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Business success the focus at chamber of commerce AGM

SOMERSET business success was the focus of last night’s address by Mayor Graeme Lehmann at the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and Community Annual General Meeting.

Published: August 23rd 2019

SOMERSET business success was the focus of last night’s address by Mayor Graeme Lehmann at the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and Community Annual General Meeting.

Councillor Lehmann said the region continued to be driven by the three Ps of protein, producers and pastoralists, noting 20 per cent of the Somerset workforce was employed in the food and transport industries.

“They are the lifeblood of our community, and it is an exciting time for Somerset as two of our major employers continue to invest and expand,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Brisbane Valley Protein (BVP) now specialises in chicken, quail and beef – literally taking Somerset produce to the world by exporting to Asia.

“BVP is working towards the development of a large-scale food production area on its 1,100-hectare site at Coominya, and Somerset Regional Council is really pleased to be working with such a committed locally owned business.

“Kilcoy Global Foods continues to go from strength to strength as the demand for these world class products increases.”

Cr Lehmann said the expansions were not without their challenges.

“Increased production at Kilcoy means more trucks in and around the town,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Council continues to campaign for the Kilcoy Bypass, and for effluent control measures.

“A recent meeting with the Department of Transport and Main Roads indicated the bypass was not on the state’s agenda, but we are working hard to keep it in the news and keep it top of mind.”

Cr Lehmann said business confidence in Somerset continued to be strong.

“Kilcoy’s historic Stanley Hotel this month welcomed new owners and new management,” Cr Lehmann said.

“3C Coffee Co. is now open in Mary Street, and Black Rack Burgers and Sun Sun Chinese are expected to open their doors in coming weeks.

“Further afield, the Linville Hotel has new owners who are keen to attract visitors from the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

“The Bottletree Hotel at Glamorgan Vale is thriving under new management, as is the new-look Club Hotel in the main street of Esk.

“It’s an exciting time for Somerset businesses big and small.”

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