Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 20 December 2019
Tiger prawn farm approved
The development of a prawn farm at Redbank Creek has been approved by Somerset Regional Council.
The proposed aquaculture facility will include two aboveground farming tanks and supporting infrastructure to grow and harvest black tiger prawns.
Drought support online
Somerset residents impacted by the ongoing drought are encouraged to visit farmhub.org.au/ for a range of services and support.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the National Farmers’ Federation website offered assistance for farmers, businesses, households and individuals.
“It gives users the opportunity to search for funding from federal, state and not-for-profit groups based on their postcode,” Cr Lehmann said.
“This allows people to access the support and services that are the most relevant to them in the Somerset region.”
New footpaths for Somerset
Five new footpaths will be constructed across Somerset, council confirmed this week.
Works will be undertaken at Glamorgan Vale (extending the footpath from Glamorgan Vale Road to Glamorgan Vale Community Hall); Fernvale (linking the Brisbane Valley Highway to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at Clive Street); Memorial Park Fernvale (between the carpark and toilet block); and Lowood (separate projects linking Main Street to Park Street and the tennis courts).
Green light for gravel facility
A sand and gravel extraction facility at Coominya has been given the green light by Somerset Regional Council.
The application by Zanows’ Concrete and Quarries Pty Ltd was approved at this week’s council meeting.
It includes the development of three extraction areas and two operational areas,
vegetation buffers along the Rocky Gully Road frontage and either side of Banffs Lane, and two hectares of restoration work to enhance koala habitat and soil stability along Buaraba Creek.
Take care on Somerset roads
Motorists are urged to take extra caution on Somerset roads during the holidays as fires continue to impact the region.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said roads in burnt out areas could be littered with trees and other debris, while roaming cattle and wildlife could also cause safety concerns.
“I really encourage people to take care during what is already a busy time on our roads,” Cr Lehmann said.
“We’re still being affected by fires, particularly around Fernvale, and the hot and dry weather can also create issues with roaming cattle and other livestock.”