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Herald 20180410

Brymaroo rodeo continues

Brymaroo rodeo continues to grow in popularity Continual improvements seem to be resulting in increased popularity of the annual Brymaroo Rodeo on Easter Saturday. The committee was pleased with the response to this year’s event, claiming it as the best for years, with an estimated 3000 people attending. Committee member Cathy Wood said competitors who are involved in the Mt Isa and Warwick rodeos were now attending the event and they liked being at Brymaroo. A run-off for competitors is held early in the afternoon to determine who competes in the main sections from 4pm to 9pm. And then it’s over to music and dancing in the shed. Cathy Wood said each year the committee buys a new audience stand to seat a larger crowd. These are made at Maynard Welding at Maclagan. She said there were more trade stands at this year’s event, and a Brisbane distribution firm, Charmlaw Foods, hired a 25-seat bus to bring staff to the rodeo and the night out that followed. Residents challenge service station proposal Members of the Crows Nest community are preparing to challenge a proposal to construct a service station, car wash and shops even though the period for submissions with Toowoomba Regional Council has closed. They are planning a community meeting on the issue on Tuesday, April 17, and continue to make their opinions known to councillors who will be making a decision in coming weeks. One resident, Graham Blackman, said a list of objections to the development application and to responses to information requests, have been compiled and submitted to the council. Mr Blackman has outlined a series of points which he claims disqualify the development application for the subject land. These relate generally to the lack of “due process and natural justice” and a degree of “apprehended bias against the local community in the process.” However, the flood zone of the subject land and the absence of a geotechnical study in the application are also being highlighted. Mr Blackman said assessment and approvals based on information with no geotechnical data being factored into the council’s approval process beggars belief. “This is a major oversight, again demonstrating the unsuitability of this site for the purpose of a service station Crows Nest residents remember the rejection by the former Crows Nest Shire, of an application for housing on the land, and some remember a statement by former mayor the late Geoff Patch that the subject land should never be developed. Flooding in 2011 confirmed this view, and a Toowoomba Regional Council flood map for the land confirms there could be major problems if earthworks are allowed to concentrate the flow of Crows Nest Creek. Already a number of homes are subject to flooding. The community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, at 6.30pm at the Crows Nest Community and RSL Centre. Steer undressing, a rodeo event for women, was held at Brymaroo for the first time at Easter. The competitor has to retrieve a ribbon attached to the back of the steer. The horseman, left, ensures the steer maintains a straight run, to allow the competitor to safely reach the ribbon. Sid Plant, above, and his wife Merilyn always have a houseful of visitors who attend the rodeo. Sid and Merilyn have been involved with the event since 1969 when they moved to Samarai at Rosalie Plains. Sid was president for 10 years in the 1970s. He praises the current committee for its continual improvements of the event. To find out more details, please call 131 872 or visit www.tr.qld.gov.au Updates from the Toowoomba Region Council Meetings The next meetings of Council’s Standing Committees will be held on 8 and 9 May commencing at 9am. The next Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held on 17 April commencing at 10am. All meetings are at City Hall, 541 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Information Session Calling entertainers, performers and other suppliers for events. We invite you to an information session for providing services to Council. Toowoomba City Library, Community Venues, 17 April, 6pm. RSVP by 4pm 12 April to events@tr.qld.gov.au Disposal Of Coals The weather is getting cooler and there is nothing more comforting than a cosy fire. When disposing of coals at our waste facilities please be sure the coals have been dampened down and are cool to avoid causing fires. Please use designated disposal areas for coals. For more information visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/waste Winter Pool Closure It’s that time of year again when the regional aquatic centres close for winter. Swimmers will be able to have their last swim 15 April before pools close for the season 16 April. Milne Bay Aquatic Centre and the 50m outdoor pool will remain open. DAM LEVELS 51.5% Park Naming We have received a request to name a new local park being established in the Avenues of Highfields development “Sandy Brennan Park” in recognition of Mrs Sandy Brennan, a Highfields and Crows Nest community worker. We’d love to know what you think about the proposed name. Feedback can be made in writing to Toowoomba Regional Council, Attn. Stakeholder Engagement and Communication, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba, QLD, 4350 or sent via email to yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au. To find out more, please go to yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/ naming-highfields-new-park ANZAC Day Services will be held throughout the region to remember those who have fought for our freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans have one thing in common - they have all served or are currently serving their country. Whether male, female, full time or part time, deployed or home service - they are all veterans. Wear your medals on the left and march proudly as a veteran this ANZAC Day. To find more information on services in your area visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/anzacday Stay Fit This Winter New group fitness classes and timetables have been released at Milne Bay and Highfields Aquatic and Fitness Centres. You can view them online at www.tr.qld.gov.au/pools 2 - HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - APRIL 10, 2018 To advertise phone 4615 4416 TRC_SEC_100418_HCH_16x4 Brymaroo Rodeo committee members including Cathy Wood, were extremely busy ensuring the smooth running for one of the best events it has held. LETTER Ironic, isn’t it? That Prof. Steven Hawkins was given a funeral, with all the pomp and ceremony, in the C of E’s cathedral when he would have to be considered the very antithesis of all that is considered Christian. His vigorous denunciation of Creation includes trying to prove everything ‘evolved’ (from nothing, I might add) and other things. Perhaps the Church of England might like to explain this sham of a Christian burial and the honour bestowed by internment in the cathedral grounds. I can’t see where he ‘repented’ at the end. - Doug Reinbott COMMUNITY MEETING to discuss the building proposal for ANOTHER SERVICE STATION on a site on the southern approach to Crows Nest on the corner of New England Highway and Albert Street. TUESDAY 6:30pm 17 th APRIL CROWS NEST COMMUNITY HALL Light supper – bring a plate to share

Council approves Aldi at Highfields Meeting to discuss Crows Nest servo proposal Do you know what is being proposed for Crows Nest? An application has been made to the Toowoomba Regional Council to obtain a “Change of Use” for the land at the corner of New England Highway and Albert Street (the paddock on the left side that is low lying and has flood waters running through it during heavy rain.) The applicant wants permission to build a service station/car wash, mechanics, parking and barbecue areas. Some may think this a good idea while others may have reservations. A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 6.30pm at the Crows Nest Community Hall to discuss the impact this change of use may have on Crows Nest. Primarily, we need to insure our environment, the catchment for ours and Toowoomba’s water supplies and the flow of flood waters. Also, there is the possibility of travellers only stopping there and not discovering what our town has to offer which will detriment our business community, which, in turn, will have a flow-on effect to our community as a whole. Please make the time to attend the meeting and have your opinion heard, whether it be for or against. This is our town and we have a right to decide what happens here and to protect the character and dignity of Crows Nest. - Kay Tyler, Crows Nest. Toowoomba Regional Council has approved an application to construct an Aldi supermarket in Highfields. A special meeting of the council last week approved plans for the development at 71 Highfields Road, across the road from the Highfields Village Shopping Centre, and adjacent to Mary MacKillop Catholic College. An access street from Highfields Road has already been constructed. The council approved the material change of use for the land and the construction of a supermarket with a 1740 square metre floor area. The council required 75 car parking spaces plus two spaces for people with disabilities and one taxi set down space. But the Aldi developers intend to provide 85 car parking spaces. However, access for service vehicles (including delivery trucks) is yet to be negotiated. To avoid conflict with the adjacent childcare facility, the council wanted service vehicles not to access the supermarket from 6.30am to 9am and from 4.30pm to 7pm Monday to Friday to maintain air quality and amenity. But it appears that this has yet to be resolved. - Miles Noller. 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Council of Mayors chair Cr Paul Antonio said more consultation was needed to find a better balance that would support primary producers, especially during harsh seasonal conditions. “Consultation has been inadequate to date. While the government has a mandate and an obligation to protect environmental assets, it also needs to recognise the damage that the planned changes will have on sustainable and highquality agricultural production,” Cr Antonio said, who also is the Toowoomba Region Mayor. Quilpie Shire Mayor Cr Stuart Mackenzie said one positive approach would be to set up an Quad Flu Vaccines 18+ Years Only Available NOW in store HIGHFIELDS DISCOUNT DRUG STORES Come in store today! Trading hours Tues-Fri: 8.30am-4pm Sat: 7am-4pm Sun: 8am-4pm Bookings Ph 4615 5829 independent authority to make the calls on a similar model to the Gas Fields Commission. 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