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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 September 2020 – Councillor Report

Category : General News

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 September 2020

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 Congratulations to Hyperfly Martial Arts Athlete Angus Corby for winning the 2020 Queensland State Championship and to Taylah Smith and her horse Lunation winning the Reserve Queensland Champion in the 21-26 years age group in the Pony Club Queensland State Show Jumping and Equitation Championships.

State Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe announced that the Show Societies Grants Program provides financial support for operating costs associated with conducting annual agricultural shows, and costs towards the construction and maintenance of showground assets.  Congratulations to Esk P &I Assn – $8,925; Kilcoy PA&I Society – $8,719; Toogoolawah Dairying, Agriculture and Industrial Assn – $7,979 grants awarded.

The third round of Queensland’s highly- successful Country Racing Program is now open for applications.  Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe advised that the program funded as part of Palaszczuk Government’s four-year, $70.4 million Country Racing Support Package, which provides $2.6 million a year for non-TAB thoroughbred clubs to help with repairs and maintenance, along with asset replenishment and replacement.

 Agenda Item #45 Councillors’ Report

September

09           Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn Meeting

10           Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting

14           Department of Local Government, Racing & Multicultural Affairs – Electoral & Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 Workshop

17           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting

21           Meeting with Mr Jones and Ms Wheatstone – The Condensery, Toogoolawah

We were extremely honoured to have three impressive guest speakers at the Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group meeting; Dr. Sandra Tuszynska – soil microbiologist, Markus Kerkdijk – Soil Biology Lab Technician and Amanda Roughan – B.Agr. Science (Hons) Agri Consultant/Facilitator & Director of South East Country Vets.

The topic was soil health and the importance of collaboration between scientists, industry leaders and farmers.  Each guest speaker shared crucial information which is important for us all to understand since it is an issue which affects all of us on all levels.

I wish to sincerely thank Artists, Mr Jonathan Jones and Ms Tricia Wheatstone for providing their experience, knowledge and expertise so openly.  Mr Jones provided a very detailed presentation, to which I am very thankful for.

There has been many favourable comments made about the Kilcoy Refuse and Recycling Centre and the effort taken by staff member Mr Barry Cobbin in providing an array of colour through interesting potted plants.  Well done Barry!

 


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 September 2020

Category : General News

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 September 2020

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 Australia Post was reported as having recorded its busiest delivery day on September 1.  It is reported that more than 2.5 million parcels and letters were dropped off nationwide.  The service is experiencing a struggle to keep up with demand and is challenged with delays, particularly due to COVID-19 associated restrictions.  Good on our posties and all postal workers, we appreciate the work presently being carried out under extenuating circumstances.

 Agenda Item #31 Councillors’ Report

August

27           Human & Social Recovery Meeting – Online

27           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting – Kilcoy

31           Red Cross Blood Donation – Blood Heroes – Ipswich

31           Meeting with concerned residents – health services

31           Somerset Community Herb Clinics Meeting – Kilcoy

02           Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn Meeting

02           Green Hide Reserve – Linville Working Bee – Lunch – Moore

08           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary AGM

As an ongoing frustrating problem and one that is tabled at the Traffic & Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) Meetings, I am relieved to learn, along with our impacted residents, that Police will have new high-tech cameras, including an expanded fleet of drones to crackdown on hoons.  The new technology will add to the existing network of thousands of traffic cameras across the state.  The assault on hooning will make it much easier for police to catch hoons and to take strong action against them.  Police will have high-tech night vision capable cameras that can be deployed secretly, operated by an officer, or deployed on a drone.  I do believe that honing is an increasing problem for many areas.

These tough new tactics will complement the already harshest hoon penalties in the nation and will add to the arsenal of enforcement measures already being used by police to target hooning on Queensland’s roads:

Intelligence-driven enforcement with covert patrols; Monitoring of all forms of social media to take swift action; Hoon Hotline 13HOON; High-visibility patrols; Dedicated Road Policing officers; POLAIR aerial surveillance; Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology; Road safety camera trailers; Thousands of traffic cameras across the state and Police drone fleet.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 August 2020

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 August 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
The Electoral Commission of Queensland is making changes to prevent queues and allow for social distancing for the State Elections to be held in October. It is interesting to note that Queensland voters will be able to start voting from October 19, with about 200 early voting centres to be opened across the state. At the last election around 25% of Queenslanders lodged pre-poll votes and anther 700,000 voters chose to mail their votes, and more than a third didn’t turn up to polling booths on election day.

The NAB has reduced the opening hours of 114 of its smaller branches across Queensland. The Esk branch will be one of those affected and will now only open to customers from 9:30am to 12:30pm. No jobs will be lost as a result.

Agenda Item # Councillors’ Report
August
12 Somerset Regional Council Ordinary Meeting – Esk
12 Somerset Regional Council Confidential Workshop Meeting – Esk
12 Kilcoy State High School P&C Assn monthly meeting
12 Stanley River Rural Fire Brigade Group AGM/monthly meeting – Mt Kilcoy Sandy Creek RFB Shed
17 Invitation to share lunch and tour Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct, Coominya
17 RADF Assessment Meeting – Esk
18 Somerset Seniors Concert Series – Yowie Park, Kilcoy
18 Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk
19 Visit to Mount Glen Rock-Sandy Creek Trail – Esk
19 Traffic Safety Advisory Committee – Esk
19 Special Meeting – Local Economic Recovery Program
20 Road Inspection – Sandy Creek, Kilcoy
20 Meeting local Business Owner – Kilcoy CBD Roadworks
20 Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group monthly meeting – Kilcoy
22 Councillors & Council Staff Bicycle Ride – Blackbutt to Linville
24 Kilcoy District Progress Assn Meeting
25 Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

I would like to remind and invite our communities to complete the short survey that offers an opportunity to have a say on arts and culture in our region. The arts and cultural survey is being conducted through our Regional Arts Development Fund partnership and is open until 31 August. Information collected will help provide a framework necessary to support and nurture an environment in which arts and culture in the region can flourish.

I am pleased to report that the park bench which was painted red at Clock Park Lowood in support of the Red Rose Foundation’s Red Bench Initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence has received a great deal of support, so much in fact, other towns are seeking the same consideration. A plaque with the message “Change the Ending: Let’s Stop Domestic Violence” was installed on the red bench.

Many thanks to our staff for organising the Somerset Seniors Concert Series held at Toogoolawah, Kilcoy, Moore and Fernvale. I have witnessed how much work is devoted to these events. Also, a vote of thanks to staff for organising the Blackbutt to Linville BVRT bike ride. A very enjoyable day spent on our very famous BVRT, with great company, a lovely lunch and talented entertainment. Many thanks also to Out There Cycling and the Linville Hotel.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 August 2020

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 August 2020

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (the Bushfires Royal Commission) was due to conclude its hearings on 17 July. However, an extra block of hearings will be now be held, starting on 3 August.  The final report was due to be handed down on 31 August. The Bushfires Royal Commission has been extended by two months, taking its reporting deadline to 28 October 2020. Inquiry chairman Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin said COVID-19 had disrupted its schedule and made it difficult for stakeholders to make their submissions on time.

  • Congratulations to the Lowood & Fernvale Community Bank branch for achieving the wonderful award of the Branch of the Year for the South West Qld region.
  • Congratulations to Kathy Ellem Artist for winning the Best of Show in the 50th National Exhibition for the Women Artists of the West at the Settlers West Gallery Tucson AZ 2020.
  • Congratulations to Lowood High School for the initiative of training Jackson a rescue dog into a therapy dog, which has assisted students and staff at the school. Jackson has a calming effect on everyone and is the first accredited school therapy dog in the metro region and has been an ambassador for the school in promoting his work.
  • Congratulations to Brodie Hurley for winning the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition.

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail just keeps getting busier and busier, with two camels pulling up at Toogoolawah earlier this week.

Agenda Item #32 Councillors’ Report

July

22           Council Ordinary Meeting

22           Council Workshop Meeting

25           Operation Icebreaker – Kilcoy Showgrounds

27           Elected Member Update (EMU) – Esk

28           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

28           Lowood Lions Change Over Dinner

29           Media and Communications Masterclass – Esk

30           Recover Group Human and Social Sub Group Meeting #2

30           Recovery Group Economic Sub Group Meeting #2 August

03           Councillor & Executive Scene Setting Workshop – Esk

03           The Condensery – Art Exhibition – On the Wall : Artists Jonathan Jones &                  Patricia Wheatstone – Rusticated Art :  Robbie Greer

04           Kilcoy District Tennis Club Assn – Monthly meeting

04           Kilcoy Show Society – AGM

05           Somerset Dam & Districts Progress Assn Monthly meeting

06           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail Committee Monthly meeting – Moore

08           Lowood State High School – Linville to Lowood 96km Endurance Event –                   Linville Memorial Park

11        West Moreton Landcare – Morning Tea to celebrate recent partnership            projects  and thank volunteers and partners – Lowood

From all accounts Salubrious Inc. held at Mt Archer, Neurum on 1st August was a complete success and due to COVID restrictions only 500 people were allowed at any one time at the event.

Many Kilcoy residents have offered their sincere thanks for the resurfaced track at Yowie Park.  One very delighted resident said “It was a very welcome surprise.  So good as it seemed to have a spring in it.  Thanks to the Council for keeping us oldies energized and eager to walk when we can.”

Lowood was definitely in the limelight this period, well done Lowood for such achievements.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 22 July 2020

Category : General News

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

A news article has provided information around the fact that fewer Queensland businesses are collapsing into liquidation or administration despite the economy facing its greatest shock in almost 100 years. Australian companies that have been impacted from April to June was significantly lower than the same time last year. It is suggested that the government’s JobKeeper program, changes to insolvency laws and banks’ repayment deferrals have allowed businesses to stay open. The lift in confidence and conditions has provided an increase in trading, profitability and employment over the period. However, business is nowhere near back to normal as survey indicators in level terms reveal. There is still some way to go. Two tiers of JobKeeper payments will be created to keep the $70bn program pumping money into the economy until the end of March, as new data revealed up to 240,000 businesses were at “high risk” of collapsing when the support ends.

It was reported yesterday that the multibillion-dollar deal to transform Brisbane and the southeast has been kicked into limbo despite other cities being on track to get their cash. The SEQ CityDeal was supposed to take the politics out of major infrastructure planning and funding but has instead fallen victim to a combination of COVID-19 and the electoral cycle, stakeholders say. The southeast’s mayors through the Council of Mayors developed the priorities for infrastructure funding and was expected this month but that timeline has been abandoned. It has been described as a “cruel blow” for economic hopes.

Agenda Item # 24 Councillors’ Report
08 July Council Ordinary Meeting
08 July Council Workshop Meeting
09 July Plantings at Yowie Park Kilcoy – Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group & SRC
Many thanks go to our NRM Officer, Darren McPherson, Cr Jason Wendt, Nicholas Wendt, Reg Pease, Tony Robinson and Nancy Murton for spending a damp Thursday morning planting various native variety at our beautiful Yowie Park.
09 July Retake of Storytime @ Home video
17 July Rasmussen Road, Mt Archer – Inspection
20 July Seniors Movement to Music Classes – Toogoolawah
A terrific class of around fifty seniors moving to music such as the Nutbush City Limits and some laughing their way through being uncoordinated.
20 July Toogoolawah Condensery Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk
20 July Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Meeting
21 July Meeting with local business – Mayor, CEO, Director Operations – Esk
21 July Kilcoy Swimming Club AGM

The driver of the garbage truck was spotted picking up every bit of rubbish which was lying on the street and put it back in the bin, before lifting the bin with his machine to empty it into the truck. Many residents praised the effort of the employee which falls well beyond his job description. The community acknowledged their appreciation of this extraordinary effort.

A supply shortage and demand boom has led to six-month delays on push bike shipments, meaning empty shelves could be a common sight until the end of this year. And as for the number of people using the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, I can definitely notice the increase in patronage in every town in our region. From personal experience individual cyclists and families are enjoying their adventure. At a recent ride from Blackbutt to Yarraman, I passed many families and push bike riders having a really great ride. There are around 19 gates between the two towns, and as a horse rider it was very appreciated when cyclists offered to open and close gates. I certainly welcomed the comradery.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 July 2020

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 July 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
I read with interest a report titled Public Libraries as generators of community value and economic activity. The report found that the benefits generated by public libraries are at least double their costs. The report included direct benefits to users and non-users, and the support of economic activity in their local economies. Public libraries also act as an important safety net for disadvantaged and marginalised community members, promoting social equity as well as economic efficiency.

On 3rd July, Kilcoy lost one of its legends, with the passing of Mr Kenneth Joseph Kuhn. At the age of 20 years (1942) Mr Kuhn enlisted into the Air Forces. He returned to Australia in 1946 and was discharged from the Services soon after. Ken met Iris McKay, and the couple were married in 1951 and who later moved to Kilcoy to run their own dairy farm. Money was very hard to come by, however they were successful in life working hard to make ends meet and to provide for their family of five children. Ken was always a very active member in the Kilcoy community. He was a real storyteller and very proud of his family and his life accomplishments. Ken would have celebrated his 98th birthday on 5th November. Rest in Peace Ken, I will miss your stoic and patriotic presence at our community events.

Tourism and businesses in our region have benefited from increased visitation to our towns and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) over the past few weeks. Car groups, families, walking groups, horse riders, bicycle riders and foodies are enjoying our region. One local accommodation business informed me that a group of walkers stayed overnight as part of their BVRT experience. The group normally fly overseas yearly to complete a walk, this year they stayed in their own country and even their own state to enjoy their hobby.

Agenda Item #29 Councillors’ Report
24 June Council Ordinary Meeting
24  June Council Workshop Meeting
25 June Hon Minister Stirling Hinchliffe MP visit to Somerset
The Minister was shown examples of Council working with community to deliver projects funded under COVID-19 Works for Qld.
25 June Local Recovery Group Meeting #1
25 June Storytime @ Home with Somerset Libraries recording
26 June Inaugural Local Recovery Group meeting
27 June Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Executive Committee meeting
30 June Kilcoy Interagency Meeting
30 June Community Builder Webinar
01 July Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn Committee meeting
Joan Bell and Frank Murray presented the association with a framed historic record of the Brennan family and their property Silverton Homestead.
02 July Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Committee meeting – Kilcoy
The group provided a submission to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Strategic Plan, and the need for heritage tourism to be included. A discussion took place around the perfect opportunity for our region to tell its story, based on the reply from the submission.
02 July COVID Recovery Human and Social Sub Group Meeting
07 July Community Builder Webinar
07 July Kilcoy Tennis Club AGM

There has been a great deal of community interest shown towards recent council initiatives – Christmas Decorations project, SEQ Food Trails and Grant Guru.

A news article describes a jobs bonanza will be rolled out in a national $1 billion plan to stop millions of tonnes of waste being shipped off overseas while tackling the growing unemployment crisis. For Queensland, it means tens of millions of dollars in new investment for recycling facilities right across the state. Queensland is a major exporter of almost one million tonnes of recyclables, and more than any other state except for Victoria.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 June 2020

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 June 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
Congratulations to two Esk businesses who have been awarded for their efforts. The Esk Grand Hotel was acknowledged (4 June) as Best Pub 2020 by river 94.9FM Honour Roll. The Esk Caravan Park & Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Motel were thrilled to announce that it won the coveted 2020 Gordon Harris Turnaround Award. The Gordon Harris Turnaround Award recognises a caravan park operator that has made significant changes to their business to effectively “turn it around”.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has advised that at the time of the November 8 (2019) Jimna fires, a firebreak was constructed around Jimna, and the cleared vegetation stacked in piles. On Tuesday 23 June, the piles were burned off, one by one. Residents were encouraged to chat to a local brigade member or volunteer community educator by visiting the Jimna Public Hall. QFES, in conjunction with other key stakeholders will develop hazard mitigation plans.

Senior Sergeant Bruce Peel will retire of July 12, as officer in charge at Lowood Police Station, where he has held this position since October 13 2018, and has served a total of 34 years of distinguished service. I take this opportunity to wish Senior Sergeant Peel a very happy retirement

Agenda Item # 29 Councillors’ Report
10 June Council Ordinary Meeting & Workshop Meeting
10 June Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn Monthly Meeting
11 June Brisbane Valley Interagency Monthly Meeting
16 June Rural Aid Webinar
16 June Meeting with Regional resident
17 June Inspection of Regional Road, overgrown allotment, property access
19 June Inspection of Regional Road
23 June Rural Aid Webinar
23 June Regional Recovery Workshop – SEQ Region

Thank goodness for social platforms that provide a safe and easy method to hold meetings remotely, and can cater for up to 60 plus members. However, I look forward to when it is permissible to attend community meetings and community events once again. I am missing the interaction with our community members and enjoying events that proudly showcase our region.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 June 2020

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 June 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
The inquiry into the bungled online publication of council election results has made no recommendations beyond calling on the Parliament to “note the contents” of its report. It is disappointing to learn this outcome following the critical submissions made to the parliamentary inquiry about the March 28 election night, where results took lengthy delays to be posted on the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s (ECQ) website. I guess at least, it is reassuring that the inquiry’s report advised that there was no suggestion that the integrity of the voting process or the legitimacy of the results were in any way compromised by the technical issues that was evident during the LG Elections.

On a much brighter note, I wish to share the absolutely brilliant project undertaken by the Hazeldean Rural Fire Brigade which began on the 30th May 2020. The Mural Artist, Ross Holloway is working on distinguishing pictorial history recorded on the walls of the station and which have been taken from photos whilst brigade crews have been onsite at local call outs. There has been a lot of community support and interest generated with this developing project. The brigade used its own funds and felt it was a way to give back to community after years of generous donations made by community and recently a local group. Apparently, they all feel a little bit of it belongs to them.

BUSY At Work is running a Certificate 1 in Construction Traineeship for local unemployed in the Somerset region. The course will be run from the Kilcoy Motorcross Club commencing on 29 June and participants will gain valuable skills that will help them gain employment within the Industry. Approximately 15 plus people will come on board. The group will work with Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Manager, to access first aid training and interview space. Participants will be doing a lot of hands on work including, painting, fencing, basic carpentry and general property maintenance. An RTO will work with the group to provide them with a Construction White Card and First Aid certification. Traineeships like this are mostly conducted in larger towns and unfortunately regional areas tend to miss out, so this is a great opportunity for people in the area who would like to move in to the construction industry.

Agenda Item # 38 Councillors’ Report
27 May Council Ordinary Meeting/Workshop Meeting
28 May Poultry Building meeting – Kilcoy Showgrounds
28 May Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting
01 June Further Budget Discussion
02 June Meeting Local Kilcoy Business
04 June Mary Street Kilcoy Businesses greetings
05 June Kilcoy Race Club discussion
09 June Meeting with Local Kilcoy Businesses – CBD Roadworks

With the current financial and health challenges faced by us all, the forthcoming State and Federal Government grants to our council are gratefully accepted and seen as a significant building block of local economic recovery.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 27 May 2020

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 27 May 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
It may be a wonderful and financially rewarding opportunity for our tourism operators and business owners to concentrate on attracting Brisbane residents who want to get out of town over the Ekka long weekend (14-16 August) to make their way to our beautiful region and experience our country hospitality.

It was heartwarming to see the overwhelming support offered to Mr Tom Dunning of Dundas after losing his family home which he has lived in since a boy, for some 60 years. Mr Dunning recently suffered the loss of his wife and received a serious health diagnosis of prostate cancer. Due to the generosity of approximately 650 community members, the target of $40,000 through a fundraiser Facebook page titled “Help for Tom Dunning” has almost been achieved.

“Changing Communities. Changing Lives” was the theme of National Volunteer Week which was held from Monday 18 May to Sunday 24 May. This year there were many virtual events held nationwide to celebrate this milestone. It is also worthy to note that a story about Mrs Yvonne Hilliard who has volunteered at the Fernvale Information Centre for more than 10 years was provided by a local newspaper. Cheers and sincere thanks to all of our council’s volunteers, without you our community would be a very dull place to visit. Yvonne is looking forward to returning to the information centre and was quoted as saying, “We’re all really chomping at the bit whilst we all have to sit at home at present”.

I note that the historic Lyceum Hall located at Esk burnt to the ground ten years ago on 10th May 2010.

Agenda Item # 42 Councillors’ Report
13 May Ordinary Council Meeting/Confidential Workshop Meeting – Esk
14 May Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting (Via Zoom)
18 May Somerset Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Meeting (Via Zoom)
We have a very strong and progressive committee, many thanks to all who have volunteered for their committee position. Also, sincere thanks to our Regional Librarian who is also our RADF Co-Ordinator, Ms Smith goes beyond her role to ensure our region is blessed with cultural experiences and legacies.
19 May LDMG Meeting – Esk
Somerset Regional Council’s Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk
20 May Local Government – Roles and Functions of Queensland Integrity Agencies Webinar
23 May Esk Tennis Club – Meeting
Many thanks to the club for organising a very informative meeting. I support that council must push forward with a master plan for this precinct, and which involves all key stakeholders represented as a steering committee.
24 May Local Business Identity meeting – local manufacturing options
I believe timing is paramount and our council needs to explore this premise further.
25 May D Modistach & P Close – Hopetoun Playing Fields Kilcoy On-Site Meeting – Musical event
Two local Kilcoy identities who wish to organise a free musical event for the Kilcoy Community to come together and support one another after suffering the impacts of bush fires and COVID-19. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, the event “Music on the Field” is proposed to be held on 14 November 2020 at the Hopetoun Playing Fields, Kilcoy.
26 May Kilcoy Interagency Meeting (Via Zoom)


Manufacturing in our Region?

Category : General News

I received a phone call from a local business identity today and the conversation was all about how to become more economically independent and the need to initiate or grow existing local manufacturing.
 
One of the positive side effects of the pandemic has been the acknowledgment for most Australians that we still have a manufacturing industry.  I think it is fair to say that we are really good at what we do. In fact, the main distinctive characteristic of our manufacturing is quality.  It is also fair to say that those who have survived globalisation have generally done so because they are smart and do things better than their competitors.
 
There are certain realities about cheap overseas production and that has many advantages for Australia, including in the provision of supply chain products that keep end-products competitive.
 
However, there is a real desire that one of the social forces that emerges from 2020 will be a new sense of quality over quantity.
 
We need to adopt the attitude to spend a bit more on an Australian product that will last a long time.
 
Importantly, Governments may also decide to genuinely use their procurement might to support nation-building domestic industries and innovative local enterprise.
 
I am interested to drive this conversation further.  Let’s start to talk about our future, and the need to adopt a strategy that bears “Proudly made in Australia” labelled goods.

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Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and PlanningThe Honourable Dr Steven MilesGreater council integrity for QueenslandersThe Office of the Independent Assessor will receive more funding and Queensland communities will see improved clarity for councillors around their decision-making, announced the Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government today.The Deputy Premier announced $1.302 million over two years to support eight full-time equivalent positions in the Office of the Independent Assessor OIA.“It’s vital Queensland communities have confidence in the decision-making of their elected representatives, and we are looking to ensure that decision-making isn’t hindered by any confusion around potential conflicts of interest,” Mr Miles said.“The Government recently undertook a project which analysed the operations of the new councillor complaints framework to make sure it is working smoothly and effectively.“The analysis resulted in a number of recommendations, including streamlining the interactions between the department, the Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) and the Councillor Conduct Tribunal (CCT).“We will streamline the process of declaring conflicts of interest, clarifying when a councillor can and cannot participate in decision-making, and how the conflict of interest framework, including the definition of ‘related party’, applies in small council settings.“We’re also providing greater resourcing support for OIA to help carry out its investigations into councillor complaints and keep up with high demand.“To support the OIA to carry out its investigations into councillor complaints we’re committing an additional $1.302 million over two years to support eight temporary full-time equivalent positions.It follows an announcement in December 2020, of an extra $250,000 for the OIA to fund an additional three staff.Mr Miles said the Government will continue working with key stakeholders such as the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), to look at ways of improving the system.Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam thanked the Deputy Premier and his department for working proactively with the LGAQ and its member councils to review the current conflict of interest laws to make sure they are achieving what they were designed to.“Ensuring Queensland’s conflict of interest rules are both workable and effective is of critical importance to local councils and the communities they serve,” Mr Hallam said.“We have provided the Deputy Premier and his department with an extensive submission outlining some of the unintended consequences our member councils are experiencing and recommending potential reforms to the Local Government Act and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Government to progress those changes.”Mr Miles thanked the LGAQ and all stakeholders involved for their input to improve the sector.“It’s crucial we keep listening to stakeholders and support councillors to be the best representatives they can be for their communities,” Mr Miles said.“This is about making a good system even better by increasing transparency and integrity and providing Queenslanders the finest Local Government system in the country.”ENDSMedia contact: Katharine Wright – 0428 957 903 / Amy Hunter – 0423 651 484 ... See MoreSee Less
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