Somerset council highlights: week ending 31 May

Somerset Regional Council received a briefing from Enervest, prior to its council meeting on 29 May regarding a proposed battery energy storage facility at Hazeldean. Picture: SRC

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

Somerset Regional Council received a briefing from Enervest, prior to its council meeting on Wednesday, 29 May, regarding a proposed battery energy storage facility at Hazeldean.

The purpose of the briefing was to inform elected members and senior officers of council about the proposal.

Council’s Director of Planning and Development Luke Hannan said a decision on the development application (DA) is yet to be considered by council.

“Council officers will consider submissions received and complete the assessment of the development application in accordance with the requirements prescribed inCouncil’s planning scheme and the State Government’s Planning Act 2016,” he said.

“However, submitters and residents should be aware that developments of this scale can take some time to assess.”

For more information on the development application visit: Development Application Results (somerset.qld.gov.au)

LOWOOD CHILDCARE APPROVED

Somerset Regional Council has conditionally approved a childcare centre for 90 places in Lowood.

The proposed facility will be built at 31 and 33 Prospect Street, Lowood adjoining the town’s primary school.

The centre will be built on a site of about 2000 sqm and include six separate rooms, two outdoor play areas.

Councillor Tiara Hurley supported the development application saying there was a real need to cater for more families in Somerset.

“It’s wonderful to have more options for working families in Somerset,” she said.

In the same meeting, Cr Brieschke said “It would be fantastic to see another childcare facility built around Toogoolawah and Esk where there is a desperate need.”

Council requested officers prepare a report to look at opportunities to attract childcare providers to our region.

SOMERSET COUNTRY RACING

SRC is supporting rural race meets by sponsoring the Esk and Kilcoy races.

Council will award the Kilcoy Race Club and Esk Jockey Club $1000 each.

Somerset Mayor Jason Wendt said investing in these two key events was about supporting tourism in the region.

“Our investment in sponsoring the July race meets aligns with Council’s commitment to promoting and supporting economic development initiatives within Somerset,” he said.