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Old December 2nd, 2019, 06:07 PM   #1201
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Looking good)

Did that bar and restaurant go through another name change on the right recently?
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Did that bar and restaurant go through another name change on the right recently?
Yep. Never lasts long. New restaurant is associated with the hotel operator. Quite a few vacancies along Ruthven Street now. The main drag is pretty depressing outside of peak lunch hour.
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Old December 3rd, 2019, 10:02 PM   #1203
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Yep. Never lasts long. New restaurant is associated with the hotel operator. Quite a few vacancies along Ruthven Street now. The main drag is pretty depressing outside of peak lunch hour.
Oh really! When I was in town this time 2 years ago (2017) it was bustling with activity. Especially in and around the CBD with all the new cafes/bars and such. Whats happened as I thought with all these new bigger developments everywhere the place was thriving? This is not good
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Ice. Drought. Grand Central. General scaling back of the economy.
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Old December 6th, 2019, 01:19 AM   #1205
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Off topic, but interested to hear from locals how the bypass has affected Toowoomba? Has traffic noticeably decreased?
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Old December 6th, 2019, 12:14 PM   #1206
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Absolutely. Traffic noise at night in particular (from truck engine braking) has significantly reduced.
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Old December 7th, 2019, 02:06 PM   #1207
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The Gladstone seems to have filled this hole quite well.
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Old December 7th, 2019, 06:30 PM   #1208
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It looks good there. Nice little baby cluster:
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Old December 9th, 2019, 01:17 AM   #1209
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I drove through T-Bar on Saturday and noticed a large building under construction on Ruthven Street near the Bernoth Centre. Anyone have details about it?
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I drove through T-Bar on Saturday and noticed a large building under construction on Ruthven Street near the Bernoth Centre. Anyone have details about it?
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=2184168
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Old January 3rd, 2020, 12:44 AM   #1211
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I will be visiting Toowoomba in late March for a LEGO show, what is the weather usually like at that time of the year?
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Old January 3rd, 2020, 02:58 AM   #1212
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In march it will probably still be warm in the day but maybe cool at night. It's usually about 4°C cooler than Brisbane and less humidity.
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Old January 3rd, 2020, 05:13 AM   #1213
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I will be visiting Toowoomba in late March for a LEGO show, what is the weather usually like at that time of the year?
The average for Toowoomba in March is minimum of 16.5 and maximum of 26.2, but have a look at the daily observations from March 2019 for an idea of what kind range of temps you could expect:

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/20...6.201903.shtml
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Old January 3rd, 2020, 08:19 AM   #1214
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German grocery chain Kaufland to open in Toowoomba

Couriermail------->https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...1aa6ff120716ab


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Toowoomba Kaufland most likely to be the first operational in Australia.

https://twitter.com/9NewsQueensland/...99133054111749
I was just going through the DA on this checking the updates and status. I noticed that the development will.also include EV fast charging stations and ample bicycle parking for employees and customers.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 09:40 AM   #1215
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Sorry about the blur. Photobucket sucks. Anyway, if you squint, you can see the Gladstone.
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imgur seems to work better if you want to try it out Arreis.
I actually thought this one was only 5 levels but it looks to be 6 maybe even 7 at the rear. It fills up that area nicely though.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 10:52 PM   #1217
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My phone is so old it won't run the imgur app. Maybe time to update!
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Couriermail.com.au-----> Controversial $5m ‘Eat Street’ precinct approved by council

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A controversial $5 million fast food precinct has been approved by a southeast council, despite concerns from some councillors and nearby residents.

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Concept art for the approved Eat Street development.
Concept art for the approved Eat Street development.
A CONTROVERSIAL $5 million fast food precinct has been approved by the Toowoomba Regional Council, despite concerns from some councillors and nearby residents.

Developer Campbell Knox can move ahead with his planned “Eat Street Harristown” development along Anzac Ave, after the councillors voted 7-3 in favour of it at a special meeting yesterday.

The project’s layout included five food and drink tenancies, with access to the site from both Anzac Ave and local street Devine St.


Engineering estimates predicted that 250 vehicles an hour would enter and exit the site during peak periods, most of which going through Devine St.

The original motion was for the development to be knocked back, with TRC planner Krys den Hertog arguing that there were serious issues around the need for it, the vehicle access, noise generated, and the appropriateness of the design and location.

“On balance, with no clearly demonstrated community, economic or planning need for the development to be located at this site, and with operating hours between 6am and 10pm seven days per week and primary vehicle access via a local street, this development is considered to unacceptably diminish local residential amenity for traffic, noise and headlight intrusion,” the report said.

“Acoustic barriers adjacent to Devine St, which mitigate noise generated within the site, but not within Devine St, limit pedestrian activation and built-form response at Devine St and ultimately indicate overdevelopment of the site, an inadequate design response, or inappropriately located development.”

Concept art for the approved Eat Street development.
Concept art for the approved Eat Street development.
These concerns were shared by local resident Royce Hodge, who said living opposite the precinct would make life harder for his family.

“This (traffic) will be from 6am until 10pm every day, so for 16 hours a day, these residents won’t be able to get access in and out of their own properties without some sort of congestion issue,” he said.


“It’s a domestic street, it’s a residential area – do we really need this commercial site there now?”

Precinct Urban Planning’s Andrew Bullen, who spoke on behalf of Mr Knox, made a spirited case for the development and its benefits to the local area.

Mr Bullen said the immediate Harristown area around Anzac Ave was not currently being serviced by a “local centre”, where the project could fit in.

“There are real economic benefits with this centre — the project itself has a value of $5 million, there will be 200 jobs during construction and 60 jobs once operational,” he said.

“The residential uses on Anzac Ave are compromised from an amenity perspective.

“The facility we’re proposing provides things that are needed and not present in the catchment, which would suggest it is responding to need.

“Unless local centres are pre-existing, they’re not pre-zoned, and the planning scheme puts parameters which says that where a need is demonstrated, it can be accommodated.”

Mr Bullen said the developer would mitigate noise and light impacts on neighbouring residents.

Cr Anne Glasheen moved the alternate motion, arguing the economic benefits outweighed the potential local impacts.

“This street has basically turned into a commercial activity, (and) this development is similar to other developments (we’ve approved), so the layout of this is similar,” she said.

“With the amount of traffic on Anzac Ave, making it a local centre seems to be the right way to go.”

But Cr Bill Cahill was scathing of the plan, particularly around the decision to move vehicles through a local street.

“Here we see another poor example of commercial ingress and bleed into a residential area,” he said.

“I could support it if it was only access onto Anzac Ave, but I’m not going to support it (if it’s) to the detriment of residents.”

Cr Cahill, Deputy Mayor Carol Taylor and Cr Nancy Sommerfield voted against it.

Cr Joe Ramia, who is a part-owner of the land the development is based on, was absent from the meeting.

Originally published as Controversial $5m ‘Eat Street’ precinct approved by council
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I can sort of see the argument against it, its not like there aren't already food outlets in the area (including the McDonalds and whatever Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre has)
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