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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 15 November 2019

Published: 15th November 2019

More than $18k raised at charity ball

Somerset charities will benefit from more than $18,000 raised at this year’s Mayoral Gala Charity Ball.

The event was held at Somerset Civic Centre in September, supported by sponsors Aaction Traffic Control, Lowood and Fernvale Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank, Kilcoy Global Foods and King and Company Solicitors.

More than $75,000 has been raised at the ball since its launch in 2017.


Delayed opening for Somerset centres

Somerset Regional Council customer service centres, libraries and the Esk Refuse and Recycling Centre and Landfill will open at 12pm on Tuesday, 26 November to facilitate a staff training event.

Visitor Information Centres and the Kilcoy Refuse and Recycling Centre will open as normal.


Cricketer catches Excellence Bursary

Somerset cricketer Samantha Bremner has received an Excellence Bursary in the latest round of funding from Somerset Regional Council.

Samantha took part in last month’s Queensland School Sport 10-12 years Cricket State Championships in Twoowoomba.

For more information on the Somerset Excellence Bursary program, visit


Fernvale toilets to close for one day

The public toilets in Fernvale Memorial Park will be closed on Monday, 18 November for maintenance.

Alternate toilets at the nearby Fernvale Visitor Information Centre will be open from 9am to 5pm.

The park toilets will reopen on Tuesday, 19 November.


Australia Day Ambassador announced

Social change activist Olivia Hargroder was this week named Somerset’s 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.

Born with Down Syndrome and told she would never speak, Olivia addressed delegates at the United Nations conference in New York to mark 2017 World Down Syndrome Day.

She has since started a petition to get Down Syndrome included in the Paralympics, and was a Queensland finalist for the 2018 Young Australian of the Year.

Olivia will next year join Somerset Regional Council’s Australia Day celebrations, which includes a citizenship ceremony and the presentation of six annual awards.

For award nomination forms or more information, visit


Small art big on personality in Esk

A new exhibition featuring the work of small format artist Marta Blaszak is now on show at Glen Rock Gallery in Esk.

Small is Beautiful includes a colourful collection of paintings, unique art mugs and greeting cards, all arriving just in time for Christmas.

Glen Rock Gallery is at 82 Ipswich Street, part of Somerset Regional Council’s Esk Visitor Information Centre.

For more on events across Somerset, follow


Council claims garage sale honour

Somerset Regional Council has taken out the Best Newcomer Award as part of this year’s annual Garage Sale Trail.

The region recorded the most sales per capita in Queensland, with more than 50 sites taking part on 19 and 20 October.

Council was also acknowledged for promoting the program on social media and in local newspapers.

Garage Sale Trail 2020 will be held on 17 and 18 October.

Pre-register at


Nominate for Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Somerset Australia Day Awards.

Categories cover Arts and Cultural, Sports, Event, Community Group, Young Citizen and Citizen of the Year.

The downloadable form is available at the Somerset Regional Council website, and nominations close on Friday, 29 November.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Somerset Civic Centre on Sunday, 26 January next year.

For nomination forms or more information, visit


Learn how to be a digital champion

Community groups and clubs are invited to a free communications workshop in Esk on Wednesday, 20 November.

Hosted by Somerset Regional Council, Be A Digital Champion will be facilitated by Leisa Donlan from, with a presentation by Dana Bradow from Sport and Recreation Queensland.

Participants will learn how to digitally communicate with members, promote their group or club online and access exclusive online content, grants and funding through the Queensland Government Active Strategy.

The workshop will be held in the Simeon Lord Room at 19 Heap Street, Esk from 6pm to 9pm. Catering will be provided.

RSVP on 5424 4000 or


Digital innovation comes to Kilcoy

A two-day workshop on Embracing Digital Innovation in the Agricultural Sector will be held in Kilcoy on 20 and 21 November.

Supported by Somerset Regional Council, the free workshop is designed for farmers and workers in the agricultural sector who want to increase efficiency and productivity.

It will cover topics like connectivity, remote sensing, process automation, drones, data management, mapping, 3D printing and virtual reality.

The workshop will be held at the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre, 41 Hope Street.

To register or for more information, visit

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