My three minute speech – Tenth Councillor Candidate of the Ballot Paper

My three minute speech – Tenth Councillor Candidate of the Ballot Paper

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I would like to share with you, as residents of our region, my three minute speech which is delivered at the Meet    the Candidates Nights:

Mr Chairman, Fellow Candidates, Ladies & Gentlemen.

My name is Cheryl Gaedtke, and I am the tenth Councillor Candidate on the ballot paper.

The reason I am standing for Council is to achieve identified goals, and to improve the overall operation, and image of Council. I have the commitment to deal with conflicting demands, I have aspirations, and possess logical thinking, to secure the best results for the community as a whole.  I am passionate about our region, and believe that we live in an area that has the potential to develop more successfully, with long term vision, an intellectual approach, a sincere attitude and sound management strategies.

There is a need to develop a strong partnership with all levels of government and as well as other local government, and adopt a communication pathway to avoid bad decision making. Bad decision making is alive and well, and we need to plan with our eyes open.

I commend Council on its achievements over the past term – However, there is always room for improvement.

Items that have made my radar include:

  • Road Maintenance Policies
  • Unsupportive & at times arrogant display of Attitude
  • Management of Land Use and Sustainable Development
  • Transport & Connection Between Towns and Major Cities
  • Management of our Natural Environment
  • Building a Strong Economic Base
  • Strengthening Tourism
  • Acknowledging that Agricultural Business and Industry is a major employer in our region

To enhance our region, future collaborative planning should include the feasibility of establishing:

  1. A higher Educational Facility
  2. An RV Friendly Home Base
  3. A Retirement Village, and other levels of Aged Care Facilities
  4. Regional Government Offices

And in addition:

  • I want Councillors to actually listen to their Communities and Share Concern of the Smallest Issue
  • I want Affordable Community Venues
  • I want Each Councillor to Champion Planning Documents
  • I want Council to continue Addressing the Social Needs of our Communities, in partnership with Other Levels of Government
  • I want Better use of our Recreational Facilities, by examining the Performance of Current Management
  • I want Council to continue to Reap the Benefits of a Strong Investment Strategy
  • I want A Council that Supports One Another and Works As A Team
  • I want this region to be Lead by its Board of Directors, and that is the Mayor & 6 Councillors

Operational Challenges for our Council include:

  • Cost shifting from other government levels
  • Maintaining current grant and subsidy allocations

In Conclusion

I invite you to contact me if you wish to discuss any Local Government related issue or just to say hello. I welcome feedback and I also welcome your point of view.  As I have boasted in my election campaign Two Way Communication Always!  Empowerment & Pride for the Region, for the People

 

THANK YOU

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Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

$2 million for disaster resilience projects that protect and educate

Queensland’s 77 councils and one town authority will share in $2 million to better prepare for natural disasters as part the 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland program.
Funding will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and strengthens the Palaszczuk Government’s efforts to make Queensland the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.
Queensland Treasurer and Minister responsible for the QRA Cameron Dick said every Queenslander stands to benefit from the investment.
“This year has been like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has tested the resilience of Queenslanders like never before,” Mr Dick said.
“However, even as we battle a global health emergency and deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, we also remain committed to best preparing our communities for the natural disasters we regularly face.
“Our $2 million investment will be split between every council in Queensland and will be spent on disaster training exercises, community education materials, online disaster dashboards and COVID care packages.
“In particular it’s great to see some councils using their grants to get essential supplies to our elderly, given many seniors are trying to restrict their movements while the threat of coronavirus remains.
“A number of local governments are also collaborating to maximise their Get Ready funding, including seven north-west councils who are pooling their grants to develop Bluetooth beacons that link to a regional disaster preparedness app,” he said.
“The Get Ready Queensland program puts our state in position to tackle whatever disaster season throws at us.”
Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston said the grants were helping councils build community resilience to disasters.
“Queenslanders have experienced more than their fair share of natural disasters over the years, and now COVID-19 is further impacting our communities,” Mr Thurston said.
“Regardless of the type of disaster, if we take steps to prepare ourselves and our loved ones we will be in a better position when the next event hits.
“Get Ready Queensland informs Queenslanders about the risks they face and provides advice on what they can do to protect what’s most important to them.
“Being prepared before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or possibly even putting yourself and those you love in danger.”
For more information on Get Ready Queensland visit getready.qld.gov.au.
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