- Category: Industry
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Retail and Wholesale businesses are the largest employers in the city, followed by health, community services, manufacturing and education. As a result, Toowoomba is a major service centre with a relatively large population of both professionals and semi professionals. Both manufacturing and service industries in Toowoomba employ a greater number of people when compared with the Queensland average.
The Retail and Wholesale businesses are also the main contributors to Gross Regional Product, followed by the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
The population of Toowoomba is predicted to increase by 0.6% per annum, to a population of 105,313 persons by 2026.
For more detailed statistics, please see the Facts & Figures page, or visit the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office website.
- Category: People
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In May 2004, the Federal Government announced new initiatives to help attract more migrants and refugees to Australia's regional areas.
The Department will place a Regional Outreach Officer in every state and territory to increase awareness of and access to the Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) visa. The SIR visa opens the door to Australia for a group of skilled migrants who are willing to commit to settling in regional Australia for three years, who would otherwise not be able to gain permanent entry into Australia.
The Government has earmarked about 9,000 SIR visa places in 2004-2005 and is willing to provide more if required. There is also a new visa for self-funded independent retirees to encourage them to settle in regional areas.
Toowoomba City Council has actively assisted prospective residents with settlement, skills matching and employment since 1998. Residents have typically originated from South Africa, the Sudan, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Taiwan and China.
Other general migration issues can be addressed by visiting the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs web-site.
- Category: Lifestyle
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Sitting atop the Great Dividing Range, at an altitude of more than 700 metres, Toowoomba is renowned for world-class gardens, attractive parks and tree-lined streets.
Toowoomba offers quality affordable housing, extensive educational options, a superior health support network and recreational facilities that can't be matched by metropolitan areas. It has a rich heritage and culture, which is supported by a diverse mix of dining and shopping facilities with the added attractions of local wineries and antique outlets.
For more information on any particular Lifestyle opportunity that exists in Toowoomba, please select from the following:
. housing . health . education . transport . employment . local environment . entertainment
For more information about community services and facilities such as sporting clubs, religious organisations, support groups as well as arts and culture please visit the Community Information Directory.
- Category: History
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Toowoomba gaol was located at the back of what is now known as the Old Toowoomba Court House at 90 Margaret St and was initially designed to hold 46 prisoners.
Construction of the gaol commenced after the courthouse was completed and opened in 1864 remaining operative until 1903.
The actual gaol itself was situated behind the old courthouse at the end of Stirling St. Although the gaol no longer exists being demolished in 1904, the basalt rock wall (now known as the Old Toowoomba Gaol Wall) still exists and forms the foundations of townhouses.
The Old Toowoomba Gaol Wall is heritage listed as of 30 June 2001.
A plaque was erected on the site of the goal on Thursday 9th December 2004 recognising the site as location of the gaol. The plaque is located at the far eastern end of Stirling street,
The there have also been rumours of ghost sightings on the original prison site.
- Category: Regional
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The original Toowoomba flag consisted of the Toowoomba city coat of arms centrally oriented against a purple background with the cities name positioned vertically from top to bottom on the left hand side of the flag in the colour of white and in capital letters.
A new flag was created in 2007 upon the forming of the Toowoomba Regional Council with the predominant colours of white and teal. The design of the new flag symbolises unity of the eight amalgamated former councils. The three white rings in the flag are used to indicate the eight merged councils and the colour of teal is a symbol of unity amongst the former councils.
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