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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 17 January 2020

Published: 17th January 2020

Somerset Regional Council meeting

Somerset Regional Council will hold its first meeting for the new year on Wednesday, 22 January at Esk.

The meeting will start at 9am in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library in Heap Street.

Meetings are open to the public, and agendas are available at


Sun shining on Somerset facilities

Rooftop solar plants have been installed at another three key locations in Somerset.

The systems at Kilcoy Racecourse, Lowood Library and Fernvale Indoor Sports Centre will generate 130kW of power, increasing efficiencies and reducing running costs.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the projects were supported by the state’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“These solar initiatives will have financial and environmental benefits for the community and will ultimately pay for themselves,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We are also pleased that 12 of council’s 13 solar projects to date have been contracted to local businesses following competitive tender processes.”


Council launches lantana control program

A lantana control program has been launched as part of Somerset Regional Council’s commitment to pest plant management.

The program includes the use of mechanical removal and chemical application at council roads and reserves across the region.

Lantana is a heavily branched shrub that grows as compact clumps, dense thickets and climbing vines.

It smothers native vegetation and is a restricted invasive plant under the state’s Biosecurity Act 2014.


Feast of footy coming to Esk reserve

Up and coming Ipswich Jets players will feature in four trial matches at the new-look Esk Sport & Recreation Reserve on Saturday, 15 February.

The Jets will take on teams from the South West Mustangs and Ipswich Brothers, with the first game expected to kick off at 1.30pm.

The reserve will also host a Brisbane Rugby League trial match between the Normanby Hounds and West Brisbane on Saturday, 8 February.

The Hounds will take on Swifts in the curtain raiser at 4pm.

Recent works at the Hampton Road reserve include improved grandstand seating, stairs and amenities along with a refurbished clubhouse.


New look for iconic Yowie Park

Two new shelters and a barbecue have been installed by Somerset Regional Council at Kilcoy’s iconic Yowie Park.

The modern timber shelters replaced ageing structures at the Hope Street park, which features Fred Greensill Lake and the town’s much-loved yowie statue.

The Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre, Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery, Hall of History and Craft Cottage are also part of the parkland area.

Kilcoy is home to Yowie Coffee, yowie burgers and the Yowie Country Markets and rugby league team.


Art gallery closing for exhibition install

Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery will be closed from Monday, 20 January, reopening with a new exhibition on Saturday, 25 January.

Kilcoy Kollections II will officially open at 6pm on Friday, 24 January, showcasing mixed media work by members of the Kilcoy Art Society Inc.

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

RSVP for the opening of Kilcoy Kollections II on 5423 1036.

For more information follow


Driver Reviver returns to Somerset

Three accredited visitor information centres in Somerset will next week join the Driver Reviver campaign.

The centres at Fernvale, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy will offer free tea, coffee and snacks for travellers from Friday, 24 to Monday, 27 January.

The centres are at 1483 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale; 29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah; and 41 Hope Street, Kilcoy.

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Free JP service to start in Esk

A free Justice of the Peace (JP) service will next month be launched at Esk Library.

The service will be at the Heap Street library from 9.30am to 11.30am every Tuesday, starting 18 February.

Somerset Regional Council would like to hear from JPs who can support similar services at its Lowood and Kilcoy libraries.

If you can help please call council on (07) 5424 4000.

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Portraits show colourful characters

A new exhibition featuring photographs of colourful characters from the Somerset community is now on show at Glen Rock Gallery in Esk.

Picturing Innovation celebrates the men and women who continue to contribute to the growth, diversity and prosperity of the region.

Captured by Queensland photographer Rob Maccoll, the exhibition closes on Wednesday, 5 February.

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

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Comment on draft Biosecurity Plan

Somerset Regional Council is calling for public comment on its draft Biosecurity Plan – Invasive Plants and Animals 2019-2024.

The draft provides a modern, risk-based approach for managing pest plants and animals.

It lists 35 strategic actions, aligns with the Queensland Invasive Plants and Animals Strategy 2019-2024 and is designed to ensure resources are targeted towards the management of invasive plants and animals that pose the greatest biosecurity risks to the region.

The draft is available at

Public comment closes at 5pm on Friday, 29 January 2020.


Summer Reading Club continues

A summer of discovery continues at Somerset Libraries.

Branches at Esk, Lowood, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy are supporting Summer Reading Club, A Roomful of Stories, which closes on Friday, 31 January.

Literacy lovers can enjoy awesome activities and reading rewards during the annual challenge. There’s also plenty of prizes up for grabs.

The program is open to preschool, primary school and high school students.

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