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Community Drive Opening

The Community Drive was officially opened by Her Worship the Mayor of Toowoomba Councillor Di Thorley on Friday 2 November 2007.

The redevelopment and beautification of the University’s main drive was a major project undertaken during the University’s 40th anniversary year. It has incorporated a number of elements that symbolise the relationship between the University and the community.



The Windmill Sculpture

Like a phoenix reborn, a farm windmill that stood as a treasured landmark on campus until 2000 has now been reclaimed in the form of the Windmill Sculpture.  Based on an original design by local artist Andrew McDonald and realised through the wonderful work of Norm Watt and his team at Buchanan Advanced Composites, this structure represents the bringing together of the old and the new – the tried and true technology of the traditional head alongside the cutting edge technology of the advanced composite base – and reflects the University’s close ties with its regions.   

 Community Drive Windmill

The Avenue of International Flags

This element serves as a symbol for the transnational nature of USQ; with staff and students from over 120 nations and linking the community with the world.  The Avenue of International Flags reflects the important role for USQ in contributing to the economic, social and cultural development of the community, and promoting social harmony and mutual understanding.  Employing special lighting, the flags will be able to be flown 24 hours a day to remind the University community of its rich links with the world. 

 Community Drive Avenue of Flags

The Grove Plantings, including the Indigenous Garden

In a move that reflects the boldness, brashness and vision of its original founders, USQ decided to undertake a major landscaping project as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations during the middle of the worst drought in Australia’s recorded history.  Pursued in close partnership with its communities and intended as an important educational resource, this development provides a showcase for sustainable, water-wise landscaping.  A plan of the Grove Plantings (3041kb pdf)  shows that a particular feature of the landscaping development is the inclusion of ‘The Indigenous Garden’ which, over time, will contain the largest collection of Indigenous medicinal and edible plants in Australia.

 Community Drive Grove Plantings

Time Capsule

The fourth element of the Community Drive development sees the University both acknowledging its proud heritage and looking towards the future.  The Time Capsule itself was built to rigorous standards by Oliver Kinder, Faculty of Sciences Workshop Manager.  The Time Capsule contents were chosen largely through a competition and include such everyday items as a student ID card, student notices, menu items from the Refectory, a USB memory stick, a mobile phone, a study package and an exemplary student assignment.  Also included are a bottle of contemporary air, pressed flowers from each of USQ’s campuses and items highlighting the emergence of global warming as a world issue.  Two very special items are a set of message-sticks made by local artist Donna Moodie and donated by the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges and a set of memoirs by institutional founder Doug Plant which will not be released publicly until the Time Capsule is reclaimed in 2047.

 Toowoomba Time Capsule


  CRICOS: QLD 00244B | NSW 02225M Updated 14 Nov 2007 |