Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights 9 June 2022
New phone tower approved for Fernvale
Somerset Regional Council has approved a new mobile base station at 47 Knox Lane, Fernvale.
Somerset Councillor Sean Choat said getting better mobile coverage in rural areas was paramount.
“I wholeheartedly support improved public infrastructure being built in our region,” Cr Choat said.
“We know that connectivity in rural areas like ours is paramount particularly with an increased number of people working from home.
“It makes the area more liveable.”
Councill approved the tower during is ordinary council meeting on Wednesday, 8 June.
New social plan coming for Somerset
Somerset Regional Council has appointed consultants, Tap Consultants, to prepare a social plan for the region.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the plan would help inform council’s decisions for the next five years and provide future directions for the implementation of community development.
“The social plan will investigate various areas impacting Somerset including, but not limited to, housing availability and homelessness, employment opportunities, disability inclusion, access to medical and other support services, improve transport and connectivity and more,” Cr Lehmann said.
The updated plan will be funding through a grant from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
New waste contractor appointed for Somerset sites
Somerset Regional Council has appointed Kaine Diverse Group to operate the Coominya, Kilcoy and Harlin Refuse and Recycling Centres.
The three-year contract will start on 1 July 2022 and continue until 30 June 2025.
Council Supports Rural Race Clubs
Somerset Regional Council will sponsor two race meetings of the Kilcoy and Esk race clubs.
Somerset Councillor Bob Whalley said Council will contribute $1000 to each club towards sponsorship of their race meetings.
“Country racing is alive and well in Somerset and these race meets contribute greatly to the local economy through increased visitation to our region,” Cr Whalley said.
“Council is proud to support these clubs through sponsorship annually.”
NB: Somerset Regional Council held its meeting in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library on Wednesday, 8 June at 9am.