Toowoomba Region excels during Governing from the Region

Mayor Paul Antonio said this has been a week to remember for the Toowoomba Region

On the back of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, a visit by the Queensland Premier and her Cabinet has ensured the region has blossomed this week.

Walking alongside the Premier at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Grand Parade, Mayor Paul Antonio said this was a week to remember for the Toowoomba Region.

“The Carnival is always one of the biggest attractions we have each year and to have the Premier governing from the region this week has been an additional bonus,” he said.

“This has been followed up by a string of announcements including Toowoomba being named as the first site for a regional Qantas Pilot Training Academy.

“The significance of this week is truly remarkable.

“In all the years I’ve served on Council this has been one of the most productive and successful I’ve been a part of.

“Early figures indicate this could be the most successful Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers we’ve had to date.

“As the longest-running horticulture show in Australia, this event continues to grow in size and the Queensland Premier has indicated she will be back again next year, such is her love of the event.

“Following the opening of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the Premier and her Ministerial team have been quite active, holding a number of one-on-one meetings with Council and taking the time to see first-hand the projects that are important to this region.

“This has given us a chance to push our case on a number of items which has yielded positive outcomes.

“Some of these projects included the opening of the Charlton North Detention Basin, funding for a new regional SES headquarters and a commitment to Toowoomba’s health and education services.

“The most pleasing thing about these announcements is that they aren’t just short-term solutions but are significant investments for the long-term future of the region.

“We are grateful for this commitment and will continue to push our case for other items such as water security, tourism opportunities and support to place more of a priority on the need for asset renewal.

“The Toowoomba Region is in a strong position and this was backed up with the unveiling of this week’s unemployment figures which saw our rate decline to 5.0%, well below the Queensland average of 6.0%.

“This is the third consecutive quarter our unemployment rate has decreased and is the lowest the figure has been since March 2017 which underlines the strength of our region.

“There is no doubt the Governing from the Region event in Toowoomba has been an overwhelming success and the Regional Qantas Pilot Training Academy has been the cherry on top.

“The collaboration between the State Government and Toowoomba Regional Council this week has been incredibly encouraging and I would like to thank the Premier for her ongoing support.”

For more information about Toowoomba Regional Council visit or contact 131 872.

Last Updated: Friday, 28 September 2018 15:07
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