Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Toowoomba Can Shine

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Toowoomba Can Shine

Article excerpt

BEING born and having spent most of my working life here, I suppose I began to take Toowoomba's attributes for granted.

It was not until the late 1990s that, for work reasons, I spent most of my time for two years at Browns Plains coming home at weekends.

The contrast between that place and Toowoomba could not have been more stark.

The drab natural surrounds combined with the din of excessive traffic, sirens, road rage and unhappy people was my weekday lot.

Oh what a pleasant sight it was to see the green canopy over Toowoomba when reaching the top of the Range and then to experience the warm feeling of pride and contentment driving down Margaret Street.

So in many ways my vision for the future is to see Toowoomba unchanged as far as possible, at least from a scenic and liveability viewpoint. In fact, to have no change at all is appealing.

Don't we have enough people and traffic already? Maybe, but the reality is that an extra 75,000 people are expected to call Toowoomba home by 2031.

As well as the arrival of new people, new industries are being established and that trend will continue.

Once Toowoomba was where grain was stored and milled - where dairy products were stored and churned and where hams were cured and fruit and vegies grown.

Today, most of that in varying form continues, but now we stand ready to use these traditional successes as a platform for an assured, exciting future - a future that will see other successes in the mould of Heritage Building Society, Wagners and Russell Minerals Equipment.

I believe that in the future, given we get reliable water and that is happening, we will outperform any other regional centre in the nation.

Our education and health facilities - both public and private - are second to none and because of our location they will be even more so.

The nation's love affair with coastal living will diminish and lifestyles like ours will prevail.

It's important to list a few specifics necessary to ensure a robust future.

Clearly, the advent of a second Range crossing is the most notable structural need, not only for its economic benefit, but also for the safety and enjoyment of our city and residential environs. …

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