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BUDGET: Building communities a key focus for council

THE Kilcoy Racecourse upgrade is galloping ahead after Somerset Regional Council committed $1 million to the project in the 2019/20 budget.

The move will benefit business and tourism operators across the region, with annual visitation at the venue tipped to increase from 74,000 people to 100,000.

Council has also allocated $2.5 million to public parks, $1.1 million to cycleways and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, and $860,000 to tourism and events.

The focus on outdoor recreation continues with council spending almost $1.4 million to acquire land adjacent to Fernvale Sports Park and Kilcoy Racecourse to cater for future growth.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said more than $600,000 would go to managing swimming pools, indoor sports centres and other community facilities.

“About $800,000 will be spent on maintaining and managing community and cultural facilities like our halls and showgrounds,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council will also continue to support sport and recreation-based community events including the Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride and the Reel Wivenhoe Classic.

“This is a budget that builds communities, and council continues to invest in projects, plans and programs that benefit locals and visitors alike.”

For more on council’s 2019/20 budget, visit and follow