Russell Street is an iconic Toowoomba destination with a key role to play in the implementation of the City Centre Master Plan.

The Russell Street Refresh project aims to transform Russell Street into a vibrant, people-friendly destination that enhances the unique character of the area and provides an engaging and inclusive environment that will support business and community growth.

The project covers the precinct between Victoria and Neil streets and includes upgrading footpaths, constructing a central median strip between Victoria and Ruthven streets, planting trees, installing new furniture, upgrading street and footpath lighting and incorporating public art elements.

The project is also proposing to introduce a 30km/h speed limit with entry and exit thresholds and new pedestrian crossing points to make the area safer for all users.

Project status

The detailed design for the project was completed from mid-to-late 2020, with some early works, e.g. service relocations, completed in 2020.

Full construction of the first stage from Victoria Street to Ruthven Street started in early-to-mid 2021 and was completed in late 2021.

The second stage of construction - from Ruthven Street to Neil Street - started in February 2022.

We'll continue to update you as the project progresses. Additional information regarding construction will be shared with you after the detailed design is complete.

Connecting with the community

The draft streetscape plan for Russell Street, which also identifies opportunities for public art was developed through consultation with Russell Street businesses, property owners, the Toowoomba art community and the wider Toowoomba community from February to June 2017.

The draft plan for Victoria to Ruthven streets is below (click image to download).

The draft plan for Ruthven to Neil streets is below (click image to download).

As part of the consultation process the community were invited to share their ideas for the future of Russell Street at workshops, pop up consultations and by completing surveys. To find out more about the community consultation process, please download the Russell Street community consultation infographic below.

Further information

For more information on the Russell Street Refresh project, please call Council on 131 872 or email

Are you a: Required
What is your age group? Required
How frequently do you visit Russell Street? Required
When do you mostly visit Russell Street? Required
What is your main reason for coming to Russell Street today? Required
How did you travel to the city today? Required
If community events were held in Russell Street, which of the following would interest you? Required
Do you think Russell Street needs more or less of the following? Required
Just right
Connections to other emerging neighbourhoods, e.g. Goods Shed
Cycle paths
Food outlets
Licenced premises
Loading zones
Pedestrian connectivity
Public transport
Retail stores
Shade structures
Space for bicycles
Space for pedestrians
Street art
When visiting Russell Street, do you have concerns about any of the following? Required
Bike paths
Pedestrian lights/crossings
Personal safety
Public facilities
Traffic flow
Street art

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Are you a: Required
How frequently do you visit Russell Street? Required

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.