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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 22 July 2019

Published: July 22nd 2019

Somerset council meeting this week 

Somerset Regional Council will hold its next meeting this Wednesday, 24 July at Esk. 

The meeting will start at 9am in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library in Heap Street. 

Meetings are open to the public, and agendas are available at somerset.qld.gov.au.

Campground to close during roadworks

The overnight campground and toilet block at Anzac Park in Kilcoy will be closed from Monday, 29 July during the construction of a new carpark and roundabout.

Camping will continue to be available at Kilcoy Showground, and there is a 20-hour rest area in Seib Street.

Additional public toilets are at Yowie Park in Hope Street and at the bus stop on Kennedy Street.

The Anzac Park project is being managed by the State Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Somerset e-library now fourth most visited branch

Somerset Regional Council has confirmed its e-library is now its fourth most visited branch.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the 24/7 service was available for library members with access to the internet.

“The Somerset region covers 5,400 sq km and many people find it hard to get to one of our physical libraries during opening hours,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Somerset Libraries recorded 868 digital visitors for the month of June, behind our busiest branches in Kilcoy, Lowood and Esk.

“Based on community feedback we have extended the hours of our Toogoolawah Library until the end of the year, offering five-day coverage, and we encourage everyone to help make this trial a success.”

For more on Somerset Libraries, follow facebook.com/SomersetLibraries/.

Somerset’s top 10 dog names revealed

Bella is the most popular dog name in the Somerset Regional Council area.

Statistics released this week showed the Italian-inspired moniker was top dog, ahead of Ruby, Molly, Missy and Charlie.

The top nine was rounded out by Buddy, Lucy, Max and Rusty, with Coco and Jack tying for tenth.

Civic centre to host art awards this Friday

Winning entries from the Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards will be acknowledged this Friday, 26 July.

Somerset Civic Centre will host the awards as part of the official opening of a biennial exhibition featuring the work of artists from across Australia.

Proudly supported by Somerset Regional Council and presented by Somerset Art Society Inc, the opening night will also include finger food and live entertainment.

Tickets are $25 each and are available online and at the door.

The art awards exhibition will continue this Saturday (9am to 5pm) and Sunday (9am to 2pm) at Somerset Civic Centre, 35 Esk-Hampton Road, Esk.

For more information on the Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards, visit sasiart.com.au.

Seniors Week celebrations back in Somerset

Celebrate Seniors Week with Somerset Regional Council on Friday, 23 August.

The free event will feature entertainment, trivia, lucky door prizes, information stalls and guest speakers at Somerset Civic Centre, 35 Esk-Hampton Road, Esk.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Doors open at 9.15am and the program will be held from 9.45am to 1.15pm.

RSVP by Friday, 9 August on 5224 4000.

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 somerset.qld.gov.au.

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.

For more information, visit reelwivenhoeclassic.com.au and follow facebook.com/ReelWivenhoeClassic/.

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 somerset.qld.gov.au/library.

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