Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 11 July 2019
A news article for the Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 11 July 2019.
Major new bridge planned at Lake Somerset
Somerset Regional Council will prepare plans and acquire land for a new two-lane bridge on Neurum Road over a reach of Lake Somerset at Villeneuve.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the move would continue council’s commitment to improving bridge and road infrastructure across the region.
“We have had incredible success with getting grant money for replacing bridges in Somerset, and a big part of this is how well we plan for each project,” Cr Lehmann said.
“The existing structure, Lester Kropp Bridge, was built in 1944 and currently carries more than 600 vehicles a day.
“It’s really reached the end of its life both in terms of the strength of the bridge and the fact that it’s only carrying one lane of traffic.
“After getting the plans and costings ready, we will then push for dollar-for-dollar funding for the project from government.”
Cr Lehmann said council had recently secured state funding to renew Burtons Bridge on the Brisbane River at Borallon.
Council lobbying for Fernvale pays off
The Brisbane Valley Highway in Fernvale will be upgraded and the speed limit in the town reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h following successful lobbying by Somerset Regional Council.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the Department of Transport and Main Roads would allocate $1.56 million to the project.
“We are very happy with the way the State Government has listened to us to improve safety for everybody in Fernvale,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Work is set to start next year, and until then we will continue to hold discussions with the department over intersection upgrades and the installation of traffic lights in the centre of town, which is split in two by the busy Brisbane Valley Highway.”
Somerset businesses awarded top tenders
Kilcoy businesses have been awarded tenders to manage six Somerset sports facilities.
Somerset Leisure will manage council pools in Esk, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogoolawah, while Somerset Health, Fitness and Weight Loss will manage the Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre and Toogoolawah Community Gym.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the long-term leases awarded as part of the contracts would keep money in Somerset.
“The tenders attracted bids from as far afield as Sydney, so it’s great to see our locals getting a go,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Council has deferred a decision on the future management of Fernvale Indoor Sports Centre, pending more information.”
Somerset Health, Fitness and Weight Loss owner Jayne Mackenzie said she was “ecstatic” to continue her work with the community.
“It’s amazing to be awarded these tenders, I’m looking forward to the next few years and seeing what we can achieve here in the Somerset region,” Mrs Mackenzie said.
Introductory dog fees and inspection program
Somerset Regional Council will next month start an inspection program for unregistered dogs.
Properties will be systematically inspected for unregistered dogs, and the program will be combined with a $35 ($22 for pensioners) introductory registration fee for dogs not previously registered with council.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the approach would allow people to register their dogs and become responsible owners.
“Many dogs are found wondering at large in our community and registration lets us reunite dogs and owners,” Cr Lehmann said.
“The worst possible outcome is for dogs to be impounded and needlessly destroyed because of their owners’ lack of responsibility.
“Residents are also reminded that the discount period for dog registration renewals ends on 31 July.”
For more information on animal management, phone council on 5424 4000 or visit somerset.qld.gov.au/animal-management.
Somerset trio takes home community grants
Three Community Assistance Grants have been awarded in the latest round of funding from Somerset Regional Council.
Kilcoy’s Renee Retschlag, a member of the Australian Women’s Woodchopping Team, joined Fernvale netballer Helena Armstrong-Ravula and the Esk Hospital Auxiliary in receiving the grants.
For more information on Community Assistance Grants, visit somerset.qld.gov.au/cag.
Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday, 10 July at 9am.