Mayor’s plan: from Gar­den City to ‘Com­pas­sion­ate City’

The Chronicle - - News - TOM GILLE­SPIE tom.gille­[email protected]­i­

TOOWOOMBA has al­ways been called the Gar­den City, but would we want to be known of­fi­cially as the “Com­pas­sion­ate City”?

That’s the ques­tion Mayor Paul An­to­nio wants to ask of his col­leagues and the gen­eral pub­lic, say­ing he was bring­ing a pro­posal to the coun­cil soon.

Un­der the plan, the coun­cil would pro­mote the city and the re­gion for its com­pas­sion­ate na­ture and com­mu­nity spirit.

Cr An­to­nio said the idea, pitched to him by Metro Care Toowoomba’s Matt Gregg, was in re­sponse to the in­cred­i­ble work done with refugee re-set­tle­ment and also sup­port for peo­ple bat­tling home­less­ness, ad­dic­tion and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“I have to praise the work of all the agen­cies around here, but I’m par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the work of the Chris­tian churches and the com­pas­sion they have for this com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It’s not unique to Toowoomba, but I think we have a par­tic­u­lar way to do it.

“I think you’d also find that we did the 200-a-year refugee re-set­tle­ment plan very well.

“Cer­tainly a dis­cus­sion on (re-branding the city) is war- ranted. I’m think­ing about bring­ing some­thing to coun­cil.”

Cr An­to­nio added that he didn’t want to dis­re­gard Toowoomba’s ex­ist­ing names, such as the Gar­den City.

Not all have agreed with the Mayor’s idea, with an on­line poll from The Chron­i­cle re­veal­ing more than 80 per cent be­lieved Toowoomba al­ready had enough nick­names and monikers.

“Paul don’t change what ain’t broke,” Alan Sawyer com­ment on Face­book.

“No, it has al­ways been known as the Gar­den City not the Com­pas­sion­ate City,” Betty Hop­kins added.

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