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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 2 August 2019

A news article for Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 2 August 2019.

Published: August 2nd 2019

Somerset Regional Council meeting next week 

Somerset Regional Council will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, 14 August 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 powering Kilcoy pool with solar

Somerset Regional Council is powering Kilcoy Aquatic Centre with a new rooftop solar plant.

The 30-kilowatt system will reduce running costs and improve efficiencies at the centre on the corner of Hope and Mary streets.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the plant was council’s fifth rooftop installation.

“We are really looking at saving costs to the community and benefiting the environment with these projects,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The Kilcoy system will pay for itself in about six years, generating the most power during hot summer days.”

Kilcoy Aquatic Centre manager Dennye Mosley this week welcomed the improved infrastructure.

“We are excited about the new solar plant, particularly from an environmental point of view and the long-term energy that it will produce for the community,” she said.

“The new system will help make the Kilcoy pool a focal point for the community in demonstrating the benefits of solar energy.”


PCYC to manage Fernvale Indoor Sports Centre

Fernvale Indoor Sports Centre will feature a 24-hour gym as part of a new management contract awarded by Somerset Regional Council.

PCYC Queensland will manage the facility for at least the next five years, starting in September.

New gymnastics equipment will also be installed at the centre on Banks Creek Road.

PCYC Queensland manages 54 indoor sports centres including more than 35 gyms, offering group classes like pilates, yoga, Zumba, HIIT, boxercise and circuits.


Secure your seat at Mayoral Gala Charity Ball

Forget Vegas, Somerset Regional Council is bringing the casino to you, raising money for local charities.

The third annual Mayoral Gala Charity Ball will take on a Casino Royale theme at Somerset Civic Centre on Saturday, 7 September from 6pm to midnight.

Tickets are $130 each or $1,200 for a table of 10 and include canapés on arrival, a two-course meal, five-hour drinks package, auctions, raffles, casino tables and live entertainment.

To secure your seat, phone council on 5424 4000.


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 5424 4000.


Have your say on 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 continue 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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