No fun for Somerset runners this year

Covid-19 has forced a postponement of the Somerset Rail Trail run

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FALSE START: The 2020 Somerset Rail Trail fun run and ride has been postponed to July, 2021 because of coronavirus restrictions.

FALSE START: The 2020 Somerset Rail Trail fun run and ride has been postponed to July, 2021 because of coronavirus restrictions.

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The annual Somerset rail trail fun run and ride is off this year because of coronavirus restrictions.

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THE 18th annual Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride is the latest community activity to fall victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Somerset Regional Council officials have postponed the popular event until July, 2021.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said council hoped restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus would have eased but postponing was the right option.

"Council has made this decision in line with the Queensland Government's road map to easing restrictions and believes that this represents the most viable option for the event to successfully continue," Cr Lehmann said.

"We look forward to having everyone on board for a bigger and better event in 2021."

Despite the hiccup with the 2020 fun run/ride, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail remains open for public use.

Ten community groups will share nearly $50,000 in Somerset council grants just as the council also asks for a handout.

The council is asking the State government for support through the Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund to help fund master drainage improvement works across the region.

It is understood the SRC wants overland flow path mapping and master drainage plans developed for the region's five major townships and is prepared to pay half the estimated cost of $230,000.

Cr Lehmann said the master drainage mapping would be the next step in improving community resilience in Esk, Fernvale, Lowood, Toogoolawah and Kilcoy.

In the meantime, the SRC has dug into its Community Assistance Grants program to assist the 10 groups with a range of projects, events and services.

The largest slice of the funding pie will go to the Esk Men's Shed ($9900).

As well Lowood Recreational Complex ($9000), Linville Hall Committee ($5958), Lowood Show Society ($5760.70), Mount Stanley Muster ($5199), Brisbane Valley Pony and Hack Club ($5000), Kilcoy Bowls Club ($3384.25), Queensland Country Women's Association, Esk Branch ($2500), Let's Get Active Linville ($2320) and Kilcoy District Historical Society ($215.80) are in the money.

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