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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 13 November 2017

Council to Decommission its Fuel Facility at Kilcoy

Somerset Regional Council will decommission its bulk fuel storage at the Kilcoy depot and use a local supplier instead.

Issues with the fuel storage have been identified and would cost in the vicinity of $92,000 to fix.

Decommissioning the fuel tank will cost less than $10,000.  

Council has utilised the fuel facility for its own plant machinery.

Australia Day Award Nominations Extended

Somerset residents have until Friday, 17 November to recognise the outstanding contributions of fellow residents by nominating them for a 2018 Australia Day Award.

The annual awards are held to acknowledge residents and groups who have made a considerable contribution to the community. Somerset Regional Council is seeking nominations from individuals and community organisations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

Somerset Regional Council invites nominations in six categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Event of the Year, Sports Award, Arts and Cultural Award and Community Group of the Year.

Nomination forms are available from Council offices or at www.somerset.qld.gov.au/australia-day.

Nominations will close 5pm Friday, 17 November 2017.

Council Hopeful of Securing Additional Funding for Bikeways

Somerset Regional Council will apply for additional funding to build more bikeways in the region.

The funding is available through the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

The program is about encouraging more people to cycle.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council had been successful in the last two rounds of the program.

“Council has previously secured funding to build bikeways across Somerset including at Lowood, Fernvale, Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Esk,” he said.

“Council will also apply for funding through this program for a data collection counter to be used for monitoring and reporting on the performance of cycling infrastructure along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.”  

Somerset Christmas Lights Competition Open Now

Somerset residents are being encouraged to enter Council’s first Christmas Lights Competition.

Winners have the opportunity to share in a prize pool of $3500 with seven categories open for nominations.

Competition categories include, best business/community group display, best rural display, best urban display, best street (minimum four houses), display under 5000 lights, display over 5000 lights and under 10,000 lights and display over 10,000 lights.

The winner of each category will receive a $500 cash prize from Somerset Regional Council.

Entries are open now and close on Friday, 1 December 2017.

Entry forms will be available from Council’s website,http://www.somerset.qld.gov.au/somerset-christmas-lights-competition and Council offices at Esk, Kilcoy and Lowood.