$10m Railway Goods Shed refurbishment opens to public
MAYOR Paul Antonio said the Toowoomba Goods Shed provided a "once in a generation opportunity," as the doors opened on the facility's $10 million refurbishment yesterday.
The opening of the heritage-listed Railway Goods Shed marked the completion of stage one of The Toowoomba Railway Parklands Master Plan and the wider Priority Development Area.
"I often talk about rich traditions and bold ambitions, well here is a legacy that has some amazing history," Cr Antonio said.
"This Goods Shed was an integral part of what happened in Toowoomba in terms of transporting goods and now it has been rebuilt for a different purpose.
"I'm positive that the (space) will become a valued, mixed use community and events facility."
The refurbished shed comes with historical railway tracks running down the centre, under seven tonnes of structural steel brackets.
Cr Antonio said there had already been people and businesses interested in hiring the space.
"Just as I was walking out the door today there was a booking attempted and I know there are others," he said.
"There are people suggesting some of the current functions could move here.
"The (refurbishments) could spark an idea in someone's head to hold something quite different."
Plans to transform the Railway Parklands were also revealed at the opening.
"This is stage one of developing these Parklands," Cr Antonio said.
"I think ultimately this area will be a beautiful spot for people who are living in the PDA area.
"We expect that the establishment of these Parklands together with this will be a real catalyst for private investors to invest in the PDA area."
Cr Antonio said he thanked the Queensland Government for its $5 million contribution to the project.
Residents are invited to inspect the refurbished shed on Sunday, with free scheduled tours organised at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.