Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Community Report – November 2019

Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Community Report – November 2019

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Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Community Report – November 2019

E: cgaedtke@somerset.qld.gov.au
P: 0428 408 227
W: www.cherylgaedtke.com
A: 674 Kilcoy-Murgon Road, Kilcoy Qld 4515
(Reporting period – ending 27 November)

Proposed Cattle Feedlot 1192 Atkinsons Dam Road Atkinsons Dam – MCU to be provided.

Changed and amended conditions of development application – Brown Contractors, Moore.

SRC offers no objection to the application from Liquid Operations Pty Ltd to allow the sale of alcohol from the detached bottle shop (takeaway sales only) on the premises situated Tenancy 2, 42 Mary Street, from 10am to 10pm Monday to Sunday. The business is an accepted use under the SR Planning Scheme.

Approval given for the establishment of a four-unit multiple dwelling situated at 16 William Street Kilcoy.

Food Safety Training well utilised – ALERT food safety training package www.somerset.imalert.com.au

Eskdale – September – 701 x 1080 baits injected for wild dog control and 114 x 1080 meat baits injected for feral pig control.

Systematic Inspection Program – Dog Registration – Properties inspected 3,951 – 854 unregistered dogs found. Program ongoing, Esk, Lowood and Fernvale completed inspections. Kilcoy inspections to commence 1 Nov.

Lantana Control – Mechanical removal of lantana was conducted along Neurum Road, Mt Archer.

State Gov. Building our Regions – business case being prepared – new surface and drainage improvements on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (between Fernvale & Esk $2.2m total cost); drought solutions Lowood to Fernvale recycled water pipeline project (total cost $0.5m).

Somerset Dam Legacy project – Coronation Hall car park, kerb and channeling, drainage and bitumen infill sealing, footpath – Coronation Hall to general store, new shelter, picnic table and electric BBQ at Plumb Park, Tennis Court resurfacing, Somerset Dam lookout formalization. Request made to SEQWater.

Dump point and Caretaker will be relocated at the Kilcoy Showground to the southwestern boundary of the grounds. Budget to be included in next budget review.

SRC to apply for funding under 2020-2021 Cycle Network Local Gov. Grants Program to fund – William Street (Kilcoy) Separated Cycle Facilities from Kennedy Street to Kilcoy Creek.

Council will clarify with Minister for Transport & Main Roads that a safety review is sought for all of Brisbane Valley Highway, and not limited to sections where fatalities and serious accidents have occurred.

Development Applications received recently – New Early Childhood Centre Wanora; Extension to Boning Room Kilcoy; Service Station, Food & Drink Outlet Fernvale x 2; Supermarket Esk; and demolition Existing Water Treatment Plant and Construction of new Water Treatment Plant Linville.

Council to display for public consultation of the Somerset Regional Council Draft Biosecurity Plan – Invasive Plants and Animals 2019-2024, calling for submissions until Friday 31 January 2020.

Council approved DA 18999 for a Rural Worker’s Accommodation at Neurum Road, Mt Archer.

A total of $1,436,694 Commonwealth Drought Package Roads to Recovery project allocated to widening of the bitumen seal on Esk Crows Nest Road.

CCTV cameras to be installed at the Prospect Street, Forest Hill Fernvale Road and Glamorgan Vale Road intersection at a cost of $10,000. (All cameras link back to Police Stations)

2018-2019 Council Annual Report adopted.

Revised CAG Policy adopted.


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