Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Planning for the future in Kilcoy

Media Release


10 December 2014

Joint release with:

Graeme Lehmann

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.