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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 8 August 2018

Swimming School Given Green Light at Fernvale

Somerset Regional Council has approved the development of a swimming school at a private property on Burns Street, Fernvale.

The applicants submitted the development application to Council with a vision of teaching children how to swim.

The facility will provide 45-minute classes with a maximum of eight students in the pool (measuring 6m by 10m) at one time. The facility will not be open to the public.


Equestrian Lifestyle Rail Trail Lots Developed

Somerset Regional Council will create two new rural lifestyle lots on the newly-completed Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at Nurinda Road, Colinton.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the change came at the perfect timing.  

“Having Australia’s longest rail trail through Somerset is not just a boon for our tourism industry but also a magnet for new rural residents,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council will create two equestrian lifestyle blocks - 12,000 square metres and 5,000 square metres - out of its existing stock of freehold land, right alongside the rail trail.”

Somerset Regional Council has approved the development of more than 400 new lots so far during the 2018/2019 financial year.


Trees to be Trimmed in Interests of Public Safety

Somerset Regional Council will remove one tree at Anzac Park at Kilcoy and trim additional trees in the interests of public safety.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council engaged external contractors to assess the site and health of the trees following an incident where a tree fell on the amenities block earlier this year.

“This is a proactive step by Council in the interests of public safety,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council will engage the services of a wildlife spotter while the works are carried out.” 


Changes to Road at Fernvale

Somerset Regional Council will extend the closure of Brouff Road at Fernvale to through traffic.

Council will remove temporary fencing and signs, initially installed during the construction of the Fernvale Sports Park, and install permanent bollards.  

Road access for residents west of Brouff Road is via Forest Hill-Fernvale Road.


Outdoor Exercise Equipment Upgrades

Lowood residents will soon be able to work-out come rain, hail or shine.

Somerset Regional Council together with Bendigo Bank will fund the installation of a shade structure over a 10-piece outdoor gym at Clock Park, Lowood.

The outdoor gym is frequently used by residents and includes a hand bike, cross trainer, leg press, bench for weights and leg lifts, plus assisted pull up and other exercise equipment allowing people to do a whole of body workout. 

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council was pleased to again work together with Bendigo Bank to fund the shade structure.

“Council built the outdoor gym in 2017 with financial assistance from Real Insurance funding half of the project at $31,350 and Bendigo Bank and Council each contributing $15,675 toward the project.”


Sporting Bursaries Awarded to Somerset Athletes

Somerset Regional Council has awarded five separate sporting bursaries to athletes in the region.

Brooke Dougall, Samuel Jaremenko, Max Jaremenko, Elise Dunstan and Blake Anderson will each receive a $300 bursary from Council.

The state level bursaries are given by Council through its Community Assistance Grants Program. 


NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday, 8 August at 9am.