How would this development compare ( in size and $)to the recent Stockland redevelopment at Townsville?Both Cairns and Townsville cities are growing faster
well they already own grandcentral... with this development they would basically have 100% monopoly on retail in the cbd.How would this development compare ( in size and $)to the recent Stockland redevelopment at Townsville?
As much as i want to see this go ahead, in the back of my mind it does seem very large and expensive for Toowoomba. Does QIC know something the general public doesn't? They seem very commited to it.
That is actually exciting. Gardentown is such an eyesore - this render looks so much better. The other thing I like about the proposal to join Gardentown and Grand Central is that it integrates Grand Central with the CBD more = which can onyl be a good thing for CBD businesses.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 7:35
ANY hope for the construction of the Toowoomba Range Bypass in the immediate future was quashed last night after the much needed project was ignored in the Federal Budget.
The bypass was cast aside for a loosely promised duplication of the Pacific Highway worth $7.1 billion, half of which would have to be payed for by the New South Wales State Government for the project to go ahead.
Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the proposed budget was "extremely confused".
"The alleged increase in infrastructure funding is nothing more than smoke and mirrors," he said.
"There's actually been a significant cut in road funding and there won't be enough money to maintain the major roads around our region let alone upgrade them."
The Queensland Government's application for $4 million of funding from the Regional Infrastructure Fund to carry out detailed technical design, cost estimates and traffic modelling of the Range Bypass as part of the Federal budget were also ignored.
Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said the fact that funding for a Toowoomba Bypass case study was not successful goes to show the Federal Government's feeling towards the region.
"It effectively shows that Queensland is closed as far as the Federal Government is concerned," Mr Watts said.
"It is the number one infrastructure project and if they can't come to the party with $4 million for a case study it shows pretty clearly the government's feeling towards the people of Toowoomba."
Toowoomba Regional Council mayor-elect Paul Antonio said the neglect of the major infrastructure project was not surprising.
"The Toowoomba Bypass is critical and we are going to need something very significant to happen for it to get the attention it needs," he said.
"Realistically, I can't see anything doing that until the bypass again becomes a focal point during the upcoming Federal Election."
Monday, May 14, 2012 6:25
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OFFICE space is proving hot property in Toowoomba at the moment with sales at record levels.
Colliers International has sold $15 million worth of office buildings in the past eight weeks, and director Markus Eames said the market was only at the "tipping point".
Mr Eames said good quality, A-grade vacant office space was proving too good for investors to resist.
"We're setting new benchmarks," he said.
He expects as more industry comes to Toowoomba to be closer to the Surat Basin, demand will only increase.
"We haven't got a mining boom, we've got mining growth," Mr Eames said.
"It's steady growth without the ebb and flow."
Colliers' sales include the Pechey St headquarters of FK Gardner and Sons, which is relocating to a new building next year, and the offices at the intersection of Margaret and Hume Sts.
Mr Eames said he expected the majority of available properties to be snapped up within the next 18 months.
Then he believes Toowoomba will see a spike in office development.
TOOWOOMBA is on the cusp of becoming Australia's premier manufacturing and mining services hub with hundreds of millions of investment dollars earmarked for the city.
The jewel in the crown is the Charlton-Wellcamp Industrial Estate located 10 kilometres to the west of the city.
Spanning more than 1500ha, the estate is attracting some of the biggest companies from around Australia and the world that are all eager to call Toowoomba home.
Companies are clambering over themselves to get the best sites on the estate and the roll call reads like a who's who of the business world.
F.K. Gardner and Sons development manager Dallas Hunter said the message was simple but clear - Toowoomba was now open for business.
"There is no doubt that what is happening at Charlton-Wellcamp is by far the biggest business and investment development opportunity Toowoomba has seen for more than a decade," Mr Hunter said.
"The sheer scale is absolutely mind-blowing," he said.
F.K. Gardner and Sons own and operate Witmack Industrial Park which covers 80ha of the estate.
"We have been blown away by the response from companies that want to invest and base themselves here," Mr Hunter said.
"What initially started as a 10-year project for us will be achieved in less than two years.
"We already have two tenants in the construction phase with a further four well-known companies due to announce their plans within the coming weeks.
"We are in initial talks with an iconic multi-national company that, if successful, will place Toowoomba firmly on the map as the place to conduct business.
"We believe that over the next two years more than $250 million worth of investment will flow through Witmack Industrial Park," he said.
Mr Hunter said the level of interest shown in the Charlton-Wellcamp Industrial Estate by big business was staggering, especially from the manufacturing industry.
"One of the most pleasing aspects is that a good proportion of companies setting up here are large scale manufacturers," Mr Hunter said.
"That is unique given the state of the manufacturing industry elsewhere in the country.
"It is great to see the industry making a comeback and choosing to call Toowoomba home.
"If the investment continues at its current rate we are talking about more than 1000 new jobs within the next two years alone," he said.
Mr Hunter said the city's former reputation as a difficult place to do business was changing dramatically.
"Toowoomba is now being viewed by large scale national and international companies as a desirable place to invest," Mr Hunter said.
"I am extremely confident now that under the new Toowoomba Regional Council regime the investment dollars will flow into the city and the region like never before," he said.
Masters site at standstill
Friday, June 8, 2012 6:27
Works on the new Masters Home Improvement Store have been on hold since a court decision in April.
TOOLS remain shelved at the part-finished hardware mega-store development on Hume St in Middle Ridge.
The McNab-led project is set to become home to a Masters Home Improvement store, a franchise owned by Woolworths and designed to compete with Bunnings Hardware.
But works were abruptly shut down in April when the Planning and Environment Court ruled that Toowoomba Regional Council's approval of the project was invalid.
The court case was instigated by the Christian Outreach Centre which owns the Christian Outreach College and Citilife Church next to the construction site.
At the moment, only a skeleton crew of workers remain on the site.
The size of the workforce pales in comparison to that which was in place when construction started late last year.
It is understood McNab must resubmit its development application and have it approved by Toowoomba Regional Council before works can recommence.
The company was unavailable for comment yesterday.