Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio talks about the Toowoomba community raising money for Japanese sister city, Takatsuki, after recent natural disasters, Monday, July 30, 2018.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio talks about the Toowoomba community raising money for Japanese sister city, Takatsuki, after recent natural disasters, Monday, July 30, 2018. Kevin Farmer

Garden City to Compassionate City: Mayor's bold plan

TOOWOOMBA has always been called the Garden City, but would we want to be known officially as the "Compassionate City"?

That's the question Mayor Paul Antonio wants to ask of his colleagues and the general public, saying he was bringing a proposal to the council soon.

Under the plan, the council would promote the city and the region for its compassionate nature and community spirit.

Cr Antonio said the idea, pitched to him by Metro Care Toowoomba's Matt Gregg, was in response to the incredible work done with refugee re-settlement and also support for people battling homelessness, addiction and domestic violence.

"I have to praise the work of all the agencies around here, but I'm particularly impressed with the work of the Christian churches and the compassion they have for this community," he said.

"It's not unique to Toowoomba, but I think we have a particular way to do it.

"I think you'd also find that we did the 200-a-year refugee re-settlement plan very well.

"Certainly a discussion on (re-branding the city) is warranted. I'm thinking about bringing something to council."

What do you think of the idea? Let us know in the poll below!

Would you support Toowoomba being known as the "compassionate city"?

This poll ended on 12 February 2019.

Current Results

Yes, it's a great idea.

19%

No, Toowoomba has enough nicknames.

80%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.