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Somerset Regional Council COVID-19 update

SOMERSET Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann has congratulated the community for its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 9th April 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann has congratulated the community for its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s really encouraging to see Somerset doing the right thing and following the advice of Australian health professionals,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The key here is not to become complacent, especially over Easter.

“These are unprecedented and unpredictable times, but I know the people of Somerset are resilient and determined.”

Councillor Lehmann said council would continue to work on ways to support the community.

“The rate discount period for all residents has been extended to Thursday, 28 May,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We are actively pursuing infrastructure grant funding to support long-term employment in Somerset.

“This includes a 50 per cent funding application for a $10 million upgrade of Lowood Minden Road – council’s busiest road.

“We are accelerating payments to our suppliers to help them support their employees and in turn their own suppliers.

“We are moving towards credit card payments to get immediate payments out to suppliers where possible.

“Tip fees for local residents displaying rate notices at council’s Kilcoy, Coominya, Esk and Harlin refuse and recycling centres are free until further notice, and we are absorbing all of the State Government waste levy.

“Council has been working with commercial property tenants to assist with payment terms during the pandemic, and we have issued refunds to people who have cancelled long-term facility hires.”


Council staff still here to help

Somerset Regional Council staff continue to support the community following the closure of customer service centres and libraries.

Council staff are available to assist on 5424 4000 and


Police blitz at Somerset rec areas

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann has confirmed there will be a heavy police presence across the region in coming days.

“I really urge everyone to follow the advice of state and federal authorities and stay home over Easter,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Police will be patrolling recreational areas like Savages Crossing and Twin Bridges, issuing on the spot fines of $1,334.50 for failing to comply with directions under the Public Health Act.”


#StayHome and win with your bear

Bears big and small are at the centre of a new #StayHome competition presented by Somerset Regional Council and local show societies.

Grrr … In And Bear It encourages owners to decorate and dress their bears for a chance to share in prizes worth $1,800.

The online competition includes categories for all ages, with photos to be uploaded by 5pm on Monday, 27 April before public voting from Tuesday, 28 April to Monday, 4 May.

For more visit


Closures keep focus on cleaning

Somerset Regional Council has closed public toilets at Linville, Jensen Swamp, Minden Park, Esk Recreation Reserve and William Street, Kilcoy to allow staff to focus on cleaning and maintaining high-use facilities.

Toilets remain open at Yowie Park and Anzac Park in Kilcoy, along with Moore, near Linville.

Council is committed to providing safe and clean facilities for truck drivers along the region’s major routes.

For regular COVID-19 updates join


Libraries launch Storytime @ Home

Somerset Libraries has a host of free online content to enjoy.

Members can access eBooks, eAudiobooks, movie streaming, tutorials, courses and more.

Staff are also presenting Storytime @ Home via Facebook, along with craft and STEAM activities.

Join the fun at


Locals can take time out on BVRT

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail remains open with Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann urging locals to take time out and enjoy some Easter exercise.

“While the state and federal governments have made it very clear they do not want people travelling to the region, our residents are welcome to continue using the trail,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Experts agree getting outside for exercise is incredibly important both physically and mentally, provided social distancing measures and hygiene requirements are followed at all times.”


Call for community to join Care Army

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann has encouraged residents to support seniors by joining the Queensland Care Army.

“We’re a community that cares, and this is all about looking out for people who are the most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Now more than ever, it’s particularly important to look out for a friends, families and fellow Somerset residents.”

Register at or phone 1800 173 349.


Find COVID-19 info on council website

Somerset Regional Council has COVID-19 links from a range of resources available on its website.

Links include health, community and business information from state and federal authorities, planning tools and more.

Daily updates are also posted on council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Visit and join and

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