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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 14 February 2020

Published: 14th February 2020

Equestrian subdivision for Kilcoy

A 30-lot equestrian subdivision north of Kilcoy has been conditionally approved by Somerset Regional Council.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the move continued recent investment in the town’s equine industry.

“The subdivision will have lots averaging about 13,500 square metres, each with town water,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The approval is in line with major production and employment growth at Kilcoy Global Foods and other local businesses and follows the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Kilcoy Racecourse.”


Plan to guide rec development in Esk

Somerset Regional Council has adopted a new masterplan for the Esk racecourse, showgrounds and golf course.

The plan was developed following community consultation on future equipment and infrastructure needs at the Esk Hampton Road precinct.

It will assist council, community groups, clubs and organisations in prioritising work and applying for funding now and in the future.

View the plan at


Animal inspection program a success

Somerset Regional Council’s latest animal inspection program reached more than 5,000 properties.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the six-month program, which finished on 5 February, was a resounding success.

“Our aim was to bring as many properties and animals as possible into the system and ensure public safety and amenity was protected and preserved,” Cr Lehmann said.

“I believe we have seen a significant improvement in terms of animal registrations, and this is something council can revisit in future years.”


Review confirms solid Somerset finances

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann has confirmed council’s finances remain in good shape with the adoption of a revised budget for 2020.

“The right thing to do before an election is to look at how we are positioned so the incoming council can have some certainty,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Somerset’s vision of affordable rates, effective services depends on our strong financial management including no debt and success in attracting outside funding to help develop infrastructure across the region.”

The budget includes $1.3 million of federally funded work on Esk-Crows Nest Road as well as new CCTV projects and rooftop solar plants.


Council backs emergency service awards

The Rotary Club of Ipswich North has received a Community Assistance Grant as part of the latest round of funding from Somerset Regional Council.

The club will host the annual Police, Fire and Emergency Services Officer of the Year Awards at the North Ipswich Corporate Centre on Friday, 8 May.

The awards will acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the region’s first responders and volunteers.

For more on Somerset community grants visit


Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday, 12 February at 9am.

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