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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 26 September 2019

Published: September 26th 2019

Council confirms appointment of new CEO

Somerset Regional Council Director Operations Andrew Johnson has been named council’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The appointment was confirmed at a special meeting of council on Wednesday, with Bob Holmes to remain as Acting CEO until Tuesday, 10 December.

Mr Johnson joined Somerset Regional Council as Works Manager in November 2008, becoming Director Operations in January 2018.

Region plays part in resilience success

The Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan was acknowledged at this month’s Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards.

A collaboration between Somerset Regional Council, Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, the Queensland Government and Seqwater, the plan was recognised as an outstanding example of how locally-led, regionally-focused and state-supported resilience can improve all areas of the community.

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

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

Visitor centres join Driver Reviver

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

The centres at Fernvale, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy are offering free tea, coffee and snacks for travellers until 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

Somerset supports Garage Sale Trail

The Somerset community is backing Australia’s biggest sale trail with more than 30 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

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