Councillor Report 12 June

Councillor Report 12 June

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 June 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

15 June                Lowood Show                                                                 

15 June                Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair

15 June                 Kilcoy Races

15 June                Mt Kilcoy P & C Trivia Night

16 June                Farewell Storries of Kilcoy

18 June                Grandparents Day State Schools

20 June                B2B Presentation “Let’s Talk” – Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce

22 June                Minden State School Fete

22 June                Polocrosse Carnival – Stanley Rivers Polocrosse Club – Kilcoy Showground

Congratulations and recognition must go to Natalia Hutchison, who has chosen to represent her home region of Kilcoy as this year’s Youth Member for Nanango.  Natalia works full-time as a Paralegal for the Brisbane City Council, and is undertaking a double degree in Arts/Law.  Natalia has been recognised as being a driven person and an amazing role model for other young regional women who want to step up and get involved in creating positive change for our community.  Needless to say, her family are very proud of Natalia and her accomplishments.

Agenda Item # 40  Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

29 May                 Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc. monthly meeting

30 May                 Kilcoy Showground Reserve Overall Management Committee Meeting

30 May                 Kilcoy District Historical Society Inc/Nick Fredriksen Meeting

03 June                Sheep Station Creek School Meeting – Kilcoy

05 June                Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn General Meeting

05 June                Webb & residents – Rasmussen Road Mt Archer

06 June                Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails committee meeting – Nanango

06 June                Cultural activities meeting – Kilcoy

08 June                Toogoolawah Show

08 June                 Ramblers 40th Anniversary – Toogoolawah

11 June                Property Inspection

At the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc. May meeting, a discussion took place around the upgrading of the cricket training nets located at Hopetoun Playing Fields.  The local players who use the nets for training will work through their parent club Wamuran Stanley River Cricket Club to achieve a successful outcome.  The group is awaiting the outcome of a recent grant application and cricket families are asked to provide evidence of support in readiness for grant outcomes.  The group may then reapply for funding through council.  

I wish to thank our Mayor, our CEO, Nick Fredriksen and Ian Badman (Kilcoy District Historical Society) for sharing an open, honest and respectful meeting presence whilst discussing community expectation of the Sheep Station Creek School project.  

SEQWater was represented at the General Meeting of the Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn., and a discussion was held around proposed legacy projects provided by SEQWater to the Somerset Dam Village during the proposed works at the Somerset Dam wall. In spite of the cool and damp weather, the Toogoolawah Show and Ramblers 40th Anniversary was successfully held.  I look forward to future successful events of both these popular groups.  Whilst visiting Ramblers, I met many long-term members of this club, and I noticed the overall improvements made during its life of 40 years.  Congratulations to all involved and especially Dave McEvoy for bringing his dreams to fruition.
 

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