Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 8 July 2020
New accommodation facility given the green light
A new accommodation facility in the heart of Toogoolawah has been given the green light by Somerset Regional Council.
The town’s former bank in Cressbrook Street has been transformed into a short-term accommodation site comprising of seven bedrooms including one with disabled access and facilities on the bottom floor.
The development will be self-catered and be available to rent in its entirety.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the accommodation facility is a welcome addition to the region.
“There is a need for more accommodation offerings in Somerset to cater for the growing number of tourists coming to the region,” Cr Lehmann said.
“We welcome these developments that meet the needs of the community and all applicable planning requirements to ensure we are providing visitors with high quality accommodation throughout Somerset.”
The new double-story accommodation site is in the central business district of Toogoolawah, near the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
New service station approved for South Fernvale
Somerset Regional Council has conditionally approved a new service station and drive-through food and drink outlet south of Fernvale.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the service station would be developed along the Brisbane Valley Highway.
“This is a busy section of highway with 9,326 vehicles a day on it so it’s no surprise that new businesses want to develop in this area,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads assessed the development against the Somerset planning scheme and we have applied practical conditions to minimise traffic, noise and environmental impacts.
“It is great to see ongoing investment in our region.”
Operational changes confirmed for Harlin Refuse and Recycling Centre
Somerset Regional Council has approved a request from the operators of its refuse and recycling centre at Harlin to reduce its days of operation permanently.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, the facility was operating five days per week with an average of 34 users per week using the facility.
“We reduced the days of operation to three days during the height of the pandemic and have seen only a minor reduction in people using the site.”
The site will permanently be open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week.
Road to close temporarily for bridge repairs
Somerset Regional Council will close Burton’s Bridge on E Summerville Road at Borallon to through traffic from 17 August to 30 September 2020 for maintenance.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the road will be closed between 7am to 5.30pm with some local access provided at certain times.
“We regret that this may cause some inconvenience to landholders in the area however we have no choice but to undertake the necessary safety upgrades to the bridge,” Cr Lehmann.
“We thank the community for their understanding while we upgrade this infrastructure.”
Council grant supports history group at Toogoolawah
Somerset Regional Council is supporting the Toogoolawah and District History Group by providing them with a $2,200 grant.
The group is seeking to install directional signage to its history museum to increase promotion of the facility as a tourism attraction and signage to identify the history of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail in the town.
The funding has been awarded by Council through its Community Assistance Grants Program.
Council supports rural race clubs
Somerset Regional Council will sponsor two race meetings of the Kilcoy and Esk race clubs.
Council will contribute $1000 to each club towards sponsorship of two race meetings with Council to have naming rights in return for sponsorship.
The Kilcoy Race Club and the Esk Jockey Club will both benefit from the injection of the funds.
NB: Somerset Regional Council held its council meeting at Esk at 9am on Wednesday, 8 July 2020.