Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Community Report – January 2020

Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Community Report – January 2020

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Councillor Gaedtke – Councillor Community Report – January 2020
cgaedtke@somerset.qld.gov.au
⦁ 0428 408 227
www.cherylgaedtke.com
⦁ 674 Kilcoy-Murgon Road, Kilcoy Qld 4515
(Reporting period – ending 22 January)

⦁ On behalf of a proportion of our residents, I requested that Council Officers provide a report regarding the provision of Christmas decorations in the towns of the Somerset Region.
⦁ DA to redevelop 3 existing commercial properties – butcher, café and grocery store to provide an IGA Supermarket – Ipswich Street, Esk. The DA provides a very different look for Ipswich Street, Esk and was approved with gusto.
⦁ Council will provide a $10 bounty on feral pigs. Biosecurity Qld does not support this as an effective control method of pest animals, and only two other regional councils offer a bounty, nevertheless it is too important not to carry out.
⦁ Roubaix Properties PL v SRC – subject to mediation session. Edith Pastoral Co PL v SRC – the appeal is next listed for a mention in Court in March 2020.
⦁ Somerset Disaster Management Dashboard – public bulletins, road conditions, active centres and power outages and other important information. http://disaster.somerset.qld.gov.au/
⦁ https://www.lgtoolbox.qld.gov.au/somersetregionalcouncil/topics – toolbox – Council knowledge network, jump on and see what information is provided.
⦁ $1.9m overdue rates as at 6 January 2019
⦁ With a total of 18 council sites to have installed rooftop solar plants, council will save a substantial amount on power costs.
⦁ Fees and charges adopted for newly constructed Kilcoy Showground dining pavilion $334 defined resident groups or $446 for all other hirers.
⦁ Regional vandalism costs to October 2019 – $6,266.
⦁ Renaming of Gardner Street South, Toogoolawah deferred until further information from respondents received.
⦁ Works awarded for footpath construction projects – Glamorgan Vale Road, Glamorgan Vale extend footpath of hall; Clive Street, Fernvale construct from BVH to BVRT; Memorial Park, Fernvale construct from carpark to toilet block; Prospect Street, Lowood construct from Park Street to Main Street; Peace Street, Lowood construct from tennis courts to Main Street.
⦁ Community Assistance Grant $16,610 to assist with costs with the replacement of the recently demolished poultry pavilion at Kilcoy Showgrounds.
⦁ Council approved the Development Application for a development permit for a Material Change of Use for an Extractive Industry – Rocky Gully Road & Banffs Lane, Coominya.
⦁ Ms Andrea Huglin from the Noosa Film Making Academy accepted an RADF cheque to assist with one-day film making incursions in the three high schools across the Somerset Region. There will be a screening at the Alexandra Theatre Toogoolawah once completed, and as well at the three schools.
⦁ Council to seek funding through Australian Government Communities Combating Pest & Weed Impacts During Drought Program. Funding designed to stimulate economic activity, facilitate local employment, manage the negative impact of pest animals and plants etc.
⦁ 2019 Mayoral Ball surplus – $22,000
⦁ Somerset Dam safety upgrade community reference group will be represented by the Mayor and CEO.
⦁ Official opening of Kilcoy Racecourse Development to be held during the Kilcoy race meeting of Friday 28 February 2020.
⦁ Moreton Bay Local Level Alliance successfully achieved (and auspiced by CADA Caboolture) funds for a scoping study to learn more about the issues impacting on children and young people in Kilcoy. It is anticipated that a second grant will be submitted for up to $50,000 to develop a community led, creative and sustainable project to help address the need.
⦁ Somerset Libraries have been nominated and selected to host two regional training workshops in 2020 on behalf of the State Library of Queensland – Be Connected (older Australians internet connectivity) and My Health Record online platform.
⦁ Monthly reports reveal that the number of residents using swimming pools/aquatic centres and indoor sports and gymnasium operations have skyrocketed.
⦁ Leukaemia Foundation of Australia is the event beneficiary for the 18th Annual Somerset Rail Trail Fund Run or Ride.
⦁ Anzac Park and the original Kilcoy Swimming Pool site to be transferred to Department of Education.
⦁ Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative (ASCI) launched a “Skate Club” program, to which a pilot program costing $1850 will be held for a 10-week trial period in Term 2 2020 at the Toogoolawah Skate Park.
⦁ Council’s CEO to liaise with Kilcoy Race Club regarding the training track proposal, should the Kilcoy Race Club wish to pursue this matter with Racing Qld.
⦁ The petition to upgrade Mahon Road Coominya met with no change to council’s previous decision of no further action to be taken at this time.
⦁ Council to make comment on the Draft South East Qld Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-2024.
⦁ Council to purchase land beside Fernvale Sports Park for $890,000.
⦁ Council in conjunction with Lockyer Valley Regional Council requested financial support for bushfire affected communities in their respective council areas, similar to that offered to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas.


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