The Environment and Community Committee is responsible for matters relating to community development and facilities, library and cultural services, environmental health, parks and recreation, property management, tourism and events. All Councillors are members of the committee.

The Committee meets on the Wednesday following the second Tuesday of each month at 9am in City Hall, 541 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba City.

Committee meetings are open to the public.

The notice of meeting, table of contents and agenda items (excluding confidential items) are available on this website on the Friday evening prior to the Meeting.

To access committee meeting reports past the year supplied below, please contact us.


The meeting schedule can be found in our 'Council meeting structure & meeting schedule' article.

Councillor J.J. O’Shea (Chair)       

Councillor T.P. McMahon (Portfolio Leader)
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor R.P. Antonio 
Councillor W.W. Cahill 
Councillor G.C. McDonald
Councillor M. O’Hara Sullivan
Councillor K.G. Shine
Councillor N.M. Sommerfield 
Councillor C.E. Taylor
Councillor M.M. Taylor
Councillor R.L. Vonhoff

The Environment and Community Committee will be a standing committee of Council and these Terms of Reference will provide guidance for the matters that are to be referred to and considered by the Committee.Aim
To consider matters relating to the Environment and Community operations of Council and make recommendations to Council on an ongoing basis.Role
The Committee's role is to provide ongoing leadership and deal with particular aspects of the Council's Environment and Community business, giving detailed deliberation to these matters, before making recommendations to Council.Responsibilities
The Committee's responsibilities include:

  Community Development and Facilities 

  • Aquatic facilities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Access and equity services (disability) 
  • Community development services
  • Multicultural services
  • Older persons
  • Volunteer management
  • Community/Town Halls
  • Medical facilities
  • Youth services
  • Childcare/kindergarten facilities
  • Showgrounds
  • Fitness centres 
  • Aged Care
  • Community Support services
  • Supported housing
  • Cemetery management
  • Commercial function venues

  Tourism and Events 

  • Conference and events marketing
  • Event development, co-ordination and support
  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
  • Tourism and events development and destination marketing
  • Visitor information centres and services

  Property Management 

  • Aquatic facilities
  • Theatre services
  • Civic assets general
  • Property services
  • Trade services

 Library and Cultural Services 

  • Cultural development
  • Galleries - operations
  • Galleries, cultural development and museums
  • Museums
  • City and Regional library services

 Environmental Health 

  • Animal management
  • Civic assets - parking
  • Corporate policy and local laws
  • Disaster management
  • Environmental health
  • Immunisation
  • Regulated parking service

 Parks and Recreation 

  • Caravan parks
  • Grass control
  • Nursery operations
  • Park facilities
  • Parks strategy, planning and design
  • Pest/land management
  • Public gardens
  • Sport and active recreation facilities
  • Sport and recreation development
  • Street and park trees

Notwithstanding the Committee responsibility for the above matters, issues related to these responsibilities may be reported directly to the Ordinary Meeting of Council where it is prudent to do so.

Membership of the Committee is to include all Councillors.Quorum
A quorum of the Committee is a majority of its members (i.e. 6).Meeting frequency
Unless otherwise determined, the Committee will meet on the Wednesday following the second Tuesday of each month commencing at 9.00 a.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 541 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.Reporting requirements
The Committee is exempt from keeping minutes of its meetings, pursuant to section 272(6) of Local Government Regulation 2012.  Rather, a report including recommendations from the Committee will be presented to the next ordinary meeting of Council for consideration and deliberation.Review of terms of reference
These terms of reference are to be reviewed from time to time, as necessary.


Agendas and minutes

We are in the process of changing the way we manage Council meeting agendas and minutes. While this change is being made documents can be found in two locations:

  1. After 15 September 2022 - Located in frame below or at
  2. Before 15 September 2022 - Refer to the list at the bottom of this page.


1. Agendas and minutes after 15 September 2022

Instructions: Find the relevant meeting in the list below. Select it to view all associated files, or use the links in the Files columns to view any available agendas, packets or minutes. The video icon in the Media column will launch the video.


2. Minutes before 15 September 2022