18 November, 2021
TRC report shows ideas for future planning
A report commissioned by Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) provides a few ideas on how to improve the townships of Cambooya, East Greenmount, Greenmount, Nobby, Westbrook and Wyreema for residents and visitors alike.
This report is a compilation of work undertaken for two studies commissioned by TRC as part of the Toowoomba Futures program, Toowoomba Region Landscape and Urban Character Study (TRLUCS) and Toowoomba Region Scenic Amenity Study (TRSAS).
The purpose of the TRLUCS is to identify and define the existing character elements that contribute to the landscape and urban character of the Toowoomba Region.
The purpose of the TRSAS is to identify and map the scenic amenity values of the Toowoomba Region and provide recommendations for planning scheme code provisions for the protection and enhancement of the scenic amenity values of the region, particularly in regard to managing future growth across the region.
Cambooya, Westbrook and Wyreema are considered to be in the Central Region of Toowoomba Region, along with Toowoomba, Highfields and a few smaller towns, whereas East Greenmount, Greenmount and Nobby are in the Southern Region, along with Clifton.
- Rehabilitate Hodgson Creek, in particular adjacent Rolleston Park and Patterson Memorial Park, in recognition of the scenic amenity value of these waterways and their important contribution to the landscape setting of Cambooya.
- Encourage private land owners to rehabilitate Hodgson Creek to improve the extent and quality of riparian vegetation and improve environmental and visual amenity values.
- Seek opportunities to strengthen the arrival experience into Cambooya, in particular from the New England Highway (A3) to the east and to a lesser extent from Toowoomba-Karara Road (SR48) to the west.
- Improve awareness through increased promotion and signage of regional and local tourist drives that pass through Cambooya including the regional Tourist Route 3 Cambooya loop and local Steele Rudd Country Drive.
- Consider artwork opportunities, particularly associated with the silos including as a means to bolster tourism to Cambooya.
- Update the Steele Rudd Country Drive Google Maps route to include Steele Rudd Memorial Park as per the route description on Council’s website.
- Maintain views to key elements that complement the natural transitions to the town and, where appropriate, seek landscapeenhancements to enhance amenity, for example the crossing over Emu Creek.
- Maintain and reinforce the compact form of the settlement, particularly by preventing any further encroachment on the hilly landscape behind and to the east of the town.
- Ensure new Development and any redevelopment is sympathetic to the prevailing character of the surrounding area.
- Investigate opportunities to enhance the local economy to enable repair and restoration of buildings.
- Seek opportunities to strengthen the arrival experience into Greenmount, in particular from Greenmount Connection Road which provides access from the New England Highway (A3).
- Maintain the existing tree lined boulevard along Ramsay Street.
- Improve awareness through increased promotion and signage of regional and local tourist drives that pass through Greenmount including the regional Scenic Route 4 and local Steele Rudd Country Drive.
- Maintain and enhance the rural and vegetated character of prominent ridgelines surrounding the settlement, including landscapes in the vicinity of Rocky Point, Mount Kent, Kent and Mount Molar that contribute to the amenity of the town.
- Seek opportunities to strengthen the arrival experience into Nobby, in particular from the south along Felton-Clifton Road and from the north along Greenmount-Nobby Road.
- Improve awareness through increased promotion and signage of tourist drives that pass through Nobby including the Adventure Way Discovery, one of Queensland’s ‘Big Sky Country Drives’, the regional Scenic Route 4 and Scenic Route 41 and local Steele Rudd Country Drive.
- Consider opportunities for a rest area associated with the local high point at the water tower.
- Maintain and celebrate views from within the town to the surrounding farmland and distant hills, particularly those in the vicinity of Rocky Point, Mount Kent, Kent and Mount Molar.
- Proximity of Westbrook to Wellcamp Airport provides opportunities for employment growth and expansion pressure.
- The potential development of a rail trail between Westbrook and Wyreema which would unlock new and revitalised tourism opportunities.
- Seek to enhance the town centre to create a more distinct identity for the settlement and encourage a vibrant streetscape.
- Consider opportunities to create a community-focussed public space within the town centre.
- Over the longer term, ensure appropriate rehabilitation of the Glenvale Quarry that is a backdrop to views from some parts of the town.
- Additional tree planting within the parks and open spaces would also provide valued shade and enhance the character of the adjoining streetscapes.
- Seek opportunities for enhancement of the landscape setting of Westbrook Community Hall and war memorial as a focus for the town
- Steady growth pressure, with growth to be generally focused in existing planned areas.
- Potential for further industrial growth servicing the freight and logistics industry.
- The potential development of a rail trail between Westbrook and Wyreema which would unlock new and revitalised tourismopportunities.
- Consider other opportunities associated with the dismantled Southern Railway that transects Wyreema, in particular with consideration of the Wyreema Station siding and tree which important [sic] surviving elements of the railway.