The legacy of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will live on for years to come. A decision was made to name the future laneway at 174 Margaret Street in Toowoomba as Carnival Lane in recognition of the event. Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said the name offered great opportunities for branding and artistic themes to celebrate the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

“I would like to thank Councillor Geoff McDonald, who first brought this suggestion before Council,” he said. “The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is such an iconic event that was earlier this year inducted into the prestigious Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. This it to recognise this year’s 70th anniversary in this way is quite appropriate and will help reinforce the Garden City image of Toowoomba. Following consultation for future plans of the site, internal demolition of the property at 174 Margaret Street began in August this year.

Planning and Development portfolio leader Anne Glasheen said Council received a range of positive comments regarding plans to construct the lane that will link Margaret Street to Jessie and Ann Streets. “The project, which is part of Council’s Laneway Strategy for the CBD and the overarching Toowoomba City Centre Masterplan, will realise a vision to transform this area of the CBD,” she said. The completed new walkway will provide a convenient pedestrian thoroughfare between the CBD and longer-term car parking and other retailers. The laneway construction is scheduled to start early next year and be completed by the middle of 2020.

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