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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 12 September 2018

Esk Crows Nest Road upgrade under Commonwealth drought program

Somerset Regional Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s drought communities programme which aims to boost local employment in drought-declared council areas.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “The Australian Government is pressing for urgent infrastructure spending in droughted areas and we have nominated further upgrades to Esk-Crows Nest Road for $1 million as our drought communities program project.”

“We are conscious of the requirement that this work has to be done by 30 June 2019 and we are confident we can deliver this project by then.”

“Upgrading Esk Crows Nest Road will help get fodder and farm supplies into a wide beef production area and help with farm productivity.”


Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct approval changed

Somerset Regional Council has agreed to a request from Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct Pty Ltd for a change to the conditions of the development approval affecting roadworks within and outside the development area.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “This is a major job boosting project for our area and we have listened to the developer’s reasonable requests for some changes to roads that were conditioned in the original approval.”

“Our engineers are satisfied that the roads around the development will still operate safely and effectively and we are happy to help with this sensible outcome that will support local food industry employment,” he said.


Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre user numbers up by 26%

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann has hailed attendance figures for Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre showing a 26% increase in usage.

“It is great to see our facilities getting good support from the community and our congratulations go to the manager for the good result,” he said.

“Council has been pleased to help at Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre with investments in new storage space and lighting.”


Somerset to join regional waste alliance waste group

Somerset Regional Council has agreed to participate in a new waste alliance with Logan and Ipswich City Councils and Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim Regional Councils.

“We are all facing similar issues with waste management at present and will be good to be able to work together to explore options for the potential benefit of all our ratepayers,” said Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann.

The waste alliance is a key initiative in the Council’s newly adopted waste management strategy.


Cooeeimbardi Road bridge to be closed from October

Contractors have been appointed to replace Apple Tree Creek Bridge on Cooeembardi Road east of Toogoolawah commencing October 2018 with the old bridge to be closed and detour arrangements put in place.

The new $813,000 bridge is being jointly funded by Somerset Regional Council and the Australian Government under the Bridges Renewal Program.

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday 12 September 2018.