Councillor Report 13 February 2019

Councillor Report 13 February 2019

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 13 February 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

15 February        Kilcoy Cares Book Launch “Inclusion”

25 February        Toogoolawah State High School Student Leaders Investiture

Absolutely brilliant news that Linville will receive a $2 million water treatment plant.  The construction of the plant is due to commence in July 2019 and be completed within a six-month period, subject to weather conditions.  The funds have been budgeted by SEQWater and the plant will be larger, to house an improved water quality monitoring station and will draw water locally.  Residents can keep up to date with the progress via the website www.seqwater.com.au/works    

On a much sadder note, the devastation that has occurred in the northern and inland Local Government areas has been unprecedented.  The catastrophic deluge event becomes absolutely unthinkable and unbelievable especially when listening to the Mayors of the affected areas speak on behalf of their communities.  The impact of the unprecedented 1 in 500-year flood will carry economic, emotional, social, environmental, biosecurity, health and numerous challenges and consequences.  In Australia, floods are the most expensive type of natural disaster.  

Agenda Item # 35 Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

24 January          Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. monthly meeting

26 January          Australia Day Celebration & Awards Presentation

27 January          Kilcoy Race Club – Australia Day Races

29 January          Farming Ladies Day Out – Cormorant Bay

30 January          Financial Assistance Grant Overview Meeting – Qld Local Gov. Grants Commission

30 January          Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting – Kilcoy

31 January          Meeting with DTMR, Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce – Kilcoy Creek Bridge replacement

02 February        Yowie parkrun Launch – Kilcoy

04 February        2019 Investiture – Kilcoy State High School

06 February        Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting

07 February        Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail monthly meeting – Esk

08 February        Experience Somerset – Toogoolawah Condensery

08 February        Opening Night – Get Your Aprons On – Kilcoy Art Society Inc.

10 February        High Tea Fundraiser – Glamorgan Vale – Esk Show Society

11 February        Lowood State High School – Parade & Leader Induction Ceremony

12 Tuesday         Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

The past three weeks have presented Somerset with very special occasions and celebrations.  Events have been well attended with some being talked about for some time afterwards and in a very positive manner.  Congratulations to all nominees of the various Australia Day Awards, to be nominated is a blessing and an honour, to being selected as the award bearer is a lifetime qualifying milestone.  I particularly would like to acknowledge and thank Ms Kym Harrison for sharing her wearisome challenges in developing the Mt Kilcoy dairy and other rural aspects of her life.  I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment made by the Yowie parkrun committee.  The committee organised a truly magnificent launch with 228 keen runners, joggers and walkers – Congratulations.


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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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