Councillor Report 10 July 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting

Councillor Report 10 July 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 July 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

13 July                  Esk Races

13 July                  Regional Show Ball – Lowood Showground

13 July                  Cormorant Bay parkrun – 1st birthday celebration

14 July                  Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run

17 July                  Building My Future Expo – Lowood State High School

20 July                  Ice Breaker Stanley Rivers Rural Fire Brigade Group – Kilcoy Showground

20 July                  Linville State School P & C – Cent Auction Linville Hall

20 July                  Stonehouse Open Day – Moore

21 July                  Christmas in July – Clock Park Lowood

The Esk Garden and Lifestyle organising Committee advised that they held the 4th successful Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair.  Nine buses along with 3500 attendees soaked up the atmosphere of the Esk railway station and surrounds with yarn bombing the trees as well as members dressed for the occasion. The E S K sign in front of the railway station was a favourite.  It was reported that seventy volunteers assisted on the day of the festival.

Agenda Item #30  Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

26 June                Kilcoy & District Progress Alliance monthly meeting

28 June                Two Galahs Gallery & Stepping Back in Time Grand Opening – Toogoolawah

                                Two fresh and exciting new businesses opened their doors, good luck to Anne and Cathie.

28 June                Lowood Lions Changeover – Lowood Showgrounds

30 June                Lions Club of Fernvale Changeover – Fernvale

02 July                  Meeting – Esk

03 July                  Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting

04 July                  Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail monthly meeting – Esk

08 July                  Community Meeting – Lowood-Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – West Moreton Landcare Group Inc.

08 July                  Somerset Men’s Shed – Lowood

09 July                  Valley of the Lakes Garden Club monthly meeting – Esk

09 July                  Toogoolawah Men’s Shed

Toogoolawah was buzzing on Friday afternoon (28 June) with the opening of two unique businesses.   Complementing each other, the shops are located side by side with lots of interesting and charming items for sale.  Take a serious look inside this quaint building, and I bet you will not leave without buying a lovely gift or even something for yourself.

Busy weekend of Lion Changeover ceremonies, with Lowood and Fernvale formally appointing their change in Board members.  Both clubs provided tasty and enjoyable meals, Fernvale organised a twist with a champagne breakfast.  There were interesting speakers and the formalities were well organised, congratulations to both clubs.  I am proud to support Fernvale Lions Club with the organization of Relay for Life, to be held on 28 September at Fernvale Sports Park.  I hope to see you and your group represented at this important event in order to raise funds to assist the Cancer Council Qld.  Remember every cent helps in the race to find a cure for cancer.

At the Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting, we discussed the legacy project that will be provided by SEQWater as a direct outcome of the Somerset Dam upgrade.  The group are busy with raising funds through provision of sausage sizzles, and catering for the caravan and camping grounds located in the village.  Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services attended the meeting to answer questions and offer advice with administration of the village’s tennis court.  Thank you, Matthew McGoldrick for your attendance and advice.

Cr Whalley, Director Corporate and Community Services Director Matthew and I met with West Moreton Landcare Group to discuss the group’s goals around the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and Peter Bevan’s plantings.  It was an interesting on-site meeting which resulted in real possibilities and future planning of an identified area.

I was pleased to call in to our two Men’s Sheds.  Here I was reminded of the important services that these sheds offer our communities.  It was also a good time to discuss future needs of both facilities. 

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