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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 17 September 2021

Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights - 17 September 2021

Published: 17th September 2021

Annual bitumen reseal program using waste tyres set to commence

The $1.1M first stage of Somerset Regional Council’s $1.7M 2021 road surface improvement program has been confirmed with works expected over coming months. This program of works has been made possible with significant Australian Government funding under the Roads to Recovery Program.

Deputy Mayor Cr Helen Brieschke said, “We are planning to reseal a number of roads throughout the region in the lead up to Christmas.”

“The works aim to improve the surface of these key roads and prevent pavement deterioration.”

“These works are part of Council’s ongoing maintenance and upgrade program across Somerset so we can extend the lifespan of our sealed roads for as long as possible.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience to motorists while we work through our resealing program,” Cr Brieschke said.

Economic Recovery Sub-Group Representative Cr Bob Whalley said, “We are grateful to the Australian Government for supporting these vital resealing works with $1.1M funding under the Roads to Recovery program.”

“Following successful trials in 2019/2020, we plan to again include recycled crumbed rubber on the roads, a product made from waste tyres.”

“The rubber is included in the bitumen binder to improve its material properties as well as benefitting the environment and creating a circular economy.”

“Like refreshing paint on your house to protect the timber, road reseals protect the pavement layer underneath resulting in a longer life for our road network and preventing more expensive rehabilitation or reconstruction.”

“Council uses an asset management system, field observations and customer feedback to manage and prioritise the reseal program over Council’s extensive sealed road network,” Cr Whalley said.


Image caption: Recycled crumbed rubber will be included in the upcoming roads surface improvement program.



Citizenship Ceremonies

Thirty-seven new Australians call Somerset region home, following a citizenship ceremony held at the Esk Civic Centre last week. 

Twenty-two adults and fifteen children became Australian citizens in a ceremony conducted by Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann.  Mr Shayne Neumann, Federal Member for Blair, also attended, along with Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke, Cr Cheryl Gaedtke and Cr Kylee Isidro.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said: “I’m very happy to offer a warm welcome to our newest Australians and am delighted they have chosen the beautiful Somerset region as their home.”

“We have a strong and vibrant community and it’s the people of Somerset who are at the core of our strength. I look forward to seeing our newest citizens becoming part of that cooperative spirit, whether it’s in sport, culture, community or business,’ he said.

Somerset Region’s newest citizens have come to Australia from the Philippines, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Colombia and Ireland.


Image caption:  Somerset Region’s newest Australian citizens



Council’s Lowood partner project wins Child Protection Week Award

As part of recognising Child Protection Week in West Moreton, nominations were called from government and not for profit organisations, as well as community groups for various categories of awards.  A collaborative project between Somerset Regional Council and West Moreton Health has won the government organisation award, announced at a gala dinner on Friday 10 September. 

The Living in Lowood Partner Project implemented a community-led Development Methodology, the aim of which was to define the main challenges for young people aged 14 to 25 in the Lowood region and to co-design a range of initiatives and activities to provide better support.

Rural Fire Brigade Coordination Committee Representative Cr Jason Wendt said: “This project is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when all parties involved are committed to creating improved support for members of our community.’

“Working through the challenges to bring the project to fruition shows the dedication of those involved, and winning this award is validation of their hard work.  As a Council, we are very proud of this achievement.”

The project was undertaken over two years with a number of activities and resources being developed over the last twelve months in collaboration with Lowood young people, to strengthen their resilience and build relationships within their community.

The Living in Lowood Partner Project was a collaborative partnership between West Moreton Health, Somerset Regional Council, Darling Downs West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN) and groups and clubs in the Lowood region.  The project also received funding through the Queensland Police Service Community Based Crime Action Committee and the Queensland Thriving Communities Grant.


Pest Management chemical subsidies available now

Somerset Regional Council is continuing to offer a 100% chemical subsidy to eligible landholders (conditions apply) by funding the popular Lantana Chemical Subsidy Program, Pest Management Working Group Representative Cr Sean Choat said.

The first round of the program for the 2021/2022 financial year is now open. An expression of interest form can be obtained on Council’s website or by contacting Council on 5424 4000.

“Eligible landholders can also access Council’s Chemical Subsidy Program for the control of fireweed, with a one-third subsidy being for the control of fire weed and other nominated weeds,” Cr Choat said.

For more information on identification and control of fireweed, accessing Council Chemical Subsidy Program or other pest control programs please contact Council on 5424 4000.


Queensland Symphony Orchestra starlight event

Join us for a symphony under the stars at a free live streamed outdoor event as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven and Sibelius.  Bring along your picnic blankets or chairs to the grounds of the Somerset Civic Centre from 6.30pm on Saturday evening, 2 October. BYO picnic or select from a variety of food trucks on site.

The event has been made possible through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Somerset Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Chair Cr Cheryl Gaedtke welcomes this marvellous  cultural event to the region and encourages the community to attend.

Contact the Somerset Civic Centre for more information on 5424 2713.

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Somerset Dance Workshops

The Somerset Dance Workshops, a new event for the September school holidays, are inclusive workshops that involve hip hop and modern dance moves for youth in Somerset. Aimed at ages 12 and older, with younger participants able to attend if they are in the care of a guardian, the workshops will be held across Somerset over two days.

Somerset Civic Centre Advisory Committee Chair Cr Kylee Isidro said, “We look forward to having many younger Somerset residents engaged in these upbeat workshops, providing an excellent opportunity to expand their learning.” 

The workshops will be facilitated by Elements Collective and hosted by Somerset Regional Council using local facilities. This includes the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk and CWA Hall in Lowood on Monday, 27 September and Memorial Hall and Cultural Centre in Kilcoy and Alexandra Hall in Toogoolawah on Tuesday, 28 September. These workshops provide a great opportunity for young people in Somerset to try something different and to challenge themselves with a new opportunity.

Council is facilitating a range of school holiday activities.  For more information and to book, visit the Somerset Regional Council website or call (07) 5424 4000.

Image caption: Jazi Othman from Elements Collective will facilitate the Somerset Dance Workshops on 27 and 28 September.


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