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BUDGET: More money for Somerset sustainability

FROM rooftops to roads, environmental sustainability continues to be a focus for Somerset Regional Council.

The 2019/20 budget features more than $1 million for environmental initiatives, including the installation of rooftop solar plants at nine key community facilities.

After a successful trial this financial year, council expects to use recycled rubber from waste tyres in road reseal works totalling $900,000.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said an additional $550,000 had been allocated for pest animal and weed management.

“Council is leading an innovative and responsible community-wide approach to environmental sustainability,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Supported by State Government funding, rooftop solar plants will be installed at the Lowood and Kilcoy libraries, Fernvale Futures Complex, Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre, Somerset Civic Centre, Kilcoy Memorial Hall, Fernvale Indoor Sports Centre, Kilcoy Aquatic Centre and Kilcoy Showground.

“Improved efficiencies and reduced running costs mean council will recoup the initial investment and the solar plants will pay for themselves in about six years.”

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