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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 18 March 2018

Save the Date for the New Toogoolawah Art Exhibition

A captivating touring exhibition, Wanderlust, presented by Flying Arts in collaboration with Somerset Regional Council will be on display at the Toogoolawah art gallery from Thursday, 23 May 2019.

The exhibition is an outcome of the 2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards and showcases the best of the state.

From dirt roads to rock pools, luscious rainforests to local festivals, Queensland is a state that inspires exploration.

It is full of diverse personalities, local legends and hidden gems valued by tourists and residents.

Regional Queensland artists embraced a spirit of adventure to discover unique elements from communities around the state and the result is the touring exhibition Wanderlust.

The exhibition will be on display at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah.

The gallery is free to visit and is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.


Photography Workshops on Offer for Somerset Youth

Budding young photographers are being given an opportunity through Somerset Regional Council to learn more skills from a professional photographer.

Children aged from eight to 16 are encouraged to take part in the free sessions being held at Esk, Kilcoy and Lowood in April.

Council is hosting three workshops starting with Kilcoy Library on Wednesday, 10 April, Esk Library on Thursday, 11 April and Lowood Library on Friday, 12 April.

All workshops are being held from 9am to 3pm and are being run by a professional photographer associated with the Moran Arts Foundation.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said these workshops, being held during the school holidays, are an ideal way to foster creativity amongst children.

Children will be taught how to set up, take and print their own digital photos and will be loaned a digital camera for the day.

For bookings phone Somerset Regional Council on 5424 4000.

Tech Savvy Seniors Program Now Available in Somerset

Somerset seniors are being given an opportunity to learn about the rapidly changing digital age with Council offering a series of free tech savvy workshops.

The Tech Savvy Seniors Program being delivered by Somerset Regional Council at its four library branches offers residents aged 60 and over access to free technology training sessions to help guide them through the online world.

The workshops are a great way for like-minded residents to learn about new technology in a safe environment.

The workshops are designed to get more Australians online and increase digital literacy.

The sessions are being offered through council’s four library branches at Esk, Lowood, Kilcoy and Toogoolawah and bookings are encouraged.

The workshops can be offered to residents in a group setting or one-on-one and can run from one to two hours.

To find out more about the Tech Savvy Seniors program, visit a Somerset library branch or phone Somerset Regional Council on 5424 4000.


Creative Business Workshops of Offer in Somerset

Somerset artists are being given a unique opportunity by Somerset Regional Council to expand their skill set with a view of turning their passion and talent into a sustainable career.

Somerset Regional Council though the Regional Arts Development Fund will deliver three separate creative business workshops from 30 March through to 13 April 2019 that aim to assist self-employed artists and creatives with the necessary skills to move their careers forward.

The first workshop will be held on Saturday, 30 March 2019 at the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre from 9am to 1pm and will focus on Writing Artist Statements and Resumes.

The second workshop will be held on Saturday, 6 April 2019 at the Esk Library from 9am to 1pm and will focus on Portfolio Development and Presentation.

The third and final workshop will be held on Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 9am to 1pm at the Fernvale Visitor Information Centre and will focus on Engaging with Social Media.

All workshops are free however bookings are essential as places are limited to the first 20 people.

To reserve your spot at one or a few workshops phone Somerset Regional Council on 5424 4000. 


Somerset Contractor Awarded Energy Saving Project

Somerset Regional Council has engaged the services of Somerset based business, LV Electrical Contracting, to install solar panels at its Kilcoy Depot.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said this will be Council’s fourth solar installation. Council is already seeing significant energy savings since installing solar panels at Council’s Esk Administration Centre, Library and Esk Depot.

“We expect to recover the costs in less than four years”. Cr Lehmann said.


Dry Conditions Mean Animals on Rural Roads

Somerset Regional Council has reminded motorists that the ongoing dry conditions are attracting animals onto rural road reserves.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “Both native animals and farm animals are increasingly looking for feed and often the only available grass is on road verges.”

“Council asks motorists to take extra care with animals during the current dry spell.”

“We also ask property owners to ensure their fence maintenance is kept up to date, in the interest of road safety.”