Scottie Simmonds

Put Somerset rates dates in your diary

SOMERSET Regional Council has scheduled its release dates for rate notices in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Council will issue its 2016/17 half-year rate notices on August 23, 2016 with a due date of October 4, 2016 and on February 2,1 2017 with a due date of April 4, 2017.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann encouraged residents to put these future dates in their diaries to help with budgeting.

Snake warning for visitors to lakes

WITH the warmer months upon us, visitors to the region's lakes are being warned to keep their eyes out for snakes while they are enjoying the recreation areas.

Seqwater is asking visitors to be observant and aware that venomous snake species can be found around lakes. Residents are advised to learn what to do in the case of a snake bite and how to effectively apply first-aid.