Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has shared Council’s infrastructure wish-list in the lead-up to the upcoming State Election.
Council has outlined five key priorities as well as a number of other projects it would like to see in the Toowoomba Region:
- Warrego Highway Flood Mitigation Program Upgrading of James Street Culverts on East and West Creeks (total project estimate: $18 million). Read more about the project here.
- Further funding for the next stage of the Toowoomba Railway Parklands Urban Renewal Project and PDA (total project estimate: $24 million). Read more about the project here.
- Highfields / Gowrie Growth Areas Connection Project (total project estimate: $28 million). Read more about the project here.
- Toowoomba Enterprise Hub Central Precinct Connection Project (total project estimate: $18 million) (O’Mara Road to Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road – business case in development). Read more about the project here.
- Bowenville-Moola Rd, Dalby-Nungil Rd Road Upgrades Project (total project estimate: $14 million). Read more about the project here.
“The Toowoomba Region is one of Queensland’s most vibrant and diverse regional communities. The area is experiencing unprecedented growth, and Council believes that further investment by the State Government is vital in allowing the community to seize the wealth of opportunity before us,” Mayor Antonio said.
Council sees the final piece of flood mitigation for the city as its top priority, calling for the State to fund the upgrade of the James Street culverts at East and West Creeks.
“The 2010-11 floods changed Toowoomba forever - we have rebuilt, and improved our mitigation significantly but we will not give up in working to protect our community as best we can,” Mayor Antonio said.
Council also wants to see plans for the Toowoomba Railway Parklands forge ahead, with Stage 2 involving the start of parkland development to the north of the Goods Shed, a spiral bridge over the rail tracks, water play plaza (including multi-use night markets and events space), an outdoor dining precinct and a bridge to Campbell Street.
“Our community is so excited about this development - it is a once-in-a generation opportunity that has the potential to transform our city unlike anything we have seen in the past 100 years,” Mayor Antonio said.
Council is dedicating significant resources towards this project and we need to secure State and Federal investment, as well as public-private partnerships and private investment to accelerate the development.”
Acknowledging that there will be significant growth in the northern communities of Toowoomba including the Highfields, Gowrie Junction and Meringandan areas, Council has identified the need for a transport network link between Old Goombungee Road and Mort Street to provide an alternative access for those northern communities, the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub and the State-controlled transport network including the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
“Such growth is expected to generate 40,000 additional vehicle trips per day on the transport network, and this project is key to keep our community moving,” Mayor Antonio said.
Number four on the list is the O’Mara Road Corridor Stage 2 which provides a major heavy vehicle road link within the 1800 hectare Toowoomba Enterprise Hub.
“This hub has the potential to provide 12-15,000 jobs and increase Council’s Gross Regional Product by up to 30%. This project would complete the O’Mara Road Corridor project, including a signalised intersection with the Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road.”
Finally, Mayor Antonio said with the region’s production set to grow, several key heavy vehicle freight routes within the Toowoomba and Western Downs Region have been identified as having constraints due to the “first and last mile” aspects of the journey that occurred on the local government road network.
One of these key freight routes identified in the Toowoomba Region is the Bowenville – Moola Road and Dalby-Nungil Road, north from the Warrego Highway – this link provides strategic industry access to seven cattle feedlots and four piggery operations.
“Investment in this key freight route would cater for the increased demand in freight in this area and aid in the economic growth of key industries in the Toowoomba Region and in turn, provide broader support to the continued development of Queensland.”
“These priority projects are initiatives that will enhance Toowoomba’s social and economic strength and improve the lifestyle of our residents as our community moves into an exciting new chapter.
“Toowoomba Regional Council looks forward to working with the 56th Parliament of Queensland to make the Toowoomba Region and our great State an even better place to live, work and play,” Mayor Antonio concluded.
Full advocacy list:
Warrego Highway Flood Mitigation Program Upgrading of James Street Culverts on East and West Creeks (Toowoomba South; Toowoomba North)
Further funding for the next stage of the Toowoomba Railway Parklands Urban Renewal Project and PDA (Toowoomba North)
Highfields / Gowrie Growth Areas Connection Project (Toowoomba North)
Toowoomba Enterprise Hub Central Precinct Connection Project (Condamine) (O’Mara Road to Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road – business case in development)
Bowenville-Moola Rd, Dalby-Nungil Rd and Bowenville-Norwin Rd Upgrades Project (Condamine)
Other longer-term projects that Council believes will enhance Toowoomba’s economy and liveability:
- Walking Tourism network in Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, and Somerset areas.
- Continuation of the Gowrie Creek catchment reinvigoration project downstream of the Mill Precinct.
- Boundary Street North / TSRC Arterial Link Project – development of Business Case
- Toowoomba (Withcott) to Brisbane (Rosewood) passenger transport (Bus/Rail)
- Inland Rail – State support for Gowrie to Port of Brisbane section
- Transport upgrades in vicinity of Glenvale School, including South Street and extensions to McDougall Street and Boundary Road south to connect to Drayton-Wellcamp Road.
- Environmental interpretive centre to promote Indigenous culture and to enhance our escarpment- support needed for Business Plan
- Smart Poles – emerging issue requiring political change of stance on infrastructure ownership to enable progress
- Quarry Gardens – development of Business Case
Proposals already in progress with Government
Approval of New Acland Mine Stage 3
Hydro Pumping Energy Storage Project