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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 7 December 2017

Somerset Council to roll out Community Awareness Program

Somerset Regional Council will deliver a comprehensive householder awareness program on the correct operation and maintenance of on-site sewage facilities on behalf of Seqwater.

The program will roll out in 2018 across a six month period and will include the delivery of a range of educational materials, mail-outs, on-site inspections and more.

The intent of the program is to protect the Mid Brisbane River catchment from contamination with better education and awareness of what can cause pollutants to enter waterways.  

Bike Racks to be installed across Somerset

Somerset Regional Council is supporting active and healthy lifestyles with the installation of 10 separate bike racks at various locations throughout the region.

Council allocated $10,000 towards the project which will allow for bike racks to be installed at highly trafficked sites at Toogoolawah, Lowood, Fernvale and Esk. 

The bike racks will be installed near parks, amenity blocks and some will be installed near the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

Knitted Jumpers on Trees Returning to Esk

Somerset Regional Council has approved a request from the Esk Country Women’s Association to place knitted jumpers on selected trees at Esk.

The knitted jumpers will be placed on various trees throughout the township and may include other towns in Somerset.

The Esk CWA made the request to Council because they feel it will be an additional tourist attraction in the township. 

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the knitted jumpers were a talking point when the group did it for the first time earlier this year.

Council has approved the decorations to be displayed from 1 May 2018 to 1 August 2018.

Disaster Preparedness for the Elderly

Somerset Regional Council will deliver, with the assistance of Volunteering Queensland, a community forum aimed at assisting the elderly with their disaster preparedness.

The project aims to ensure elderly people have access to relevant disaster preparedness information and are aware of the importance of developing an evacuation plan and how to go about creating one that works for them.

The forum will be delivered at the Somerset Civic Centre, Esk on Tuesday, 6 February 2018.

For more information phone Council on 5424 4000.

Sporting Bursary Awarded to Somerset Athlete

Somerset Regional Council has awarded a sporting bursary to Katie George who has been selected as a member of the Under 13 State Indoor Hockey Team.

Katie of Fernvale was awarded a $300 bursary to assist with her state level representation at the carnival to be held in NSW in January.

The funds have been made available through Council’s Community Assistance Grants scheme which is available to all Somerset residents who have been recognised at regional, state or national level in a competition or event, in an academic, cultural or sporting field.

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday, 6 December in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library at 9am.