No hard sell to promote Toowoomba as a perfect city

MAYOR'S DESK: Last Friday I travelled to Canberra to meet with senior staff from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to 'sell' all things Toowoomba.

The authority sits within Minister Barnaby Joyce's Department of Agriculture and he wants the 170-strong workforce to move to a regional area (from Canberra).

There is no doubt I have an easier job than most mayors in Australia.

Toowoomba is a remarkable place to live, work and raise a family.

I was struck as I began to list our strong points, by just how remarkable this place we call home really is.


From the strength of our education and medical sector to our housing affordability and strong employment, complemented by growing shopping options and beautiful parks and gardens, there are very few boxes Toowoomba doesn't tick.

I was proud to present the staff with the 'Live Toowoomba' publication,, recently put together by Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise, council's group charged with higher economic development.

It tells a compelling story about our region.

While we are in a competitive bid for the APVMA with Armidale, this is an area on which council continues to focus - attracting sustainable and beneficial opportunity to the region.

My trip to the capital happened to coincide with the first anniversary of the MH-17 disaster that tragically took the lives of 38 Australian citizens and residents.

Two of our own, Roger and Jill Guard, were returning home from an overseas adventure when they were innocently caught up in the violence that faces the Ukraine.


I took the opportunity to speak with the Guard family and share that the legacy of their mum and dad continues to be remembered in Toowoomba.

In fact, this weekend, council will be joined by members of the family and the Toowoomba Road Runners Group to rename a foot laneway near Middle Ridge in memory of Roger, who was an avid runner.

The day made for an interesting paradox as I reflected on just how fortunate we are to live in a peaceful, dynamic and thriving community.

Not all in the world are so lucky.

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