Toowong Cemetery

You know the drill: big shed, less noise from Legacy Tunnel works

Released: January 3rd, 2012
Big Shed

UNDER WAY: The acoustic shed by the Western Freeway at Toowong will shield noise and dust as Legacy Way tunneling is completed. Picture: Tim Marsden Source: The Cairns Post

ONE of the biggest sheds to be built in Australia is taking shape at Toowong in Brisbane’s west.

The six-storey-high, 89m long acoustic shed is being built at the Legacy Way tunnel worksite.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the shed would house the tunnel boring machines and shield motorists and residents from noise and dust.

“I have a plan to deal with Brisbane’s traffic congestion and we’re getting on with the job of upgrading our most congested suburban roads and building vital new transport infrastructure,” he said.

Cr Quirk said the acoustic shed made of Colorbond steel and measuring 89m long, 77m wide and 29m high would be a temporary feature beside the Western Freeway.

It will be taken down late next year when the tunnel is completed.

“The acoustic shed is made with more than 1000 tonnes of structural steel, and in terms of floor space, is nearly 500 times bigger than your average backyard tool shed, so it’s no small feat to construct,” he said.

The tunnel boring machines (or TBMs) would operate 24 hours.

When completed the acoustic shed will be fitted with a series of travelling cranes, which will be used to assemble the two TBMs.

Legacy Way is the council’s 4.6km road tunnel from the Western Freeway at Toowong to the Inner City Bypass (ICB) at Kelvin Grove. Once open, Legacy Way will almost halve peak-hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the ICB.

Cr Quirk again acknowledged the Federal Labor Government’s support for the project through $500 million in funding.

Toowong Councillor Peter Matic said the location of the Legacy Way Tunnel Control Centre, which will be next to the existing Clem7 Tunnel Control Centre at Bowen Hills, would have less impact for residents.

 

Story courtesy of the Courier-Mail.

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Toowong Roundabout

The Toowong Roundabout (also nicknamed “death by roundabout”, by some) is a combination of two roundabouts in close proximity to each other. Getting on and off the roundabouts takes considerable navigational skills, and is adjacent to Toowong Cemetery.

The first roundabout is the connecting link between the western end of Milton Road and the eastern end the Western Freeway that passes through Toowong. It also intersects the road that runs up past the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens to meet Sir Samuel Griffith Drive at a T intersection, a popular route that takes you up to the top of Mt Coot-tha.

The second roundabout is for vehicles that pass from the Centenary Highway (or M5 Motorway) onto Milton Rd, or through Frederick St to travel south to Miskin St.

Getting to the Toowong Roundabout is not a pleasant (or particularly safe) experience during peak hour traffic. If you’re travelling south on Frederick Street you can take the overpass to the right over the first roundabout, stick to the right, and get to the second roundabout while staying mostly out of the way of cars.

However if you travel from any other entry point to the second roundabout then you need to get across two lanes of traffic coming from the first roundabout and the third lane coming from the overpass, all of which are accelerating straight ahead to the freeway (bypassing the second roundabout). You need to get across to the right hand side to be able to turn onto the side lane to the second roundabout.

Another alternative is to enter the first roundabout on the road (from Milton Road or Miskin Street) and get across into the right hand lane before the traffic around you has a chance to start accelerating. The overpass lane then joins in from the right and you don’t have much space to get across it as well before you miss the turn off and end up in the middle lane on the freeway (not where you want to be). The traffic coming off the overpass has already had a bit of distance (downhill) to start accelerating, so this is no easy task. This approach is not recommended unless you are really sure you know what you are doing.

Article courtesy Wikipedia.

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Attractions Around Toowong, Qld, 4066, Australia

The Brisbane General Cemetery (Toowong Cemetery), started in 1866 and formally opened in 1875, is Queensland’s largest cemetery, placed on 437,300 square metres of land. It replaced Brisbane’s first cemetery which was located near Skew Street in the centre of Brisbane. The cemetery contains a sign posted walk that provides information on various people buried therein.

Brisbane Boys’ College (also known as BBC) is a day boarding school established in Clayfield in 1901. In the late twenties it was decided that there were insufficient facilities at the Clayfield location, and the school was moved to Toowong on Kensington Terrace.

Toowong has two main drinking establishments, the Regatta Hotel and the Royal Exchange Hotel, both of which are historic hotels. The three storey Regatta hotel contained accommodation on the upper two floors and a public bar and lounge area on the ground floor. In 1965 a protest took place in the public bar of the Regatta Hotel when Merle Thornton (mother of Australian actress Sigrid Thornton) and another woman chained themselves to the bar in protest of public bars in Queensland being restricted to men only.
The Royal Exchange Hotel

Built in 1986, Toowong Village is an office tower and shopping centre situated at the centre of Toowong. The blue glass office tower is a prominent landmark visible from Toowong and surrounding suburbs. The shopping centre situated on the lower levels of the office tower contains the Toowong Railway Station, Brisbane City Library and the standard mix of retail stores.

Located on Sylvan Road, Toowong Memorial Park is a large park with gum trees, football ovals and a commanding view of the suburb. It was officially opened in 1918 in honour of those who enlisted from the Town of Toowong during the World War I. The park contains the Soldiers’ Memorial on top of the hill was dedicated in 1922 and an RSL memorial is located near the Memorial gates on Sylvan Road, and also contains the Western Districts Rugby Football Club and a Basketball centre. Anzac Park is located next to the Western Freeway opposite the Toowong Cemetery. Originally the land was part of the cemetery grounds, but was converted to a rifle range in 1877. At the end of World War I the trees were planted in memory of the men from Toowong. The park land was proposed as a site for the Botanic Gardens, but the construction of the Western Freeway forced the move of the proposed site to its current location closer to Mount Coot-tha. The Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium are located at the base of Mount Coot-tha.

The Toowong pool was a 25 yard (23 metres) pool with timber grandstands and dressing sheds, originally built in the 1920s. The facilities were reconstructed and re-opened in 1959, to commemorate Queensland’s centenary. These later works were designed by James Birrell, Brisbane City Chief Architect. The pool was demolished in 2003, with development of apartments on the site planned and due to start development in the near future.

The original Toowong Municipal Library was built 1961 on Coronation Drive opposite the Toowong pool, and was the district library for the western suburbs. The library was also designed by Brisbane City Chief Architect James Birell, and is one of the few remaining examples of his work. The library is now used as commercial premises. The building comprises a two storey library surrounded by trees and landscaped terraces, with cavity brick lower floor, the structure is formed by three intersecting circles. Above this base floor is a ‘floating’ crystalline form with 12 sided polygon (dodecagon) floor plan whose external walls taper outward as they rise and which houses the principal public floor of the library. The external steel wall framing of the upper floor is diagonally braced, and sheeted with plywood panels set within the structural framing and framed with silky oak beading. The library originally had a hemi-spherical skylight above its centre, which has now been replaced by an enclosure for mechanical equipment.

The library was threatened for closure in 1982 following the opening of a new municipal library at Indooroopilly in 1981. The Toowong Library did in fact close but local residents’ action saw it re-opened in 1983. Alterations were made to the building in 1983 when one of the rooms on the lower floor was acquired for use by the local councillor as a ward office, until 2005. Despite a campaign by local residents to prevent the closure of the library and redevelopment of the library and adjoining swimming pool site, the library was moved to Toowong Village shopping centre in March 2001, and the original building, which is protected by Heritage listing, is now business premises.

The workshops and a bus depot of Brisbane Transport is located at the western end of the suburb.

Article courtesy of Wikipedia.

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