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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 11 December 2019

Published: 11th December 2019

Solar installs continue in Somerset

Somerset Regional Council continues to see the light with solar panels to be installed at a further five sites next year.

The systems will be installed at Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery, Esk Showgrounds, Toogoolawah Swimming Pool, Kilcoy Indoor Sport Centre and council’s Esk workshop and store.

The move is part of council’s commitment to reducing running costs and improving efficiencies and environmental outcomes at facilities across the region.


Info centres to close for Christmas

Visitor information centres in Fernvale, Esk, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The accredited Somerset Regional Council centres will reopen on Friday, 27 December with reduced holiday hours from 9am to 2pm.

The centres will also be closed on New Year’s Day, resuming regular hours on Monday, 6 January.


Council approves abattoir expansion

Somerset’s biggest employer continues to expand with Kilcoy Pastoral Company (KPC) to add more than 440 square metres to its existing boning facilities.

The proposal was today approved by Somerset Regional Council, clearing the way for a new freezer room, processing area and outfeed conveyors.

Production levels and staff numbers will not be impacted.

KPC specialises in six beef brands and has a number of international distribution deals, employing more than 1,400 people.


Ron racks up 20 years with council

Long-term employee Ron Bryson has been acknowledged for his service to Somerset Regional Council.

Mr Bryson was honoured for 20 years with council, beginning as an animal management officer at the former Esk Shire Council in December 1999.

He is now a labourer with council’s repair crew.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann today congratulated Mr Bryson at a presentation in Esk.

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