The CHANGE Project Newsletter
Be Active, Eat Well, Live Well
Welcome to the first edition of ACTIVATE!! This e-newsletter is a combination of the former CHANGE Project Newsletter and the Sport and Rec Gazette merged into one fantastic newsletter, designed to give you the latest info and offerings in the world of sport, active recreation, healthy eating and positive mental wellbeing across the Toowoomba Region.  

In this edition you'll find info about:
  • Heart Foundation Walking group at Grand Central
  • Low-cost fitness activities in parks
  • Willows Health walk and talk sessions
  • Shine Through Sport program
  • Spring/Summer Healthy & Active Directory booklets
  • Flourish sessions for positive mental wellbeing
  • Sport, Active Recreation & Healthy Living Plan 2019-26
  • Sport & Recreation Grant program update
  • Booking sports parks
  • Other community initiatives

New Grand Central Walking Group

A new indoor Heart Foundation Walking Group will launch at Grand Central Shopping Centre next month!   Walking indoors provides a flat, level surface for people to walk on rain, hail or shine.  Perfect for maintaining your walking regime all year round. 
  • Where: Grand Central Shopping Centre, Customer Service Desk, Level 1 (near Mecca Maxima)
  • When: Wednesdays, 7.30am (45 min walk)
  • Cost: Free
The walk will commence on Wednesday 24 October 2018.  The best parking option is Hill Street, Level 1 entrance.

To join or find out more about the new Grand Central Walking Group click here
New Active Parks in Spring!
With the weather warming up, now's the perfect time to get together with friends and family and head to a local park to try a new low-cost fitness class near you:
Zenon Boxing
Where: Queens Park (near Lindsay St carpark), Toowoomba
When: Friday, 5.45pm-6.15pm
Cost: $3

HardCore Fitness
Where: Coronation Park, Stephen St, Harristown
When: Monday, 9am
Cost: $5

Harristown Bootcamp
Where: Coronation Park, Stephen St, Harristown
When: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 9am-10am
Cost: $5

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Class (running & boxing)
Where: Coronation Park, Stephen St, Harristown
When: Thursday, 8.30am-9am
Cost: $3 

Flex & Flow Bootcamps
Where & When:
- Centenary Park, Westbrook, Wednesday, 6pm-6:45pm
- Black Gully Reserve, Toowoomba, Friday, 2pm-2:45pm
Cost: $3 

For more info or to join a new low-cost fitness class click here

New Willows Health Walking Groups

Join a walk and talk with a health professional (eg, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist) each week for mums and bubs, or for people rehabilitating from cancer. Groups meet each week from October 2018 at Willows Health for a picturesque walk along East Creek to Lake Annand and back.


  • Where: Meet at Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre, 55-57 Kitchener St, Toowoomba
  • When: Wednesday, 10am
  • Cost: $3

Cancer Rehabilitation Walk 

  • Where: Meet at Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre, 55-57 Kitchener St, Toowoomba
  • When: Wednesday, 10am
  • Cost: $3

To join or find out more about the new Willows Health Walking Groups click here

Shine Through Sport

YWCA Australia in partnership with Council have developed the new Shine Through Sport program to create easy, fun and free ways to participate in sport.  

Perfect for beginners, this new program offers females 16 years and over the opportunity to come and have a go at a sport they may not have tried before.  

Shine Through Sport sessions are held once a week in one-month blocks, starting with Touch Football in November 2018.  All equipment is provided and no uniforms are needed.  Free transport can also be arranged.   

Come along, have a go, meet new friends, and most importantly, have a lot of fun!  

Bookings are required.  To join or find out more contact Liza on 07) 3230 3425 or

Healthy & Active Directory Spring / Summer 2018-19 Out Now!

The latest edition of the Healthy & Active directory booklets (Spring / Summer 2018-19) are now available, brimming with great activities to join for a healthier, happier you. 

Obtain a copy of the latest edition of the Healthy & Active Directory from any Toowoomba Region Customer Service Centre or phone 131 872 to request one to be posted to you.

Click here to view the Healthy and Active Directory booklet online

Flourish Sessions (Positive Mental Wellbeing)
Flourish Meet-Up Sessions:

Discover ways to foster optimism, increase resilience and bring more positive emotions to your life through our Flourish sessions!  Held on the first Saturday of each month at Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, from 10.30am-11.30am (60 mins).  The cost is $3 per person:

  • Saturday, 6 October: GRIT! Talent vs Perseverance
  • Saturday, 3 November: Meditation for Wellbeing (special event)
  • Saturday, 1 December: Now is the time for more meaningful living
Resilience Guided Meditation:

Journey towards a stronger, more confident inner self with Resilience Guided Meditation.  Held at Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, from 9:30am-11am (90 mins).  The cost is $5 per person:

  • Wednesday, 19 September
  • Monday, 8 October
  • Wednesday, 24 October
To join or find out more about Flourish activities click here

Sport, Active Recreation & Healthy Living Plan 2019-2026

Council is developing a new Sport, Active Recreation & Healthy Living Plan 2019-26 to guide Council actions into the short to medium-term future.  

A community survey (Activate Survey) will open from mid-October to mid-December 2018 to identify your priorities, needs and interests in leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

Activate Survey Link: 

Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey.  Stay tuned for further updates (a separate email will be sent to advise when this survey is open).
Sport & Recreation Community Grant Program

Current Sport and Recreation Grant applicants will be notified in late September if their projects have been funded. The next round opens on 1 February 2019 and closes 1 March 2019.

For clubs that are thinking about applying for funding for sports infrastructure in the next grant round, please be aware that your project may need to be assessed and approved by Council's planning department.  

It's important to know if your project will need planning / building approval when you start planning for your project to ensure it can meet any planning / building requirements, and to allow for any applicable costs and assessment time frames needed.

Considering and allowing for planning / building requirements, costs and assessment time frames when planning your project can help your project be more successful in securing grants, and these costs are eligible items under Council's Sport and Recreation Grant program.  

To find out if your project needs planning / building approval, contact Council on 131 872 and ask to speak to one of Council's Technical Advice Officers.  

Before applying for a grant for sports infrastructure in a sports park, always speak to one of Council's Sport and Recreation Officers on 131 872.

For more information about Council's Sport and Recreation Grant Program click here
Booking Sports Parks

Council is continuing to improve processes to better manage facilities across the Region, and to ensure consistency in the parks booking process. All users of Council’s sporting facilities across the Toowoomba Region are required to hold a current booking with Parks and Recreation Services.

Any club wishing to use a Council sports park must hold either a Seasonal or Casual User Permit. Failing to do so may result in public liability insurance being deemed as void, and is in breach of local laws. 

Accurate booking information allows Council to undertake necessary facility maintenance with minimal impact on user groups. 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 bookings must be directed to Council’s park bookings team at

For more information about booking a sports field click here or contact Council 131 872.

Other Community Initiatives

Toowoomba Community Organic Garden

Open Day:  Saturday 29 September, 9:30am-12:30pm 

Come along and discover your local community garden at their annual open day (22A Goggs St, Toowoomba).  Learn about organic gardening, permaculture, composting, worm farming, growing your own fruit and vegetables, plus much more! 

Tour the community garden and find out about their regular social events, along with the opportunity to hire a plot, or to help out in the common areas.  No previous experience with gardening is required.

For more info about the Toowoomba Community Organic Garden click here

My Health for Life at Grand Central

The My Health for Life program is a preventative health initiative funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by an alliance of Qld health not-for-profits including Diabetes Queensland, Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation.
The program offers eligible members of the Queensland public access to six months of free, personalised health coaching to assist them make a lifestyle change and minimise their ongoing risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. People can participate in the program via a referral by their GP, undertaking a quick health check online or by completing a face-to-face check at an event.
To help spread the word about the program, the My Health for Life team will be holding a pop-up stall at Grand Central on the 24 and 25 September.  Come along for a free health check, pick up a free jute market bags and apple slinky, and enjoy a  free 5 min massage. 

For more info about the My Health for Life program click here

Unleash the Beast

Unleash the Beast is a writing and wellbeing symposium aiming to share, promote and propagate the conversation about mental health in a relaxed, entertaining and engaging manner.  

This event brings together authors and speakers from across Australia - and from right here in Toowoomba - in conversation about mental health and how it affects us, our families and our community.

We welcome you to join the conversation, on Wednesday 10 October (World Mental Health Day), with sessions covering nearly every aspect of mental health. From young people to retirees, from home to the workplace, there is a session to suit you.

Click here for more information about the Unleash the Beast event and writing symposium


Stronger Communities Programme Funding - Round 4

The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 150 federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities.

In consultation with their community, each Federal Member of Parliament must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant.

Applications close on Thursday 11 October 2018 5:00 pm AEDT.

For eligibility requirements and more information about the Stronger Communities Programme Funding click here  

Queensland Sport and Recreation Strategy

The State Government are asking for your feedback so that they can invest wisely to get people physically active, now and for the future. Have your say on what needs to change and how State Government can reprioritise the delivery of, and investment in, sport and active recreation initiatives to respond to the needs of Queenslanders.

You can complete a survey online (surveys close Friday 12 October 2018) or you can attend a consultation session on Wednesday 26 September 2018 from 5.30pm-6.30pm at the Toowoomba Sports Ground, 47 Arthur Street, Toowoomba. 

For more information about the Qld Sport and Recreation Strategy please click here  

Good Sports Program

Did you know 69 clubs in Toowoomba are Good Sports clubs? Is your club a Good Sports Club?

Good Sports is helping to inspire a healthier Australia, supporting local sporting clubs to become safer and more family-friendly.
A program of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Good Sports is Australia’s largest preventative health initiative for the community sporting sector.  Over 8,000 clubs are proud to be Good Sports clubs!
Being a Good Sports club comes with plenty of benefits for the club too. Good Sports clubs are leaders in their communities.  A strong and family-friendly club is attractive to prospective members, families, sponsors and funders.
For more information or to register your club for the Good Sports Program click here

Festival of Small Halls

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Toowoomba Regional Council and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music.  It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

Tickets cost $15 each for adults and under 16s are free

Upcoming Festivals:
  • Rocky Creek/Mt Emlyn Soldiers Memorial Hall  Wednesday 24 October 2018. 
  • Peranga Hall  Sunday 28 October 2018
  • Felton Sunday 18 November 2018 (tickets can be purchased from Felton Produce, Cambooya Post Office or online)
For more information about Festival of Small Halls or to purchase tickets online click here 

FREE Family Movie Nights - COCO

Gather the family together and enjoy a night out watching the Disney Pixar movie ‘COCO’ around the Region!
  • Oakey Sat 6 Oct, Arthur Shooter Park, Stanley Street
  • Harlaxton Sat 12 Oct, Harlaxton Park, Gleeson Crescent
  • Southbrook Sun 13 Oct, Southbrook Primary School, School Road
  • Pittsworth Sat 20 Oct, Club Pittsworth, Short Street
  • Goombungee Fri 2 Nov, Goombungee Sports and Recreation Grounds
  • Wilsonton Sat 10 Nov, Wilsonton Heights Park, Port Street
For more information about Council's FREE family movie nights click here

The Great City Adventure

We are embarking on an adventure around Toowoomba City and we want YOU to join us! Our Great City Adventure starts at 12pm sharp on Wednesday the 3 October at the Toowoomba City Library, which is where all the fun will begin.  

Bring a hat, water bottle and your detective skills, as it is going to an awesome afternoon, where you will get to explore the city and youth support services within it!  Suitable for 12 - 25 yrs.

Afterwards, grab your friends and family for a FREE Family Fun afternoon from 3pm at the Civic Precinct for Bubble Soccer, jumping castles (jousting castle), FREE Sausage Sizzle and other awesome activities including exploring the worlds within virtual reality. 

To join the Great City Adventure click here
Recipe of the Season - Chicken and Veggie Pie

4 servings / 10 serves of veg / 15m preparation / 40m cooking


  • 4 small chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry or white wine (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf or bouquet garni sachet
  • 700g mixed vegetables of choice (carrots, cauliflower, leeks, cabbage, asparagus, baby corn, peas)
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour*
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed herbs (parsley, thyme, oregano, marjoram) or 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • freshly ground or cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 6 sheets filo pastry
  • olive or canola oil spray


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. In a large covered pan, slowly poach chicken breasts in chicken stock, sherry and bay leaf for 15–20 minutes depending on size.
  3. Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan. Cover and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and chop up into bite sized pieces.
  5. Place chicken and vegetables into a deep pie dish, leaving behind the juices.
  6. Mix cornflour with milk and add to juices, bringing to the boil to thicken.
  7. Add herbs and season with pepper.
  8. Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables. Prepare pastry crust by spraying every second sheet of filo with a little oil and layering sheets on top of each other.
  9. Place over top of dish, scrunching up slightly.
  10. Spray with a little oil and bake until crisp and brown.
  11. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Healthier Happier. Click here for more delicious recipes

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