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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 5 March 2018

Vale Snr Sgt Troy Salton

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann has paid tribute to Lowood Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Troy Salton.

The well respected police officer died tragically on 23 February.

Cr Lehmann said he felt privileged to have worked closely with Snr Sgt Salton on various projects in Somerset.

“He was a genuine, hard working person who was very well respected and genuinely wanted to make a positive difference,” Cr Lehmann said.

“I had the privilege of working with him on various projects during his time at the Lowood police station and he made a positive difference in the community.

“He will be missed.”

Councillors observed a minute silence during their Council meeting on Wednesday, 28 February for Snr Sgt Salton.  


Council Staff Recognised for Long Service

Somerset Regional Council has recognised the efforts of four long term employees who together have amassed 70 years of service.

Kathleen Richards was recognised for three decades of service.

Mrs Richards started with Council in 1988 as a data input operator at Esk before moving across the region in various administration based roles.

She now works from the Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library.

Matthew Simpson, a building certifier with Council, started his career 15 years ago on a 12 month administration traineeship.

He expanded his skillset and is now a qualified level two building certifier with Council. 

Brett Woodrow, a water truck operator with Council’s Kilcoy construction and maintenance crew has also been recognised for 15 years service.

He started with Council as a labourer and is adept at using various machinery. 

John Fagan, a water truck operator with Council’s Kilcoy construction and maintenance crew, was recognised for 10 years service.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann congratulated each of the employees on their long service.

From left to right:  John Fagan, Kathleen Richards, Matthew Simpson and Brett Woodrow are congratulated by Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann (centre) for their long service.


Art Gallery in Toogoolawah Now Open Seven Days

The Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery in Toogoolawah is now open seven days a week.

The contemporary art gallery at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Crossdale4, an exhibition by four unique Somerset artists, is on display at the gallery until Sunday, 8 April.

The exhibit features sculptures, paintings and ceramics.

The centre is also an accredited visitor information centre.


Free Workshop for Sport and Recreation Volunteers

Somerset Regional Council and the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing are holding a free Governance Part A Workshop for sport and recreation volunteers in Somerset.

The workshop will explore the diverse roles and responsibilities of a committee member and how members can effectively manage club resources.

The free workshop will be held on Monday, 12 March from 6pm until 9pm in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library building off Heap Street.

Bookings for the workshop are essential and can be made online at: http://ems.gs/3noe0cfbNCT.

For more information phone Council (07) 5424 4000.


Tie Dying Workshop Back By Popular Demand   

A tie dying workshop at Toogoolawah is back by popular demand.

Somerset Regional Council is supporting the workshop that will be held on Thursday, 15 March from 10am to 1pm at the Toogoolawah Community Connection Point in McConnel Park.

Free morning tea will be available, but residents are asked to contribute $3 towards the cost of materials. 

The workshop is one of many skill sharing activities offered by the Thursday Club which meet each Thursday from 10am to 1pm.

For more information about this or other proposed activities phone Council (07) 5424 4000.


Neighbourhood Watch Meeting On Soon in Fernvale

Somerset Regional Council is supporting the community in its investigations in establishing a Neighbourhood Watch Program in the Fernvale and Lowood areas.

Residents are invited to a meeting at the Fernvale Visitor Information Centre (1483 Brisbane Valley Highway) on Tuesday, 13 March at 6.30pm.

The meeting will cover current policing crime trends, the Neighbourhood Watch program and more.

The meeting is being coordinated by the Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit, Lowood Police, Crime Stoppers Queensland and Council.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council was pleased to support community initiatives that make the region a better place to live, work and play.

RSVP your attendance for catering purposes to Council on 5424 4000.