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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 9 May 2018

No fees for chippable greenwaste from July

Somerset Regional Council will make disposing of certain greenwaste free at its four refuse and recycling centres from 1 July 2018.

“The greenwaste will need to be separated and must be able to be processed by our woodchippers – so greater than 10 mm diameter and less than 250 mm diameter - to qualify for free disposal,” said Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann.

“I emphasise that this change will come in from 1 July 2018 so that we can prepare the relevant sites.”

“Chipped greenwaste is already almost 100% reused from our waste facilities and this reduction in fees will help us prolong the life of our landfill in a practical, cost effective way,” he said.

Rural fire levy to be considered

Somerset Regional Council will consider a rural fire levy of $24 in its 2018/2019 budget following a request from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said “The $24 rural fire levy that we have been asked for would help upgrade some rural fire sheds as well as fund fire fighting vehicles, communications and other costs for another year.”

“A lot of residents may not realise that our volunteer rural fire service covers urban areas like Fernvale and Minden as well as rural parts of Somerset.”

“100% of the rural fire levies charged are passed onto volunteer brigades.”

Sporting excellence supported

A Somerset excellence grant has been awarded to Amanda Mills of Sandy Creek to help Amanda travel to China to represent Australia in the 2018 International Show Jumping and Gymkhana Competition in July 2018.

Council will also support Tenayah Haswell of Fernvale who will represent the region in the AFL State championships in Cairns and Isaak Gregory and Tyler Whitten who have been selected for Queensland soccer State titles to be held in Ipswich.

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