Somerset Regional Council highlights: week ending 12 April 2024

All Somerset councillors have been appointed to the Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee, a divisive item in the Esk community. Picture: SRC

COUNCILLORS APPOINTED

Somerset Councillors have been appointed to various committees across the region.

Mayor Jason Wendt has been appointed to various committees including the Audit Committee, Local Disaster Management Group, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborative, Pest Management Working Group, Traffic and Safety Advisory Committee and various local government specific bodies.

Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke has been assigned to the Audit Committee, Local Disaster Management Group, Pest Management Group and Chair of The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee.

All councillors have been appointed to the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee and the Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee.

An exhaustive list of councillor representation of various committees and community groups will be made available on council’s website, visit somerset.qld.gov.au

GARDEN CENTRE PROGRESS IN LOWOOD

Somerset Regional Council has taken a further step toward the development of a garden centre and nursery in Main Street at Lowood.

Council has decided to amalgamate three freehold lots at the former Telstra site.

The decision further paves the way to transform the site into a garden centre development.

Council continues to progress a lease over the site for West Moreton Landcare Group Inc.

The change will also result in a reduction in council operating costs.

GREENING LOWOOD PIPELINE TENDER AWARDED

Somerset Regional Council has awarded a tender to construct a recycled water pipeline to three key areas in Lowood.

The project, Greening Lowood, is a council initiative to provide benefit to the community on the back of the newly constructed Lowood Fernvale wastewater treatment plant.

The tender has been awarded to Silverstrand Development who, at a cost of about $1.5 million, will be responsible for the supply and installation of a new pipeline that will, when complete, service the Lowood Bowls Club, Lowood Recreational Reserve and Lowood Golf Club.

Mayor Jason Wendt said the project was about drought proofing these key community use areas.

Council will utilise $1.4 million in funding secured through the SEQ Community Stimulus Program to help deliver this project.

SOMERSET SMALL BUSINESS SENTIMENT SURVEY

Small business operators in Somerset are being encouraged to complete an online survey to help council understand the sector better.

The survey will open on Monday 15 April and be available from council’s website, visit somerset.qld.gov.au.

Somerset Mayor Jason Wendt said the survey responses will help council better understand the variety of small businesses in Somerset as well as the constraints they are faced with.

“The responses will also enable us, as council, to see how we can do more to support business operators now and into the future,” Cr Wendt said.

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