Boasting one of Australia’s most diverse economies, the Toowoomba Region is a vibrant community that spans almost 13,000km2 including the Toowoomba City and regional centres of Cambooya, Clifton, Crows Nest, Goombungee, Greenmount, Highfields, Millmerran, Oakey, Pittsworth and Yarraman, along with numerous smaller townships.
As the major city in the Region, Toowoomba is located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres above sea level. As Australia’s 16th largest city, second-largest inland city and recognised by the Family Friendly City Index as one of Queensland’s most family-friendly cities, Toowoomba is a safe, healthy and diverse community that celebrates a high-quality lifestyle.
We make up part of South East Queensland, a Region emerging as an economic powerhouse and home to one in seven Australians. We are also the gateway to South West Queensland, being the largest centre in the South West Region.
Over its rich history, the Toowoomba Region has transformed its agricultural base into a diverse and strong economy, offering a range of business, investment and employment opportunities. We have an economic role as a regional capital city, agriculture and food-processing centre, freight and logistics hub, as well as being a place of knowledge and research expertise. This provides enormous opportunities to respond to these powerful changes to the local, national and global economic landscape.
The main Aboriginal language groups in the Toowoomba Region are the Barunggam, Jarowair, Giabal and Kienjan tribes. Early European settlement was based around the Region’s highly fertile farming land. There are a number of suggested sources for the name Toowoomba, including an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place where water sits’, among others.
Toowoomba Region today
3 water supply dams, 2 weirs, numerous ground water bores and 7 water treatment plants
1,780km of water pipeline
2,578 development approvals in the 2018/19 financial year
$10.81 billion gross domestic product (GDP - wealth that is generated by businesses, organisations and individuals working in the area)
62,298 residential, commercial and Council properties connected to treated drinking water
26 public cemeteries (18 operational, 6 closed and 2 trust cemeteries maintained by Council)
575 Council-maintained parks
6,591km of sealed and unsealed roads, 87 roundabouts and 716km of footpaths and cycleways
1,773 Council employees
Environment and Community Services
Winner 'Design and construction of public works projects $5 to $10 million' - Queensland IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) awards - City Hall Auditorium and Annex Refurbishment. Jointly won by the Infrastructure Services Group and Environment and Community Services.
International Garden of Excellence Award by the World Federation of Rose Societies - Queensland State Rose Garden in Newtown Park. The Queensland State Rose Garden won the prestigious award for the effort put into keeping the roses to such a high standard and for the beautiful display of roses throughout the entire garden.
Best Major Festival or Event - Queensland Tourism Awards - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers was selected from a line-up of the best major festivals and events across the state, taking out the crown for Queensland’s Best Major Festival or Event for an incredible fourth year in a row.
Best Major Festival or Event - Australian Tourism Awards - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers won the Major Festivals or Events title for the third successive year, and in doing so, earned a place in the prestigious Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.
Loudest Cry and People's Choice Award at the National Town Crier Championships - Town Crier Kevin Howarth.
Queensland Community Facility of the Year – Council received this award for the Highfields Sport and Recreation Park at the Parks and Leisure Australia Queensland Awards.
Finance and Business Strategy
Harry Haxton Shield for Excellence - Awarded to the team that has achieved excellence in records and information management and made an outstanding contribution to records and information management in Queensland.
Infrastructure Services Group
Queensland Young Engineer of the Year Award - Queensland IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) awards - Haydn O'Leary.
Queensland 2018 Futures Challenge Award - Queensland IPWEA awards - Maddy Stahlhut.
High commendation 'Projects over $10 million category' - Queensland IPWEA awards - upgrade of Boundary Street upgrade project. Jointly won by Construction and Maintenance and Project Services.
Winner Regional Development Projects - International Project Management Association Global Achievement Awards 2018. The award recognised the work undertaken in the Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program 2011 to 2016.
Winner 'Design and construction of public works projects $5 to $10 million' - Queensland IPWEA Awards - City Hall Auditorium and Annex Refurbishment. This Environment and Community Services Group project, in conjunction with the Infrastructure Services Group, was managed by Project Services.
Planning and Development Services
Building Surveyor 2018 - Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (Queensland/Northern Territory Chapter), Recognition of Professional Excellence - Matthew Whittaker.
2018 UDIA Qld Awards for Excellence - The Bell Street Mall project was shortlisted as a finalist in the Community Engagement category.
Hard Won Victory Award at the Queensland Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 - The Toowoomba Region Flood Management - Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region.
Planning Institute Australia National Planning Excellence Award for the Toowoomba Region Flood Management Project.
Water and Waste Services
Sustainable Projects Award - Australian Institute of Project Management’s 2018 Project Management Achievement Awards (Queensland). Waste Services Branch won the award for its new Tier 5 Waste Management Facilities at Cecil Plains, Cooyar and Evergreen.
Toowoomba Regional Council won the South West Queensland 2018 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.