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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights 15 October 2021

Published: 15th October 2021


Connect with Seniors’ Support Services at Esk

Carers, seniors and interested members of the public are invited to attend the free Seniors’ Support Services Expo being held at The Somerset Civic Centre in Esk later this month.

The expo will showcase service providers that support seniors in our region, giving attendees the chance to discuss the needs of the seniors in their family or care.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann said: “Council often receives calls from family members who are not aware of what is available at a time of crisis and this expo is an excellent opportunity for people to gain an understanding of how to connect with relevant services before the need becomes urgent.”

The expo is being held at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk on Friday 29 October between 9am and 11am.  Tickets are not required for the expo, which will be followed by a ticketed seniors only lunch event.  For more information call Council on 5424 4000.


More Movement to Music classes for Toogoolawah

A new ten-week term of the popular Movement to Music at Toogoolawah will commence on Monday 1 November. 

The term will run until Monday 20 December, break for Christmas and then continue on 31 January.  Classes commence at 9.15am and last for 50 minutes.  Classes are conducted by a trained instructor and are designed for older persons.  Mature aged persons who prefer a moderate paced exercise are also invited to join. 

Toogoolawah and District Progress Association Inc representative, Cr Kylee Isidro has watched the popular classes grow over the past year.

“The class participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and the exercise is about getting out and having fun while moving to the music, rather than being an expert,” she said.

Classes are held at Alexandra Hall in Cressbrook Street, Toogoolawah and cost $30 for the entire ten weeks. Payment is required in full at the commencement of term.  For more information and for new registrations call Council on 5424 4000.

Image caption:  The popular Movement to Music classes as Toogoolawah have been extended for another term.




The Condensery showcases senior school artwork

There’s still time to catch the Senior School Showcase at The Condensery | Somerset Regional Art Gallery before the exhibition ends on 31 October.

The exhibition draws together artwork by senior students from Toogoolawah State High School, highlighting the development of their ideas and techniques over 2020 and 2021.

Chair of The Condensery Advisory Committee, Cr Helen Brieschke applauded the students for the diversity of style, media and complexity presented in their art.

“Some of these works are striking, some are experimental, while others are thought-provoking or challenging.  Our upcoming young artists have a wealth of talent and ideas and are gaining skills that are vital to the continued development of Somerset region’s arts and cultural talent pool,” she said.

“Many art forms, video and photography are featured in this exhibition, with some interesting perspectives on contemporary life and ideas. Exhibiting at a gallery such as The Condensery also gives the students real life experience and understanding of displaying in a gallery environment and working with a professional curator.”

The Senior School Showcase ends on 31 October 2021 at The Condensery in Toogoolawah.


Image captions:  Student Amanda Brown’s work in the Senior School Showcase exhibition at The Condensery

Year 11 and 12 Art in Practice studies on display in the Senior School Showcase exhibition at The Condensery




Toogoolawah SES member recognised for excellence

Toogoolawah SES member Danni Cawte took out a Regional SES Week award last week, underlining the important role that the SES plays in regional areas.

The presentation took place during the annual QFES/SES South-Eastern Region SES Week Award ceremony at the Fernvale Community Hall on Sunday 10 October 2021.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Graeme Lehmann said: “The vital contribution that SES members make to regional areas like ours cannot be understated, and here in Somerset we have very committed and hard-working SES crews.”

“The fact that we have an award-winning team member based at our Toogoolawah SES base doesn’t surprise me at all.  Danni’s dedication to her role is one we can all be grateful for,” he said.

Regional SES Week Awards are based on the eligibility criteria of "special contribution by an individual to the SES, through compassion, support, commitment, diligence or skill."  

The citation on Danni's award reads "For special contribution to the SES through diligent application to training and operational tasks and role modelling peer support to fellow members."


Image caption:  Acting Regional Manager Mark Kelly, Toogoolawah SES member Danni Cawte and Suncorp Senior Branch Manager, Anthony Somerfield at the award ceremony last weekend.



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