Planning for the future in Kilcoy
10 December 2014
Joint release with:
Somerset Regional Council Mayor
Two new developments opened in Kilcoy today will underpin the region's future for years to come.
The redeveloped Kilcoy Showgrounds will help promote the region's equestrian activities, while the construction of an environmental interpretive visitor's centre will raise awareness of the importance and health of the region's water catchments.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Somerset Region is growing quickly and both projects will complement its growth.
“The Kilcoy Showgrounds Redevelopment project involved building a new pavilion near the existing grandstand, extending an existing pavilion, improving lighting and building additional toilets and showers, making it an ideal venue for larger events, particularly equestrian activities,” Mr Truss said.
“With the development complete, we expect to see more participation in sport, leisure and recreation activities in the local community.”
LNP Senator for Queensland Barry O'Sullivan officially opened the new facilities said the Kilcoy Information Centre was built to improve regional environmental outcomes.
“This centre is a first for south east Queensland, with no known existing centre focusing on freshwater catchment management, water quality and biodiversity matters on this scale,” Senator O'Sullivan said.
“The centre is home to an 80-seat theatrette, full-access interpretive display areas and an outdoor display terrace. It really is a longterm asset to the local community.”
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the Information Centre will help improve catchment management practices and water quality throughout the entire region.
“Kilcoy was chosen to host the Centre because it is has one of the healthiest catchments in south east Queensland,” Mr Lehmann said.
Both projects were jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Somerset Regional Council. The Government provided $500,000 towards the $1.7 million cost of the Kilcoy Showground Redevelopment and half of the $2.5 million cost of the Kilcoy Information Centre.