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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 24 January 2020

Published: 24th January 2020

Australia Day fun in Somerset

Pool parties, award presentations and a citizenship ceremony will headline Somerset Regional Council’s Australia Day events on Sunday.

Celebrations will start with the annual Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony at Somerset Civic Centre from 9am to 11am.

The family fun will continue with free pool parties at Esk (11am to 4pm), Lowood, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy (all 10am to 5pm).


Somerset public holiday closures

Somerset customer service centres, libraries and waste facilities will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday, 27 January.

Visitor information centres at Fernvale, Esk and Kilcoy will be open from 9am to 2pm.

Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery will be open from 10am to 4pm.

For after hours emergencies phone (07) 5424 4000.


Have your say on Kilcoy sport and rec

Sport and recreation facilities in Kilcoy are the focus of an online survey released this week by Somerset Regional Council.

The five-minute survey seeks feedback on the type, frequency, duration and location of participants’ sport and recreation activities in the township.

All respondents will go into the draw to win a three-month pass to Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre valued at $180.

The survey is available at


Driver Reviver returns to Somerset

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, 27 January.

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

For more on visiting Somerset follow


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, 31 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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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.


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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