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're 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.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Toowoomba Region whose song lines traverse our lands and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the knowledge, rich traditions and bold ambitions of Australia’s first peoples.
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
2,046km of water pipeline
2,33 development approvals in the 2019/20 financial year
$12.19 billion gross domestic product (GDP - wealth that is generated by businesses, organisations and individuals working in the area)
63,678 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
6,593km of sealed and unsealed roads, 87 roundabouts and 724km of footpaths and cycleways
1,697 Council employees