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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights 19 April 2023

Published: 19th April 2023


Somerset tourism operators encouraged to experience more  

Somerset Regional Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from tourism operators in its region to participate in the second round of the Best of Brisbane Region Experience Support Program.  

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the free program is designed to help tourism businesses deliver exceptional visitor experiences and grow their businesses through practical resources and mentoring support.

“Mentors will work with up to six tourism businesses from Somerset over 11 weeks (from June to August 2023),” Cr Lehmann said.

“During this time operators will complete 13 modules designed to help them become identified as a Best of Queensland Experience and the marketing and promotional benefits that spin off from that.”

Some eligibility requirements apply.

Somerset tourism operators are encouraged to phone council on 5424 4000 for more information before EOIs close on 12 May 2023.

The Best of Brisbane Region Experiences Support Program represents an exciting collaboration, delivered in partnership between Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA), Southern Queensland Country Tourism (SQCT) and Somerset Regional Council.

Council also acknowledges Tourism and Events Queensland for their support of the Best of Brisbane Region Experiences Support Program through the Contestable Funding Program 2022-2023.

Out There Cycling, a Somerset tourism businesses, benefited from participating in the program previously. 


Family friendly entertainment coming to Somerset Civic Centre

An award-winning circus show, Casting Off, featuring three powerhouse Australian acrobats from three different generations will be performing at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk in May.

Presented by A Good Catch and Cluster Arts, the performance features three dynamic Australian women tumble, talk, fly and balance precariously in a joyful, witty and poignant circus show that will make you laugh and cry.

Somerset Councillor Kylee Isidro said the family friendly event, throws away the textbook on how you view contemporary circus.

“Somerset Regional Council, through its Somerset Civic Centre programing is thrilled to bring this performance that has won awards across the world to Esk for residents to enjoy,” Cr Isidro said.

The performance will be held on 3 May at 6.30pm. Tickets are available from

Somerset Civic Centre Wednesday, 3 May at 6.30PM. Tickets available online at: or by visiting the Somerset Civic Centre box office.


Unique Kids Circus Workshop on offer in Esk

The Somerset Civic Centre in Esk will host a Kids Circus Workshop on Tuesday, 2 May at 4pm.

The workshop will be taught by three highly experienced and well-respected circus performers, Debra Batton, Sharon Gruenert, and Spenser Inwood - the founders and collaborators behind arthouse circus production company A Good Catch.

This free event is designed to help children (age eight to 14) learn new skills, take risks, and practice fearlessness in a safe and supportive environment.

These workshops present a unique opportunity to practice fundamental acro and circus skills. It will be a fun and exciting afternoon for children to flex their physical and creative muscles.

This free workshop will take an hour and a half.

Tickets are limited and registration is essential so book your spot today at

The Somerset Civic Centre will host a one-time kids circus workshop held by experienced professional circus performers. 



Become a community champion – suicide prevention workshops

Become a community champion and learn to recognise when someone could be at risk of harming themselves by attending a free three-hour workshop.

Organised by Somerset Regional Council, the workshops on suicide prevention are being held at Toogoolawah on Tuesday, 2 May and Kilcoy on Wednesday, 17 May. The workshops will start at 5.45pm.

This initiative is funded by the Queensland Government, Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Package under Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy.

To find out more or register phone Council on 5424 4000.


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