News

Touching tribute to champion Toowoomba cyclist approved

Former Toowoomba Regional Council worker Peter Watts has been honoured after he died suddenly on January 1, 2017.
Former Toowoomba Regional Council worker Peter Watts has been honoured after he died suddenly on January 1, 2017. Contributed

TOOWOOMBA Councillor Mike Williams was nearly brought to tears in the chamber as he endorsed a move to honour the memory of his late friend Peter Watts.

Mr Watts, the former champion triathlete and council officer who died suddenly on January 1 this year, will have one of his proudest achievements named after him when a cycling track in Glenvale is called the Peter Watts Criterium Track.

The motion was unanimously passed by the Toowoomba Regional Council this morning in the environmental and community committee.

Cr Williams, who was friends with Mr Watts as a cyclist, was visibly moved when speaking about him.

"He was held in the utmost regard, and he treated that track as his own project," he said.

"I was fortunate to be part of it, but Peter was the heart and soul of that project."

Mr Watts encouraged, designed and coordinated the construction of the track through the Cycle Development Facilities Committee.

The 63-year-old won several triathlon championships over his life.

Topics:  cycling mike williams toowoomba toowoomba regional council


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police seize firearms

SEIZED: A massive haul of illegal firearms has been uncovered from properties at Glenlyon and Tenterfield.

Weapons cache taken from two houses

Growth in violence stats

FORUM FOR CHANGE: Politicians, on the ground workers and community members met to discuss violence issues at a forum last Thursday.

Forum held to discuss domestic, sexual violence

Wool exports looking fine

GOING STRONG: Elders northern wool manager and Southern Downs local Bruce McLeish says Southern Downs wool is well regarded overseas.

Southern Downs wool producers see highest prices in decades

Local Partners