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Year of Festivals

Our Year of Festivals has begun so find out more and don’t miss the action!

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LIVE Western Downs Magazine

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Big Skies 2019

Big Skies 2019 is headed to the Western Downs from Saturday 27 April to Sunday 5 May 2019. Get your tickets now!

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Chinchilla Botanic Parklands

Wombats, watermelons and white gums — watch the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands come to life!

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LOVE Western Downs Magazine

Be sure to check out the new LOVE Western Downs Magazine, now available to view online.

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Western Downs WaterWise

Watering Times

Watering times are in effect across the Western Downs

See full details of current water restrictions for your area

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Events in the Western Downs

Western Downs Invites You

Planning a weekend away or just wanting to catch up with friends and family? Visit our comprehensive online events calendar for local community events.

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Western Downs Regional Council

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The Cenotaph is on its way to its new home. We're sure that Anzac Day will be extra special this year at the #chinchillabotanicparkland

Western Downs Regional Council

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Get your tastebuds warmed up — this is one Big Skies​ event you won't want to miss! In partnership with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise​ Food Leaders Australia​, today we're launching 'The Chef's Table' with award-winning celebrity chef Ben O'Donoghue​. Expect fresh local produce, exceptional wines and an elegant dining experience like no other. Have you got your tickets yet? www.bit.ly/2IViVMi

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Wow what about that rain! We love the way our region looks when the storms roll in. Drop your best storm photos in the comments below 🌧⚡️⛈

Western Downs Regional Council

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Don't forget to enter our photo competition in the lead up to Wedding Fair Western Downs 2019 (there's a PRIZE UP FOR GRABS)! We're looking for photos taken in the region of you and your loved one. So if you've got that perfect proposal photo or a cute couple shot, we'd love to see! Submit your photos in the comments below or visit the Wedding Fair Western Downs 2019 page for more details. 📸💕✨

Western Downs Regional Council

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Have you been to the Dalby Aquatic Centre recently? Thanks to the State Government for their contribution to this project as part of their Works for Queensland program, work is underway on the $700,000 upgrade, which will include updated toilet and shower facilities, more comfortable seating, new balustrades, additional stairways and a paint job to give the entire grandstand a fresh new face. It will mean swimming carnivals - just like the Dalby Dolphins Swim Club's Dalby and District Club Championships last week - will be even more fun for everyone. Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part at Swim Fit Dalby!

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If you've been driving past the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands, you may have seen the new water feature that's been installed. 🍉💦 The best part about the new Watermelon Water Play Area is that it's specially-designed to use treated and recycled water. That means each day of operation will only use the equivalent of a small Chinchilla household's daily water consumption. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see more updates! 🍉 #chinchilla #parklands #watermelon Read More

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Congrats to our 2019 Apprentices and Trainees! We can’t wait to see the fantastic things these young people will get up to while with us at Council 👏👏👏 Read More

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W E S T E R N D O W N S = Wide open spaces, flawless big skies, experiences like no other #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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Our juicy Chinchilla watermelon is nothing short of the best! Who sunk their teeth into a slice at the Melon Fest on the weekend? #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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Wondering what’s behind the construction fence at the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands? We’re putting our title of #theHomeoftheDrones to good use with this exclusive birds eye view. Five stars if you can spot the beginning of some of our signature spaces, including the sandstone scarp, granite rise and watermelon water play area 🍉💦 Read More

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🍉🎉IT’S HERE! 🎉🍉 The Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off today and we can’t wait to sink our teeth into a weekend of fruity fun. There’s a sweet selection of events happening in Chinchilla over the next few days so make sure you check out the program online at www.melonfest.com.au Read More

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1 DAY TO GO- We are losing out RINDS over the fact that the Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off tomorrow! We know you’re going to be busy with all the Melon-themed activities over the weekend but leave room for one more; you can’t leave Chinchilla without getting a photo with the Big Melon! Visit Australia’s newest Big Thing and take home a photo to remember the festival by📸✨ Read More

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2 DAYS TO GO- The Melon Procession is one of the many highlights of the Chinchilla Melon Festival and we can’t wait to see what the 25th anniversary will bring! The Procession starts at 10.30am on Saturday, so grab a slice of watermelon and a hat and take in the Melon madness for an hour or two 🍉💃🏻 Read More

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3 DAYS TO GO- if you think you have what it takes to slip and slide your way into the Chinchilla Melon Festival history books, register for the Melon Dash for Cash. The rules are simple: the first person to cross the finish line with whole watermelon intact wins! This sticky sport is anyone’s game, so register this Saturday 🍉🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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How stunning is Jimbour House? Don’t miss your chance to tour this historic mansion at Big Skies, tickets are selling fast! #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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We're 'bursting' with excitement for the Chinchilla Melon Festival! If you were walking through the main street of Chinchilla today, you may have seen an interesting sight ... Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh and Chinchilla Melon Festival Committee Vice-President Darryl O'Leary were well and truly getting into the melon spirit! With just over a week to go until the Chinchilla Melon Festival kicks off, Councillor McVeigh and Mr O'Leary were testing their skills at melon-smashing and seed-spitting. Don't forget to grab your tickets and get in on the sweet, juicy fun yourselves 🍉🍉🍉 Read More

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Put on your thongs, grab a snag from the barbie, and come celebrate Australia Day on the Western Downs this Saturday! #lovewesterndowns #g’daymate #australiaday Read More

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What a wonderful world 🎼 how breathtaking are the sunsets at Wandoan? #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns #windmillsinwandoan Read More

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Beautiful winding roads make the trip worth it 🌳🌲 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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There are so many things to see and do on the Western Downs, why not spend the next day of blue skies discovering some of them? #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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The flora and fauna of the Western Downs is unbe-leaf-able! We love seeing how unique the greenery is in our region 🌿🌱🌾 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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Take me home, country roads 🎶 Aren’t we lucky to belong to a view like this! #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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We can’t help but smile when we look at this beautiful field of sorghum 🌾🌾 #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns #cantbeglumwithallthissorghum Read More

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Now that’s what we call a view! With so many things to do around the Western Downs on a weekend we’d love to hear about your favourite spots #lovewesterndowns #experiencewesterndowns Read More

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Big thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated the @redbullholden launch in Dalby! It was great to see @craiglowndes888 and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team get back to their regional roots in the Western Downs. 📸: Andy Green/ Red Bull Content Pool #lovewesterndowns #redbullholden Read More

Wedding Fair Western Downs

Find out more about our newest FREE event

Watering Restrictions

New water restrictions will take effect 27 January

Development Status Report

Find out more about the development happening in our region

Planning Scheme

View the Western Downs Planning Scheme Amendment 1