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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights-11 February 2019

Somerset Council Meeting this Week

Somerset Regional Council will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, 13 February at Esk.

The meeting starts at 9am in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library in Heap Street.

Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available from

Hundreds of People Take Advantage of Free Trees

Somerset Regional Council gave away thousands of native and koala food tree species at the weekend (Saturday, 9 February).

Hundreds of Somerset residents took advantage of the offer.

The trees were given to Somerset residents as part of a free tree day promotion offered by council intermittently.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the free tree event was held to complement several Council initiatives that target environmental awareness.

“Similar events have been held for the past few years at various locations in Somerset and council has proudly given away thousands of trees to residents,” Cr Lehmann said.

The program has been made possible by a joint arrangement between council and the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) where inmates propagate plants while on remand.

Council seeks project funds

Somerset Regional Council has applied for $320,000 in State government funds under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program to help fund $640,000 worth of new projects.

The applications include eight rooftop solar projects as well as new car parking opposite the recently refurbished Lowood Customer Service Centre and library, amongst others.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said he was hopeful the State Government would support the energy conservation and other projects.  

 “I kindly ask the State Government to support our community with our carefully planned and practical initiatives which will help us achieve our vision of affordable rates and effective services,” Cr Lehmann said.

Somerset Residents Reminded to Register for Bpay View

Somerset residents are being reminded that they can opt to receive their rates notices electronically through BPAY View.

The registration process to access the BPAY View service through their bank is simple but must be completed before Council issues the next rate notices on 19 February 2019.

BPAY View provides a second means of receiving rate notices in addition to mail.

Ratepayers who would like to know more about BPAY View, should contact their financial institution or visit

Kilcoy Cares Book Launch

Residents are invited to a public book launch of Kilcoy Cares – a book developed to encourage social inclusion and reduce bullying.

The publication is an initiative of Somerset Regional Council supported by a grant from Thriving Queensland.

The publication, Kilcoy Cares, will be launched at the Kilcoy State School hall in Royston Street, Kilcoy on Friday, 15 February from 1.45pm to 4pm.

Children’s activities, information stalls and afternoon tea will be available from 3pm to 4pm.

The launch will include an opportunity to meet the authors and illustrator and learn more about the project.

For more information phone Council on 5424 4000. 

Community Assistance Grants Now Open in Somerset

Community organisations are invited to apply for grants from Somerset Regional Council for projects, events or services in Somerset that provide community benefit.

Applications for round two of the Community Assistance Grants for 2018/2019 closes 22 February 2019.

Projects must not have a start date before 29 March 2019.

Application forms and guidelines are available from or Council on 5424 4000.