Somerset Regional Council highlights: week ending 19 April 2024

Grace Jardine, Ellanor Cross and Tuana Lancor had a great time at the Rollabae disco in Esk. Picture: SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL


Queensland Government statistics have confirmed that unemployment across the Somerset Regional Council (SRC) area fell from 6.1% in June 2023 to 5.1% in September 2023.

The Somerset unemployment rate was confirmed on the website of the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office (QGSO),

SRC Mayor Jason Wendt said council was committed to getting the economy moving.

“Council is working hard during a time of huge cost of living pressures to get the economy moving, jobs created and get projects delivered for the community,” Cr Wendt said.

“Food industries are the backbone of the Somerset economy with 15.5% of local employment being in either food production or food processing.

“We are working through a $58 million flood restoration program to fix roads and bridges that allow our food producers to get their products to market.

“To put this road restoration program into context for Somerset Regional Council, this is around twice our annual rate revenue.

“The latest employment numbers are a huge confidence boost which brings our unemployment rate a lot closer to the state average of 3.8%.”

It is anticipated that the December 2023 quarter unemployment statistics will be released by the QGSO in July 2024.


The second annual Kilcoy Multicultural Carnival is back bigger than ever.

The celebration, organised by SRC, will be held at Yowie Park on 17 May between 3pm and 7pm.

SRC Mayor Jason Wendt said the carnival will be a vibrant celebration of diversity, featuring cultural acts and demonstrations.

“This free event will feature performances from various cultural groups, showcasing their traditional dances, music, and customs,” Cr Wendt said.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our community.”

The Kilcoy Multicultural Carnival is a family-friendly event open to everyone and is proudly funded by the Queensland Government, Sponsored by Kilcoy Global Foods and organised by SRC.


The next SRC ordinary meeting will be held in Esk on Wednesday 24 April.

The meeting will start at 9am and be held in the Simeon Lord Room at the Esk Library.

Community members are welcome to attend meetings and are encouraged to provide at least 24 hours’ notice of attendance via email to or by phoning council on 5424 4000.

Audio from council meetings are streamed live onto council’s corporate facebook page, increasing the opportunity for the public to be informed of decision making.


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

The survey is open now until 10 May and is available from council’s website:

SRC 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.


Tickets are now on sale for the annual Somerset Rail Trail Classic, the region’s premier fun run.

The event, brought to the community by SRC, will be held on Sunday 21 July.

Course options include a 3km run/walk from Vernor to Fernvale, an 8km run/walk from Lowood to Fernvale and a 44km bike ride from Esk to Fernvale.

Early bird registrations for the event, sponsored by A&M Civil Contracting, are open now and can be completed by visiting


The hugely popular Rollabae Disco returned to the Somerset Civic Centre carpark in Esk earlier this month.

About 250 people attended the event, organised by SRC.

Among those enjoying the free skating and disco music was Somerset teenagers Grace Jardine, Ellanor Cross and Tuana Lancor.

SRC Mayor Jason Wendt said it was great to see so many young people and their families enjoying the event.