Like the rest of Queensland, Toowoomba region is investing millions of dollars into rebuilding the economy in the midst of the pandemic.
The local government has introduced the $50 million Pandemic Response Investment Program, which includes 64 projects that are designed to stimulate the economic recovery of the region. It includes $11.8 million allocated to new capital projects, $26 million allocated to infrastructure renewal programs and $12.2 million allocated to upgrade programs.
Inclusive in this, there is $12.8 million allocated for building renewals and upgrades, $275,000 for plant and equipment, $16.5 million for road and bridge network upgrades, $10.1 million for facility renewal and upgrades, $980,000 for wastewater infrastructure upgrades and $9.2 million for water infrastructure upgrades.
The following are some of the projects within these allocations:
- Road and bridge networks, including intersection safety upgrade project; regional road pavement rehabilitation program – north, south and central; regional road reseal program – central & north
- Site improvements, such as Bridge Street Quarry development – Stage 1, fencing renewal programs, fire management access, landscaping projects, park upgrades and access projects, Toowoomba waste centre vertical expansion and various waste collection and facility projects.
- City Safe: a CCTV system around the Toowoomba CBD that deters, detects and intervenes in anti-social and illegal activity, providing a safer environment for the community to enjoy and feel safe
There are also council building upgrades and water infrastructure projects included.