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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Toowoomba Regional Council to pay $33,260 for 20 phone calls ...

... plus a couple of meetings and a community survey ...

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the council engaging a consultant at $500 000 to look at how to improve the CBD of Toowoomba as reported by Councillor Peter Marks, who also has a conflict of interest as he owns CBD property.

What a bloody disgrace.

Doesn't the council have somebody employed with any brains to look at how to improve the CBD!

8:00 AM, January 20, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This service has been tried a few times before so why don't they have a look at why it did not work then.
Oh, I just remembered that most of this Council are not from Toowoomba and so they would not know about it.

The average citizen would not be able to afford to fly out of the Toowoomba airport because of the cost factor.

Mayor Peter Taylor and councillors will be able to because we pay their fares and all the other expences.

9:52 AM, January 20, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do all the surveys you like. It's up to the airlines whether they will come to Toowoomba. They won't come to the existing airport with no real terminal facilities.

10:03 AM, January 20, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I would have thought they would get Kevvie. He knows all about recycled sewerage plants.
so why not get him to improve the CBD. Unfortunately, this Council seems to be completely out of its depth when it comes to making sensible decisions about anything.

7:51 PM, January 20, 2009

 
Anonymous newswatch said...

The Chronicle:

Brisbane company to upgrade Toowoomba CBD

20 January 2009

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council will pay a consultancy firm almost $1 million to prepare a plan to revitalise the CBD.

Brisbane consultants Urbis will charge the council $864,017.50 to compile the report which is $364,017.50 over budget.

Steering committee chairman Councillor Peter Marks said it was a “shame” council had to spend more than the $500,000 budgeted in 2008/2009 financial year for the project.

“It does seem like a lot of money, but our CBD is so important. It's the heart of Toowoomba so we've got to get it right,” Cr Marks said.

“It will be money well spent.”

Cr Marks said outside consultants had to be hired because council's staff town planners were not specialists.

Council scoping of a city master plan began back in 2007 and there has been some concern raised about the delays.

The deadline for the master plan is December this year.

Council called for tenders in October last year and received 14 tenders with quotes which ranged from $400,000 to $999,801.60.

Of the 14 tenders, three came from Toowoomba firms.

Council at the time discussed the importance of employing local people to create local jobs.

However, the Brisbane company was chosen over GHD, which has a Toowoomba office, from the final short-list.

“It was a very, very close call,” Cr Peter Marks said about the final decision.

“One of the things that came into fruition was the fact that Urbis had quite a bit of experience. They did the Ipswich Regional Centre Revitalisation Strategy and Master Plan.”

Councillors today will decide if they approve the recommendation and allocate the extra $364,017.50 in the 2009/2010 budget.

Cr Marks said the master plan report should answer all council's questions.

The report will cover the CBD's: economic growth and prosperity; land use and housing; traffic and transport (including parking); public realm; environmental values; community facilities and services; cultural and heritage; water, waste and power; and communication infrastructure, and more.

9:59 AM, January 21, 2009

 
Blogger Concerned Ratepayer said...

An extra $364,000 of ratepayers' money - waved away at the blink of an eye by Cr Marks and the others.

10:01 AM, January 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Peter Marks is happy as he has an invested interest in it, why wouldn't he rubber stamp the most expensive one!

1:04 PM, January 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the people in Toowoomba will never be happy. They got rid of the council they didn't like and then they don't like the next one. Get used to them. You can vote them out next time if you want to. It's called democracy.

11:49 AM, January 22, 2009

 

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