Margaret Street Laneway Project

Council is constructing a new laneway at 174 Margaret Street in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD. The new laneway will provide an important connection from Margaret Street through to Jessie Street, Annand Street businesses and public car parks.

A draft concept plan for the new laneway has been developed through consultation with Margaret Street businesses, the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, the City Heart CBD Focus Group, the Queensland Police Service, the Toowoomba Architects Group and the Queensland Urban Design and Place Panel.

The plan proposes creating a safe and vibrant pedestrian connection and community gathering place with green space, visitor information, public art, public amenities, equitable access and weather protection.

The draft concept plan is available for viewing here and at 174 Margaret Street.


Have your say

Thank you to everyone who shared ideas and feedback on the draft concept plan in December 2018 and January 2019.

Consultation feedback has indicated support for the draft concept plan and laneway project overall. The feedback highlights the importance of having a multifunctional, creative and vibrant space which provides pedestrian connections and brings new life to the CBD.

Thank you to everyone who shared a memory, including images of the former bomb shelters in Margaret Street and history of past owners and occupiers of the building.

Historical files show the building was owned by the late Mr C W Hamilton from 1930 to 1934. From 1934 1937 174 and 176 Margaret Street appeared on the same rate card operating as a shop occupied by Archibald Bishop. Rate records show the building was owned by the United Insurance Co. Ltd from 1956 to 1966 and by the South British Insurance Co. Ltd in the mid to late 1970s. More recently the building was owned by Avco Financial Services and then sold with tenant of GE Finance to Marcus and Boio Ball in 1996, who sold to Council in 2016.

We're now investigating detailed design options. Please stayed tuned for more information.


Further information

To find out more about the Margaret Street Laneway Project, please call Council on 131 872 or email yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au.

Council is constructing a new laneway at 174 Margaret Street in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD. The new laneway will provide an important connection from Margaret Street through to Jessie Street, Annand Street businesses and public car parks.

A draft concept plan for the new laneway has been developed through consultation with Margaret Street businesses, the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, the City Heart CBD Focus Group, the Queensland Police Service, the Toowoomba Architects Group and the Queensland Urban Design and Place Panel.

The plan proposes creating a safe and vibrant pedestrian connection and community gathering place with green space, visitor information, public art, public amenities, equitable access and weather protection.

The draft concept plan is available for viewing here and at 174 Margaret Street.


Have your say

Thank you to everyone who shared ideas and feedback on the draft concept plan in December 2018 and January 2019.

Consultation feedback has indicated support for the draft concept plan and laneway project overall. The feedback highlights the importance of having a multifunctional, creative and vibrant space which provides pedestrian connections and brings new life to the CBD.

Thank you to everyone who shared a memory, including images of the former bomb shelters in Margaret Street and history of past owners and occupiers of the building.

Historical files show the building was owned by the late Mr C W Hamilton from 1930 to 1934. From 1934 1937 174 and 176 Margaret Street appeared on the same rate card operating as a shop occupied by Archibald Bishop. Rate records show the building was owned by the United Insurance Co. Ltd from 1956 to 1966 and by the South British Insurance Co. Ltd in the mid to late 1970s. More recently the building was owned by Avco Financial Services and then sold with tenant of GE Finance to Marcus and Boio Ball in 1996, who sold to Council in 2016.

We're now investigating detailed design options. Please stayed tuned for more information.


Further information

To find out more about the Margaret Street Laneway Project, please call Council on 131 872 or email yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au.