Somerset weekly highlights, week ending 15 March 2024

Somerset Regional Council approved a poultry farm in Harlin. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

HARLIN POULTRY FARM APPROVED

Somerset Regional Council (SRC) approved a poultry farm for development at Harlin at its ordinary meeting on Wednesday 13 March.

The Kangaroo Creek Road and Apple Tree Creek Road development will include six poultry sheds and have capacity to house 11,500 birds in each.

SUBDIVISION GETS GREEN LIGHT

SRC has approved a subdivision at 115 Old Fernvale Road at Vernor for one lot to be divided into 24, including the creation of new road and drainage.

Lots will vary in size between 3125sq m and 4,047sq m with one large lot of more than 1.5 hectares which contains koala habitat.

QAO REPORT POSITIVE

A report to State Parliament by Queensland Audit Office (QAO) has named SRC as one of only 43% of Queensland councils with no significant deficiencies in its financial management systems.

QAO Report 8 of 2023-24 reported that 57 per cent of Queensland councils as having one or more “significant internal control deficiencies” in a statewide total of 157 significant issues found.

FOOTY GROUNDS BEGIN UPGRADE

Upgrades to the Esk Football grounds, managed by Somerset Regional Council, have started.

Works include the installation of an irrigation system, various field improvements and new goal posts.

The project, co-funded by the Queensland Government through its Minor Infrastructure Program, is expected to be completed in May.