WELCOME: Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomes students participating in the Bunya to the Bay.
WELCOME: Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomes students participating in the Bunya to the Bay. Contributed

Somerset welcome for students on Bunya to the Bay trek

SOMERSET Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomed school students to the region on Wednesday as part of an annual trek along the region's waterways.

About 130 students from various south-east Queensland high schools canoed sections of the Brisbane River to Fort Lytton at the mouth of the Brisbane River this week as part of Bunya to the Bay.

Cr Lehmann was invited by the Stanley River Environmental Education Centre at Hazeldean to welcome the students to Somerset.

Cr Lehmann joined the council's sport and recreation officer Michelle Francis to welcome the students as they arrived at O'Shea's Crossing near Somerset Dam.

O'Shea's Crossing is a bridge over the Brisbane River on Esk Kilcoy Rd. At higher Wivenhoe Dam levels it is possible to paddle downstream from O'Shea's Crossing to where the Stanley River, the river that flows from Somerset Dam, meets the Brisbane River.

"It was fantastic to welcome students to the Somerset region," Cr Lehmann said.

"These students showed an active interest in the environment and were learning about water quality, the natural environment and more as they canoed their way through our beautiful region."



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