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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 1 July 2019

Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights
1 July 2019

Published: July 1st 2019

Somerset acquires overdue rates land

Somerset Regional Council has acquired the title to 1,821sqm of freehold land off Fairney View Fernvale Road as a result of overdue rates.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council had used its legal powers to collect outstanding rates and charges at the lowest possible cost to ratepayers.

“Council has sold three properties for overdue rates by auction this financial year and obviously this is a situation we would prefer to avoid,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council has other powers to recover rates including the power to acquire land in some circumstances, and this was the most appropriate action in the case of the Fairney View land.

“I encourage ratepayers in arrears to work with council to at least avoid having more than three years of overdue rates outstanding on their land, as this is the trigger at which sale action is possible.

“I also remind ratepayers that council will issue its next rate notices on Tuesday, 20 August, and notices can be received electronically via BPAY View, a second means of delivery in addition to traditional mail.”

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Craft session boosts skill sharing, social inclusion

A free mosaic workshop at Toogoolawah will promote skill sharing and social inclusion with the support of Somerset Regional Council.

Part of the popular Thursday Club, the workshop will be held on 11 July from 10am to 12pm at Toogoolawah Community Connection Point, McConnel Park, Cressbrook Street.

It is open to all ages, and participants should bring an item to decorate.

Old plates or tiles to use as mosaics are also appreciated, and grout and glue will be provided.

For more information, phone Somerset Regional Council on 5424 4000.


Mini abstracts a big attraction at Glen Rock Gallery

The work of Somerset artist Linda Taylor is now on display at Glen Rock Gallery in Esk.

A colourful collection of miniature abstract acrylic paintings is complemented by stunning wildlife photography in an eclectic showcase presented by Somerset Art Society Inc.

The exhibition will run until Wednesday, 24 July, with the official opening to be held on Sunday, 7 July from 12pm to 2pm.

Glen Rock Gallery is at 82 Ipswich Street, Esk, part of Somerset Regional Council’s Esk Visitor Information Centre.

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Get on track at Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride

Register now for the annual Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride.

Presented by Somerset Regional Council and sponsored by Bendigo Bank, the event will be held on Sunday, 14 July.

Enjoy a section of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Australia’s longest recreational rail trail – by taking part in the 3km or 8km run/walk events or a 25km ride.

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Desex your dog and council will pay the rego

A dog desexing promotion is once again encouraging responsible pet ownership across the Somerset region.

As part of the campaign, Somerset Regional Council will pay the 2019/20 registration fees for all dogs desexed before Thursday, 1 August.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council was proud to present the annual promotion for the sixth year.

“All residents have to do is contact council and provide a copy of the dog desexing certificate along with a signed application form, which is available online, and council will pay the dog registration fees,” Cr Lehmann said.

For more information, phone council on 5424 4000 or visit


Anglers encouraged to join Reel Wivenhoe Classic

Anglers are encouraged to register for the second annual Reel Wivenhoe Classic, a non-professional fishing competition at Wivenhoe Dam.

Presented by Somerset Regional Council, the catch, photograph and release event will be held at Captain Logan Campgrounds on 17 and 18 August.

Entry is $75 for adults over 16, $25 for children under 16, and families or teams are $150.

The major prize draw of a boat, motor and trailer package is open to competitors and the general public, and tickets will be available for purchase on site from 7am on Saturday, 17 August.

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Have your say on future of Somerset Libraries

Somerset Regional Council is seeking community feedback on the services, facilities and programs offered at its library branches in Esk, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogoolawah.

Have your say by taking part in the online survey before Sunday, 25 August and you could win one of three iPad and sphero packs valued at $800.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council was committed to reviewing and improving its services in line with community expectations.

“Our libraries cont inue to move beyond books, making the most of digital technology through e-books and e-audio books and presenting programs, workshops, activities and information sessions for the Somerset community,” Cr Lehmann said.

The survey is available at


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