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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 24 June 2020

Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 24 June 2020

Published: 25th June 2020

Insurance changes to save Somerset $56,000 a year

Somerset Regional Council has approved changes to its property insurance arrangements that will cut annual costs by $56,000.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council, like many local governments, has adopted a deficit budget.

“We cannot run deficits in the long term however and we are actively looking at ways of keeping our operating costs down in line with our ‘affordable rates, effective services’ vision,” Cr Lehmann said.

“I think anyone who has paid their home insurance recently will be aware of the impact of last summer’s bushfires on premiums.

“We are also being told that coronavirus is starting to push up commercial insurance premiums.

“We have been working with our insurers over the past few months to best use our financial strength to contain future premiums and have negotiated a more balanced arrangement.”

Somerset to join South East Queensland Food Trails

Visitors to the Somerset region will soon be able to build their own personalised food trail of South East Queensland.

The site, South East Queensland Food Trails, developed by the Council of Mayors SEQ will allow those with a passion for food experiences to follow an authentic, year-round food tourism trail.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council was proud to be part of the platform and showcase what Somerset has to offer in the food and experience space.

“The website links users to Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Lockyer, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Logan and soon Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We’re excited to soon have our operators showcased on this platform.”

Red Bench to Highlight Important Message

Somerset Regional Council will paint a bench red at Lowood in support of an important community awareness message.

The bench at Clock Park will be painted to raise awareness of domestic violence as part of an initiative by the Red Rose Foundation’s Red Bench Initiative.

A plaque with the message “Change the Ending: Let’s Stop Domestic Violence” will also be installed.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the bench was in a highly trafficked park and had high visibility from the road.

“We think it’s an important message to increase awareness of and Council is happy to support this proactive initiative,” Cr Lehmann said.

BPAY View Contract Renewed

Somerset Regional Council has approved a contract covering rate notice printing and delivery of electronic notices through BPAY View.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said we really encourage Somerset residents to register to get council notices in BPAY View through their bank apps.

“We understand that ratepayers are busy and using BPAY View may suit many people,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Using BPAY View means you’re able to view your rates notices anywhere, anytime, and your bank or credit union will notify you when a notice is ready to be viewed.

“At the moment, Council sends rates notices by post and we wanted to provide an additional fast, easy and simple way for ratepayers to access and pay their rates. This service is offered alongside postal services.”

Ratepayers who would like to know more about BPAY View, should contact their financial institution or visit www.bpay.com.au/bpayview.

Community Groups Share in Funding

Two community groups in Somerset have been given a helping hand from Council through its Community Assistance Grants Program.

The West Moreton Landcare Group have been awarded $666 to assist with fees associated with building a shade shelter on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Corridor at Lowood.

The Glamorgan Vale Tennis Club has been awarded $2,100 to assist with the costs associated with concreting the entry to the tennis club and providing all weather access.

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its council meeting at Esk at 9am on Wednesday, 24 June 2020. 

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