Councillor Report – Wednesday 9 August 2017

Councillor Report – Wednesday 9 August 2017

Category : General News

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

09 August            Somerset Community Men’s Shed Inc. AGM – Lowood

09 August            Somerset Art Society Inc. AGM – Esk

13 August            Kilcoy Art Society Inc. Exhibition Opening & 5th Birthday Party

15 August            Toogoolawah State High School Open Day & Careers Expo

16 August            Kilcoy District Cultural Village Committee Public Meeting

19 August            Kilcoy State School’s 125th Anniversary Book Launch

19/20 August     Gathering of the Eagles – Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield

21 August            Lowood Seniors Week Celebrations

22 August            Citizenship Ceremony – Esk

23 August            Kilcoy Seniors Week Celebrations

24 August            Esk & Toogoolawah Meals on Wheels AGM & Lunch

25 August            Somerset Seniors Week Celebrations

 

A new online tool will make organ and tissue donation easier as Queenslanders are more willing than most to become organ and tissue donors, but they are lagging behind the rest of Australia in registering their decision, according to DonateLife Queensland.  Now you can sign up instantly on your mobile phone, tablet or computer in less than two minutes at www.donatelife.gov.au.  According to research conducted by DonateLife, 74 per cent of Queenslanders are willing to save lives by donating their organs and tissues, compared with the national average of 67 per cent.

 

Agenda Item # 33 Councillors’ Reports

31 July                  Somerset Seniors Week Committee Meeting

01 August            “Beyond School Expo 2017” Kilcoy State High School

02 August            Lowood Recreational Complex Extension Opening

02 August            Gatton University Community Advisory Meeting – cancelled

03 August            Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail Committee Meeting

08 August            Somerset Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting

09 August            WISE Meeting – Hazeldean

 

Beyond School Expo 2017 – Kilcoy State High School

The evening was well supported with the Kilcoy Memorial Hall overflowing with students, parents, community members, carers and many stall holders.  The stall holders provided very valuable information and advice to very inquisitive minds.  Well done Kilcoy State High School.

 

Lowood Recreational Complex Extension Opening

Users of the Lowood Recreational Complex will benefit greatly from the extension of the existing playing fields.  It was a gratifying experience to watch the children arrive for their chosen choice of sports.  The vision of the previous Council and the availability of funding has made this much-needed sports facility grow to meet the expectations of the Lowood community.  A lovely afternoon shared with fellow Councillors, Jim Madden MP, funding officers, council officers and community members.

 

 

Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Committee Meeting

The monthly meeting was held at Heritage House Yarraman and committee member Elizabeth DeLacy presented to the membership the “Early History of Racing in the Brisbane River Valley”.  The recollection begins with the history of Nanango, Esk and Wivenhoe Race Clubs.  Ms DeLacy will complete the record by inclusion of other race clubs located between Fernvale and Nanango at a later date.  The committee also discussed a proposed heritage (tourism based) route from Brisbane through Caboolture, Kilcoy and onto Nanango with a corresponding heritage route identified from Ipswich, through Esk and again onto Nanango.  This proposed tourism based route will utilise part of Queensland’s Highway 17 tourism route identified many years ago by local authorities.  Highway 17 (Burnett Highway) was advertised as “The Alternative Route” and covered Ipswich in the South to Rockhampton in the North, and offered 700 kms of relaxing travelling for all tastes.  Highway 17 provided tourist and other travellers an alternative to travelling the main highway.  The committee also expressed a desire for South Burnett Regional Council to partner with Somerset Regional Council to organise a fishing competition utilising dams located in both local authority areas.

 

Small Schools Carnival & Linville/Harlin Sports Carnival

Congratulations to Harlin State School for achieving the Highest Aggregate Trophy award at the Small Schools Carnival held at Cooyar State School.  The Harlin State School was also successful at the Linville/Harlin Sports Carnival by winning the Ball Games Trophy and the carnival overall.

 

Somerset Regional Council Dry July Team 2017

The team of nine members raised approximately $1,600 to Dry July Foundation (Supporting Qld).  A total of 1979 supporters raised approximately $308,000 has been raised state wide through this initiative, which can make a difference to people affected by cancer.  I would like to thank all those wonderful and caring people who donated to my fund-raising page, and I am pleased to report that approximately $550 was generously donated.

 

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Successful Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Funding Submission

Congratulations to all those concerned who have championed this project.  From the assistance given by State and Federal Government Members, local community groups, local residents, and of course the very descriptive and factual funding submission made on 27 February 2017 by Council’s Director of Finance, Mr Geoffrey Smith.  Well done, and with this standard of teamwork and ongoing support, Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will now become reality, and the fruition of a great tourism and economic asset for Somerset.

 

Toogoolawah State High School – First place ribbon from the Interschool Team Young Judging event at the Ekka

Toogoolawah State High School students Taylor Williams and John and Olivia Delaforce beat 27 other school judging teams to be named first in the Interschool Young Judging competition by judge James Dockrill, Casino, NSW.  A great achievement and it’s only the school’s second year back competing at the Ekka after their agriculture program began to lose momentum.  While the school has about 270 students, only 12 are committed to their cattle club.  A great achievement!

 

 


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