Toowoomba shoppers turn out in force to snap up a bargain

Youngster Sophie Aylmore with a bag of goodies at Myer Toowoomba.
Youngster Sophie Aylmore with a bag of goodies at Myer Toowoomba. Dave Noonan

INCLEMENT weather did not deter Toowoomba shoppers who hit the city's stores today in record numbers.

With the promise of huge discounts the annual Boxing Day sales did not disappoint.

A brave few hunkered down in the miserable weather outside Harvey Norman, JB HiFi and Myer at Grand Central Shopping Centre keen to be the first through the doors and snap up a bargain.

City retailers are confident the multi-million dollar post-Christmas spend will cap off a successful festive season all-round.

Queensland police have sent additional personnel to both Grand Central and Clifford Garden Shopping Centres to cope with the increased traffic volumes on roads surrounding both centres.

It is predicted that Queensland shoppers will spend about $3 billion during the sales period according to peak retail industry body the Australian Retailers Association.

Queenslanders are expected to spend $338.3 million today and $261.8 million tomorrow.

Topics:  boxing day sales discount retail toowoomba

Court heard mother had a compulsion to shoplift

A Coast pensioner has been refused bail after being charged with drug trafficking.

Woman took items from Coles and Target

Ipswich leading the nation with new technology

TECH FUTURE: Registered nurse Laura McLean chats with the first ever Me Care patient Donna Inglis via a video link.

City chosen for futuristic health project in Australian first

Awards recognising the best

FRONTLINE: Ipswich North Rotary wants the community to nominate the Emergency Service Officer of the Year

Rotary calls for public to nominate

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

Things to do this weekend

ON STAGE: Dragon play the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight.

See an Oz rock icon, take in a play, or visit a musuem

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

Things to do this weekend

ON STAGE: Dragon play the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight.

See an Oz rock icon, take in a play, or visit a musuem

The Bachelorette fans rally around devastated Matty J

The Bachelorette runner-up Matty Johnson.

CALLS for reality dating show's runner-up to be the next Bachelor.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available