Page 1 – Love Local News https://www.lovelocalnews.com Our Region - News from Toowoomba & Darling Downs Sun, 29 Jan 2023 11:59:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 61344929 Early Warning Of Toowoomba Legacy Involvement https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/early-warning-of-toowoomba-legacy-involvement/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/early-warning-of-toowoomba-legacy-involvement/#respond Sun, 29 Jan 2023 11:58:22 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=95090 The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay begins on ANZAC Day 25th April, 2023 in Pozieres, France. It will then travel to London, England where it will continue its tour, and then throughout Australia. The torch will land in Albany, WA on 3 May before heading to Fremantle and Perth to start its journey to all 44 […]

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The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay begins on ANZAC Day 25th April, 2023 in Pozieres, France. It will then travel to London, England where it will continue its tour, and then throughout Australia. The torch will land in Albany, WA on 3 May before heading to Fremantle and Perth to start its journey to all 44 Legacy Clubs around Australia.

Arriving on Wednesday 14th June 2023(time to be advised), the Toowoomba leg will be 5.9 km long and will commence at Picnic Point, travelling to the Mother’s memorial, where a centenary Plaque will be unveiled, and then turn into Chalk Drive to meet up at Ruthven Street, then head South along Ruthven to Herries Street, finishing up at the steps to the Council Chambers for a lighting of a cauldron.

The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay 2023 is a 6-month campaign to pay homage and acknowledge veterans’ families, saluting their sacrifice. The torch will travel over 50,000 km, through 100 stops, carried by approximately 1,500 torch bearers and hoping to raise over $10 million.

Further details are available by contacting the Toowoomba Legacy Inc. Office on 07 4632 2352 (Tues/Wed/Fri – 0900 to 1300).

Or via our email  toowoomba.legacy@bigpond.com  Also on the national website via  legacytorchrelay.com.au

Submitted By:
Legatee David B Melandri
Event Coordinator.

 

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TRC’s 2023 Australia Day Events https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/trcs-2023-australia-day-events/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/trcs-2023-australia-day-events/#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2023 12:41:18 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=95082 Toowoomba Region residents are invited to attend Australia Day award presentations and celebrations on Thursday, January 26th.Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he was glad that community activities were resuming following various Covid-related restrictions over the past two years. “I encourage residents to join the festivities marking our national day across the Region,” Mayor Antonio […]

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Toowoomba Region residents are invited to attend Australia Day award presentations and celebrations on Thursday, January 26th.Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he was glad that community activities were resuming following various Covid-related restrictions over the past two years. “I encourage residents to join the festivities marking our national day across the Region,” Mayor Antonio said.

TRC’s regional events:

Toowoomba – Picnic Point 9.30-11.30am Australia Day award presentations by the Mayor. 9am Toowoomba Caledonian Society; 9.30am Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony; 9.45am flag raising, national anthem by High Altitude Harmony, free scones, lamingtons and flag tattoos (tea, coffee and soft drinks available for purchase on the morning); 9.50am Australia Day prayer, presentation of Toowoomba City Australia Day awards and W. H. Groom scholarship; 11.30am free ice creams.

CambooyaCambooya Recreation Grounds, Lucy Street, Cambooya 8-10am. Free barbecue breakfast, free children’s face painting, coffee van. Awards ceremony from 9am.

Cecil Plains (incorporating Millmerran) at the Cecil Plains Aquatic Centre 8-11am. 8-9am free barbecue breakfast hosted by the Cecil Plains Progress, Tourism and Recreation Association; awards ceremony 9-10am with acknowledgement of traditional custodians, national anthem, Councillor address, announcement of award nominees and recipients; from 10am meet and greet, swim at the pool until 11am.

Clifton – Pioneer Park, 99 King Street, Clifton. Free barbecue breakfast and the Australia Day awards ceremony from 7am to 10am. Please BYO chair or picnic blanket.

Crows Nest – incorporating the Highfields award ceremony 3.30-5.30pm at Crows Nest Showgrounds, New England Highway, Crows Nest. A barbecue and cold drinks will be served after the official ceremony for a gold coin donation. Awards ceremony from 4.30pm. Entertainment by Cloud 9, Paul Fleming and Adele Adams.

Goombungee – Goombungee Hall, King Street, Goombungee. 8am Free community breakfast, entertainment and children’s activities; 9.30am official ceremony, including presentation of Australia Day awards. Following the formalities, there will be free face painting and entertainment throughout the morning.

Highfields – The Highfields district awards will be presented at the Crows Nest celebrations at the Crows Nest Showgrounds (see above).

Jondaryan Woolshed: Jondaryan: Back to the Woolshed – a three-day family event from January 26-28. For full details, visit www.jondaryanwoolshed.com

Oakey – Arthur Shooter Park, Stanley Street, Oakey, 7.30am to noon. Breakfast in the park on sale from 7.30am; award ceremony from 8.30am, includes acknowledgement of traditional custodians, flag raising, national anthem, Councillor address, award presentations; 9.30am free morning tea and billy boiling competition. 10am: Team and individual events: The Australian dunny race, open and junior iron man races, thong throwing, sack races with prize presentations from noon. Bring a chair, picnic blanket, hat and sunscreen.

Pittsworth – 8am barbecue breakfast by the Pittsworth Lions Club at Centenary Park; 9.30am Pittsworth Town Hall, Park Street, Pittsworth until 11.30am includes acknowledgement of traditional custodians, flag bearers enter Town Hall, national anthem, Councillor address, Australia Day ambassador address, presentation of Pittsworth Australia Day awards.

Toowoomba Regional Council Australia Day coordinating committee chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald said local Australia Day organising committees and various Council staff had worked behind the scenes to organise community activities. He said
“There is no better way to celebrate Australia Day than with other Australians.”

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.

Submitted by:
Angus Moffatt

Media Relations Officer
Customer, Communication and Engagement
Toowoomba Regional Council

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Celebrate Australia Day With DownsSteam https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/celebrate-australia-day-with-downssteam-2/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/celebrate-australia-day-with-downssteam-2/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2023 12:24:12 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=95079

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Invitation From The Toowoomba Bridge Club https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/invitation-from-the-toowoomba-bridge-club/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/invitation-from-the-toowoomba-bridge-club/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2023 13:23:40 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=95074 The Toowoomba Bridge Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday, 29th January, from 1.00 to 3.00 PM. BRIDGE is the ultimate card game, and is recognized as a great way to keep the brain nimble … The club also offers lessons, and it’s a great way to meet new people. Come and meet members, […]

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The Toowoomba Bridge Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday, 29th January, from 1.00 to 3.00 PM.

BRIDGE is the ultimate card game, and is recognized as a great way to keep the brain nimble … The club also offers lessons, and it’s a great way to meet new people. Come and meet members, the teachers, even play a few supervised hands, and enjoy a cuppa with us.

This event is free, and open to all. The venue is at 55 Stuart Street, Toowoomba. To find out more, phone Trudi on 0418-718-586.Hoping to see you there.

Submitted by:
Murray Pietsch
Toowoomba Bridge Club

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Corporate Partners Sought For 2023 Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/corporate-partners-sought-for-2023-toowoomba-carnival-of-flowers/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/corporate-partners-sought-for-2023-toowoomba-carnival-of-flowers/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2023 11:26:18 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=95063 Australia’s leading major regional event, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, is calling for corporate sponsors to come on board for 2023. An expression of interest process is now open for large corporates and small businesses to partner with Toowoomba Regional Council to support Carnival, which has welcomed millions of visitors to Toowoomba since 1949. Toowoomba […]

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Australia’s leading major regional event, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, is calling for corporate sponsors to come on board for 2023.

An expression of interest process is now open for large corporates and small businesses to partner with Toowoomba Regional Council to support Carnival, which has welcomed millions of visitors to Toowoomba since 1949.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said businesses could associate their name with a myriad of events held as part of the 2023 Carnival.  “Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has had some wonderful corporate partners. We thank each of those businesses for their involvement in creating one of Australia’s most iconic events.”

“The exposure generated for these businesses through Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has consistently far outweighed the investment. I’d encourage those interested to register now to be involved in the 2023 event.”

“The Carnival has opportunities such as naming rights to the Floral Parade, the hugely popular Festival of Food and Wine, Entertainment in the Parks, Night Garden, Cinema Under the Stars and Teddy Bears Picnic, to name a few.”

“We are excited to offer the new opportunity of Perennial Partners, as we know Carnival is loved by many, and this option provides benefits to suit businesses.”

“Building on the 2022 results of over 360,000 attendees across the 30-day event program, we expect Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers to reach even greater heights in 2023. Now is the time to partner with Carnival,” Mayor Antonio said.

For a copy of the partnership prospectus and to register your details, head to – Budding Partnerships – Sponsorship – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (tcof.com.au) Businesses have until 31 January 2023 to register their interest.

Submitted by:
Jason Cubit
Senior Media Relations Officer
Customer, Communication and Engagement Branch
Toowoomba Regional Council

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Exoplanet Rings In New Year Every Five Days https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/exoplanet-rings-in-new-year-every-five-days/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/exoplanet-rings-in-new-year-every-five-days/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2023 13:36:43 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=95052 Spinning into the future: University of Southern Queensland researcher leads discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet with fast orbit While we have just welcomed the start of a new year, millions of lightyears away, a newly discovered exoplanet celebrates the occasion every few days. After receiving information from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), University […]

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Spinning into the future:
University of Southern Queensland researcher leads discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet with fast orbit

While we have just welcomed the start of a new year, millions of lightyears away, a newly discovered exoplanet celebrates the occasion every few days. After receiving information from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), University of Southern Queensland researchers set their sights and telescopes on a new potential exoplanet, TOI-778 b.

Having identified its planetary features, the team learned TOI-778 b revolved around a rapidly spinning dwarf star, completing a full orbit in under five days. Although a land of many new years might sound appealing, the planet’s size and close proximity to its star have seen it classified as a hot Jupiter, a giant planet with scorching temperatures.

Leading the project was University of Southern Queensland astrophysicist Dr Jake Clark. “It was pretty difficult to pin down and confirm that TOI-778 b was a planet in the first place,” Dr Clark said. We received a signal from the TESS telescope to say that there could be a planet orbiting this star.”

“But as we took preliminary data, we noticed that the parent star was spinning super-fast on its axis – about 40 kilometres a second, which is 4 times the speed needed to launch rockets into space.” Learning more about the exoplanet was no easy feat, as the speed of the dwarf star’s rotation “smeared out” the planet’s signals.

Dr Clark said a range of measurements were needed to confirm TOI-778 b’s existence. “Thankfully, the best thing about being at UniSQ is having our very own observatory up at Mount Kent, where we can take a multitude of observations to slowly get the imprint of the planet off from the star’s spectrum,” he said.

“We weren’t able to just make sure that the planet was there, but we were even able to measure the tilt of the planet’s orbit, relative to its star.” This information gave the scientists an insight into the planet’s formation and how it came to be in the orbit of a dwarf star.

“With our observations, we were able to work out that TOI-778 b would have formed millions of kilometres away from its current location, slowly creeping into its current orbit, circling around its star every five Earth-days,” Dr Clark said. “We’re still trying to work out how these planets form and how they manage to get into these really close orbits, but it’s awesome research that we’re currently looking into here at UniSQ.”

Dr Clark said his research at UniSQ had helped him to fulfil a lifelong dream. “Ever since I was an undergraduate student, one of my biggest aspirations was to lead the discovery of another world,” he said. To be able to do that in a team of over 60 people all around the globe, including those that inspired me to purse a PhD in astrophysics in the first place, is honestly a dream come true.”

The University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Astrophysics is dedicated to world-leading research into astronomy, space science and astrobiology. Learn more about the Centre or the programs on offer here.

 

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Kobi Place To Baillie Henderson Location https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/kobi-place-to-baillie-henderson-location/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/kobi-place-to-baillie-henderson-location/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2023 13:06:26 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=89905 Several healthcare services will be relocated to the Baillie Henderson Hospital campus.  Kobi House will move from Toowoomba Hospital to Browne House at Baillie Henderson and will be known as Kobi Place from Monday, 9th January. The services offered at Kobi Place remain the same: Sexual assault support service (SASS) Refugee health Sexual health, HIV […]

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Several healthcare services will be relocated to the Baillie Henderson Hospital campusKobi House will move from Toowoomba Hospital to Browne House at Baillie Henderson and will be known as Kobi Place from Monday, 9th January.

The services offered at Kobi Place remain the same:
Sexual assault support service (SASS)
Refugee health
Sexual health, HIV services, pregnancy options, and contraception clinics
Hepatitis C services
Tuberculosis control clinic
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child immunisations, pertussis vaccine for pregnant people and patients with medical conditions requiring vaccinations
Needle and syringe program
Darling Downs Health staff only: influenza vaccines and occupational exposure testing and follow-up (for example, needlestick injuries).

Kobi Place’s new address is Browne House, Baillie Henderson Hospital, Corner of Tor and Hogg streets, Toowoomba.

For more information phone 4699 7000.

Acting Media, Communications and Engagement Director
Communication and Engagement, Executive Services
a: Baillie Henderson Hospital, Toowoomba QLD 4350
e: ddh_media@health.qld.gov.au | w: Darling Downs Health

 

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School Holiday Fun At Cobb+Co Museum! https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/school-holiday-fun-at-cobbco-museum/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/school-holiday-fun-at-cobbco-museum/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2023 10:42:35 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=86890 Our school holiday feature program “Under the Sea” kicks off Monday, 9th January bringing the ocean to the museum for five days… Kids can step into the shoes of a marine biologist and learn all about some incredible marine animals. Children will be able to meet and touch animals like sea stars, black sea cucumber, […]

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Our school holiday feature program “Under the Sea” kicks off Monday, 9th January bringing the ocean to the museum for five days…
Kids can step into the shoes of a marine biologist and learn all about some incredible marine animals. Children will be able to meet and touch animals like sea stars, black sea cucumber, tropical sea cucumber, sea urchin and more.
They will get up close to a baby bamboo shark (although no touching this one!) They can also explore a fascinating artefact activity station with shark jaws, odd and interesting shells, replica sea creatures and more.

When: 9 – 13 January 2023
Times: Daily shows at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm
Age: Recommended 6-14 years
Cost: $12 per child
Bookings Required Online:

Other fun-packed holiday activities include:

CREATION STATION

Venture out of this world in our space-themed activity centre and design a spacecraft to fly in a wind tunnel, launch your own paper rocket, find the planets in the Solar System trail, make a planet mobile and much more.

When: 3-20 January 2023 (weekdays only)
Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm daily
Age: Recommended 3-12 years
Cost: FREE with museum admission
Bookings not required

AUSTRALIA IN SPACE
Explore this hands on exhibition from Questacon and control a simulated Mars rover, tackle space junk with a friend in a cooperative computer-based game plus much more.

When: On now until 14 May 2023
Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm daily
Age: Recommended 10+ years
Cost: FREE with museum admission
Experience the entire Australia in Space exhibition across two venues. When you purchase general admission at Cobb+Co Museum, receive free entry to The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich.

Submitted by:
Veronica Dawson
Marketing and Media Officer
Cobb+Co Museum
27 Lindsay Street | Toowoomba | Queensland 4350 | Australia
t. 07 4659 4914 | cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au

 

 

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Queens Park Lights Up New Year’s Eve https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/queens-park-lights-up-new-years-eve/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/queens-park-lights-up-new-years-eve/#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2022 13:16:08 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=69709 Toowoomba residents and visitors to the region will have plenty to enjoy this New Year’s Eve with a fantastic fireworks display again lighting up Queens Park. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the fireworks display would again be free and held at the family friendly timeslot of 8.15pm on Saturday night. “We encourage families to […]

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Toowoomba residents and visitors to the region will have plenty to enjoy this New Year’s Eve with a fantastic fireworks display again lighting up Queens Park.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the fireworks display would again be free and held at the family friendly timeslot of 8.15pm on Saturday night. “We encourage families to get out and celebrate the end of 2022 with a fireworks display at Queens Park.

‘While there will be no prior live entertainment again this year, we encourage families to grab some dinner at their favourite local eatery and bring a picnic rug to Queens Park for the 8.15pm display.

The New Year’s Eve fireworks is a much-loved family tradition and Council is proud to provide this free entertainment to celebrate the end of the year and to ring in the New Year with a bang,” Mayor Antonio said.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a parking spot nearby for the fireworks display from the Godsall Street Oval section of Queens Park in Toowoomba.

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Australia In Space Exhibition https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/australia-in-space-exhibition/ https://www.lovelocalnews.com/general-interest/australia-in-space-exhibition/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2022 13:21:21 +0000 https://www.lovelocalnews.com/?p=68914 Discover out-of-this-world science and technology at Cobb+Co Museum’s new exhibition Australia in Space now on display. This exciting, hands-on experience reveals the ways that Australian innovations are used in space, and the surprising benefits space technologies bring to everyday life here on Earth. Earth & Beyond Discover how Australia’s location and expertise give us a […]

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Discover out-of-this-world science and technology at Cobb+Co Museum’s new exhibition Australia in Space now on display. This exciting, hands-on experience reveals the ways that Australian innovations are used in space, and the surprising benefits space technologies bring to everyday life here on Earth.


Earth & Beyond

Discover how Australia’s location and expertise give us a unique advantage in space. Be inspired by stories of how Australian innovators are using space technologies to improve life on Earth, and how Earth observations from space are transforming the ways we live and work.


Mars: The Big Picture
– A Photographic Exhibition  –
A visitor from Earth would find features on Mars that remind them of home. As rocky planets, Mars and Earth share similarities – mountains, canyons, ice caps and seasons. But in the stark Martian landscape, these landmarks are as strange as they are familiar. Don’t miss this incredible pop-up display of 26 framed images of Mars.

Things to see and do:
Use a virtual telescope to ‘link up’ with iconic deep space missions;
Discover how satellites allow over-the-horizon communications in a laser-based puzzle game;
Tackle space junk with a friend in a cooperative computer-based game;
Control a simulated Mars rover and much more …

Experience the entire Australia in Space exhibition across two venues. When you purchase general admission at Cobb+Co Museum 27 Lindsay St Toowoomba,  you also receive free entry to The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. Conditions apply.

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