The hotel also has a separate entry restaurant and bar open to the public, with a hot and cold buffet breakfast available seven days a week, and an a la carte dinner menu available Monday to Saturday.

A la Carte in-house and onsite dining facilities Disabled access and specially designed rooms Spacious car parking for individuals or groups Comprehensive bar and entertainment facilities Complimentary drinks on arrival Snooze in Sunday with 5pm check out

* subject to availability

Executive King | Connecting King Rooms | Deluxe King Two Bedroom Apartment | King Twin | Disability Executive King

‘More than you would expect from a hotel’ 258 Margaret Street, Toowoomba City , QLD www.pottershoteltoowoomba.com.au Ph: 4670 9488

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ACCOMMODATION

Book ahead Toowoomba’ s hoteliers are in demand

WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY LIBBY BUTLER (MAIN), DAN PROUD & ANDREW COATES (INSET)

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oowoomba knows how to attract a crowd with hotels and motels across the region often at capacity as our events calendar grows, and travellers look to stay a little longer. Tourism Research Australia data shows visitor spending in the Southern Queensland Country region, including Toowoomba, increased by almost 20% in 2016-2017, with $712.7 million injected into the local economy. That’s a lot of check-ins! We’ve also had strong growth in interstate tourism, increasing by 19% to 361,000 visitors. The interstate business travel numbers doubled that growth, with a significant increase of 41%. Each year we also host about 23,000 international visitors to Toowoomba,

who stay on for an average of 25 days, or about 683,000 nights. That’s higher than the typical Queensland stay. But the big question is where to stay? The answer has got to be ... in luxury. Our CBD landscape has transformed with the Burke and Wills Hotel reopening in 2018 after a complete refurbishment. The Gladstone Hotel will undergo major development to include a lifestyle hub and Quest Toowoomba’s stunning architecture blends modern design with a century old church. Toowoomba Central Plaza offers function and conference facilities and just a short stroll from Grand Central, Potter’s Boutique Hotel has made its mark on the hotel scene with a late Sunday check out that’s perfect for squeezing in a few extra hours of shut eye or exploration.

NOT SURE WHERE TO START? Jump onto Tourism Darling Downs (visitdarlingdowns.com.au) or Southern Queensland Country Tourism (southernqueenslandcountry.com.au) to plan trips in the city or outside the region.

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ACCOMMODATION

QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE THE ACCOMMODATION OF CHOICE FOR TRAVELLERS AND BUSINESS WORDS QUEST TOOWOOMBA

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f you’re relocating to the city then take it from Quest Toowoomba’s own general manager who has been there, done that and never looked back. Cynthia Rice moved with her family of four to the Garden City in 2015 for the grand opening of Quest. With her two children settled in local schools and her husband’s painting business taking off, the Rice family is ecstatic with their new home.

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“Toowoomba offers a vibrant community, strong economy with diverse industry, great schools – even an airport!” she says excitedly. “As the second largest inland city in Australia, it still has some of that small-town feel with great community support and strangers smile walking down the street. Our children love the many parks and my husband and I love the laneways and café culture of the up

and coming foodie scene. “It really is the perfect location.” Cynthia has watched Quest become one of the premier hotels in Toowoomba with a strong following of return travellers and business people using the state of the art facilities. The hotel is conveniently located near Queens Park, the Empire Theatre and Grand Central in the heart of the CBD.


SHOPPING

Grand Central Luxurious retail expansion brings high fashion and sophistication to Toowoomba’ s city centre WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY GRAND CENTRAL Grand Central has expanded Toowoomba’s shopping options to a scale never before seen in the city. The $500 million redevelopment doubled the centre to 90,000sq m, bringing another 160 stores and specialty retailers under one roof to the heart of the CBD. The former Garden Town shopping centre was demolished to make way for the expansion. The final façade was inspired by Toowoomba’s civic architecture, its tradition of masonry and stone buildings, and its scale and proportions. The interior is designed to be an expression of the charm and character of the city it serves. Grand Central is also the first commercial development extending over a rail line in Queensland since 1983. A two-level retail galleria with H&M, L’OCCITANE and Mecca Maxima opened in September 2016. Grand Central’s structure and façade was completed in August 2017, with the redevelopment ongoing as new retailers continue to open at the centre into 2018.

WHAT’S ON OFFER? While fashion department stores, shoes, makeup and accessories dominate the retail area, the fast casual and dining precincts offer outlets including Betty’s Burgers, Schnitz, Yum Cha and Max Brenner. As well as food, fashion, homewares and shops like K-Mart and Rebel Sport, the design of Grand Central incorporates a sprawling outdoor community space with a large staircase into the centre that lights up at night. Public art also adorns the centre from artists including Melbourne’s street-artist Rone. Great shopping continues outside of Grand Central with plenty of outstanding local hairdressers, clothing

stores, homewares, comic book shops and other retailers brightening Ruthven and Margaret Streets in the CBD. Other major shopping and convenience centres include:

»T  he Ridge Shopping Centre, Hume St

»C  lifford Gardens

Shopping Centre, James St and Anzac Ave

»T  oowoomba Plaza, Ruthven St

»H  ooper Centre, Hume St »T  he Range Shopping Centre, James St

»W  ilsonton Shopping Centre, Bridge St

»N  orthpoint Shopping Centre, Ruthven and Jones Sts

»H  ighfields Village

Shopping Centre, Highfields Rd and Lauder Dr

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CULTURE

EXPLORE OUR ANTIQUE TRAIL Find the perfect one-of-a-kind addition to your home decor WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY JIÁHN ART FOTOGRAFIE (MAIN)

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elf-styling in the home has become a great pastime of Toowoomba homeowners, with couples scouring antique shops and garage sales looking for that special one-off piece from the past to dress up any room. Our antique shops offer everything from toys to kitchen appliances of a bygone era. Browse among the cabinets, tables, chairs and brica-brac to suit every

taste from dining room to mancave. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer. Starting in the CBD, Aussie Antiques on Campbell St is packed to the rafters and it doesn’t take long to spy typewriters, glassware and ornaments. Drop by At Home in Toowoomba on Brook St (in the old Dairy Farmers Factory site) to explore antiques for sale and hire, with a focus on

kitchenware and crockery. Lancaster’s Antique Centre on Railway St is also home to frocks and memorabilia, while Range Antiques Toowoomba in Burke St has been selling silver, porcelain and furniture for decades. Searchers End on North St is the next stop before heading north of the city to Highfields to spy the collectables at Roundabout Antiques. The last stop is Crows Nest Antiques.

ENJOY A PERFORMANCE AT THE

EMPIRE THEATRE SEE EMPIRETHEATRE.COM.AU FOR WHAT’S ON

1300 655 299 54-56 NEIL STREET, TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FUNCTION HIRE

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CULTURE

CHECK IT OUT

»T  osari Galleries

draws art lovers and visitors who can enjoy and purchase original artworks and limited edition prints, along with a range of unusual and beautiful Australian designed and made glass, ceramic and timber souvenirs.

»T  he University

of Southern Queensland’s Artsworx is an established arts venue and production house that showcases its students’ art collection throughout the year.

»H  oused inside

Kontraband Studios on Laurel St in the CBD, No Comply gallery is an artistrun-initiative.

»G  alleries can also

be found upstairs, with Raygun Projects at 249 Margaret St and the Australian Cultural Library at 488 Ruthven St hosting regular exhibitions.

»A  lexandra

Lawson Gallery is open from 10am – 1pm and by appointment at 5-7 Railway St.

A D AY OUT IN TOOW OOM BA GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS FOR EVERY TASTE ON OFFER WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN ARTWORK ADNATE, NEIL ST

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he Empire Theatre, now a quintessential venue for major international performances and stage productions, has a proud history dating back to the silent movie era in 1911. After a devastating fire in 1933, the magnificent theatre rose from the ashes and was rebuilt that year in an art-deco style. The theatre closed in 1971 and was used for storage before falling into disrepair. After almost three decades the theatre was revitalised and reopened in 1997. The heritage-listed arts precinct on Neil St continues to be developed and expanded. Toowoomba also houses two cinemas, each playing the latest release movies. The Toowoomba Strand on Margaret St is a heritage-listed site, built in 1916 and remains Australia’s oldest purpose-built cinema still in operation. Before it became a cinema, the site had operated as the Crystal Palace Picture Gardens. In the century that has passed, the building has undergone significant refurbishment. The other cinema, Birch Carroll and Coyle, is located at Grand Central Shopping Centre.

COBB+CO MUSEUM The Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is home to the National Carriage Collection of a proud past. As well as the coaches, the life-size collection includes examples of a vast range of vehicles from the horse-drawn era, from farm wagons and delivery carts to the Rolls-Royce of carriages, the Landau. The museum hosts a range of hands-on workshops throughout the year, with everything from blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and leatherwork. VISUAL ARTS There are a number of art galleries around the city, showcasing exhibitions and running workshops throughout the year. The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is located beside City Hall on Ruthven St, and was established in 1937, making it the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. In 1994, the gallery relocated from City Hall into its own purposely-refurbished, award-winning facility next door. The gallery is surrounded by attractive inner-city parks and is a short stroll across the Village Green to Toowoomba’s new City Library.

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BE WELCOMED BY FRAGRANT BLOOMS & VERDANT PARKLANDS WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN The Garden City is renowned for picturesque parks and gardens that come to life in September for the annual Carnival of Flowers festival. Residents open their homes to judging and displays as part of the Chronicle Garden Competition in bloom, enticing residents and visitors to the many open spaces, lined with intricately designed flowerbeds.

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Toowoomba’s main park is Queens Park in the city, with the Botanical Gardens beside it welcoming a lunchtime stroll. There’s also an offleash dog area offering a chance for the hounds to play and families to relax. The park features stunning floral beds, wide open spaces and tree-lined paths.

Among the public gardens, Japanese Gardens is the largest, most complex and traditionally designed Japanese garden in Australia, opening in 1989. It was named Ju Raku En by the designer, meaning long life and happiness in a public garden. Stroll through the bamboo forest, jump over the waterfall rocks and enjoy the manicured sand, with 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants on display.

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The exotic surrounds of the manicured Laurel Bank Park are close to the city centre and showcase fragrant blooms, herbs and shrubs. These sensory gardens were developed with the Downs Association of the Blind. Laurel Bank Park includes a playground, picnic area and croquet greens.

Newtown Park features the renowned Queensland State Rose Garden, a playground and barbecue area, and sports ovals with croquet lawns and cricket pitches. It was initially designed to mirror the Union Jack.

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LAKE ANNAND Lake Annand’s man-made lake is a focal point of the sprawling park, combined with play equipment, gazebo, barbecues as well as a skate park nearby.


WHY TAYLOR’S “THE SMOOTHER MOVERS” FOR LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REMOVALS?

With our strong ties to the Toowoomba community, Taylor’s Removals has a long history as a family owned and operated business, from its commencement in 1918 in Toowoomba, Queensland where we launched our first horse and dray service, to our current Operation of 25 local employees with a fleet of 30 purpose designed vehicles servicing Australia and performing Toowoomba Removals. Known as ‘The Smoother Movers’, Taylor’s Removals Toowoomba is a local company offering relocation services to not only the region but nationally and internationally. We are a proud local company with international capability. Taylor’s Removals is a very well known and trusted family business currently with third and fourth generation family as Proprietors and Managing Director of the company. With almost 100 years’ experience of committed service delivery to our Clients, Taylor’s offers a wealth of knowledge and experience that only comes with time-tested methods. This kind of industry longevity assures our Clients that the Taylor’s group of businesses is professional, capable and cost effective in our service delivery and in the solutions we provide on behalf of our clients.

www.taylorsremovals.com.au info@taylorsremovals.com.au

Phone: +61 7 4632 2655 Fax: +61 7 4638 5118 131 North Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350

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FI RST COAT LANEWAY CULTURE GIVES FRESH LIFE TO THE CBD WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN ARTWORK FUZEILLEAR, SNELL STREET Street art blends Toowoomba’s CBD streets and laneways in a stunning transformation of what was once parking lots and thoroughfares to now bold canvasses and bright murals. After four years of First Coat festivals, the city is one of the largest outdoor art galleries in Australia, with more than 100 large-scale works and artists sharing the brickwork with established international names and those in the emerging scene. First Coat festival organiser Grace Dewar has watched the city embrace the cultural collision and welcomed street art from the quirky to the profound. “When First Coat began we wanted to breathe life into Toowoomba and highlight the huge talent of street artists that were home-grown,” she said. The idea was borne through a partnership with the Toowoomba Regional Council to look at ways to stop graffiti tags throughout the city. It grew to incorporate walking tours, artist talks, music events, exhibitions

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and workshops, giving people travelling to the region a reason to stay for the up to 10-day event. While the annual festival wrapped up in 2017, tourists continue to flock to laneways as the perfect location to stage a fashion shoot, family photo or selfie. “The reputation of Toowoomba as a creative city is growing and it’s amazing to watch people from out of town exploring the CBD and exploring artworks and businesses they might not have stopped at otherwise,” Grace said. The street art winds past historic buildings, pubs, waterways and gyms, taking those on foot around the city with a Choose your Own Adventure app to help. “To finally have Toowoomba recognised for the rich arts and culture that does already exist here is exciting.”


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AROUND THE REGION

Around the Region There’ s more to the region than the Toowoomba city-scape. Whether it’ s views or history you’ re after, we’ ve got it all WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHY DAN PROUD, ANDREW COATES

If you’re itching to see the countryside around Toowoomba, jump in the car and explore what our surrounding towns have to offer. NOT LOOKING TO DRIVE? Take the passenger train from the Toowoomba CBD to the heritage-listed Spring Bluff Railway Station. Using the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba, there are two daily return routes to the station and during the Carnival of Flowers, the steam train runs for a glimpse into the 150 years of rail history. Visitors can explore the manicured gardens and walks, have a barbecue using the onsite facilities or stop at the café. ... OR TAKE A HIKE ON THE EDGE OF TOWN! At the end of South St in Toowoomba is the path to the base of Table Top Mountain, a challenging yet rewarding climb that takes about two-and-ahalf hours return. Bring a backpack with water as you’ll need both of your

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hands to scale sections of the rocky climb, especially before the summit. There’s plenty of pitstops along the way to look out over the region. Once you reach the top, the 360-degree views overlooking the Lockyer Valley are breathtaking.

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Stop in at the Chocolate Cottage at the Village Green to stock up on the way through Highfields to visit the Pioneer Village which houses a collection of vintage machinery. Highfields has its own cultural centre and is one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland with 14,000 residents. Stop in at Peacehaven Botanic Park that has views to the Bunya Mountains. Next you’ll find Cabarlah with a great spot to stop in at The Farmers Arms Tavern, the longest continually licensed pub in Queensland from 1863. Keep an eye out for the Black Forest Hill Grandfather and Cuckoo Clock Centre too, it’s a sight - and sound - to behold. A thriving art community among the forest, Hampton hosts an annual food and art Festival that highlights the work of its local artists and producers. It’s close to national parks and lakes Cressbrook and Perseverance. Further up the road is Crows Nest, a stunning area well-known to hikers for the Crows Nest National Park that leads to a waterfall. The town itself holds historical buildings with antique shops, cafés and the regional art gallery. At Centenary Park there’s a statue of Jimmy Crow, a local Aboriginal man,

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some believe is the town’s namesake. For hiking enthusiasts there’s nearby Ravensbourne National Park. From Hampton you can head to Goombungee, home to stunning buildings including the Rosalie Shire Historical Society’s Museum, which contains historic photographs, local family histories and memorabilia, and the Pioneer Arms Hotel, dating back to 1897. For those looking to travel further afield, drive towards Maclagan at the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, a stunning hiking and camping ground. Make sure to try the bunya nut ice-cream! Or head to nearby Yarraman where the 161km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail begins, following the Brisbane Valley rail line. Yarraman also hosts a heritage centre that chronicles the town’s past. SOUTH Cambooya is known as Steele Rudd country after the well-known author. Explore the grand manor and gardens at the Harrow Homestead, built in the 1870s or stop at the historical Bull and Barley Inn. Before you continue on to Clifton, head past Greenmount for its farming properties, and just outside of town, the Mt Kent Observatory, the only one of its kind in Queensland.

As you arrive in Clifton, you will see why the television series Wanted and The Thornbirds were filmed there. The RV-friendly town has charming street facades, a rich rugby league history and is home to fields of stunning sunflowers. Visit the Clifton and District Historical Museum in the former Butter Factory building to get a glimpse into the pioneering past. SOUTH-WEST Pittsworth is home to the Pioneer Village, showcasing the early development of the area and is dedicated to the memory of athlete Arthur Postle, the “Crimson Flash”. The town features stunning churches such as St Stephen’s Catholic Church circa 1908. Alongside Millmerran, the region is an agricultural heartland. To get your bearings and some history, take in the panoramic views from Commodore Peak Lookout where a series of large-scale murals tell the district’s story. WEST The closest town to the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Oakey boasts a rich racing heritage with a tribute to champion racehorse Bernborough outside the Jondaryan service centre. The area has a proud history in defence training, and is home to the Australian Army Flying Museum.

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EVE NT S CA L E N DA R

The city’s daily newspaper The Chronicle lists the top weekend events in Saturday’s paper, but here’s a glimpse of what’s ahead across the wider region.

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Pack a picnic and settle in at parks across Toowoomba for council’s Summer Tunes events held in January and February. With music for all tastes, the series is held in popular parks including Queens Park, Picnic Point, Laurel Bank Park, and Newtown Park.

FELTON FOOD FESTIVAL

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Located on a working farm in the picturesque and productive Felton Valley, the FFF connects food lovers, families and farmers, and provides a tangible link between paddock and plate. Starting in 2012, it hosts demonstrations, live music and market stalls.

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The Heritage Bank TRS showcases the best of Queensland’s rural lifestyle across three days. A vibrant atmosphere includes livestock judging, equestrian, competitions for breeders, producers and wood choppers as well as a sideshow alley, live entertainment and fireworks.

WHAT ELSE IS ON IN THE REGION?

» High Altitude Hot Rod Run Toowomba

» Camellia Show & Garden Expo Toowoomba

» Easter Village Festival Highfields

» Fossil Downs

Bush Rodeo Murphy’s Creek

» Toowoomba Wine WEETWOOD CUP, TOOWOOMBA

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Held at Clifford Park Racecourse, the Weetwood Races is the biggest race of the year in Toowoomba attracting 10,000 people to try their luck on the horses. Running for almost 130 years, it also hosts Fashions on the Field.

Show & Tasting

» USQ McGregor Winter School Toowoomba

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The Jondaryan Woolshed event is a trip back into the agricultural past of the region. Families can explore the site with horse and cart rides, arts and crafts, history tours, sheep shearing demonstrations, damper making, a giant Easter egg muster and more.

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» Mayoral Carols by Candlelight Toowoomba

The Hampton Festival draws 5000 people to the region and celebrates its culinary and cultural assets. Highlights include signature dishes from the region’s best restaurants, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, art exhibitions, boutique wines and local produce for sale. It’s an eclectic mix of real food, sights and sounds.

MAY

RELAY FOR LIFE Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience supporting Cancer Council. Relay is a chance to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

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CRT FARMFEST CRT FarmFest is Queensland’s premier primary industry field event held in Kingsthorpe. Showcasing over 2000 companies and attracting over 60,000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. This is one of the fastest growing and successful field days in Australia.

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TOOWOOMBA LANGUAGES AND CULTURES FESTIVAL TLCF celebrates the city’s multicultural and diverse heritage each year at Queens Park, attracting about 18,000 people. The one-day event, August 12 in 2018, hosts delicious international food stalls, performances from around the globe, displays and rides.

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LEYBURN SPRINTS The historic street race sees about 200 cars race through the town for top honours, or places, in more than 20 classes. Cars range from 1920s classics through to modern machines. The Southern Downs event honours the running of the Australian Grand Prix on a disused wartime airstrip in 1949.

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The city’s craft beer scene has brewed up the annual Brewoomba festival which celebrates the tasty ale in an evolving and increasingly popular event. Toowoomba’s publicans and beer lovers joined forces to bring about the event in 2015, which offers special events and sessions across several city pubs and venues.

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The iconic Carnival of Flowers is Toowoomba’s premier event held over 10 days, attracting more than 200,000 visitors. Along with the Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival, TCOF is a masterclass showing of city and region pride with its parade, spectacular open gardens and family-friendly events.

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Every year when the jacarandas are in full bloom, Helidon closes down the main street for the Celtic Festival of Queensland, celebrating traditional music and dance with live performances as well as pipe bands, archery and maypole demonstration.

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The MSF celebrated 15 years in 2017. The community gets together each year to play musical instruments of yesteryear and dance the night away to good old-fashioned music, with accordions at the ready.

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Pittsworth’s Fine Foods and Crafts Spectacular is held in the town hall and offers produce and products from some of the best crafts people and artisans around the region. Explore the stalls of handmade products and delicious foods.

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» Handmade Under the Stars Toowoomba

» Westbrook Family Fun Day Westbrook

OVEN FESTIVAL Every two years Millmerran swells with thousands of tourists for the Camp Oven Festival that celebrates outback living, sleeping under the stars and having a yarn by the fire. Try damper-throwing for yourself, have a billy tea and join in the fun.

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YARRAMAN FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER

The Colours of Yarraman Festival is a community celebration of creativity through photographic competitions and displays, gardens, art and family activities. It runs for more than a week with movies, jazz, concerts and garden competitions.

FESTIVAL OF THE GOLDEN SHEARS

SEPTEMBER

The three-day Jackie Howe FOTGS at the Jondaryan Woolshed celebrates the sheep and wool industry of the Darling Downs. It features fashion parades, demonstrations and a weekend away to try out blacksmithing, miniature steam train rides and more.

» Bush Christmas Exhibition Toowoomba

» Allora Heritage Weekend Allora

» Hell of the West Goondiwindi

» Murphy’s Creek Chilli Festival Murphy’s Creek

TSBE hosts an annual social race day to raise funds for charity and give its members an end of year event to remember. As well as the horse races, live entertainment and a gourmet dinner help celebrate the year just gone.

NOVEMBER CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland is a chance to experience the wonder and joy of Christmas, with free carols and stunning light displays seen by more than 90,000 people each year, held at Queens Park Botanical Gardens. CW runs for 23 nights.

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Western Downs

Modern Living, Country Lifestyle Combining country lifestyle with modern living and conveniences, the Western Downs boasts one of Australia’s strongest, most well-rounded and diverse regional economies. The Western Downs, just 45 minutes west of Toowoomba, and less than three hours from Brisbane, is a fantastic place to further your employment, raise a family or become involved with the community. Western Downs….where the living costs are low……..the communities are vibrant…...and the people are friendly.

For more information about starting your new life in the Western Downs, phone 1300 COUNCIL (07 4679 4000) or visit www.wdrc.qld.gov.au

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EDUCATION

TOOWOOMBA REGION DIRECTORY » Agnew School

» Middle Ridge State School

» Back Plains State School

» Millmerran State School

» Biddeston State School

» Mount Tyson State School

» Bowenville State School

» Newtown State School

» Brookstead State School

» Nobby State School

» Bunker’s Hill State School

» Oakey State High School

» Cambooya State School

» Oakey State School

» Cecil Plains State School

» Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School (Toowoomba)

» Centenary Heights State High School

» Pittsworth State High School

» Christian Outreach College (Toowoomba)

» Quinalow Prep-10 State School » Ramsay State School

» Clifton State High School

» Rangeville State School

» Clifton State School

» Rockville State School

» Concordia Lutheran College

» Ryeford State School

» Cooyar State School » Crows Nest State School

» Sacred Heart Primary School (Toowoomba)

» Darling Downs Christian School

» Southbrook Central State School

» Darling Heights State School

» St Anthony’s School (Toowoomba)

» Downlands College (Toowoomba)

» St Francis De Sales School (Clifton)

» Fairholme College (Toowoomba) » Fairview Heights State School » Gabbinbar State School

» St Joseph’s College (Toowoomba) » St Joseph’s School (Millmerran) » St Mary’s College » St Monica’s School (Oakey) » St Saviour’s College (Toowoomba)

» Geham State School

» St Saviour’s Primary School (Toowoomba)

» Glenvale Christian School (Toowoomba)

» St Stephen’s School (Pittsworth)

» Glenvale State School » Goombungee State School » Gowrie State School » Greenmount State School » Haden State School

» St Thomas Moore’s Primary School (Toowoomba) » St Ursula’s College (Toowoomba) » The Glennie School » Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School

» Harlaxton State School

» Toowoomba Christian College

» Harristown State High School

» Toowoomba East State School

» Harristown State School

» Toowoomba Grammar School

» Highfields State School

» Toowoomba North State School

» Highfields State Secondary College

» Toowoomba State High School

» Holy Name Primary School (Toowoomba)

» Toowoomba West Special School

» Jondaryan State School

» Vale View State School

» Wilsonton State High School

» Kingsthorpe State School

» Wellcamp State School

» Kulpi State School

» Wilsonton State School

» Maridahdi Early Childhood Community School

» Wyreema State School

» Mary MacKillop Catholic College » Mater Dei Primary School (Toowoomba) » Meringandan State School

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» Pittsworth State School

» Clifford Park Special School

» Emu Creek State School

The best and brightest minds are fostered on the Downs with awardwinning campuses

» Pilton State School

» Centenary Heights State High School - Flexi School Campus

» Drayton State School

EDUCATION

» Yarraman State School » Youth and Community Learning Centre To find out more about each school, visit schoolsdirectory.eq.edu.au

Toowoomba is known as an education capital and is home to more than 80 primary and high schools, the University of Southern Queensland, and TAFE Queensland South West. Almost one in four (23%) people in Toowoomba attended an educational institution in 2016. For working parents and those looking to give their children the best start in life, Toowoomba offers a diverse range of early education facilities, pre-schools and development learning centres. A list of centres located in the city can be found at echildcare.com.au/ region/toowoomba Toowoomba offers schools that cater to all-boys, all-girls, co-educational, religious, secular and special education campuses. Many families from rural areas in the Darling Downs select the city’s boarding schools for their children. With such a strong offering of educational settings, many of the schools compete in sports, science, maths,

events and academia, creating a cohesive and interactive learning environment. Toowoomba offers a central location across the wider region to host carnivals, sporting and other finals events for the district. For more information about our schools visit LiveMagazine.com.au Both TAFE and USQ offer tertiary education. The awardwinning USQ attracts international students to move here, and grow our multicultural story. But it’s not just on-campus life that draws students, with each offering distance education courses. USQ also has campuses in Springfield and the Fraser Coast. More than 100,000 students have graduated from USQ.

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REGION’ S BRIGHTEST TACAPS student wins prestigious Pierre de Coubertin award from the AOC WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY TACAPS

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ear 11 Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School student Eden Lingard has joined a long list of talented students to win major awards. Each year, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) distributes Olympic awards to primary and secondary school students from around Australia. In 2017, Eden took out the Pierre de Coubertin Award. The award recognises secondary students who demonstrate values which are consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities.

Eden Lingard (right) with Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill.

Eden’s contribution and attitude in a number of sports and activities

including rugby, swimming and athletics at a local and regional level, put her ahead of her national peers. She also demonstrated leadership by supporting younger students with their own sporting endeavours. Eden was presented with the prize at a ceremony held at Somerville House, Brisbane, by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency, Paul de Jersey AC. During the award ceremony, Eden performed her original contemporary guitar piece, The Olympian (Our Journey), that was submitted as part of the nomination process. Visit tacaps.qld.edu.au for more info.

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EMPOWERING GIRLS Glennie’ s Mind Fitness program helps girls reach their full potential WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY THE GLENNIE SCHOOL

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he Glennie School’s unique Mind Fitness (MFit®) Program equips girls in years 7 to 9 with the essential knowledge and skills required to thrive in adolescence, and flourish in life. In each Middle Years girl, Glennie aims to grow resilience, shape character, and establish healthy and helpful habits for a rewarding and successful transition into secondary school. Each of Glennie’s Tutor teachers have undertaken specialist training to be able to confidently deliver the innovative MFit® program to their tutor class.

Glennie’s unique MFit program helps girls transition from School into the outside world.

MFit® lessons run weekly, providing the Middle Years students with a space

to connect, share, and learn with their peers and Tutor teacher. Covering thought-provoking and engaging topics, MFit® lessons strengthen each girl’s mind and assists in preparing them for the busy pace of the outside world. The program focuses on supporting girls to develop a positive sense of self, building healthy relationships with themselves and others, and a strong sense of belonging. Girls learn important life skills including how to effectively communicate with others, navigate various social media platforms, and manage the everyday challenges of life.

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FIND YOUR VOCATION Practical, industry-relevant training across over 300 qualifications WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY TAFE QUEENSLAND

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Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of vocational education and training in the state, offering practical, industry-relevant training to more than 120,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas. TAFE provides highly localised, flexible and customised services in 10 locations across the western region, delivering tailored training from industry experienced trainers. This is done onsite, online or at their location, with 80% of courses offering flexible learning options. TAFE works with businesses to:

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»D  evelop tailored training, including workforce development plans

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»D  evelop a succession plan, by reviewing current and future needs, skill gaps and career progressions. TAFE supports students through:

»R  ecognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessors to fast-track qualifications

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COMMUNITY HEALTH Growing practice delivering long-term health benefits that get real results WORDS WILTSHIRE HEALTH GROUP

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oowoomba’s families, retirees, workers and health conscious residents are looked after with two physiotherapy practices in Toowoomba. Wiltshire Health Group Chief Exponential Officer John Williamson said both the Wiltshire Health Centre, and Toowoomba Physiotherapy and Massage Centre had long been established in the region. John began leading the clinics in June 2017 to drive

growth and expansion in line with three other clinics in Mackay and Central Queensland. “Our purpose is to massively impact our communities to live well, and that is behind everything we do, from seeing clients in clinic to being involved in the community,” John said. Being involved in and sponsoring local events has promoted the community health message, with John looking to further build

community relationships in Toowoomba in the health and wellness arenas including the medical and allied health fraternities.

experience in workplace injury management, prevention and wellness through our sister business Construct Health,” he said.

The Wiltshire Health Group clinics see a range of clients from families and retirees through to clients from physical industries like construction, mining and manufacturing. Current healthcare services on offer include physiotherapy, psychology and massage therapy.

“Toowoomba is a growing area, I spent a lot of time here growing up. Every time I’ve travelled from Brisbane I’ve seen the huge changes it’s going through.” he said.

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John said the goal of the team at the Wiltshire Health Group is to deliver long-term health benefits that get real results for their clients.

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H O S P I TAL S TOOWOOMBA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS ARE A BOOST TO THE REGION’S HEALTH PROFILE WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN The health sector is the largest employer in Toowoomba with more than 10,000 staff across the three major state-of-the-art facilities and more than 700 health and wellbeing businesses. This represents about 14.5% of all jobs!

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ur region’s hospitals provide in-patient, day-patient and critical care services across a wide range of medical and surgical specialties including maternity, paediatric, emergency and intensive care, orthopaedic, obstetric, paediatric and neonatal care, oncology and renal care, and emergency medicine and mental health.

Toowoomba also boasts medical training facilities, including the University of Queensland’s Rural Clinical School and the Queensland Rural Medical Education. The hospitals and council are also driving the change to see our region get healthy with outdoors exercise and activities in our many parks. Further strengthening the

sector, they have joined together to promote the industry across the region. This partnership is something not generally seen across private and public hospitals, but the technological advancements, the surgical and health practitioners, and the facilities mean that Toowoomba punches well above its weight.

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The biggest strength of our advanced health system is knowing you can be looked after right here, without having to go to Brisbane for treatments. Families can be assured that when illness does strike they can have their loved-ones by their side.

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was given for RACQ LifeFlight medical heli-service to build a new aeromedical base in Toowoomba

St Vincent’s Private Hospital, St Andrew’s and Toowoomba Hospital collectively spent $65 million on new or upgraded facilities in 2017, with world-class operating theatres and cutting edge international technology.

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GOING THE EXTRA MILE STONESTREETS COACHES HAS A PROUD HISTORY OF ESCORTING TRAVELLERS AROUND AUSTRALIA In just 12 months, Stonestreets has travelled 4.8 million kilometres; the same distance as six voyages to the moon, 120 trips around Earth, 316 journeys to London, or 1200 treks across Australia. Stonestreets has a long, proud history with travel and has escorted travellers to every corner of Australia since 1993.

Stonestreets don’t just tour Australia – they travel the world in partnership with the Travellers Choice Network. This global partnership of verified travel suppliers means the Toowoomba company can offer effortless tours to incredible international destinations like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Morocco, or individual travel to any destination of your choice. The fully licensed and accredited team of travel agents use their years of

TOURS TRAVEL

Their incredible line-up of destination tours including The Kimberley, Cape York, Kakadu, Uluru, The Red Centre, the West, Murray River and Norfolk Island will make 2018 their

best and biggest year yet.

touring knowledge and experience to deliver great value holidays and itineraries, book flights, cruises, accommodation, guides and tours to anywhere you want to go. Stonestreets Travel General Manager Rob Brown said “Our motto, ‘We go the extra mile’, could not be more fitting for a travel company and it reflects the manner in which we approach travelling, the way we fully pack our tours with inclusions, and the above and beyond efforts of our travel team.”

Toowoomba’s largest local tour operator and only tour operator with a fully accredited travel agency

Stonestreets Travel Agency

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Our experienced Coach Captains have been guiding travellers around the country for over 30 years.

Stonestreets Travel 78 Warwick Street Toowoomba

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Connectivity Getting here has never been easier. It’ s leaving again that’ s hard WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN As Toowoomba grows, so does the need to connect the people and products to our capital city counterparts, our regional relatives and international sister cities. To do this we’ve built our own airport, we’re building the Second Range Crossing and we’re working towards the creation of the $10 billion Inland Rail route. Toowoomba’s reputation as The Miracle City as been forged by years of negotiations, feasibility studies, lobbying, and a mighty amount of getup-and-go. This is based on our ability to attract targeted investment and never-before-seen catalytic projects.

markets, flying weekly freight cargo direct to Hong Kong and around the world. Businesses like Trackspares work in the resource industry and ship parts to sites, while agricultural producers can get their chilled lettuce, avocados or beef straight to the Asian market.

The region is recognised as one of Australia’s most diverse and stable economies, with robust commercial and industrial enterprises. A decade of economic growth has been averaging 3.5%, exceeding the state average of 3.1%. Thousands of jobs are pouring into the region with these projects, and we need the skilled workers to match.

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will take trucks off the city’s main street, expected to save about 40 minutes of travel time for each trip. It will also reduce heavy vehicle wear and tear and create a more livable CBD. The TSRC is a 43km road bypass route worth a staggering $1.6 billion. The mighty bypass already cuts an impressive snake through the landscape, opening around December 2018.

Toowoomba is a hub for logistics, freight and technology. Businesses are setting up in the region or expanding their opportunities to take advantage of our strategic location and brand new, world class road, rail and air capability. Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport now ships to domestic and international

With Inland Rail on the way, we’ll be able to take products via rail direct to the Port of Brisbane for export. While nowhere near the $10 billion Inland Rail project, a smaller rail was recently built and opened to take cattle 800km from Quilpie direct to Oakey, just outside Toowoomba. This signalled the start

of a massive expansion for the processor, Oakey Beef Exports which uses Wellcamp Airport to ship chilled beef. Together, this means our produce and products are best positioned to make it to its destined marketplace in the mode that suits it. And let’s not forget these modes work efficiently together – cattle can move by train to an abattoir that then trucks the chilled products to the buyer in Australia, or takes it to the freight facility at our privatelyowned Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, to be loaded onto a plane headed direct to Hong Kong on an overnight flight with Cathay Pacific. Freight forwarders, including Seaways Logistics, service full global and domestic needs including warehousing, cold storage and packaging. With the region advancing, it’s little wonder the Regional Australia Institute say our regional economy is set to double its GDP by 2030.

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LOCAL COMPANY. GLOBAL CAPABILITY. Committed to investing and growing local business and keeping jobs in our region Easternwell is one of Australia’s leading energy and mining service providers, building on a strong track record of developing innovative solutions that increase safety, efficiency and operational sustainability.

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proudly homegrown Toowoomba company, Easternwell is well-known for its specialty in drilling, well servicing and camp management for the mining, oil and gas industries. Easternwell has a unique position in the market, as a subsidiary of Broadspectrum whose regional presence includes its work with QGC, Queensland Urban Utilities, and Millmerran Power Station. Their operations are strengthened by business activities spanning more than 20 countries, and a workforce of more than 96,000 employees, complemented by Ferrovial’s financial security and stability.

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As one of the world’s leading infrastructure operations and municipal services companies, Ferrovial’s global vision, scale and capability enables them to fund, build, own, operate and maintain assets. They own 25% of Heathrow Airport, one of the largest in the world that oversees a smooth travel experience for more than 75 million passengers every year. Broadspectrum’s and Ferrovial’s work can be seen in the construction, operations and maintenance work on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing as part of the Nexus Consortium. The company’s commitment to investing and growing local business is at the forefront of their strategic agenda.

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FUELLING EXPANSION Transport fleet ensures distribution of bulk fuels to regional and remote QLD Founded in Outback Queensland in 1984, IOR Petroleum is a name synonymous with remote and regional Queensland.

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rom its humble beginnings, this proudly Australian company now operates a network of over 60, 24/7 unmanned Diesel Stops that are strategically located around the country.

liquid storage tanks, fuel management services and bulk solvents throughout regional Australia.

A number of these regional locations have become fuel depots from which IOR distributes bulk fuel.

IOR Aviation was launched in 2015 servicing local airports, agribusiness, tourism and emergency services users from Cairns and the Cape in the north to SEQ and the Southern Downs and Moree in the south.

The company operates an extensive transport fleet supporting its Diesel Stops and Depots and many of these are serviced in the local communities and operated by local drivers. Additionally, IOR also provides fuel,

IOR is committed to continuing to improve its service to local and national customers and is pleased to continue its expansion with new Queensland sites at Charlton and Dalby, with Warwick in the advanced planning stage.

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DEVELOPMENT

D EV EL OPM EN T IT’S BOOM-TIME WITH MORE THAN $13 BILLION OF PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN Toowoomba is amid a development boom with major projects positioning the region to capitalise on the next wave of economic, employment and investment opportunities. There’s more than $13 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the pipeline, and Toowoomba’s Gross Regional Product is almost $10 billion – growing at a rate of about 3.5% year-on-year.

TSBE

has an Infrastructure Priority List that guides the advocacy work we do with ministers, industry and our Canberra counterparts to ensure the region gets its share in the billions of dollars of future investment.

This includes big ticket items like the Quarry Gardens, Picnic Point masterplan, the need for a convention centre and motorsports facility. While these projects sit on our wish-list, what we are seeing is a region taking shape with a number of

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projects under way.

» The Toowoomba

Enterprise Hub hosts an intermodal freight and logistics hub and is made up of InterLinkSQ, Witmack Industry Park, and the Wellcamp Airport and Wellcamp Business Park. This represents a


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huge asset to the region, with industry set to join that development.

» The FKG Group’s $40

million Pulse Data Centre and Tech Park is the first regional tier III data centre of its kind in Australia. The centre, west of Toowoomba, capitalises on the global demand for large-scale data centres and a growing trend to build secure and stable data storage in regional areas.

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Premium Milk is adjacent to Wellcamp Airport, capitalising on the Asian demand with a litre of Australian milk selling for up to $19 in some Chinese supermarkets.

» Unilever entered the

region, buying the iconic Weis factory and brand.

» New Acland Coal Pty

» The Railway Parklands

» At Pittsworth, Yarranlea

TSBE is championing a federal government push to see some departments move to Toowoomba, including the likes of defence and agriculture.

Ltd, a subsidiary of New Hope Corporation Limited, operates the existing New Acland Mine, an open cut, thermal coal operation with existing capacity to produce up to 4.8 million tonnes (Mtpa) annually. The mine injects $300 million into south east Queensland’s economy a year and $100 million into the Darling Downs economy. It employs about 275 locals and 500 contractors, and provides about 2300 indirect jobs, as at November 2017. Solar Farm will be developed in four stages on up to 250 hectares that will generate enough power for about 32,000 homes with a generation capacity of up to 100MW.

Priority Development Area (PDA) on the northern end of the CBD is expected to deliver 1200–1500 new dwellings worth $680 million and support an estimated 3000 jobs over 20 years. The first stage will see the dilapidated Railway Goods Shed undergo a $10 million refurbishment into a mini convention centre. The PDA covers a total area of 51.3 hectares and is bordered by Russell, Ruthven, Mort and Bridge Streets.

According to the AEC Group, total employment in

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DEVELOPMENT

Many businesses have established themselves in Toowoomba to capitalise on the services needed. Employment in the Toowoomba Region is set to increase by over 90,000 jobs by 2026.

the Toowoomba region is projected to increase to 91,150 jobs by 2026, and more than 112,800 jobs by 2041. Our strong economy is attracting skilled workers to the region, with the largest source of migration from Brisbane. SURAT BASIN Toowoomba is also the gateway to the Surat Basin energy region, rich in vast coal seam gas, natural gas, oil and thermal coal energy reserves. Toowoomba is well-known as a specialised well drilling and servicing hub. The proximity to the Surat Basin twoto-three hours away means many businesses have established themselves in Toowoomba to capitalise on the services needed. In Toowoomba there are at least nine of the major drilling and servicing companies with a substantial base whose work spans to the Surat Basin, including QGC/Shell,

Origin, APLNG, Senex, BOC, Arrow Energy, Armour Energy and Santos. Operations and maintenance activities with a number of projects are expected to continue during the next 40 to 50 years, representing around $3 billion of expenditure each year until 2020, and $500 million every year after that. In 2016-2017 the resources sector contributed $1.5 billion to the Toowoomba economy, supported the equivalent of 7,500 full-time jobs, or 10 per cent of the city’s employees, and spent $916 million on goods and services in the Darling Downs. Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise is an industry group that can link your business with these opportunities. Talk to TSBE about how your business can get involved in the Toowoomba and wider Surat Basin region.

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Connect your business internationally through over 80 direct flights per week to Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Townsville & Western Queensland. Weekly scheduled Cathay Pacific cargo service to Hong Kong. Convenient, secure, short and long-term parking. Park 4 hours free when dropping off or collecting passengers. Car hire, taxis, transfers & visitor information on site. Altitude Bar & Café on site with runway views & play area. Save time and fly in style when you choose Wellcamp Airport. LIVE TOOWOOMBA

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INLAND RAIL

THE BENEFITS OF INLAND RAIL

SUPPORTING TOOWOOMBA AND THE DARLING DOWNS’ FUTURE Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in the country, connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets, and transforming the way we move freight around the country.

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t will provide national connectivity from the Darling Downs and West Moreton regions for both domestic and export freight, lower the costs of transport and make agricultural and coal products competitive. The dual gauge track, catering for double-stacked standard and narrow gauge trains, means rail users from areas such as Dalby, Miles, Roma and Goondiwindi will benefit from the faster, lower-cost link to Brisbane.

The 126km section from Toowoomba to Kagaru, including large scale tunnelling, will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership. Under this arrangement, the private sector will design, build, finance and maintain this section of the railway, creating opportunities for local employment and suppliers, boosting the economy during and post construction.

$6+ billion of capital investment in Queensland over the next 10 years

$2.2 billion boost to the Darling Downs economy

For more information or to speak with a member of the Inland Rail project team, contact us on 1800 732 761 or inlandrailqld@artc.com.au

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INTERLINKSQ CHANGING THE FACE OF TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS IN QUEENSLAND A new era in transport and logistics is beginning in Toowoomba with the establishment of the InterLinkSQ Rail Freight Terminal.

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trategically located 13 kilometres west of Toowoomba, the InterLinkSQ precinct promises improved supply-chain efficiencies for Australia’s most productive agricultural and horticultural regions. The 200-hectare site includes the region’s first freight-dedicated intermodal rail terminal, providing a rail shuttle service to the Port of Brisbane. InterlinkSQ CEO Michelle Reynolds said, “the surrounding logistics and industrial precinct provides direct access to onsite warehousing, customs and container services”.

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advantage of a growing number of Free Trade Agreements to open new export markets. InterLinkSQ provides a critical link in the supply chain, moving local product to the world markets efficiently and cost effectively. The rail terminal is located at the junction of the Queensland Regional Rail Networks and the Interstate Standard-Gauge Network (aka Inland Rail), driving increased access to the Port of Brisbane in peak shipping times and to our capital cities.

“Regular rail services allow producers to shift larger volumes of freight, thereby lowering costs and ensuring tight shipping timeframes are met. This makes Australia’s produce more competitive in a global market,” Michelle said.

At completion, InterLinkSQ will cater for trains up to 3,600m and up to 750,000 containers annually. The InterLinkSQ rail terminal provides a platform for packing, storage and value-adding activities across agriculture, livestock, resources, construction and retail.

The region’s producers are looking to take

“In coming years, InterLinkSQ will be the

place for hundreds of new and established businesses, creating more than 1,500 jobs,” Michelle said. “We want to change the dynamics of freight in the region. It’s about creating sustainable opportunities for freight makers and freight movers. “The project provides significant benefits to the region’s industries, residents, and the broader Australian transportation and logistics network.” InterLinkSQ is creating cost efficiencies that are demanded in the current, highly competitive, global market. The project is driving efficiency while improving safety and environmental outcomes for South East Queensland. InterLinkSQ is driving the future growth of our region’s producers and businesses.


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TOOWOOMBA WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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T PASSENGER FLIGH TO SHANGHAI GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS IN TOOWOOMBA ABC Landline presenter Pip Courtney. Lovingly restored historic Mens toilet in Russell Street.

The first international passenger flight from Wellcamp airport to Shanghai made history in 2016. TSBE took 200 business travellers to the Asian centre aboard a QANTAS A330 – the first of future international passenger flights planned for the country’s newest airport. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

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YOUNGEST AUSTRALIAN TO SCALE MOUNT EVEREST Toowoomba mountaineer Alyssa Azar became the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest in 2016 at just 19. Marking her third attempt, the ambitious adventurer left a tribute to her brother at the summit. Her first two attempts were thwarted due to natural disasters. Sharing the journey with her Toowoomba followers, on her return Alyssa was handed the Keys to the City at a public ceremony.

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A PIECE OF HISTORY

GET THE INSIDE

Tucked beside the Norville Hotel on Russell Street is the historic men’s toilet, the oldest known existing public urinal in Queensland, built in 1919. The lack of a female toilet to accompany it is a sign of the time for women’s public lives and hygiene needs. It was briefly dismantled during the Victoria Street Outer Circulating Road project and placed in storage, before being put back together at the same site.

SCOOP ON LOCATION Friendly and knowledgeable staff at Visitor Information Centres can help you make the most out of your next trip to our region. Stop in and find out the inside scoop with centers in Toowoomba (James Street), Hampton (New England Highway), Goombungee (Mocatta Street), Millmerran (cnr Mary and Edward Streets) and Pittsworth (Short Street).

» Regional Development Australia, Darling Downs and South West Inc. » Department of

Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

» Austrade » TradeStart Darling Downs » Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

» Office of Fair Trading

» NDIS » Department of Education and Training

» Department

of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

» Department of Health

» Department of Human Services (Medicare, Centrelink, etc)


S OUR BABY BOOMER R ARE LOOKED AFTE Almost 18% of residents are 65 or over, and as the University of the Third Age will attest, you’re never too old to learn something new. With more than 1350 members of the retired or semi-retired community, U3A

offers 135 courses a week at low cost. A range of aged care and community care facilities also cater to the growing population of retirees with lifestyle resorts and social support services available across the city.

GETTING AROUND TOOWOOMBA Translink runs on eight routes with more than 1150 weekly services, including Sunday, with six running hourly, and two on 30 minute intervals during peak times. Passengers hop on at Toowoomba Bus Station, Toowoomba Hospital, University of Southern Queensland, Grand Central Shopping Centre and Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre. For more information, download the MyTransLink app.

» TAKE A STROLL THROUGH OUR MARKETS We’re known inside and outside the region for our hand-made creations and fresh fruit and vege, sold at markets in the city and further afield at Hampton and Cabarlah.

cycling routes where we share the road. Check out Groom Park in the CBD for a kids bike track, decked out with stop signs, pedestrian crossings and other road signs.

» WALK!

Toowoomba’s CBD is designed to be explored » JUMP ON on foot. Main streets YOUR BIKE! link up with laneways and walkways including Our bike tracks and Kwong Sang Walk lanes have been and Ann Street, with recently updated, with ‘watch for cyclists’ signs hidden diners and cafés around every turn. installed along popular

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AGRICULTURE

BRINGING THE BEEF SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY USED IN PRODUCTION It’s clear from the minute you sit down to dinner that the steak produced by Oakey Beef Exports is of the highest quality. But a great T-bone or eye fillet doesn’t just appear on a plate.

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t is Oakey Beef Exports’ commitment to innovation, technological advancements and staff development that produces superior premium beef products for local and world markets. The Oakey Beef Exports plant is state-of-the-art, and through its sophisticated innovative process, it is able to comprehensively trace their meat products from the animal’s property of birth through

Oakey Beef Exports

We offer more than you think

Oakey Beef Exports is located in the town of Oakey on the Darling Downs west, of Toowoomba, offering exciting career prospects in a unique Queensland location. No matter what your qualification and experience we are keen to talk with you to discuss opportunities. Positions exist in: •

Management and Administration

Trades and Technical

Professional and Graduate

Skilled and Unskilled Labour

As a large employer we offer an extensive variety of careers with a focus on internal promotion to reward our dedicated workforce. Our focus on training ensures our workforce is highly skilled to adapt to the technological changes occurring in our evolving industry. Contact info@nh-foods.com.au http://www.nh-foods.com.au/facilities/oakey-beef-exports/

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to the end consumer (farm to plate). Technological advances include ergonomically-designed workstations for the workforce and the covered, high-rate anaerobic lagoon (COHRAL) biogas plant. The plant enables the capture and reuse of methane from waste water. It all demonstrates that the secret to success is a commitment to exceptional production standards, along with social and environmental responsibility.


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Agriculture

Our region’ s economy has its roots firmly planted in agriculture; a clean green and growing industry that continues to thrive WORDS ELOUISE QUINLIVAN

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rich history of agriculture underpins Toowoomba’s growth as a food processing hub. Couple that with its freight and logistics aptitudes and fertile soil, and it’s the ideal home for producers offering a competitive edge. The Darling Downs is Australia’s leading region for agricultural production and innovation. We deliver fresh ingredients for a range of dishes, with beef straight from the paddock at Oakey Beef or Mort and Co, or try the pork from Merivale Farms. Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co also supplies premium quality certified organic and natural meat. Looking for something on the side? Set up your salad with lettuce from Story Fresh, carrots from Kalfresh and avo from Sunnyspot Packhouse, or broccoli from

Qualipac. For those with a sweet tooth, you can’t look past Pittsworth Confectionery. And for the daytime snackers, Stahmann Farms has you all set with macadamias and almonds. Makes you hungry just thinking about it. Toowoomba’s surrounding countryside is a patchwork of productivity with sorghum, cotton, wheat, poultry, eggs and dairy. Drive in any direction and the paddocks come alive in a sea of yellow, reds, white or green. About 80% of Australia’s eggs come from here, and we have more feedlots per square kilometre than anywhere else in the country. Down the range in the Lockyer Valley or in the Felton food bowl, our region’s clean and green message continues to attract hungry buyers, including the growing

Asian middle-class. Agriculture remains an important part of Toowoomba’s economy, worth about $770 million which is 10% of the state’s employment in the industry. But it’s not just the economy that benefits, as restaurants around the region consistently choose the produce to serve their diners. The diverse agribusiness sector looks to innovation and value-adding to its offerings. About one in five businesses in the region support agriculture. Queensland’s export markets continue to trend upward, reaching new 12-month highs, at a time when producers and businesses across the Darling Downs and wider region are looking to the market opportunities available to expand their business operations.

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NRG ELECTRICAL

NRG ELECTRICAL POWERING TOOWOOMBA’S GROWTH Toowoomba owned and run, NRG Electrical is powering the Garden City’s future with its investments in new services and staff. With clients ranging from familyowned businesses to multi-million dollar operations, the company is helping to build Toowoomba’s technology revolution.

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ounded in 2010, NRG is a leading provider of electrical, mechanical and communications solutions to the civil, construction, energy and mining industries. NRG offers a range of services, including sophisticated data and communication solutions, power reticulation installation, mechanical and fire services, civil works, building management systems, remote site maintenance and programmed maintenance. NRG Manager Daniel Briskey said the company had grown from two to 50 staff within seven years, including 18 apprentices. “We built NRG by providing exceptional service to small family-owned businesses, principally

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in commercial construction, and we love working with these customers,” Daniel said. “Thanks to our recent growth, we have been able to employ workers with skillsets that have helped us deliver some major projects across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. This has been supported by the structures and systems we have put in place to maintain our focus on quality, health and safety.” NRG’s successful growth is shown by the wide range of major projects it has been involved in. Locally, these have included FKG Group’s Pulse Data Centre, the Toowoomba Hospital, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and Highfields State

Secondary College, among others. “We are extremely diverse and agile, with our focus on delivering a product to the highest standard,” Daniel said. “Team and culture are crucial at NRG and we have built a team that loves coming to work every day. It gives us immense satisfaction to see a quality finished product and a happy client.” Toowoomba’s emergence as one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities has given NRG a platform for further growth. “I can’t see us slowing down – by continually investing in our people and services we are very confident in the outlook,” Daniel said.


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Drayton Bowling Club

Lawn Bowls

Newtown Hockey Club

Hockey

Toowoomba Rangers Baseball Club

Baseball

Q.R.L. South West Division

Rugby League

Queensland Polocrosse Association

Polocrosse

Rangeville Hockey Club

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Red Lion Hockey Club

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Regional Basketball Group Inc

Basketball

South Toowoomba Bowls Club

Lawn Bowls

South West Queensland Touch Association

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Southern District Magpies Cricket Club

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Toowoomba Clay Target Club

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Cricket, Netball, Soccer, Hockey

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Toowoomba Tennis Association Inc

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Sports and recreation is a big part of Toowoomba’s social fabric with a wide range of clubs and facilities catering for all athletes, standards and ages. The city has a strong cycling scene for both amateur and professional athletes, and the 1.76km Toowoomba Criterium Track at the showgrounds is a popular facility for elite state and national competition and training. The Rotary Ride the Range is a stand-out event on the competitive cycling calendar with its challenging 112km course drawing national attention. Smithy’s TGW Gym, founded by worldrenowned trainer Brendon Smith, draws major boxing matches to the city on a regular basis and is one of the premier fitness facilities in Toowoomba. The Toowoomba Regional Council website lists several mountain bike, bridle trail and walking tracks on the city’s escarpment into the

sprawling Lockyer Valley region to the east. Toowoomba mountain biker Jared Graves represented Australia in BMX at the 2008 Olympics, one of many famous sporting professionals from the region. International tennis, golf and hockey tournaments are regular fixtures in the sporting calendar, along with major boxing and cricket matches. In March 2018, Toowoomba will host the Gold Coast Titans match against St George Dragons at Clive Berghofer Stadium in a historic NRL clash. The national awardwinning Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International is among the major tennis tournaments contested in the city each year, while the Queensland PGA Championship is played annually at the City Golf Club. Other

golf clubs include the 18-hole Toowoomba Golf Club in Middle Ridge and the par-33 Eustondale Golf Course. Toowoomba is a training ground for the famous Hell of the West triathlon run in Goondiwindi since 1989. What started as an Olympic distance event has grown into a 2km swim, 80km cycle and 20km run which truly earns its moniker as the Hell of the West. Six lawn bowl centres offer a relaxed sporting pace around the city including clubs in the CBD, Toowoomba South, North Toowoomba, and Drayton. The PCYC has a strong gymnastics program with more than 300 members who compete on local, regional and state levels. Milne Bay Aquatic Centre in Toowoomba’s CBD has a 50m heated recreational pool.

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