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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 13 May 2019

Solar power for Kilcoy council depot

Somerset Regional Council has completed the installation of a 10 kilowatt rooftop solar system at its Kilcoy works depot.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the system, installed by LV Electrical Contracting, would improve efficiencies and reduce running costs at the McCauley Street depot.

“We’ve been working hard to get our energy usage and ratepayer costs down using a combination of power-saving and power-generating technologies,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The plant will pay for itself in about five years, and during this time we will have saved about 70,000 kilowatt hours or 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.”

A rooftop solar system will improve efficiencies and reduce running costs at Somerset Regional Council’s Kilcoy works depot.


Yarn bombing is back, keeping trees warm in winter

Trees along Ipswich Street in Esk are blooming with yarn bombs after members of the town’s Country Women’s Association (CWA) used their colourful craft to warm the woods for winter.

The trees have been decorated with jumpers, scarves and gloves ahead of the Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair on Saturday, 15 June.

Known as ‘yarn bombing’, the increasingly popular practice of decorating public spaces is seen as a community celebration of all things art.

The CWA craft group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 9am to 12pm at the CWA Hall in Esk.

Members of the Esk Country Women’s Association have ‘yarn bombed’ 15 trees in Ipswich Street.


Register now for Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride

Registrations for the annual Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride to be held on Sunday, 14 July starting at Clock Park in Lowood and finishing with a post-race festival at Fernvale Sports Park, Brouff Road, are now open. 

Enjoy a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Australia’s longest recreational rail trail – by participating in either the 8km or 3km run/walk events or a 25km ride along the trail, riding to Wanora and back to the festival.

Registrations for the fun run or ride, organised by Somerset Regional Council and sponsored by Bendigo Bank, can be made online at

Early bird registrations across all events cost $30 for adults over 17, $10 for people aged 16 and under, and a family registration for two adults and three children costs $70.

To register for the Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride or to find out more, visit or like the Facebook page.


Plan Your Retirement Seminars in Somerset 

Somerset Regional Council is supporting two information evenings for residents who want to plan their retirement.

The first session will be held at the Esk Visitor Information Centre on Wednesday, 15 May and the second session will be held at the Fernvale Visitor Information Centre on Wednesday, 29 May.

Both sessions will run from 6pm to 8pm, with a financial services officer from the Department of Human Services covering a range of topics including retirement incomes policy, when to retire, financial goals, investment options and a simple plan.

For more information phone council on 5424 4000.