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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 8 April 2019

New Opportunity for Somerset Artists

Somerset Regional Council is calling on artists and creatives in the region to be part of a new art and cultural festival at Toogoolawah.

Council, in conjunction with the Creative Alliance, is delivering the inaugural Somerset Art Beat Festival on 1 June 2019 at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery.

In preparation for this event, Council is seeking expressions of interest from musicians, bands, choirs, performers; as well as artists, creatives and makers who would like to be part of the festival.
To be part of this great new event in Somerset, lodge an expression of interest via the online form available at

Expressions of Interest close on Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

New Facility Helps Refresh Yowie Park

New picnic facilities at Kilcoy’s popular Yowie Park are nearly ready for use.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the upgrades which include a bigger shade shelter and barbecue area would be well utilised by the community and travelling public.

“More than 6,000 vehicles go past Yowie Park daily and it’s important council provides modern, safe, facilities to attract passers-by to stop and spend time and money in Kilcoy,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The new shelter will replace ageing facilities that would probably not meet today’s building requirements.”  

Cost of upgrading the shelters was in the vicinity of $60,000.

The work is part of Council’s ongoing park and playground improvement programs.

Somerset Council Meeting this Week

Somerset Regional Council will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 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

Council Connects with Residents at Kilcoy Show

Somerset Regional Council took information about its services and activities to residents while supporting the Kilcoy Show at the weekend.

The Kilcoy Show was the first of the region’s four rural shows and council will again be supporting the show season by holding a corporate stall at each rural show in the region with the next being the Esk Show on 24 and 25 May.  

Residents and visitors can access information about what services council provides to residents, how to keep up to date with council information and events happening in Somerset, tourism attractions, disaster preparation and pest management and identification.

Councils library staff will also be at the shows delivering a range of interactive activities for children to enjoy.

Residents will also have an opportunity to meet and talk with councillors at the local shows and speak with customer service staff or Council’s pest management team.

Public Art Mural Under Construction at Lowood

Work on a large-scale art mural, the first of its kind in Somerset, will get underway at Lowood from Monday, 8 April 2019.

Artist, Bronte Naylor, will be on site at Somerset Regional Council’s Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library for one week to complete the large painting on an exterior wall of the building.

Ms Naylor has skills across gallery, large-scale painting and public work and has a Bachelor Degree in Creative Industries, majoring in Visual Art.

She has also completed similar large-scale public art works in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.

The project is being supported by Somerset Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund.