The first stage of plans to transform Toowoomba’s Railway Parklands were revealed at the official opening of the $10 million Railway Goods Shed refurbishment project, jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Toowoomba Regional Council.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the opening of the heritage-listed Railway Goods Shed marked the completion of Stage One of the Toowoomba Railway Parklands Master Plan and the wider Priority Development Area (PDA). “Council thanks the Queensland Government for its $5 million contribution provided through the Building our Regions program,” Mayor Antonio said. “It’s an exciting day to link a facility so entwined with the region’s early railway history to a bright new era for our rapidly evolving CBD. I’m positive that the revitalised Railway Goods Shed will become a valued, mixed use community and events facility.
“A facility of this size offers new business development opportunities and also promises to host events that will draw visitors to the region. The Railway Goods Shed is conveniently nestled in an area that will continue to evolve as a popular focal point for residents and visitors, businesses and commercial outlets.”
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the Palaszczuk Government is invested in regional Queensland. “By working with councils to identify the projects that will create local jobs and open up more opportunities, we are ensuring that regional communities like Toowoomba have the valuable infrastructure in place to forge ahead,” Mr Dick said.
Mayor Antonio said Council was framing the vision for the wider PDA and creating the Railway Parklands. “Council has bold ambitions for this site as it offers a once-in-a-generation chance to transform the inner city,” he said. “Council envisages that the parklands surrounding the Railway Goods Shed will be developed in stages with timing subject to available funding support. The rest of the PDA will be developed by the private sector over the next 20 to 30 years with the parkland being a catalyst for that investment.”
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