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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 3 December 2018

Somerset Contractor Awarded Solar Project

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

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said this was part of Council’s energy efficiency program.

“Our trial rooftop solar project installed at the Esk library in September is already saving the community and we expect to recover costs in less than four years,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We expect similar savings from the Esk Administration Centre rooftop solar project.

“We have also installed energy efficient LED lighting at our libraries, offices and visitor information centres.

“These are about 50% more efficient and have lower maintenance costs.

“The solar and lighting upgrades will have a positive environmental impact as well as offset power price increases.”

Last Week to See Exhibition Focusing on History of War

Visitors to Toogoolawah only have until Sunday, 9 December to view an exhibit that commemorates the centenary of the Armistice that brought about the end of the First World War.  

The exhibit, An End to Conflict, features a series of paintings, Why War, by Toogoolawah resident Merton Chambers and an installation of remembrance poppies created by artists Christ Just and Jayne Hodge in conjunction with the community.

The exhibit also features various items of significance to the people of Somerset including medals, photographs, letters, uniforms and information regarding Roderick Stanley Dallas, Air Ace, Dr Edith Fox, the Esk Hospital, the Australian Cycle Corp and Light Horse as well as various other well-known Somerset families.

The exhibit is showcased at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah and is open daily from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Safety Upgrades Completed

Safety upgrades to the intersection of Forest Hill-Fernvale Road and Brightview Road at Brightview have been completed by Somerset Regional Council.

The speed limit has been reduced from 80km/h to 60km/h and will start a short distance from either side of the intersection.

Signage reflecting the change has been installed on the road.

Council delivered the works on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Reserve Your Place at the New Gallery Exhibition Opening

Somerset residents are invited to a new gallery opening that celebrates the innovative people that contribute to the fabric of the Somerset community and the region’s diverse industries.

The exhibition, Picturing Innovation, will be on display at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery in Toogoolawah.

Somerset residents are invited to a special free opening of the exhibit on Friday, 14 December from 6pm to 8pm.

Bookings for the free opening event are essential and can be made by phoning Somerset Regional Council, who manages the gallery, by Wednesday, 12 December on 5424 4000 or the gallery directly on 5423 1036.

The exhibit, which opens to the public from Saturday, 15 December will feature portrait images of nine Somerset residents that highlight their achievements and capture their story.

The exhibit will be showcased at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah until Sunday, 3 February 2019.