Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio has labelled 2013 as a ‘strong and productive’ period for the region. “The past 12 months has seen some very positive developments for this region across both economic and social contexts. I am proud of what my colleagues and I have achieved throughout the year,” Mayor Antonio said.
Listing highlights such as the Toowoomba Bypass Forum and subsequent commitment by the Federal Government to construct the vital link, construction beginning on the Outer Circulating Road in the CBD and announcement of $10 million in Royalties for Regions funding to upgrade the Warrego- O’Mara Road intersection, Mayor Antonio said Toowoomba was finally receiving the infrastructure it deserves.
“Vital infrastructure has been lacking in the region for some time but this year we’ve been able to secure funding commitments that will change the Toowoomba region for ever. Throw in the construction of a privately funded airport, and plans for an inland rail link passing through Toowoomba and it is clear the region is well on its way to a brighter future.”
Council also oversaw close to $200 million in Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding following the flood events of 2010/2011 and the 2013 Australia Day flood event. “Flood recovery across the region has been a mammoth task, with the biggest road recovery program this region has ever faced. I want to thank all Council staff for their hard work in this area,” he said.
Among many exciting developments, this year has also seen Toowoomba become a Refugee and Migrant Welcome Zone, plans take shape for the construction of a new library, and the region host a raft of exciting sport events.
“When we really take in what Toowoomba has to offer, it’s not surprising we were named one of Australia’s most family friendly cities in 2013. “This is a wonderful community and I thank all residents and community groups for the remarkable contribution they make to the liveability of the region.
“On behalf of my colleagues and staff of Toowoomba Regional Council, I wish all residents a safe and Merry Christmas and I look forward to serving you in 2014” said Mayor Antonio.
Submitted by:Andrea Frost
Strategic Communications Officer
Office of the Mayor
Toowoomba Regional Council