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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 5 November 2018

Somerset Council Meeting This Week 

Somerset Regional Council will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, 14 November at Esk.

The meeting starts at 9am in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library in Heap Street.

Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available from


Toogoolawah Seniors Christmas Trivia

A seniors Christmas Trivia morning will be held at the Toogoolawah Community Connection Point in McConnel Park on Monday, 19 November.

Somerset Regional Council is partnering with Able Australia to hold the Christmas Trivia morning between 9.30am and 12pm.

Morning tea will be provided but places are limited to 30.

To secure your spot at this free activity phone Able Australia on 3812 3437.


Council Gets Green Light to Use Day Labour for upgrade

Somerset Regional Council has been given the green light from the Australian Government to carry out a $2,070,000 upgrade to Gregors Creek Road near Toogoolawah using day labour opposed to tendering the work out.

The project will see a narrow three kilometre stretch of Gregors Creek Road widened and made safer.

The Australian Government has funded 50% of the cost to upgrade the road, under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said this was great news as it meant Council could use its day labour force to complete the works.

“We are very grateful to the Australian Government for supporting our community by jointly funding the upgrade of Gregors Creek Road with Council,” he said.


School Based Traineeships on Offer with Somerset Council

Students starting Year 11 in 2019 only have until this Friday to apply for one of two school based traineeships specialising in tourism and marketing being offered by Somerset Regional Council.

The traineeships are scattered across the Somerset region at either Esk, Kilcoy, Fernvale or Toogoolawah and will have a strong focus on tourism, marketing and promotions.

Students will obtain a nationally recognised qualification before they finish school and learn on the job skills across various areas.

The nationally recognised qualification also contributes towards the student’s Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Students will be required to work 50 days annually and complete a nationally recognised qualification. Salary conditions will be in accordance with the applicable awards.

Application packages are available from Council’s website or (07) 5424 4000 and close on Friday, 16 November 2018.


Help Spread Christmas Cheer in Somerset

Help spread some Christmas cheer in Somerset by lighting up your home or business and entering the annual Somerset Christmas Lights Competition.

Somerset Regional Council is offering nine different competition categories with the winners of each category receiving a $300 cash prize except for the winners of the Best Street category which will receive a $500 cash prize to be divided equally between the number of homes entered.

Entries are now open and close at 5pm Friday, 23 November. Winners will be announced on Monday, 10 December 2018.

Entry forms are available from Council’s website, here and Council offices at Esk, Kilcoy and Lowood.


New Exhibition on Now at Toogoolawah Art Gallery

An important exhibition that commemorates the centenary of the Armistice that brought about the end of the First World War is now on display at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery in Toogoolawah.

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 feature 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 will be showcased at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah until Sunday, 9 December 2018.

The gallery, owned and managed by Somerset Regional Council, is open daily from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.