Councillor Community Report – October 2019

Councillor Community Report – October 2019

Category : General News

 Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Report – October 2019

  • 0428 408 227
  • 674 Kilcoy-Murgon Road, Kilcoy Qld 4515

 (Reporting period – ending 23 October)

  • Joint Standing Committee on Migration – SRC & KPC Joint Submission-Federal Gov inquiry into migration in regional Australia.  A very in-depth submission identifying support for infrastructure and community programs in Kilcoy.
  • Library Survey reveals 66.4% of responding residents seek weekend opening hours of our libraries
  • Free Medical Assistance Wheelie Bin Service to be included in Revenue Statement (Clause 7.2)
  • State of Brisbane Valley Highway highlighted at meeting with Federal Minister who was promoting the SEQ City Deal, a wide-ranging partnership between all three levels of government.
  • Andrew Johnson (Director Operations) promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer for Somerset region.
  • The Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan acknowledged at Get Ready Qld Resilient Australia Awards.  A collaboration between four councils (SRC, BCC, ICC & LVRC), Qld Government and SEQWater.
  • Council’s three visitor information centres have joined the Driver Reviver campaign.
  • Australia Day Award nominations are now open.
  • KPC granted approval to increase its production to 2000 head per day and 2000 employees.
  • A report to be submitted to Council relating to review of Council Policy – Chemical Subsidy Program, following concern of the increased incidence of lantana.  Council levied a $5-00 fee on this financial year’s rates to provide funding to fight the quantity of lantana.
  • Council to refund its portion (50%) of the Stock Grazing Permits fee to the applicant.  I have provided a link on my Councillor Facebook Page that will direct you to the Stock Route Overlay map, which will offer the location of stock routes within our region. (The other 50% of permit fees are paid to State Government.)
  • Council to endorse a further trial agreement with Anuha for container refund services for a further 3 years.
  • Active Neighbourhood for Older Australians Grant to fund senior dance classes from October 2019 to August 2020 at Somerset Civic Centre.  A final presentation will be provided at Senior’s Day 2020.
  • Sports and Recreation Needs Analysis to be carried out for Kilcoy.
  • Toogoolawah Community Gym Relocation Business Case progressing well, SG funding application to lodged.
  • Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program – Potential Project – Colinton Livestock Effluent Disposal Facility.  Funding application submission to be prepared.
  • Council has written to State and Federal Government about the need to provide funding to keep Headspace services available in Kilcoy.
  • Council to follow up with Telstra (upon the advice of our Federal Minister) with strategies on improving mobile black spots on a regional basis, after the potentially dangerous situation of the Linville fires which occurred on September 8.
  • Support continues to grow for the 2032 SEQ Olympic Bid.
  • Council to undertake a youth wellbeing survey and asking for feedback from people living in Lowood district aged under 21 years to help partners better understand how they feel about their community.
  • Council to support a new family and child friendly Lowood event to be held in April 2020.
  • Toogoolawah Library attendance figures have not increased, even with the addition of the extra opening hours.
  • Speed limit to reduce to 50km/hr on Hedley Drive, Kilcoy.

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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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