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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 27 May 2020

Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 27 May 2020

Published: 27th May 2020

Council Donates Funds to Help Dundas Fire Victim

Somerset Regional Council has, through its Mayoral Gala Charity Ball fund, donated $3000 to St Vincent De Paul to help support a Dundas resident who lost everything in a house fire.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council’s Mayoral Ball Fund was established specifically to assist charities that help people suffering from specific hardships.

One Stop Shop for Grants Coming Soon for Somerset Residents

Somerset Regional Council is gearing up to deliver an online portal that will be a one stop shop for residents and community groups seeking information about grants.

Council has committed to investing almost $14,000 towards the three-year initiative.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the grant portal would make it easier for people to find and apply for grants.

“There are a lot of great funding opportunities out there, but the process of finding and applying for grants can be daunting and time consuming and many people don’t know where to start looking," Cr Lehmann said.

"This portal will take the guess work out of searching for grants and help groups and businesses navigate the process.”

Council will provide more information to residents when the Grant Guru Portal is live.

Council Seeks Funds for Major Drainage Project

Somerset Regional Council will apply for grant funding from the State government through the Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund to help fund master drainage improvement works across the region.

Council is seeking to have overland flow path mapping and master drainage plans developed for the region’s five major townships.

If successful with its application, council will pay for half the estimated $230,000 of project costs.

Mayor Lehmann said the master drainage mapping would be the next step in improving community resilience in Esk Fernvale, Lowood, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy.

Council to Install Defibrillators at Sport and Aquatic Centres

Somerset Regional Council will invest $16,000 into purchasing and installing six automatic external defibrillators (AED) at various sport and aquatic centres in the region.

Council will install the AED(s) at the Esk Swimming Pool, Kilcoy Aquatic Centre, Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre, Lowood Swimming Pool, Toogoolawah Community Gym and the Toogoolawah Swimming Pool.

All staff at council’s indoor and aquatic facilities are already certified to use AEDs.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was a small investment by Council that could potentially save a life.

“Studies have shown that defibrillations within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest can produce survival rates as high as 50 to 70 per cent,” Cr Lehmann said.

Waste Fees Reinstated Come July 

Somerset Regional Council will reinstate its waste charges at its refuse and recycling centres from 1 July 2020.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council had waived fees for several months in the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve implemented a range of safety measures at each site to adhere to social distancing guidelines and further EFTPOS services are now available at the Esk Refuse and Recycling Centre and Landfill site,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Further, council will be freezing its waste charges for the upcoming financial year.”

Council Retains Road Name at Toogoolawah

Somerset Regional Council will retain a popular road name in Toogoolawah after consultation with the community.

Council had originally proposed to change the road name, Gardener Street South, after concerns were raised predominately by tourists who were unable to find the town’s RV park due to road name confusion and online mapping services.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council had considered changing the name to avoid confusion with finding the tourism service spot however the community expressed concerns with the proposal.

“Council recognises and appreciates the feedback from our residents regarding the importance of the existing road name to the town’s history,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Based on this feedback, council will not change the road name and instead has installed directional signage at the RV site to hopefully address the concerns of travellers.”

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its council meeting at Esk at 9am on Wednesday, 27 May 2020. 

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