2017-18 Budget 2017-18 Budget

Mayors Message

In 2017/18 Somerset Regional Council’s $42.9 million budget will continue to promote and support our rural lifestyle and activities.

Somerset is a beautiful region known widely for our open spaces, country charm and relaxed lifestyle.

This budget will deliver for everyone by enhancing our rural lifestyle through increased investment in our parks and gardens, providing an improved road network and the construction of more foot and cycle paths throughout Somerset.

Our close proximity to Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as Toowoomba means a large percentage of the 24,000 people that live in Somerset regularly commute outside of our region and many more visit Somerset as a tourism destination.

This means it is vitally important Council ensures our road network supports these activities as well as our rural industries, which are huge employers in Somerset. Our farmers are the backbone of our community and rely on a reliable road network and bridges that can carry heavy loads. We are committed to supporting these key economic drivers.

Council is committed to providing a strong rural road network for our residents and visitors and the 2017/18 budget includes more than $18 million to deliver major road and transport upgrades right across our region. This expense represents 43% of Council’s budget.

Our rural towns, the social and business hubs of our region, will also be supported with Council investing in improved paths and drainage, new and improved public amenities, developing parks and gardens and upgrading of community facilities.

This is Council’s ninth consecutive budget and we are proud of the achievements and progress we are making. Somerset Council remains debt free and we have managed our finances so well that this has been the case for the past nine years. We are proud of our strong financial management and you should be too. This enables Council to secure additional funding from the state and federal governments, particularly on projects that require dollar for dollar funding. This means Somerset residents receive more services and infrastructure upgrades.

Myself and Councillors Dan Hall, Helen Brieschke, Sean Choat, Cheryl Gaedtke, Otis Ogg and Bob Whalley are pleased to deliver this budget to Somerset residents and look forward to working with residents for the ongoing improvement of Somerset, now and into the future. 


Somerset Regional Council Mayor
Graeme Lehmann