The 80s to now: Photo shows 'remarkable' growth of Toowoomba

A BEFORE and after photo of a Toowoomba establishment has attracted a flurry of comments on Facebook.

The photo, taken by David Dallinger and posted to the Remember Toowoomba When page, shows the expansion of the Toowoomba CBD before and after Grand Central was built.

This before and after photo shows the progression of the Toowoomba CBD over the course of 36 years.
This before and after photo shows the progression of the Toowoomba CBD over the course of 36 years.

Grand Central was opened to the public in 1996, incorporating a new Target store, Coles Supermarket and 30 other shops.

A redeveloped section that doubled the floor area of the shopping centre was opened in early 2017.

In the before photo, taken in 1983, the site is seen to be occupied by the old Meyer store. 

More than 200 people commented on the Facebook post, many voicing their surprise about the loss of greenery.