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COUNCIL WRAP: 3 things we learnt from today's meetings

Toowoomba Regional Council building.
Toowoomba Regional Council building. Bev Lacey

THE Quarry Gardens, spaces for creators and infrastructure charge waivers were discussed in the second day of committee meetings of the Toowoomba Regional Council.

Here's what you might have missed from the meeting:

 

Original Toowoomba City Council plans for the Etopia quarry gardens in the Bridge Street Quarry drawn up in 2003.
Original Toowoomba City Council plans for the Etopia quarry gardens in the Bridge Street Quarry drawn up in 2003. Contributed

COUNCIL AGREES TO QUARRY FUNDING

THE Toowoomba Regional Council has voted to accept a $250,000 State Government contribution to start a feasibility study into the long-discussed Bridge St quarry gardens project.

Councillors voted nine to two in favour of the study funding, which will have to start work within the next six months.

Mayor Paul Antonio, who has long been an advocate of the concept, said the garden was a legacy project.

 

In opposing the item, Cr Bill Cahill called the proposal a "massive waste of taxpayer money".

Cr Nancy Sommerfield also voted against the decision.

 

TAFE South-West.
TAFE South-West. Contributed

TAFE PULLS PROJECT BEFORE MEETING

A PROPOSAL in front of the Toowoomba Regional Council to help fund a special space for creators and project makers has been pulled by the applicant.

The councillors were due to vote in committee meetings on the prospect of a Makerspace in Toowoomba, which was brought to them by TAFE South-West.

 

However, economic development officer Shamus Garmany informed the council that TAFE ran into problems with its funding models, and had to delay the project.

 

TRC continues incentive program for developers to do work in regional areas.
TRC continues incentive program for developers to do work in regional areas.

INCENTIVE CONTINUES FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPERS

THE Toowoomba Regional Council has voted to continue a program that gives developers an incentive to build in smaller towns.

The Temporary Economic Development Incentives for District Townships Policy was introduced several years ago to encourage more building in the region's smaller areas, with a focus on long-term accommodation and nursing homes.

The $3 million commitment comes in the form of reduced infrastructure charges.

There were suggestions from councillors that the program didn't have enough awareness, as the previous block of funding 

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