Mayor believes rail park will reshape Toowoomba CBD

MAYOR Paul Antonio hopes a newly released, three-dimensional “fly over” of the Toowoomba Railway Parklands will build excitement for the project.


Cr Antonio has issued a call for investors “to hop aboard” the project which has been called the Southbank of Toowoomba.
He addressed 160 landholders and a further 30 key stakeholders at the National Hotel during the first information session for the newly declared “priority development area” last night.
“This is one of the most exciting projects this city has even seen,” Cr Antonio declared.
“I am calling on developers to come to Toowoomba and have a serious look at the opportunities that exist here.”
The new 3D fly-over shows the area where it will be sited, which is bounded by Russell, Neil, Campbell, Ruthven, Bridge and Mort Sts.
“This project will reshape this city,” Cr Antonio said.
“Council has a vision for this area to be delivered over the next 20 years.
“We are now developing a special development scheme focusing on the specific land use and infrastructure needed for the area.”
“Those who attended the information session were given some certainty around the now streamlined approval process and what we are trying to achieve.”
He said the next step would be to attract private investment into building the infrastructure needed to recreate that part of the city.
“Council will also be developing new marketing and online strategies to promote the city’s competitive advantages to potential investors,” Cr Antonio said.
Parkland features
World-class urban village complete with green, residential and retail spaces built in the railway yards that run parallel to Ruthven St, north of Russell St.
The project was declared a development area on December 12 last year by the Queensland Government.
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