Boasting one of Australia’s most diverse economies, the Toowoomba Region is a vibrant community
Our region spans almost 13,000 km2 including the Toowoomba City and the 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 City is located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 m above sea level. As Australia’s 17th largest city and second largest inland city, Toowoomba is recognised as one of Queensland’s most family friendly cities. Toowoomba is a safe, healthy and diverse community that celebrates a quality lifestyle.
We make up part of South East Queensland, a dynamic region that generates one-fifth of Australia’s economic growth and is home to one in seven Australians. We are also the gateway to South West Queensland, being the largest centre.
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 powerful changes to the local, national and global economic landscape.
Built upon its Garden City image, the city of Toowoomba has more than 240 public parks and gardens - the perfect blend of city and open spaces.
Aptly nicknamed the Education Capital, our Region offers excellent primary, secondary and tertiary education options, transport connectedness, health facilities, shopping and dining to rival metropolitan destinations.
It’s no wonder 1.94 million visitors chose to explore our region last year and why over 166,000 people call this beautiful region home.
The main Aboriginal language groups in the Toowoomba Region are 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
- 166,409 population
- 80,566 jobs
- 1,765 Council employees
- 1,790 km of water mains
- 2,028 development approvals in the 2017-18 financial year
- $10.5 billion gross domestic product (GDP - wealth that is generated by businesses, organisations and individuals working in the area)
- 62,463 residential, commercial and Council properties connected to treated drinking water
- 13 libraries
- 21 public cemeteries
- 572 Council-maintained parks
- 6,578 km of sealed and unsealed roads, 74 roundabouts and 569 km of footpaths and cycleways
- 3 water supply dams, 2 weirs, numerous ground water bores and 7 water treatment plants
Environment and Community Services
- Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Regional Achievement in Landscape Architecture Award – Oakey Creek Linear Corridor Project
- Australian Leisure Facilities Association Queensland, Jonas Leisure Facility of the Year Award – Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Toowoomba
- Parks and Leisure Australia, Regional Awards of Excellence - Best Rural Industry Contribution Category - Urban forest tree planting program
- Queensland Tourism, Major Festival and Events category – 2017 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
- Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, National Aquatic Industry Award, Excellence in Public Messaging and Education - Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre
- Rotary Club of Toowoomba South, Pride of Workmanship Awards – Peter Wemsley
- Heart Foundation Local Government Awards, Councils with populations greater than 50,000 category – Queensland winner / National highly commended
Water and Waste Services
- Water Industry Operators Association of Australia, Best tasting drinking water in Australia – Mt Kynoch, Toowoomba
- Queensland Government, Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year – Maddison McCarthy
- Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations, Innovation Award – Toowoomba Regional Council Waste service automation
Finance and Business Strategy
- Auscontact Association, Queensland winner, Customer Contact Manager - Kirrilly Rowan
- Australian Red Cross, Blood Service Red25 Councils Blood Challenge 2017 – 5th nationally and 2nd in Queensland
- Institute of Australian Managers and Leaders, South West Queensland, Leader / Manager category - Kirrilly Rowan
- Work Cover Queensland, Safe Work and Return to Work Awards 2018 – Finalist in Queensland’s best rehabilitation and return to work management system category
- Queensland Government, Queensland Training Awards 2017 – Darling Downs and South West Queensland Large Employer of the year
Infrastructure Services Group
- Australian Institute of Project Management, 2017 National Project Management Achievement Awards: Regional Projects – Toowoomba Region Flood Recovery Program (2011-2016). The flood recovery program received an additional two awards in 2017, the AIPM state and Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management award in the Community Service and/or Regional Development category
- Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Engineer of the Year award – Mike Brady
- Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, People and Project award – Jeff Heit
- Floodplain Management Australia NRMA Insurance Excellence Award – Flood Risk Management Project of the Year 2018