Somerset Regional Council

Council Of Mayors | South East Queensland

Somerset

The Somerset region is an hour west of Brisbane and is bordered by the regions of the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Brisbane. It provides a gateway to and from greater Queensland with linkages through the South Burnett and the Darling Downs and is the fastest growing local government area in South East Queensland.

The region includes the towns of Esk, Kilcoy, Lowood, Fernvale and Toogoolawah and features 40 protected areas including national parks, state forests and forest reserves, as well as 11 nature reserves, which form a vital part of the region’s environmental assets.

The region also includes major water resources and recreational assets such as Lakes Wivenhoe and Somerset Dam.

Twenty-three percent of Somerset is identified as good quality agricultural land and rural production is a vital industry within the region, while manufacturing is the largest employer with 14.5 percent of the region’s labour force employed in the industry.

The region has strong agricultural, environmental, heritage and tourism values. It contains important vegetation and forest, areas of high scenic and landscape amenity and significantly, the key water catchments for South East Queensland.

Mayor Graeme Lehmann

Mayor Graeme Lehmann

+61 7 5424 4000

Graeme was born and raised in the Somerset region and has always called this his home. He lives with his wife Judy at Prenzlau and together they have three daughters and many grandchildren.

Graeme is passionate about representing the interests of the community and first became a Councillor in 1994. A decade after being in local government, Graeme was elected Mayor of the region. He has proudly served in local government for over two decades.

Graeme left high school early to pursue his love of cars and successfully completed an apprenticeship as a mechanic soon after. Graeme is a qualified motor mechanic and owned and operated a business specialising in repairing and restoring vehicles at Tarampa for many years. He is an avid Holden supporter and has raced at speedway and won several titles.