The CHANGE Project Newsletter
Be Active, Eat Well, Live Well
Welcome to the 5th edition of Activate!
An e-newsletter designed to track the latest health and fitness offerings across our Region and to inspire and activate you towards greater health!

New CHANGE Project Activities

Squash Sunday Funday
Where: Toowoomba Squash Inc, 242 James Street, Toowoomba
When: Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Cost: $5
Contact: Toowoomba Squash Inc - phone 4632 3437 or visit

Ginger Sport (Fun Soccer)
Where: Queens Park, Lindsay St, Toowoomba
When: Friday, 12.30pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Ginger Sport - 3890 3338 or email

Where: Mountain View Park, Vale View Crescent, Highfields
When: Monday, 1.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Ginger Sport - 3890 3338 or email

Upcoming Events

Mad Food Science Program
The Mad Food Science Program is a fun and interactive program designed to address today’s food culture in children, and kick-start behavioural change around food choices.

The 90 minute workshop is fun and interactive using science experiments to engage the children and relate back to key health messages throughout the program.

Where: Community Venues, Level 3, City Library Building, Toowoomba 

  • Monday 1st July 2019, 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Sunday 7th July 2019, 1.30 - 3.00pm

Cost: $5
Contact: Victoria - phone 0457 184 513 or email

Meditate Australia Tour 
Meditate Australia is an initiative of Sahaja Yoga Meditation Australia. It focuses on introducing people to the experience and benefits of meditation and aims to make it easily accessible across Australia. As part of a nationwide tour, Meditate Australia will be visiting Toowoomba, Crows Nest and Highfields. It will provide an introduction to the practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation, followed by a guided meditation with music.

When: 17th July (various times listed below)


  • Crows Nest Community Centre, William St, Crows Nest | 9.00am – 10.00am
  • East Creek Community Centre, 43 Kitchner St, Toowoomba | 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Peacehaven Park, 56 Kuhls Rd, Highfields | 11.00am – 12.00am
  • University of Southern Queensland, West St, Toowoomba | 11.30am – 2.00 pm
  • Grand Central Shopping Centre, Toowoomba | 9.00am – 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Contact: Saras - phone 1300 724 252 or visit

Sport, Active Recreation & Healthy Living Plan 2019-26 Update

Thank you to everyone who provided Council with input into the Sport, Active Recreation and Healthy Living (SARHL) Plan 2019-26.  We appreciate you taking the time to complete our Activate and club surveys, and for attending workshops, focus groups and meetings to tell us about your needs and vision for creating a healthy and active Toowoomba Region.  

The Activate survey results highlighted your interest in taking more bushwalks and the need for more trails with good signage, that are well promoted.   The survey also told us you’d like to take more walks and bike rides with friends and family around your neighbourhoods and parks, and the need for more connected footpaths with trees for shade.  

The full results of the Activate survey and the first draft of the SARHL Plan 2019-26 outlining key actions will be available in August at  We’ll be distributing a special bulletin when the Activate survey results and SARHL Plan’s key actions are published, and will be encouraging everyone to let us know if you think we’re heading in the right direction towards creating healthier, more active communities.  

For more information about the SARHL Plan please visit the, call Council on 131 872 or email

The Queensland Government provided $60,000 to Toowoomba Regional Council to develop the Sport, Active Recreation and Healthy Living (SARHL) Plan 2019-26 to enable Queenslanders to participate in sport and recreation activities.

Featured CHANGE Project Activities

Flex & Flow
Where & When:

  • Centenary Park, Westbrook, Saturday 7am - 7.45am
  • Queens Park (Godsall St), Toowoomba, Thursday 5pm - 5.30pm

Cost: $3
Contact: Paul & Coralee - phone 0458 600 001 or email

Fit Class
Where: 3 Cherry St, Oakey
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, 6.30pm
Cost: $5
Contact: Renee - phone 0408 452 094 or email

Walks and Trails Updates

The newly completed upgrades of JE Duggan park which includes a sensory natural bushland trail suitable for people of all abilities highlights some of the multiple development opportunities our trails offer to the community and visitors.  The inclusion of braille signage, at grade trail and wayfinding guidance ropes at JE Duggan park will allow people of all abilities to enjoy our bushland parks.  Thanks to Building Our Regions funding the next stage of works will also include a toilet amenity building at JE Duggan park for people with a disability.

The ‘Walks and Trails of Toowoomba Region’ guide booklet was also launched in April to highlight 50 local nature treks for the outdoor enthusiasts. The walks and trails included in the guide booklet are graded for all fitness levels with options for the novice trekker through to the experienced outdoor enthusiasts.

Earlier this year, nearly 1000 people actively participated in the the Activate Survey as part of the consultation of the Sport, Active Recreation and Healthy Living Plan 2019-2026. A key finding from the survey identified walking as one of the most popular activities across all genders and age groups, including in parks and nature. The survey’s finding of the popularity of walking backs up Council’s decision last year to join a network of more than 500 Councils worldwide in signing the ‘Walk21’ International Charter on Walking.

For more information about our Walks and Trails please visit our Walks and Trails webpage.

Wyreema Park tennis courts

Some recent updates have been made to the Wyreema Park tennis courts. The public can access the tennis courts at any time for free, however, the use of the court lighting attracts a small fee. Two $2 coins will provide one hour play time, while three $2 coins will allow for one and a half hours under lights. The coin switch is located in the power box.

Good Sports

How does your club manage alcohol?

Good Sports is here to help with putting in place great strategies to minimise alcohol-related harm in community sporting clubs.

Dedicated Community Development Officers are available to assist clubs with implementing an Alcohol Management Policy that aims to set clear expectations within the club environment around alcohol consumption. Good Sports also provides clubs with free physical resources that support the implementation of the Alcohol Management Policy such as relevant QLD liquor license signage.

Did you know that over 70 clubs in Toowoomba are Good Sports Clubs? Is your club a Good Sports Club?

For more information on how to become a Good Sports Club, please visit their website.

National Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport 

The Guidelines, launched in May 2019, were developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with Sport Australia and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS). This is a great start to support inclusion however it needs to be implemented at the ground level by all sporting organisations and volunteers to bring them to life and embrace and promote the importance of diversity and inclusion so that sport better represents individuals, communities and Australia as a whole.

For more information or information or to download a copy of the guidelines, please click here.

Sport and Park Bookings

All users of Council’s sporting facilities and park activities across the Toowoomba Region are required to hold a current booking with Parks and Recreation Services. Please note that  changes have made to the booking forms process, in regard to nominating specific locations.

This accurate information will allow Council to plan for better facilities into the future, and helps provide evidence when requesting future facility upgrades or maintenance including opportunities that arise through grants. All users are also reminded to keep the facilities clean.

All bookings must be directed to Council’s park bookings team at

For more information about booking a sports field or fitness in a park, please visit our Council bookings webpage or contact 131 872.

Other Initiatives

Heart Foundation's Active Australian Innovation Challenge
As part of an initiative to get people more active, The Heart Foundation is launching their Active Australia Innovation Challenge. It's to get people like you to help get our communities moving to reduce the risk of Australia's biggest killer, heart disease.
If you have a great idea, share it with the Heart Foundation, outlining the barriers to physical activity in your community, and your innovative idea to address them.
Shortlisted entries will be invited to present to the panel and pitch to win one of eight $10,000 grants to turn your idea into reality.

 Entries close on 31st July 2019. Find out more on the Heart Foundation website or email

Our Recipe Pick - Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad

4 servings | 5 min preparation | 30-35 min cooking

  • 400g sweet potato, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2 zucchinis, halved lengthways, thickly sliced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced into 6 chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • 3 large flat mushrooms, sliced into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon baby capers, drained, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 50g spinach leaves
  • 25g reduced fat feta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 220ºC (200ºC fan-forced).
  2. Spread tomato paste evenly over pizza base. Top with spinach leaves, sliced onion, chicken, capsicum strips and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with cheese and place on a baking tray, pizza stone or wire rack.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes until cheese is melted then cover with foil to prevent burning. Bake for a further 5 minutes until base is crisp.
  4. Sprinkle with roughly torn basil leaves on top to serve.

Recipe courtesy of the Heart Foundation. Visit the Heart Foundation Website for more recipes.

To participate in or find out more about any CHANGE Project activities, please contact Council on 131 872 or or email

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