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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 8 October 2018

Somerset Council Meeting This Week 

Somerset Regional Council will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, 10 September 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 www.somerset.qld.gov.au.

Water Main Relocation at Kilcoy

Somerset Regional Council is advising residents that Queensland Urban Utilities will start work to relocate a water main on Mary Street at Kilcoy from Wednesday, 10 October.

The work is expected to take up to three months to completed, weather permitting.

The majority of work will be completed during the day between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 2pm on Saturday, if required.

This project is being completed as part of a partnership with Council, QUU and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Council Seeks Permission to Use Day Labour for upgrade

Somerset Regional Council has sought Australian Government permission to carry out an $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 supported the request and said that the Gregors Creek Strengthening and Widening project would be an even bigger win for the Somerset community should the Australian Government allow Somerset’s day labour force to be used for construction as part of the funding arrangements.

“There will also be ongoing productivity improvements in Somerset’s food industries because of the upgrade,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Using Gregors Creek Road slices more than six kilometres off the journey between Toogoolawah and Kilcoy where Somerset’s largest employer, the Kilcoy Pastoral Company (KPC) plant is based.

“KPC is increasing production by 50% and improved road transport is a key to making the most of the opportunity to grow jobs for our area.”

“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.

Teddy Bears Picnic a Success  

The fourth annual Teddy Bears Picnic was a huge success with about 300 people enjoying the celebrations.

The event, hosted by Somerset Regional Council, was held at Fernvale on Wednesday, 3 October.  

The family friendly event was filled with fun activities including face painting, craft, outdoor games, a jumping castle and various displays.

Focus on Farmers on Soon at Kilcoy

Farmers, their families and friends are being invited to a free barbecue and information session at Kilcoy to find out what support is available for them during times of drought.

The information session will be held at the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre at Yowie Park on Wednesday, 10 October from 3pm to 5pm.

There will be a range of rural service providers in attendance including representatives from the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority, Landcare, Rural Fire Service, Rural Financial Counsellor, Healthy Land and Water and Landcare and more.

Temporary Road Closure at Lower Cressbrook

Somerset Regional Council will close Cooeeimbardi Road, Lower Cressbrook at Apple Tree Creek Bridge to through traffic from Monday, 15 October 2018 until late February 2019.

The road will be closed so Council can build a new concrete bridge.

Alternate access for residents and emergency service will be available.

For more information phone Council on 5424 4000.