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Somerset Welcomes Federal Bushfire Support

SOMERSET Regional Council will inject the funds from an Australian Government grant into reducing the presence of a noxious weed across the electorate.

Published: 22nd April 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council will inject the funds from an Australian Government grant into reducing the presence of a noxious weed across the electorate.

The $275,000 federal government grant was awarded to Council last week following the devastating Somerset bushfires of late 2019.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council welcomed the grant and would use the funds towards reducing lantana as a major bushfire fuel source in the region. 

“Council has been requesting financial support after the bushfires threatened two of our towns, destroying property and livelihoods in the process and we are very grateful that the Australian Government has stepped in to support us,” Cr Lehmann said.

“As well as six dwellings being lost to fire, significant rural assets such as fencing were destroyed and there was also major environmental impact.

“I know it’s easy to forget in the current environment, but we need to take action to reduce the threat for future bushfires just as much as we need to reduce other threats to our health and well-being.

“Reducing lantana has been a long-term goal of this Council and we hope to work with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to bring about a significant reduction in lantana on all public land, including State highways in Somerset to make our region safer.”

Cr Lehmann said Council will spend the money on rolling out a major program to reduce lantana across Somerset in the coming months.

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