A WORD FROM: Mayor Graeme Lehmann

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

I AM proud of my coun­cil team, to­gether with staff, who have achieved much for the Som­er­set re­gion.

The bridge re­place­ment pro­gram is on track for a dol­lar-to-dol­lar sub­sidy from the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments and with a fur­ther 10 bridges to be in­cluded in the scheme for this year.

We have had many on­go­ing projects with the de­vel­op­ment of the Fern­vale Sport­ing Fields, town drainage and foot­paths.

In the past two years we have had the com­ple­tion of the Lowood Li­brary and Bris­bane Val­ley Rail Trail with in­volve­ment from State Govern­ment, Fed­eral Govern­ment, Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil and sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

A record num­ber of in­fra­struc­ture projects are cur­rently be­ing car­ried out by coun­cil staff.

The pop­u­la­tion of the re­gion is sup­ported by these projects and coun­cil poli­cies have as­sisted mas­sive pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ments such as the Bris­bane Val­ley Pro­tein Precinct and fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of Kil­coy Global Foods.

Coun­cil re­mains in a debt free sta­tus with af­ford­able rates and ef­fec­tive ser­vices.

Cur­rently we are work­ing on wa­ter se­cu­rity with neigh­bour­ing coun­cils for food pro­duc­tion in our re­gion.

It has been great to have the sup­port from Coun­cil of May­ors.

I am proud to be in­volved in work­ing with many com­mu­nity groups pro­vid­ing ser­vices for the re­gion.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann.

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