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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 4 February 2019

Free Trees Up for Grabs in Somerset This Weekend

Somerset Regional Council will hold a free tree day on Saturday, 9 February to give away thousands of koala food trees.

The free tree day promotion will be held in the courtyard of the Simeon Lord Room near the Esk Library on Heap Street.

Parking will be available in the library carpark and residents will need to bring their own boxes or bags to transport the trees. 

The trees will be distributed between 8am and midday and will be available on first in, best dressed scenario until all tree levels are exhausted.

Documentation and/or photo identification will need to be provided to support an address in Somerset.

Residents will also be required to bring bags or boxes with them to transport the plants.

Koala food trees, other native trees and shrubs will be available to residents with thousands of trees up for grabs.


Somerset Residents can Receive Rate Notices via Bpay View

Somerset residents are being reminded that they can opt to receive their rates notices electronically through BPAY View.

The registration process to access the BPAY View service through their bank is simple but must be completed before Council issues the next rate notices on 19 February 2019.

BPAY View provides a second means of receiving rate notices in addition to mail.

Ratepayers who would like to know more about BPAY View, should contact their financial institution or visit


Kilcoy Cares Book Launch

Residents are invited to a public book launch of Kilcoy Cares – a book developed to encourage social inclusion and reduce bullying.

The publication is an initiative of Somerset Regional Council supported by a grant from Thriving Queensland.

The publication, Kilcoy Cares, will be launched at the Kilcoy State School hall in Royston Street, Kilcoy on Friday, 15 February from 1.45pm to 4pm.

Children’s activities, information stalls and afternoon tea will be available from 3pm to 4pm.

The launch will include an opportunity to meet the authors and illustrator and learn more about the project.

For more information phone Council on 5424 4000. 


Art Gallery Temporarily Closed at Toogoolawah

The Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery will be closed from Monday, 4 February to Friday, 8 February 2019 due to a new exhibit being installed.

The gallery at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah will reopen on Saturday, 9 February at 10am.

The new exhibition entitled Experience Somerset will feature a series of images of Somerset taken by renowned travel photographer, David Kirkland as well as historic images of Somerset.

The gallery is free to visit and will resume normal opening hours from 9 February.

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

The Toogoolawah Visitor Information Centre which is housed in the same building will remain open during the exhibit changeover.  

The gallery is owned and managed by Somerset Regional Council.


Community Assistance Grants Now Open in Somerset

Community organisations are invited to apply for grants from Somerset Regional Council for projects, events or services in Somerset that provide community benefit.

Applications for round two of the Community Assistance Grants for 2019/2020 closes 22 February 2019.

Projects must not have a start date before 29 March 2019.

Application forms and guidelines are available from or Council on 5424 4000.


Somerset SES Unit Acknowledged for Community Involvement

The Somerset State Emergency Service (SES) Unit has been awarded a Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation for their involvement and support of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Somerset SES unit’s local controller was presented with the certificate on Wednesday, 23 January during the QFES South East Region Australia Day Awards Ceremony.


First Wild Dog Baiting Day for 2019

Somerset Regional Council will hold its first Wild Dog 1080 baiting day for the New Year in February.

The baiting day will be held on Monday, 11 February at various locations across Somerset.

Baiting stations will be held at Middle Creek, Bryden and Kilcoy Showground from 7.30am until 9am and at the Fernvale Campdraft Grounds and Moore Pony Club Grounds from 10.30am until 12pm. 

For more information or bookings phone Council on (07) 5424 4000.