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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 26 February 2020

Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 26 February 2020

Published: 26th February 2020

Council Provides Certainty to Major Airfield

Council has extended the time allowed for Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield at Toogoolawah to restructure its operations and tenures by two years.

Somerset Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Johnson said the facility was well used by visitors to the region and as a tourism asset.

“Watts Bridge airfield is a well-used facility with around 50 leaseholders and Council’s decision provides some certainty to the airfield and its leaseholders to work within Council’s conditional planning approval,” Mr Johnson said.

Council is also the major sponsor of the Brisbane Airshow, to be held at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield on 4 and 5 July 2020.

Somerset Powers Kilcoy Emergency Helipad

Somerset Regional Council has agreed to fund the emergency services helipad lights in Kilcoy as a short-term initiative.

Council CEO, Andrew Johnson, said council would meet some historic costs for the lights at Hopetoun Field at Kilcoy.

“These are costs that should be met by state emergency authorities but local communities like ours simply have to have a place for emergency services helicopters to land safely, 24 hours a day, seven days per week,” Mr Johnson said.

“Vehicle accidents and other emergencies happen in our communities at all hours.” “We have seen two fatalities on state highways in Somerset in February alone.”

The power costs for the helipad have historically been met by a local sports club.

Council Provides Bushfire Fee Relief

Somerset Regional Council will provide targeted fee relief for property owners impacted by recent bushfires.

Somerset Regional Council CEO, Andrew Johnson, said about six dwellings were destroyed by fire in the region in November.

“Our residents experienced major losses to their livelihoods and major infrastructure,” Mr Johnson said.

“Our community needs help to get back on its feet as it’s still suffering from the effects of these fires.

 “We welcome the support of the Local Government Association of Queensland in seeking government assistance for our local community and economy in the aftermath of the bushfires.”

Council to Consider Resurfacing Tennis Courts in Somerset

Somerset Regional Council will consider resurfacing the playing surfaces of three tennis courts in the region when it deliberates its next budget.

Somerset CEO, Andrew Johnson, said Council will consider financing the upgrades to the Toogoolawah, Moore and Esk courts as a priority.

“Council recognises the importance of supporting our communities to maintain active and healthy lifestyles and this is just another way council can support this,” Mr Johnson said.

Community Groups Assisted by Council

Somerset Regional Council is providing financial and or in-kind support to two community groups in the region totalling more than $20,000.

The West Moreton Landcare Group will receive more than $5000 in funding and in-kind support from Council to establish facilities on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail corridor to support ongoing maintenance of a section of the trail.

Council will also provide almost $15,000 to the Mt Beppo Public Hall committee to assist in costs associated with building a covered and lockable outdoor area in addition to internal improvements to the hall.

The funding is made available through council’s Community Assistance Grants program.

Sporting Bursary Awarded to Somerset Athlete

Somerset athlete, Shari Anderson, has been awarded a sporting bursary from Somerset Regional Council.

Shari, of Sandy Creek, was awarded a $100 bursary to assist with her regional level representation as a member of the Queensland School Sport State Cricket Championships.

Sporting bursaries are awarded by Council through its Community Assistance Grants Program. 

Somerset Art Group Receives Funding Support

Somerset Regional Council through the Regional Arts Development Funding Committee (RADF) have awarded a $950 grant to a Kilcoy based art group.

Brian Wallace accepted the cheque on behalf of the Kilcoy Art Society and said the money would fund a tutor to deliver two lino printing workshops in Somerset.

“We really appreciate the support of Somerset Regional Council through the Regional Arts Development Fund,” Mr Wallace said.

“This funding allows us to bring someone from outside of the region to Somerset and hopefully we will see more lino prints.”

Council Staff Member Recognised for Long Service

Somerset Regional Council has recognised the efforts of a long-term employee.

Craig Stevens, building certifier at Esk, was recognised for 15 years’ service.

Somerset Council Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Johnson, thanked Mr Stevens for his long service and commitment to his role.

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting at Esk at 9am on Wednesday, 26 February 2020.

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