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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 13 March 2019

Commercial Developments Approved for Fernvale and Ottaba

Somerset Regional Council has conditionally approved five new commercial developments including a 990-square metre shop for Fernvale and an outdoor sport and recreation bike related business based at Ottaba on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail south of Toogoolawah.

The Fernvale development will include new food and drink outlets including one with a drive through facility and 81 off-street car parks for the centre of the town.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomed the developments which he said reflected interest in the growing area underlined by Somerset’s $192 million increase in official land valuations announced by the State Government on 6 March 2019.


More Work for Local Contractors

Somerset Regional Council has awarded its third construction contract for 2019 to local construction firm, A and M Civil Contracting.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “It is great that we have local businesses who can compete to win quotes and tenders, helping us complete our works program and keep money circulating in the local community.”

A and M Civil Contracting has been awarded the contracts for two cycleway projects and a road widening job totalling around $1.8 million, with the construction to be finalised by mid-2019.


Somerset Lobbies State for Future of Region's Transport

Somerset Regional Council has endorsed a submission to the draft South East Queensland Regional Transport Plan seeking more highway overtaking lanes, a Warrego Highway interchange at Minden, planning for a new strategic road linkage from Fernvale to Brisbane via Lake Manchester, intersection upgrades and future bypasses for Fernvale, Lowood and Kilcoy, more frequent public transport and public transport options for Minden and other infrastructure improvements.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “The SEQRTP is a 15-year plan that focuses on economic growth, enhancing liveability, transport safety and network resilience.”

“We rightly expect that there will be long term improvements to State roads and transport in Somerset - not just in greater Brisbane - that can support our population growth, support growth in freight from our food industries and meet residents’ expectations about the safety, amenity and reliability of State roads and transport.”

“The Brisbane Valley also provides opportunities for a potential western Brisbane bypass route and these opportunities need to be properly explored for the good of the whole of south east Queensland.”


Somerset Upbeat on Arts

Council is poised to host the initial Somerset Art-Beat Festival at the Somerset Condensery Gallery in Toogoolawah on Saturday 1st June 2019. More details will follow on this exciting event which will showcase and promote local artists from across the region. Somerset Regional Council will be working with Creative Alliance to coordinate an inspiring and aspiring local and recognised artists event.


Funds Sought for Brisbane River Bridge Upgrade

Somerset Regional Council will apply for funding from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to upgrade Burtons Bridge on E Summervilles Road at Wanora in line with recommendations from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “Burtons Bridge is one of our Brisbane River Crossings below Wivenhoe Dam that is repeatedly put under pressure because of dam operations.”

“What we are asking for is funding to help strengthen Burtons Bridge for dam flood operations and make sure that people on the eastern side of the Brisbane River who rely on the bridge every day can have long-term confidence in the bridge.”


NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Council Administration Office and Library on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 9am.