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Somerset represented at government conference in Canberra

SOMERSET Mayor Graeme Lehmann represented the region as part of a delegation at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra last month.

Published: July 1st 2019

SOMERSET Mayor Graeme Lehmann represented the region as part of a delegation at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra last month, lobbying for two major projects including the Kilcoy Bypass.

More than 880 representatives from councils across Australia converged on the capital for the nation’s largest local government conference.

Cr Lehmann said council’s two motions were passed at the conference and would now proceed to the ALGA board for confirmation and action.

“Council moved motions to restore Financial Assistance Grants funding to at least one per cent of total Commonwealth taxation revenue, and to continue the Bridge Renewal Program,” Cr Lehmann said.

“While in Canberra council also lobbied for two key projects – the Kilcoy Bypass and increased support for livestock haulage and effluent control.

“The bypass is a vitally important piece of missing infrastructure for the Somerset region.

“It will support population growth, increased freight from producers and pastoralists, and will meet community expectations about the safety, amenity and reliability of Somerset roads and transport.

“Further advocacy is required, and council remains committed to the Kilcoy Bypass.”

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