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Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 23 July 2020

Published: 23rd July 2020

Council provides support to ultra-runner

Somerset Regional Council is providing sponsorship to Jacqui Bell, an ultra-runner, who is endeavoring to run the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from end to end next month.

Ms Bell, 25, is the youngest person in the world to have conquered all seven continents and will attempt to run 161km, the length of the BVRT, in the fastest known time and unsupported.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said he wished Ms Bell all the best with her challenge and was pleased council could provide assistance.

“This is a massive attempt and I commend Ms Bell on her dedication and enthusiasm to complete the trail from end to end,” Cr Lehmann said.

Parking Improvements at Mt Kilcoy State School

Somerset Regional Council will make some changes to parking areas and road access at Mt Kilcoy State School.

The changes come after an on-site meeting between the school principal, Main Roads, parents and council.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the changes were to address the concerns of school users.

“Council is pleased to be able to offer a solution to the concerns of the community for the benefit and safety of all users,” Cr Lehmann said.

Council receives a visit from Senator Scarr

Somerset Regional Council’s elected members had a meet and greet with Queensland Senator Paul Scarr on Wednesday.

Senator Scarr, chair of the parliamentary joint committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, had a brief tour of the region where key council projects were highlighted.

Senator Scarr advised councillors he was happy to represent the area in Canberra.

Highway access land offered to transport business

Somerset Regional Council has resolved to use a legal tender exemption to offer land for sale at Harlin to a neighbouring transport business.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “It is rare that we would offer land for sale without calling public tenders, but in this case, the neighbouring transport business has an interest in the land for its highway access.”

“The legal exemption for selling land without calling tenders only applies in certain circumstances and has to be made in the public interest, including ensuring meeting fair market value for public land,” he said.

“Council has always supported local business where appropriate, and this latest decision is consistent with our long-term business support.”

Uniting Care facilities rates exemption request

Somerset Regional Council has resolved to not support further rates exemptions for Uniting Care’s Lowood and Toogoolawah aged care facilities.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council considered the request at length. “Uniting Care are already exempted from Council general rates at the Glenwood and Alkira facilities,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Given Council’s already very strong support however, we are unable to meet Uniting Care’s request for further support such as reduced charges for waste services or to support a request to Urban Utilities for reduced water charges.

“Council did note that Uniting Care has an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and this also influenced Council’s decision to not support further concessions.”

NB: Somerset Regional Council held its council meeting at Esk at 9am on Wednesday, 22 July 2020. 

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