Councillor Report 13 November 2019
Category : General News
Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 13 November 2019
Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
14 November Toogoolawah State High School Graduation Ceremony
15 November Kilcoy State High School Senior Valedictory
16 November Coominya Public Hall Christmas Carnival
16 November Historic Caboonbah Undenominational Church/Chapel Annual Service Open Day
23 November Generations of Rock – Somerset Civic Centre
24 November 60th Anniversary Toogoolawah Clay Target Club
It has been a very challenging time in the northern section of our region over the past week and a half. Acknowledgement is made of how residents have gathered together to address the fire threat and ongoing situation. The residents have gathered together to help one another during this uncertain time. Local businesses and individuals have made various donations to assist those in need, and every donation has been accepted gratefully.
At the QFES and QPS briefing held on Saturday 9th November in the Kilcoy Memorial Hall, QPS congratulated the group of around 50 residents, on the respect shown at the time of the evacuation. It was said that residents carried out the orders in a timely and compliant manner. The briefing was well received and provided the residents with a better understanding of the emergency processes and also provided them with a chance to ask questions. The residents also offered a vote of thanks to all staff and volunteers keeping them, their homes and their animals safe.
A widespread comment over Queensland and New South Wales is the number of emergency services, volunteers and water bombing that has been deployed to fight the many disastrous fire situations.
I would like to acknowledge the effort and time offered by the Fernvale Lions club for organising the Fernvale Relay for Life event on 26th October. The event is held to recognise and support those who are suffering with cancer, and to remember those who have passed with this disease. As Patron for this event, I was very proud and overwhelmed to have met Face of Fernvale Relay for Life, Mr Simon Coogan. Simon, a young Dad of two children was diagnosed three years ago with brain cancer, and he shared his story Saturday night during the candlelight ceremony. The event to me is precious and also emotional at times. I look forward to future Relay for Life events in the Somerset region.
Agenda Item #45 Councillors’ Report
(Since the last Ordinary Council meeting, I have attended
23 October Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group AGM
Due to the inability to gather a quorum, the AGM was rescheduled for 6th November.
24 October IPWEAQ Conference
I attended the conference on this particular day and enjoyed the conversation and the well-presented engineered community projects. I was pleased to learn that the Rural Engineers won the ‘Great Debate’ – Rural Engineers are more adaptable than their City Counterparts.
24 October Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. Monthly Meeting
A meeting with little public attendance.
26 October Fernvale Relay for Life – Fernvale Lions
As Patron of the Fernvale Relay for Life, I offer my thanks and congratulations to the Fernvale Lions Club for organising this extremely important event. I look forward to the next Relay for Life in our region.
29 October Kilcoy RSL – Morning Tea
Kilcoy Interagency Meeting
Toogoolawah State High School 32nd Annual Awards
30 October Lowood State High School Presentation Night
31 October Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare – informal meeting
01 November Kilcoy State High School 57th Annual Awards Ceremony
04 November Meeting with local resident – economic benefit Kilcoy
06 November Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn. monthly meeting
It was interesting to meet an older resident who is in the position to share a great deal of history of the Somerset Dam and Village.
06 November Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group AGM
A very progressive meeting. A huge vote of thanks to Cr Helen Brieschke for presenting a draft set of Model Rules for the group to adopt at the AGM. The time and effort taken to provide this current and workable administrative tool is very much appreciated.
07 November Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Committee monthly meeting
A very well attended meeting, with the decision to award Ms Kate Dohle with Life Membership of the group.
08 November Kilcoy Memorial Hall – Evacuation Centre
Visited staff to learn of current situation.
09 November Jimna Bushfire Briefing – Kilcoy Memorial Hall
Around fifty people attended the briefing. The local police commented on the positive and compliant manner that Jimna residents undertook emergency directions. After exchanging information, the Jimna residents were invited to ask questions. It was a very well received briefing. The Jimna residents offered their heartfelt thanks to all staff and volunteers who are keeping them, their homes and their animals safe.
10 November Breakfast Under the Trees – St Mary’s Church-Kilcoy
This event was held to fund raise for those who are suffering from the current drought, and to pray for rain. A lovely morning at an exquisite venue.
11 November Remembrance Day – Kilcoy RSL
11 November Kilcoy State School P & C Meeting
12 November Tourism and Economic Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk
12 November Fernvale-Lowood Bendigo Bank Branch AGM – Fernvale
A total of $76,000 Sponsorship and Grants made to the community during the 2018/19 financial year.