Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 3 September 2021
Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 3 September 202
Rate notices out now
Rates notices for the six months July to December were issued on 24 August 2021,
showing a final day for discount of 5 October 2021.
If you have not received your rate notice please contact Council on 07 5424 4000 to arrange for a copy to be sent to you and to update your address if required.
Somerset ratepayers also have the option to register for BPAY View which allows you to view and pay your future rate notices through internet banking.
Human Social Recovery Sub Group representative Cr Cheryl Gaedtke 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.”
“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.”
“I’m one of hundreds of ratepayers who have already signed up to use BPAY View for Somerset Regional Council rate notices,” Cr Gaedtke said.
Ratepayers who would like to know more about BPAY View, should contact their bank or visit www.bpay.com.au/bpayview.
Council encourages ratepayers to make payment prior to the due date to take advantage of the 15% discount offered
Council offers a number of payment options and staff are happy to assist ratepayers in finding a payment method that best suits them, with options including:
• Our 24/7 payment button - https://www.somerset.qld.gov.au/homepage/156/247-payments
• BPAY and BPAY View
• Post Offices
• Payment by mail
• Paying in person
• Paying by phone
Somerset Regional Council meeting next week
Somerset Regional Council will hold its ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday, 8 September at Esk.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said residents could listen to audio of the meeting live streamed on Council’s Facebook page.
“A limited number of members of the public are now able to attend meetings, with prior approval, however Council will continue to live audio stream the meeting on its corporate Facebook page,” Cr Lehmann said.
The meeting will commence at 9am.
To attend a Council meeting, visitors should apply in writing to the CEO, with the date they wish to attend, by emailing email@example.com.
All council meeting dates for 2021 are listed on council’s website, www.somerset.qld.gov.au.
Linville Business Networking Event
The second Business Networking event drew over sixty people to hear the line-up of tourism and business-related speakers at the Linville Hall last Thursday 2 September.
Aimed at strengthening Council’s working relationship with tourism businesses in the region and facilitating economic development opportunities, the Business Networking events also allow businesses to network amongst themselves to develop stronger working relationships.
Economic Development and Tourism Committee representative Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke said that developing stronger ties within the business and tourism sector of the Somerset region is an important step for the region.
“Creating supportive relationships between the local tourism and business sectors with Council will assist develop strategies for future planning for both the individual operators and Somerset Regional Council,” she said.
Speakers included business operators from the region, with Leah Squire from the Linville Hotel (and past lecturer of Tourism and Marketing); Paul Lawson from Esk Caravan Park; and Carolyn Barker, entrepreneur and Founder of Picnic Society, and member of the Linville Progress Association sharing their experiences and discussing challenges and strategies for success.
A fourth speaker, Kylie Radford of the Small Business Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland, was on hand to discuss the assistance available to small
businesses experiencing hardship due to impacts of covid or long-standing drought conditions.
The event was funded through the Local Economic Recovery Program, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Students Compete for Somerset Primary School Cup
School students from across the region will be competing to take home the Somerset Primary School Cup when they come together at Toogoolawah later this month.
Students from Linville, Harlin, Toogoolawah and Esk State Schools will compete in a carnival featuring soccer and netball and hosted by Toogoolawah State High School on Friday 17 September.
Somerset Regional Council will be supporting the carnival through provision of transport for participants, first aid and trophies.
Creative Business Champion mentors coming to Somerset
The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) Creative Business Champions are coming to the Somerset region for face to face mentoring sessions. Artists and arts workers across the region will have access to a valuable development opportunity in arts business skills, competencies and networks to improve resilience, and support business sustainability and growth.
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committee representative Cr Kylee Isidro said the RASN mentoring sessions were a great way to find support and opportunities in the creative industries space, and complemented the RADF program.
“RASN Creative Business Champions will be sharing their knowledge to help our local arts community grow and develop into the future,’ she said.
“I strongly encourage Somerset artists and arts workers to take advantage of the chance to talk to industry experts without having to leave the region.”
A range of times will be available on Thursday 7 October 2021 between 10am and 6pm. Anyone interested in booking a face to face (COVID safe) session with one of the Creative Business Champions should register now as spaces are limited. For those unable to attend in person, free online support is also available at www.rasn.org.au/cbc.
Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/GMiXUGzp
Registration link:https: //forms.gle/EDAS4W8DkjG6vaQz6
Prescribed Burn to keep Jimna Bushfire-Safe
Somerset Regional Council is joining forces with the Queensland Rural Fire Service (QRFS), HQ Plantations and the Department of Resources to carry out a multi- agency prescribed burn in Jimna on Saturday 11 September.
A representative of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Jason Wendt said the partnered approach was positive for the region.
“Working with QFRS, the department and HQ Plantations allows for sharing of knowledge about local conditions and strategies into the future,” he said.
The initiative forms part of an annual program being developed in conjunction with the agencies mentioned above to ensure the township of Jimna is kept safe from threat of fire. Prescribed burns are low-intensity fires and are only performed under favourable conditions to minimise the impact on the community.
Residents can prepare their own homes to protect against bushfire. For information, visit https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/ to find out more.
Image caption: This map indicates the areas expected to burn, noting that these are subject to change dependant on the conditions at the time and resources available.