Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights 2 June 2022
Somerset average residential rates lowest in SEQ
A government report has confirmed that Somerset Regional Council has the lowest average residential rates compared to other south east Queensland Councils.
On 27 May 2022, the Department of State Development Infrastructure Local Government and Planning published a comparative report on average residential rates and charges for 2021/2022 by different Councils and localities throughout Queensland.
Each year the department collects information from local governments about the key services they provide and publishes it in the Queensland Local Government Comparative Information report.
The report includes a suite of efficiency, effectiveness and quality-of-service indicators covering various key functional and financial areas of local government.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the report confirmed what most residents already know.
“Residential rates are lower in Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.
“Council will continue to sustainably manage our assets for the long-term financial benefit of residents.”
The Queensland Local Government Comparative Information report is available at https://bit.ly/3zqGK7p
Green thumbs can congregate at Lowood
A community garden is now available at Somerset Regional Council’s Lowood Library.
Located at 1 Michel Street, the garden features edible fruits, herbs and vegetables with the inclusion of some Indigenous bush tucker.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the garden opened late May with the assistance of Tarampa Lodge residents.
“Council was fortunate to receive a grant from the Queensland Government and State Library of Queensland to deliver the project for our community,” Cr Lehmann said.
“The garden has been designed to encourage collaboration between residents of all ages, from toddlers through to retirees and has disability access too to ensure it is an inclusive space.”
The garden is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
Photo caption: A community garden is now available in Lowood at the library for residents to enjoy.
Share your interesting life story
Somerset residents with an interesting life story are being sought by Somerset Regional Council to share their tale.
Council, through its library branches, are coordinating a community project, 10 Stories, which involves community groups, organisations and residents from across Somerset.
Residents are encouraged to tell their story in 50 words or less and highlight how their story reveals the unique history, diverse culture or celebrates the experience of life in the Somerset region.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Residents can submit their story before 10 June by visiting www.somerset.qld.gov.au.
Hard copies of the form are also available at each of the Somerset Library branches in Esk, Toogoolawah, Kilcoy and Lowood.
Somerset gamers get ready
Somerset youth have an opportunity to book in a free session with the Ghostly Games Mobile Game Theatre coming to Fernvale in July.
The sessions are being organised by Somerset Regional Council as part of its annual Winter School Holiday program and will be hosted by Ghostly Games.
Two sessions are available on 5 July with the first between 2.30pm to 4pm (G and PG games) and the second between 4pm to 5.30pm (ages 13+ (M games included) and parent/guardian permission is required.
The Mobile Game Theatre will be in the carpark at Fernvale Sports Park.
Tickets are limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Bookings can be made by phoning Council on 5424 4000.