About Rebecca Vonhoff

Rebecca was born in Toowoomba and is a fifth-generation Vonhoff on the Darling Downs.  Her family were dairy farmers near Crows Nest and they still own the farm, although today the dairy herd has been replaced by a small number of beef cattle.

Rebecca lives in Toowoomba, is married and has three children. Her husband is a doctor who was born in Canada. They spent six years living in Toronto, Ontario while he completed his specialist medical training and it’s there that they had their first child, a boy.

They came home to Toowoomba in 2016 and their family was blessed with two more children – both girls. 

Growing up, Rebecca attended Chiselhurst Kindergarten and Fairholme College and then went on to study at the University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and Freie Universität, Berlin. She worked for 16 years in news media across local, state, national and international publications. She has been Deputy Editor of The Chronicle in Toowoomba, reported for The Australian in Sydney, sub-edited for The Courier Mail in Brisbane and was Deputy Foreign Editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. She also worked for Russell Mineral Equipment in Toowoomba.

She has a PhD in German history and confesses to speaking German badly these days. 

Rebecca is a Parish Councillor at St Bart’s Anglican Church in Toowoomba, Director of Clifton Community Health Services and President of the Chiselhurst Kindergarten Management Committee.

She is a member of the Liberal National Party Queensland and believes in a person’s innate worth, free will and potential. She wants small government, integrity and transparency in politics and believes leaders should serve.

Rebecca has lived in Brisbane, Sydney, Berlin and Toronto – but Toowoomba is home. She is happiest when she’s at the family farm or fly fishing. 

In March 2020 Rebecca was elected with the highest number of votes in the local government election to Toowoomba Regional Council. She is Chair of the Water and Waste Portfolio, Deputy Chair of the Local Government Disaster Management and serves on several committees (Environment, International Relations, Youth as well as the Bridge Street Quarry Development).

Since being elected to Council, Rebecca has challenged conventional thinking on water. She believes Council needs to plan for water for residential use as well as agriculture and industry because economic development in the region is underpinned by these sectors. She has been a strong advocate for long-term thinking about water security and working with neighbouring local governments for regional solutions. In August 2020 Rebecca fought for a regional water supply options assessment for the Darling Downs and in December 2020 the Queensland Government committed $3 million to investigate this.

Rebecca speaks passionately about the need for the courage of convictions, progress and vision in local government.

Rebecca was critical of local laws that would have granted move-on powers to Council officers and has successfully tabled motions including incorporating Indigenous cultural burning in Council’s fire management as well as transparently accounting for ratepayers’ money.

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About Toowoomba Region

Toowoomba Regional Council covers roughly 13,000km2 and stretches from Yarraman in the north to Millmerran in the south. Currently 168,000 people of various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds live across the region and the population is projected to grow by 80,000 over the next 30 years.

The Gross Regional Product (GRP) of the region as of 30 June 2019 was $12.19 billion. Traditionally the Darling Downs was an agricultural economy, but this has diversified over time so that today, health care, education, freight and logistics as well as renewable energies lead job creation and investment. 

Schools, a TAFE and a university, proximity to Brisbane, an international airport and fertile farmland make the region a highly desirable place to live.

What’s happening across Toowoomba Region in

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You can find out more about the Toowoomba Regional Council meeting agendas here.

“The Darling Downs is home. I love this place and the people and work hard to be a representative who serves.”

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MASSIVE appreciation post. 👏👏

These complete legends, Warren, Michelle, Jenna, John and Matt, have made a huge difference over the past year to how prepared @toowoombaregion is for 🔥.

Their work keeps us safer.

Our fire trails are looking 👍 and there’s more to come with @mayorpaulantonio and me turning our minds to something 🙇‍♀️🙇.

Cleared fire trails, residents understanding risk, mitigation, back burns - NONE of that happens without the work of these people.

A heartfelt and loud bravo. 👏👏👏👏

#ruralfireservice #ilovetoowoombaregion #firemitigation #emergencyservices #localhero @qld_fes
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And as promised now to the #southside. This was the traffic at 8:05am on #anzacave south of #alderley.

@toowoombaregion is projected to grow to a population of 225,000 by 2051 so heavy lifting needs to be done on #transport #water #environment #waste #planning.

Council is doing a #growthplan and from August you can go here https://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/toowoomba-region-growth-plan and and make your thoughts known. And us #councillors are a phone call/ email away.

This job is part dealing with today, part looking after 10, 20+ years from now. Some big issues to tackle…

(Video taken near Pacific Seeds)

#responsibility #traffic #infrastructure #transport #roads #publictransport #wereworthbacking
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This was the traffic at 7:50am today on the #newenglandhighway

If this is what it is now, we all know what it will be in 5+ years.

We need a second connection from #toowoomba to #highfields and I urge Treasurer @camerondickmp during your visit to our beautiful city today to drive along this road and help @toowoombaregion plan for the future.

Public transport is critical too.

We can’t do it alone. $

(Video taken at Troy St, Harlaxton)

#responsibility #toowoombaregion #infrastructure #traffic #roads #wereworthbacking #publictransport
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I filled backpacks with @hopeforourchildren4 this afternoon for kids who need emergency foster care in #toowoombaregion.

Really hit home - these backpacks are for children the same age as my own 👶👶👶.

Little 🩲🪥🧼 undies, pjs, soap, blanket, beanie, 🧸 to help children know they’re ❤️.

#Whatweremadeof #fosterchange #adoptchange #adoptchangeau
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Spending Saturday night with @aicdirectors pre-reading and a @drumstick

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I want to take a minute to tell you about and thank …👏

These complete legends, Warren, Michelle, Jenna, John and Matt, have made a huge difference over the past year to how prepared Toowoomba Region is for 🔥. 

Their work keeps us safer. 

Our fire trails are looking 👍  and there’s more to come with Mayor Paul Antonio and me turning our minds to something 🙇‍♀️🙇.

Cleared fire trails, residents understanding risk, mitigation, back burns - NONE of that happens without the work of these people. 

A heartfelt bravo. 👏👏👏

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES #ruralfireservice #ilovetoowoombaregion #firemitigation #emergencyservices #localhero

I want to take a minute to tell you about and thank …👏

These complete legends, Warren, Michelle, Jenna, John and Matt, have made a huge difference over the past year to how prepared Toowoomba Region is for 🔥.

Their work keeps us safer.

Our fire trails are looking 👍 and there’s more to come with Mayor Paul Antonio and me turning our minds to something 🙇‍♀️🙇.

Cleared fire trails, residents understanding risk, mitigation, back burns - NONE of that happens without the work of these people.

A heartfelt bravo. 👏👏👏

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES #ruralfireservice #ilovetoowoombaregion #firemitigation #emergencyservices #localhero
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Jenna Buckley 💙

👏👏 Thank you!

1 day ago
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And as promised now to the #southside. This was the traffic at 8:05am on #anzacave south of #alderley.

Toowoomba Region is projected to grow to a population of 225,000 by 2051 so heavy lifting needs to be done on #transport #water #environment #waste #planning.

Council is doing a #growthplan and from August you can go here yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/toowoomba-region-growth-plan and and make your thoughts known. And us #councillors are a phone call/ email away.

This job is part dealing with today, part looking after 10, 20+ years from now. Some big issues to tackle…

(Video taken near Pacific Seeds - Australia)

#responsibility #traffic #infrastructure #transport #roads #publictransport #wereworthbacking
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Because the highest count of traffic from the south is on Drayton Connection Road and the New England Highway

Good to know council is at least thinking about the future. One of the biggest concerns I have regarding our local area is water. What is local and State gov planning about having the water to supply to that many people.

Lets try to get qld rail to keep all the rail corridors open ,even if they direct their trains to the new inland rail line, some of the corridors would be great for future light passenger rail as the city grows,

Need arrows on traffic lights its a pain to turn on Alderley st from Anzac ave

I’m sure TRC would have the traffic counts for all major intersections

What's expected when the road is bottlenecked on the far side in this video?

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Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff

This was the traffic at 7:50am today on the #newenglandhighway

If this is what it is now, we all know what it will be in 5+ years.

We need a second connection from #toowoomba to #highfields and I urge Treasurer Cameron Dick MP during your visit to our beautiful city today to drive along this road and help Toowoomba Region plan for the future.

Public transport is critical too.

We can’t do it alone. $

(Video taken at Troy St, Harlaxton)

#responsibility #toowoombaregion #infrastructure #traffic #roads #wereworthbacking #publictransport
Mark Bailey MP Steven Miles Barnaby Joyce Trevor Watts David Janetzki MP Pat Weir MP Garth Hamilton MP Mayor Paul Antonio Cr Carol Taylor Cr Melissa Taylor for Our Region
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Yes. We particularly need better ticketing on public transport if we are to entice folks away from their beloved cars. It is ridiculous that we are still using paper based ticketing in this day and age. Toowoomba missed out in the last round of state government funding. Not marginal enough I suspect. Who is advocating for us on this issue? I emailed one of our state reps but no response.

A true light rail is the solution for Highfields - some of the old railway reserves are still in tact - imagine the views from an escarpment ride - or through the wilds of Cawdor.

Lot of other roads around town are pretty poor as well and need attention

Its not like this all the time, I drive a school bus along this route and its not to bad; you just have to factor in the time. Highfields has a million dollar cycling bike road now; its time to help others areas around or near Toowoomba.

Maybe council should extend its PIA area. This would allow land development (without the excessively ridiculous Financial contributions) in suburbs west and south of Toowoomba. That would lead to a ‘balanced’ flow of traffic into and out of Toowoomba.

Ruthven street is gridlocked coming from the South at that time as well.

Good Morning Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff I urge you to canvas other areas at that time on the southern side of Toowoomba. Perhaps Anzac Avenue and Alderley Streets. The traffic is horrendous across many locations at that time and inclusive of afternoons. Thanks for highlighting the issue of increased traffic🚗🚙🛻🚛🏍🚦

Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff please help the local people fight to not have anything commercial/fast food there. It will be a nightmare waiting to happen. Most afternoons and wattle st it packed with having sports there. The staff from the coles at north point and various other stores park in wattle st. The main traffic in general use wattle street to go around the traffics. Help save this area from being a chaotic and poorly planned night mare that will only cause congestion and accidents!!!

But its at least moving!

Yes it’s hectic at this time of morning, I get there at around 8:30/8:40 and it’s still like this at that time when I drive from Highfields to work every day

It’s a nightmare trying to get into the school in the mornings as well at that crossing

Maybe if $100000000 wasn’t spent on the super depot a lot more could of been done in the TRC,,,!!!

I wish I had that drama After the botched up road repair from a contractor that can not lay bitumen 3 windscreens a year now from flying rocks flicked up from passing cars and trucks, I welcome anyone of you council people to come and check out Dalrymple road Victoria Hill

The trafic is just getting busier and busier. We do need to get an alternate route from the north. We need to get a direct link from Merringandan etc to Toowoomba not via the New England Highway.

Yer put the sensors back less congestion

Meanwhile, I don't even have a pathway to walk my child to the playground. Literally have to walk or ride on the road to get to the bike park/ playground.

I am sure there is there are other suburbs around its not all about highfields

How about better connected alternative transport infrastructure instead of just building more roads? Cycleways, walk ways, etc etc. Active transports has sooooo many more benefits to the community than just taking cars off the road. There are the obvious waistline benefits, mental health benefits, co2 emission benefits. The answer is quite obvious if you ask me and it's not JUST building more roads.

How about you stop the Maccas they are trying to put there as a start - that intersection can’t bloody handle it. And Wattle street is now a detour for the main roads - yea that’s fun! A kid will get killed one day in the near future!

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Get rid all all the useless red arrows, and sack everybody on council involved in Toowoomba traffic lights👍

How about we just have the traffic lights set so traffic can flow. Asking for more money for more infrastructure repeatedly gets a bit boring. How many councils have we had trying to get this city’s traffic flowing? Why have the council now removed sensors from a majority of the intersections?

Hopefully when Council's bike path from Highfields to Toowoomba is complete, more Highfields residents will take advantage of their ebikes and quickly cruise into town that way. The research/lived experience is very very clear that as soon as more roads are built they fill with traffic and there is zero improvement in trip time for users. Increased bike use is in line with Council's sustainable transport policy. Hopefully Council's risk management plan will include SMART goals (unlike the green infrastructure plan) so that we can effectively aim towards and achieve more active transport use by residents

More low emissions public transport that runs more frequently could be implemented to connect the Northern suburbs with Toowoomba.

I'm struggling to see the argument here. This example shows traffic moving fine, stopping for a set of lights ~45m south, at the busiest point in the day. Even with say a 27% increase (optimistic over 5 years), this is hardly gridlock and I would imagine from a State perspective, perhaps not an overly pressing issue when compared with the M1. Would an adaptive traffic signal control system for Toowoomba not provide a greater cost vs benefit compared to a new road (e.g. TNSTC?) and service a wider area?

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Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff

I filled backpacks with Hope for OUR Children this afternoon for kids who need foster care in #toowoombaregion.

Really hit home - these backpacks are for children the same age as my own 👶👶👶.

Little 🩲🪥🧼 undies, pjs, soap, blanket, beanie, 🧸 to help children know they’re ❤️.

#Whatweremadeof #fosterchange #adoptchange #adoptchangeau
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Thank you for popping round! Can you make this public then we can share it on our page? Thanks Nadine

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Foster children so often leave home in a hurry without anything of their own. Thankyou for caring.

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Spending Saturday night with Australian Institute of Company Directors pre-reading and a Drumstick

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Love it - another string to your bow!

Amazing course Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff.

Amazing course- you will love it

Enjoy the course Rebecca Vonhoff it is very thorough!

Big waves to you ! Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff! Hubby , Greg , has done quite a few of these courses:

It’s a great course Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff. What I liked about it was the fact you were with different people from diverse backgrounds. For me seeing outside the health arena was an eye opener and I learnt heaps!

Exciting!

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