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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 19 September 2019

Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 19 September 2019

Published: September 19th 2019

Somerset pools to reopen for summer

Swimming pools in the Somerset Regional Council area are set to reopen for the spring and summer seasons.

Lowood Swimming Pool, Kilcoy Aquatic Centre and Toogoolawah Swimming Pool will reopen this Saturday, 21 September.

Esk Swimming Pool is due to reopen in early October, with a date to be confirmed in coming days.

For more information on Somerset sports facilities, visit

Somerset centres join Driver Reviver

Three accredited visitor information centres in Somerset have joined the Driver Reviver campaign.

The centres at Fernvale, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy will offer free tea, coffee and snacks for travellers from Friday, 20 September to Monday, 7 October.

The Driver Reviver stations are located inside the information centres at 1483 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale; 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah; and 41 Hope Street, Kilcoy.

For more on visiting Somerset, follow

Esk and Fernvale host coffee with a cop

Come to Somerset these school holidays and have coffee with a cop, meet members of the Mounted Police, or share the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail with a police cyclist.

An initiative of Lowood Police and Somerset Regional Council, coffee with a cop will be held at the Fernvale Bakery on Wednesday, 25 September from 9am to 11am and the Esk Bakery on Thursday, 26 September from 9am to 11am.

Police on horses, bicycles and trail bikes will also be out on the rail trail.

Somerset stars at Child Protection Week

Southern Somerset Pop Up Playgroup and Fernvale State School were honoured at this month’s Ipswich and West Moreton Region Child Protection Week Awards.

A collaboration between Mercy Community Lowood Hub, Anglicare, Playgroup Queensland and Somerset Libraries, the playgroup was named best Non-Government Organisation.

Fernvale State School won the Government Organisation category for its work in transitioning a group of siblings into the school.

For more on Somerset Libraries, follow

Child Protection Week



Sue Plant, Alecia Williamson, Andrew McMahon and Lee Schiller from the award-winning Southern Somerset Pop Up Playgroup.

Foot-and-mouth focus at Somerset event

Threats associated with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease were the focus of a recent exercise attended by representatives from Somerset Regional Council and the Somerset Local Disaster Management Group.

FMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals like cattle, pigs, sheep and deer.

The Somerset exercise centred on an outbreak in the region and its impact on industries including agriculture, farming, transport, tourism and hospitality.

To report an affected animal, phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Art gallery closing for exhibition install

Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery will be closed from Monday, 23 September, reopening with a new exhibition on Saturday, 28 September.

Budding Talents will officially open at 6pm on Friday, 27 September, celebrating the work of senior students from Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Lowood state high schools.

The Condensery is at 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah, part of the Toogoolawah Visitor Information Centre, which will remain open during the installation.

For more information, follow

Charlotte’s Web coming to civic centre

The stage adaptation of the best-selling book Charlotte’s Web is coming to Somerset Civic Centre.

Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by Somerset Regional Council, the free shows will be held at 6pm on Sunday, 29 September and 10am on Monday, 30 September.

Tickets are free on 5424 2713.

For more on events across Somerset, follow

Nominate for Somerset Garden Comp

Nominations are now open for the third annual Somerset Garden Competition.

Somerset Regional Council and Searles have once again partnered to present the event, with major categories for Best Rural Garden, Best Urban Garden and Best Business/Community Group Garden.

Winners will receive $500 and a signature Searles gift pack valued at $100, runners-up will take home $150, and bonus category award winners will pocket $250. All entrants will receive a Searles gift pack.

Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday, 2 October, with the competition to culminate in an open gardens weekend on 26 and 27 October.

For nomination forms or more information, visit

Somerset supports Garage Sale Trail

The Somerset community is backing Australia’s biggest sale trail with more than 20 sites already registered for the event.

The ninth annual Garage Sale Trail will be held on 19 and 20 October, uniting more than 400,000 people across the country.

The multi award-winning sustainability event will encourage reuse, recycling and reduced waste.

For more information or to register, visit

Garage Trail


 Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann and Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke wearing the Garage Sale Trail reuse blazers.

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