The Farmhouse Toowoomba co-owner Adam McWhinnie (left) and manager Kristian Green are excited for the January 15 opeing of Aldi Torrington at Bridge Street Plaza. Picture: Kevin Farmer
The Farmhouse Toowoomba co-owner Adam McWhinnie (left) and manager Kristian Green are excited for the January 15 opeing of Aldi Torrington at Bridge Street Plaza. Picture: Kevin Farmer

Latest from The Chronicle editor's desk

Dear subscriber,

I hope you have had an enjoyable start to 2020 and didn't party too hard during New Year's Eve festivities.

For many of you this will be the first editor's letter in the new year - I look forward to sharing with you what is sure to be an eventful year for the Toowoomba region. If you need any proof of that, check out our list of 10 massive developments we're expecting to be running before we see the year out.

I have some sad news to report this week - Toowoomba icon, former University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor and Chronicle columnist Peter Swannell has died. It's undoubtedly a massive loss for our community. If you want to know more about the extraordinary life Peter has led, I urge you to read this story from his daughter. And if you want to know more about the enormous impact he had on the Garden City, make sure you read these tributes from friends and community leaders. You can also find the last column he wrote for the paper online here.

Peter Swannell with his wife Janice when he was awarded an AM in 2005.
Peter Swannell with his wife Janice when he was awarded an AM in 2005.

We lost another community stalwart just before the year ended too. Renowned builder Karl Hertle was remembered by family and friends as a gentle soul who loved Toowoomba. You can read more about his great life here.

I know access to rural health services has always been a difficult issue in our region, and unfortunately the news of the Millmerran Medical Centre closing last week made it an even bigger problem. This week we got some answers we're sure many of our readers were seeking - namely, why the centre suddenly shut its doors. The centre's owner Dr Andrew Reedy told The Chronicle this week he had no choice to close. You can read what he had to say here.

We've got some good news this week for our many Aldi fans - a date has been set for the opening of the Aldi store at Bridge St Plaza. It's music to the ears of tenants of the plaza after the sudden closure of the IGA a few years ago. You can find all the details on the new supermarket here.

How great has it been to see our community joining people across the country in backing those impacted by the disastrous bushfires down south? 

EYE ON SUPPLY: As the bushfires rage down south, Anthony (left) and Luke Boulus of Westridge Fruit and Vegetables are finding a way to maintain supply through the changing conditions. . Picture: Bev Lacey
EYE ON SUPPLY: As the bushfires rage down south, Anthony (left) and Luke Boulus of Westridge Fruit and Vegetables are finding a way to maintain supply through the changing conditions. . Picture: Bev Lacey

There are some unbelievable fundraisers taking place across the region, and expect to see stories about even more in the coming days. Some of our local businesses are also feeling the pain as fruit and vegetable stores disrupt supply. A Toowoomba airman is also down south helping in the bushfire evacuation, and you can read that story here.

On the back of the bushfires, expect to see residents protesting outside Groom MP John McVeigh's office today. You can find all the details of that protest here.

We want to thank you all for submitting photos of your bubs born in 2019. If you haven't already, make sure you check out our full online gallery here - unfortunately there's so many we couldn't get them all in print, but you can find them all on our website.

Our photographers also took some stunning snaps across the decade that was. If you haven't, make sure you check out the photos that tell Toowoomba's story from the past 10 years here.

Here's a couple of other yarns you might be interested in reading today or over the weekend:

That just about wraps up what's making news in Toowoomba over the past week. If there's something you think we should cover, don't hesitate to flick me an email at william.hunter@thechronicle.com.au.

Speak to you next week,

Will.


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