Upcoming Events

20/04 2017

Gecko talks | Currumbin, Wednesday 26 April

Wednesday 26th April, 6:30pm for a 7pm Start
Currumbin RSL, 'The Cove' Room. 165 Duringan st, Currumbin
Gecko – Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment Council
Call: 5534 1412 (10AM - 2PM | Monday - Friday)
Email: office@gecko.org.au

24/04 2017

Toowoomba’s Festival of Rail | Saturday 29 April

Celebrate 150 years of rail in Toowoomba with this family friendly day featuring visiting steam trains, tours, including of the air raid shelters, displays and markets to suit all tastes.

Tours and Talks

All tours meet in the presentation area in the railway forecourt

The triumphs and tragedies of the steam engine
Downs Steam Tourist Railway & Museum

History of the WW1 Honour Roll
Toowoomba Historical Society

Toowoomba and the railway precinct during WW2 including tour of the air raid shelters.
National Trust of Australia Queensland

A Very Up and Down Place: Life, death, and work and the railway construction (Navvie) camps on the Main Range railway works in 1865-7
Queensland Rail

The Railway the track that saved Queensland
National Trust of Australia Queensland

Saturday 29 April, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Toowoomba Railway Station
Railway St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
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07/04 2017

Community Owned Renewable Energy | ATA Toowoomba Branch | Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Alternative Technology Association (ATA) logo

There has been much controversy in recent months about energy security and the role of renewables. While politicians have bickered, communities are taking their energy needs into their own hands.

There are many options for community owned renewable energy.

The Toowoomba Branch of the Alternative Technology Association is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday 10 May at the Toowoomba City Library to look at some of the successful community energy models that are already operating across the country.

6pm Wednesday 10 May 2017
(Tea, coffee available from 5.30pm for 6pm sharp start)
Toowoomba City Library
corner of Herries and Victoria streets, Toowoomba.
By 8 May 2017 Email: toowoomba@ata.org.au
Mark Tranter (ATA Toowoomba Branch Convenor) | 0419 736 219
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25/04 2017

Community Field Day in Drayton | Saturday 13 May 2017


The Toowoomba Landcare Group (TLG) would like to invite you to an information day on native plants identification and riparian land management

Join Darren Fielder, Principal at Redleaf Environmental to find out more about the native plant species in your area.

Event Program:

  • 8.30am: Introduction from guest speaker: Darren Fielder, Principal at Redleaf Environmental
  • 9am: Presentation and Guided walk in a Drayton Watershed
  • 10am: Morning tea
  • 10.30am: Group activities and Q&A
  • 2pm: Optional guided walk of the Toowoomba Retention Basins
Saturday 13 May 2017, 8.15am (for a 8.30am start) to 12pm
(Optional bio-retention basin visit: 12pm to 1pm)
By Wednesday 10 May 2017
Vanessa Durand, mob: 0409 923 627, email: va.durand@gmail.com
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15/04 2017

HOPE Community Forum | Saturday, 22 April 2017

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: http://www.hopeaustralia.org.au
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

The importance of our Heritage

Maintaining Regional Heritage Values is the theme of this month’s community forum hosted by Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. The forum is being held on Saturday 22 April, 1pm – 4pm at the Toowoomba City Library (Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).

The program features 4 speakers, with each presentation followed by a Q & A session. The speakers are:

  • Eleanor Cullen, a member of the National Trust of Australia (Qld) and a founding member of Toowoomba Regional Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee. Eleanor will give an overview of the National Trust and the role of the Heritage Advisory Committee.*
  • Peter Cullen will explain the use of tombstone tours, radio talks and research in identifying and promoting heritage values.*
  • Hugh Krenske, President of Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) Toowoomba Inc. , will talk about efforts to preserve the 'Eagle’s Nest Swagmen’s Camp' (which was set-up during the Great Depression in the 1930’s).
  • Paul Herbert, Chairman of the Toowoomba Festival of Rail, explores the value of the railway and its precinct (all heritage listed) to the Darling Downs and Queensland.
  • *Eleanor and Peter will also speak on their involvement in the Toowoomba Open House project.
Saturday 22 April, 1pm – 4pm
Toowoomba City Library
(Level 3, Cnr Herries and Victoria Sts, Toowoomba).
Entry by gold coin donation
Bookings for the community forum are essential.
To reserve your seat, please RSVP by Friday 21 April to the HOPE office.
To make a booking or find out more, please phone 4639 2135 or email office@hopeaustralia.org.au.


Photograph of Peter & Eleanor Cullen
Peter and Eleanor Cullen
Photograph of Hugh Krenske
Hugh Krenske
Photograph of Peter Herbert
Peter Herbert