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Somerset Regional Council Weekly Highlights 18 May 2023

Published: 19th May 2023


Kilcoy Streetscape Revitalisation underway
Somerset Regional Council has started its community engagement on the Kilcoy Streetscape Revitalisation project.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the project will define the identity of Kilcoy.

“The project will build on what is already loved about the town to enhance its appeal for everyone,” Cr Lehmann said.

“The main outcome for this project will be the development of a master plan for the town centre and main streets.

“The project will consider pedestrian footpaths; street trees and shade; street furniture and opportunities for public art; entry and wayfinding signage and public gathering spaces.”
Cr Lehmann said it was imperative the community had their say on the project.

“Council is keen to hear how our businesses, local residents, community groups and youth can work collaboratively to assist in delivering a shared vision to revitalise Kilcoy,” he said.
Residents can get involved by completing a short online survey before 11 June - or have your say in person at a pop-up stall at Yowie Markets in Kilcoy on 27 May.

Land Auction Scheduled

Somerset Regional Council will hold a rate arrears auction for two properties on Thursday, 25 May.

The two properties, 40 Lehmanns Road at Coolana and 71 Brockhurst Drive at Hazeldean will be auctioned at the Somerset Civic Centre, 35 Esk Hampton Road, Esk at 11am.

The properties are going under the hammer for overdue rates of at least three years.

For more information on the properties visit or phone 5424 4000.


Official opening for new playground at Fernvale

A community celebration to mark the grand opening of the new Memorial Park at Fernvale was a huge success.

The celebration was held on Thursday, 18 May with Federal Member for Parliament Shayne Neumann in attendance.

A key attraction of the new fenced playground is a custom-designed train which links back to the iconic Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.

The playground features so much including climbing nets, swaying pods, tactile play panels, a slide, talking tubes and crawling tunnels will excite all train drivers big and small.

The new playground also features a Birds Nest Swing that encourages children to enjoy the sensation of swinging together. The playground was designed in collaboration with award-winning playground designers at Urban Play.

The new $250,000 playground is funded by the Federal Government through its Local Road Community Infrastructure Program.

Photo Captions:

The new train at the children’s playground in Memorial Park at Fernvale, near the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is a huge hit with families including 18 month old Grace Folbigg pictured with her grandfather John Folbigg.


Somerset Regional Councillors with Federal Member for Parliament, Shayne Neumann.



Small Business Breakfast on soon

Through its commitment as a Small Business Friendly Council, Somerset Regional Council will celebrate Queensland Small Business Month with a free business breakfast on Wednesday, 31 May.

The morning will start at 7am and focus on small business success in Somerset with speakers, including presentations from Council, State Government and small business operators.

The event will be held at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk and finish at 9am.

To register visit:

The event is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.


Farmers Set for Big Night Out

Somerset farmers are invited to catch up with mates, enjoy a two-course meal and take a night away from the farm to enjoy the annual Farmers Big Night Out.

Organised by Somerset Regional Council, the popular annual event will be held at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk on Thursday, 22 June.

The event will include guest speaker Shane Webcke – a passionate farm safety advocate.

The evening will start at 5pm and wrap up about 9.30pm.

Bookings to this free event are essential and can be made at or by phoning 5424 4000. 


Engaging Social Media Creative Workshop on in June

Learn how to build your social media audience and grow your profile with visual artist and cultural practitioner, Alex Stalling, at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk on Saturday, 10 June.

In this free workshop, you will discover how to reach and build audiences, select the right platform, grow your following and much more in this free, hands-on session.

All community groups, creatives, artsworkers, creative businesses and organisations are encouraged to attend.

The workshops will go from 10am to 4pm with a break for lunch.

Registrations are essential for this free workshop via

As part of the annual Somerset Arts Networking program of events, these workshops are made possible by support from the Regional Arts Development Fund in collaboration with Flying Arts Alliance Inc. 


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