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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 10 April 2019

Somerset Council Continues to Work for Residents 

Somerset Regional Council has published statistics showing a 27% reduction in customer service requests for matters including road maintenance.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the reduction in requests was a positive.

“It is always good news when our customer request numbers drop because it shows we are improving on our overall level of service to the community,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The actual reduction is from an average of 501 requests per month in 2017/2018 down to 368 per month in 2018/2019.

“We have had a big focus on being proactive with managing our assets with our bitumen reseal program and drainage works and this has really helped.

“We are also active with measuring the health of our roads and consulting engineers have reported a potential failure rate for our sealed local government maintained roads of just 4.8% of the network which we understand is very low for Queensland,” he said.


Council Grants Temporary Entertainment Event Approval

Somerset Regional Council has granted a temporary event approval to the owners of the Bottletree Hotel at Glamorgan Vale to host a country music festival on Thursday, 25 April 2019.

The event will be held from 11am to 8pm and will provide an attraction for tourists and residents.  


More saying ‘I do’ at Somerset Dam’s Coronation Hall 

Somerset Regional Council will call for expressions of interest to help Council showcase Coronation Hall to prospective hirers.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomed the move which followed a trial key arrangement involving a Somerset based wedding planner.

“During the trial, Council saw a 142% increase in bookings at the hall which is already booked past October this year,” Cr Lehmann said.

Council has invested $280,000 on the venue in recent years to make it more appealing to prospective hirers and travellers.

“What we are looking for is more weddings and more overnight visitors enjoying Somerset and spending their money locally and supporting our businesses,” he said.  

“Coronation Hall is just one of many beautiful halls and venues available in Somerset.”


Contractor Appointed for Kilcoy Racecourse Upgrade

Somerset Regional Council has appointed Daniel Banditt Constructions for the upgrade of spectator facilities at the Kilcoy showground and racecourse precinct to the tune of $1.1 million.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the development would support our local economy, support the racing industry and provide associated tourism benefits.

“Daniel’s family has a long connection to Somerset and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to upgrade one of our great sporting facilities,” Cr Lehmann said.

“He previously worked with Council in the upgrade of Coronation Hall at Somerset Dam and there was a great outcome for the community and local economy from that project.

“We are looking forward to starting work this month and completing the much-needed improvements by December 2019.”

Council’s Kilcoy Racecourse upgrade project is jointly funded by the State Government and Council.


Upgrades Underway to Community Path 

Somerset Regional Council will soon replace trees located near a multi-use path at Toogoolawah with native plants.

The pedestrian and cycle path that runs from Cressbrook Street to the iconic Toogoolawah Pedestrian Bridge is well utilised by the community and visitors to Somerset.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the decision to replace the pine trees that are currently there with native trees was in the interests of public safety.


Council to start Sale of Land Action on Rates

Somerset Regional Council will issue notices of intention to sell land for overdue rates for up to 45 properties.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council always tries to avoid selling land for overdue rates.

“We only start the process when a land owner has more than three years of rate arrears,” Cr Lehmann said.

“After issuing the legal notices, we will then work with property owners for at least three or four months before formal legal action starts.

“We do sell properties at auction - we sold one in March this year - but most of the time we can successfully resolve the situation without getting to that point.”


Sporting Bursaries Awarded to Somerset Athletes

Somerset athletes have been awarded sporting bursaries from Somerset Regional Council.

Jorja Pointon, of Hazeldean, was awarded a $100 bursary to assist with her regional level representation as a member of the South East Zone Regional Queensland Clay Target Association Team competing in a carnival at Emerald in May 2019.

Isaak Gregory, of Mt Hallen, was awarded a $100 bursary to assist with his representation at the Queensland Christian Soccer Titles being held at Redbank in May 2019.

Letitia Gregory, of Mt Hallen, was awarded a $300 bursary, to assist with her representation in the under 15 girls state futsal team who will compete at the South-East Queensland School Titles in Brisbane in October 2019.

Sporting bursaries are awarded by Council through its Community Assistance Grants Program. 


Council Grant Supports Poultry Industry

Somerset Regional Council is supporting the expansion of facilities at the Kilcoy Showground by awarding a $10,000 grant to the Kilcoy Show Society.

The show society is seeking to demolish the existing poultry pavilion at the showground and build new facilities that will add to the safety and comfort of patrons and support growth opportunities for poultry fanciers. 


NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday, 10 April at 9am.