Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights - 27 April 2022
Somerset housing development gets green light to expand
The next stage of a housing development at Hedley Park at Woolmar has been given the green light by Somerset Regional Council.
Stage eight of the development includes approval of 36 new general residential lots ranging in size from 511sq m to 1005 sq m.
Somerset Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke said it was great news for the community.
“We are facing a housing crisis and approving such developments will help pave the way for more than 30 new homes to built for families in our region,” Cr Gaedtke said.
“We are seeing a huge demand for properties out in rural communities like Somerset and we are pleased to be able to approve this development extension.
“Each of the new lots will be provided with a connection to the reticulated water and sewer networks.”
The latest stage of the development is located to the northwest of the existing stages of the Hedley Park Estate on land at Hedley Drive and Settlers Rise.
Somerset flood recovery update
Somerset Regional Council has released its latest instalment of its Flood Recovery Newsletter which details recovery progress as well as financial and other forms of assistance available to primary producers, businesses, non-for-profit organisations and individuals.
Somerset Councillor Bob Whalley said the April newsletter showcased some great local business recovery stories.
“We acknowledge as a community we still have a long way to go in terms of recovery but every step forward is a step in the right direction,” Cr Whalley said.
To read the newsletter visit: src-flood-recovery-newsletter-april-2022 (somerset.qld.gov.au)
Projects nominated for $1 million Commonwealth funding
Somerset Regional Council has nominated five projects under the recently announced Australian government local roads and community infrastructure program phase (LRCIP) three extension.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the federal budget papers include $987,796 set aside for Somerset Regional Council under LRCIP phase 3 extension.
“While during an election campaign, funding announcements should be treated with caution, in this case the funding has actually been allocated in the federal budget,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Council has therefore resolved to earmark the funds for the following projects adding to $1.025M:
- Kilcoy Recreation Grounds - Construction of Ferling Way to rear of sheds - $220,000
- Railway Park amenities, Coominya upgrade - $200,000
- Royston Street, Kilcoy – road rehabilitation from Mary to Rose Street (220m). Replace footpaths, kerb and channel sections - $290,000
- Colinton Street, Braemore - form and seal section along group of houses (400m) - $175,000
- McConnel Street, Braemore - form and seal section along group of houses (450m) - $140,000”
“We are grateful for ongoing financial assistance from the Australian Government to help develop our community and our local infrastructure.”
Somerset Garden Competition returns for sixth year
The sixth annual Somerset Garden Competition is returning with entries opening in June.
The competition is about encouraging all Somerset garden enthusiasts to enter their gardens into an open garden display and associated competition with entries opening on Saturday, 18 June and will close on Thursday, 15 September.
There will be four major competition categories; Best Rural Garden, Best Urban Garden, Best Business Garden and Best Community Group Garden.
Somerset Councillor Kylee Isidro said Council was pleased to fund and organise this annual competition.
“This competition is a great showcase of some of the best gardens in Somerset and I’m pleased to once again be a judge of these gardens along with my fellow councillor, Sean Choat and a specialist garden judge from outside of Somerset,” Cr Isidro said.
Strategic plan adopted for council managed facility
Somerset Regional Council has adopted a strategic plan for the Somerset Civic Centre at Esk to help drive its growth and use within in the community.
Somerset Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke, who is also a member on the Somerset Civic Centre Advisory Committee said the strategy was a step in the right direction.
“The development of this plan is to provide a framework to guide decision making about the use, operation and further development of the centre,” Cr Brieschke said.
“This strategy also provides council with an opportunity to inform the community of its current practices to support arts and cultural activities and to identify, prioritise and coordinate key initiatives that can strengthen and support the creative capacity and experience of community and visitors.”
Cr Brieschke said usage of the centre had increased since council took over management of the facility and acknowledge that many more user groups were now able to take advantage of the multi-million-dollar facility.
Change of Council Meeting Days
Somerset Regional Council will hold its ordinary meeting previously scheduled for Wednesday, 22 June 2022 on Wednesday, 29 June and move its meeting organised for 13 July 2022 to 20 July 2022.
The meeting dates have been changed as some councillors will be attending various local government and business development conferences.
Council’s meeting originally scheduled for 27 July has been cancelled.
Council meetings start at 9am in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library in Heap Street.
Council is also reopening meetings to the public effective from its next meeting on Wednesday, 11 May however attendance is subject to pre-approval and application.
Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council was pleased to be able to reopen meetings to the public however due to COVID-19 and ongoing social distancing requirements, residents must request to attend meetings in advance.
“Residents are requested to email or phone council seeking approval at least three days prior to a meeting,” Cr Lehmann said.
Agendas and all meeting dates for 2022 are available at www.somerset.qld.gov.au.
NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday, 27 April at 9am.