Councillor Gaedtke – Community Councillor Report – September 2019

Councillor Gaedtke – Community Councillor Report – September 2019

Category : General News

Email: cgaedtke@somerset.qld.gov.au

Phone: 0428 408 227
Website: www.cherylgaedtke.com
Address: 674 Kilcoy-Murgon Road, Kilcoy Qld 4515

(Prepared 17 Sept & tabled at community meetings.)

⦁ Walk the Wall – Somerset Dam was a complete success. Many thanks to SEQWater and Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn. Inc. for organising this popular event.
⦁ Great achievements made by ProgrESK Assn. Inc. – Project 1 Sandy Creek/Brough Bridge clean up. Project 2 R U OK blue tree.
⦁ Kilcoy Race Club to work with other showground users to include a training track at the Kilcoy Showgrounds, in an effort to meet the first steps of the Kilcoy Equine Precinct goals.
⦁ Council to consider the engagement of World Trail to prepare a preliminary report on the suitability of a proposed site for the development of a mountain bike trail recreation area.
⦁ Council to develop a new Economic Development Plan, to be implemented mid 2020.
⦁ Fernvale Motel applied to intensify the existing short-term accommodation by an additional eight units.
⦁ Quotations sought for a Sport and Recreation Needs Analysis for Kilcoy and surrounding areas.
⦁ I was invited to attend a Jinibara People Aboriginal Corporation meeting. The outcome is to organise a meeting with Town Planning Department to discuss land use applicable to an area of their land located in our region.
⦁ The Sheep Station Creek Progress Assn has been formed and is working closely with Council to resite the Sheep Station Creek School on the original reserve.
⦁ Change of date – Relay For Life – Fernvale 26 October 2019. We desperately need teams!
⦁ International Test Series 3-0 win to the Australian Women’s Team. Outstanding three days of team races against New Zealand, with Team Australia bringing in debut Renee Retschlag (representing Kilcoy) to cut the Underhand in Race 3.
⦁ Congratulations to team Somerset, with the most exciting award delivered to Council of recent times. IPWEA Qld CEO said the awards recognised best practice, innovation and positive community impact. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail named Public Works Project of the Year, and also took out the top award, Best Public Works Project ($2 – $5 million) for the 161 trail.
⦁ SRC will partner with University of Qld Business School to survey BVRT users. The research program will be overseen by a committee including members from DTMR, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Assn and from Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Ambassadors. Data will be collated to better understand this facility.
⦁ Garage Sale Trail is gaining support and will be held region wide over the weekend 19/20 October.
⦁ D’Aguilar Highway (Mary Street) pavement rehabilitation. Council officers have met with TMR officers to discuss public consultation for this project. TMR will be leading the consultation process and will provide further information shortly. Final design and cost sharing arrangement is currently being determined and final decision to be provided forthwith.
⦁ As a direct result of the regional dog registration program, the number of dog registrations has risen over the past month.
⦁ Captain Tony Squire is busy forming an Army Cadet Unit in Kilcoy, with over forty cadets enrolled to date.
⦁ Council will support the call for Linville to be acknowledged as a mobile black spot area and consideration be given from Federal Government to fund the necessary infrastructure to minimise this problem.


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Somerset Farmers book your seat now for the Farmer's Big Night Out on Wednesday, 8 September at the Somerset Civic Centre.Enjoy a great evening of live entertainment, dinner and socialising. This event is Free for Somerset farmers.Call Council on (07) 5424 4000 to book your ticket now as seats are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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