Roads top of priorities list in Somerset

Candidates running for Somerset Regional Council at the 'meet the candidates' night in Toogoolawah on February 27. PHOTO: GRACE CRICHTON

Roads, economic growth, and transparency are top priorities for the public and candidates in the lead up to the local government election.

Candidates running in Somerset put their case forward at several meetings last week.

Somerset Business Chamber hosted meet the candidate nights in Glamorgan Vale, Toogoolawah, and Kilcoy.

Mayoral and councillor candidates introduced themselves in brief speeches before answering prepared questions and then taking questions from the floor.

At the Toogoolawah meeting, the state of the Brisbane Valley and D’Aguilar Highways were brought up several times.

Questions also addressed the lack of industrial and commercial land and its impact on attracting new business to the region.

Members of the public asked about multiple dwellings, dog limits, renewable energy, and soft infrastructure.

Somerset Business Chamber president Lee Robinson said the chamber members felt it was critically important the candidates got a fair hearing.

“Really, these sorts of events are the only way people can stop and make a considered judgement,” he said.

“Looking at Facebook, looking at placards on the side of the road, you’re not going to know.”

By hosting these events, Mr Robinson said, people were able to make an informed decision on who to vote for.

“Who represents this region is critically important for the economic growth of the area,” he said.

Early voting opened on March 4 and polling day is March 16.

Early voting locations are:

• Esk, The Rectory – 85 Ipswich St

• Fernvale Visitor Information Centre – 1438 Brisbane Valley Hwy

• Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre – 41 Hope St