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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 20 March 2017

No tip fees during storm clean up until 26 March

To assist residents after recent storms, Somerset Regional Council has removed tipping fees for storm green waste or storm damaged material delivered to the Esk and Coominya refuse and recycling facilities.

Somerset Mayor Cr Graeme Lehmann said Council crews and contractors have been quick to make sure public areas and roads are safe.

“Council’s focus is on making sure our road network is safe and clear of debris and to stay ready for the next storm,” he said.

“Somerset SES volunteer crews are also assisting property owners where they can, particularly where homeowners have suffered building damage and where residents’ driveways are blocked.”

The waiver of fees is available until close of business on Sunday, 26 March 2017 and

proof of residency will be needed from those seeking to dump for free.

Somerset Rates Due 4 April

Somerset ratepayers are reminded that their February 2017 rate notices for the period ending 30 June 2017 are due for payment on or before Tuesday, 4 April 2017.

To claim the discount available, payment of the net amount must be received no later than the due date.

Rates can be paid by BPAY, phone, internet or in person at post offices or Council offices.

Any property owner who has not received their rate notice should phone Somerset Regional Council on 5424 4000.

Join a Harmony Day Community Meal 28 March

To celebrate Harmony Day, the Kilcoy and District Cultural Committee invite residents to share a meal on Tuesday, 28 March from 12.30pm, at the Kilcoy Information Centre, Hope Street Kilcoy. 

Attendees are asked to bring along a plate of food, which is part of their cultural background.

Harmony Day’s colour is orange, so people are encouraged to add some orange to their attire to mark the day and join in. 

Somerset Regional Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the event provided a great opportunity to meet new people from different cultures living in Kilcoy while getting to know their backgrounds over a meal.

For more information about this event phone Council on (07)5424 4000.

Mobile Service Hubs Visiting During March

Somerset residents will have the opportunity to connect with mental health and wellbeing services with mobile hubs visiting Fernvale, Esk and Kilcoy in late March. 

Child and youth support, respite and the Department of Human Services will be available at the new location of The Village Centre on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale from 10.00am to 11.30am on Thursday, 30 March 2017.

At the same time and date in Esk, service providers for disability, housing and family support will be available in front of the Friendly Grocer. 

The Kilcoy mobile hub will be outside Prince’s IGA on Friday 31 March from 10.00am to 11.30am. 

For more information on the location of mobile hubs and support services contact Somerset Regional Council on (07) 5424 4000.

Dispose of Unwanted Chemicals in Somerset

Somerset residents will soon have an opportunity to dispose of any unwanted chemicals with the return of the popular ChemClear program.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said residents need to register with ChemClear to take advantage of the free disposal.

“Residents just have to ensure the chemicals are in their original containers and haven’t been mixed with any other product and ChemClear will take care of the rest,” Cr Lehmann said.

Once you register with ChemClear you will be notified of where the containers need to be taken and when the chemicals will be picked up.

Register before 28 April to arrange for the collection of any unwanted chemicals.

To register with ChemClear visit www.chemclear.com.au or phone 1800 008 182.