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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights 5 October 2021

Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights

Published: 5th October 2021

Somerset joins nationwide Garage Sale Trails in 2021

Australia’s largest sustainability and community festival, the Garage Sale Trail, is back this November, remodelled for covid and offering opportunities for recycling.

Garage Sale Trail 2021 will take place online or in the community (restrictions allowing) over three weekends from 6 to 21 November. Supported locally by Somerset Regional Council, the festival encourages residents to sell, shop and learn about the circular economy.

Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke said it was a win-win for the planet and for residents’ pockets.

“A circular economy means that any item can be kept in use for as long as possible, delivering the highest value it can, for as long as it can. That’s something all of us can easily get behind,’ she said.

On 6 and 7 November, residents can join a Trail Tutorial online masterclass and learn about “fashion, flipping and fixing the planet”. Featuring experts from the world of fashion, styling, finance and sustainability, workshops cover tips on how to reduce what we waste through reuse and repair. View the schedule at

The garage sales are held over two weekends, giving residents the chance to sell pre-loved goods or shop the trail and find a bargain either online or covid-safely in the community (restrictions permitting) on 13, 14, 20 and 21 November.

“Whether they’re hosting a sale virtually or in-person, sellers can access resources and tips to make their sale a covid-safe success including touch-free QR code payments enabled by PayPal,” Cr Brieschke said.

Register a sale or shop the trail at, or find out more at Council’s facebook event page Somerset Garage Sale Trail 2021


Wivenhoe at 40.7%

With Wivenhoe Dam close to its lowest level in 10 years, Somerset Regional Council has echoed calls from Urban Utilities for the community to continue their water-saving efforts this Spring.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “Wivenhoe Dam supplies around half of SEQ’s water supply and it may fall to below 40% over the next few weeks.”

“While there may be some rain in the cards for Spring, Urban Utilities is cautioning it may not enough to top up our major dams.”

“We can all do more to save water and we note that the region’s water security plan has been put into action.”

“Seqwater is already operating the SEQ Water Grid and Gold Coast Desalination Plant to supplement drinking water supplies and ease pressure on Wivenhoe.”

“Long term water security for SEQ is of course also about food security and economic security for SEQ.”

“I encourage Brisbane and Ipswich residents to enjoy the sunny Spring weather, come out and explore Somerset and see where our water comes from,” said Mayor Lehmann.

Seqwater is reporting that average residential water use in SEQ has risen to 177 litres per person per day over the past month.

Link to Urban Utilities Call to Save Water:


Somerset Seniors Expo Event

Somerset Seniors are invited to a free regional event at the Somerset Civic Centre on Friday 29 October to celebrate Seniors Month. 

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the event was a great opportunity for residents to find information about locally available services.

“Seniors and their carers along with members of the public will be able to speak directly with service providers and learn more about what is available and how to access the services that are relevant to them,“ he said.

The event commences with a services expo from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The expo showcases some of the great services available in the region. 

The expo will be followed by a ticketed event, commencing at 11.30am. This part of the day will include lunch and entertainment by Melly Melody performing songs from the 40’s through to the 70’s.  The event is proudly supported by Somerset Council, COTA Queensland and the Queensland Government.

Limited places are available and seniors are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets can be secured online through or by phoning the Somerset Civic Centre on 5424 2713.


Image caption:  Melly Melody will be performing at the Somerset Seniors’ Lunch on 29 October.



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