Councillor Report 14 August 2019

Councillor Report 14 August 2019

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 August 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

1/31 August        The Condensery – New Exhibition

17/18 August     Reel Wivenhoe Classic

18 August            Jammin in Esk

18 August            KASI Quarterly Exhibition Opening

22 August            Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce AGM

24 August            Kilcoy Races

24 August            Truck Show – Lowood

Energy Efficient Communities Program— Community organisations stream  –  Community groups can apply for funding up to $12,500 (with no co contribution) to improve energy use efficiency. Eligible activities include installation of solar, battery storage, equipment upgrades and energy use assessments.

Community organisations that are incorporated not-for-profits will be eligible, including Men’s Sheds, community owned kindergartens, welfare centres, community centres, women’s associations, community owned childcare centres, community football and netball clubs, Scout and Guide groups
Country Fire Authorities and Rural Fire Services will also be eligible.  A similar funding opportunity will open at a later date for businesses.

Agenda Item #43  Councillors’ Report   

(Since the last Ordinary Council meeting, I have attended)

26 July                  Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards Gala Opening Night – Somerset Civic Centre

26 July                  A very spectacular event, well done Somerset Art Society Inc.

27 July                  Esk Cultural Festival

Congratulations to the organisers for a very well administered festival with very interesting entertainment

29 July                  Toogoolawah Shed of Knowledge – AgForce

30 July                  Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

A very robust meeting with a very positive outcome around public transportation and a funding initiative made available by Department of Transport and Main Roads

31 July                  Kilcoy Showground – Building Site Inspection

31 July                  Kilcoy & District Progress Alliance Assn monthly meeting

The group was advised of the successful funding application made to refurbish the Hopetoun Playing Fields training cricket nets

01 August            Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail committee meeting

02 August            Economic Development Committee – Council of Mayors – Brisbane

03 August            Dedication Ceremony – Commemoration of Armistice Centenary – Jimna Hall

06 August            Meeting with Kilcoy resident

07 August            Somerset Dam District Progress Assn monthly meeting

08 August            Kilcoy State School P & C Assn monthly meeting

09 August            Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare special meeting

11 August            Friends of BVRT get together – Coominya – Late apologies offered

13 August            Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

13 August            Economic Development Committee Meeting – Esk

13 Augusts          Kilcoy PA & I Society Annual General Meeting

The Executive comprising of Chris Anderson (President), Alastair MacDonald (Secretary) and David Dunn (Treasurer) was elected, and the President advised that the society has secured a change of show date to the second weekend in May for the next several years.

My oh my, what a fantastic time for events in our region.  Well done to Somerset Art Society Inc and the Esk Festival, both events were well organised and well attended.  The Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards Gala Opening Night was absolutely spectacular, and very well attended.  The Esk Festival provided entertainment that was superb, food from other parts of the world and I look forward to attending next year’s event.

AgForce held a very well attended information sharing session at Toogoolawah.  The agricultural section of our region has many statutory requirements ahead of them, and all relevant information and assistance is most welcome.

The Interagency meeting held at Kilcoy was well attended and was a very robust meeting with a very positive outcome based around public transport needs.

Councillors and staff met with the architect and the contractor on-site to view the progress of the Kilcoy Showground major improvements.    Works hopefully will be completed prior to Christmas.  These major works and the purchase of six hectares to the north of the 1200 metre shute will improve the use and future demand of this facility.

The upgrade of the practice cricket net was a major item discussed at the Kilcoy & District Progress Alliance meeting.  The Alliance has been successful with achieving a grant and with other funds donated, there is approximately $27,000 to start the project.  The Alliance also plans to apply for any shortfall of funds through council’s Community Assistance Grants.

At its quarterly meeting of Council of Mayors – Economic Development Committee various points were discussed, and amongst the discussion a project update was provided around Trade and Investment Events, SEQ Regional Food & Agriculture Tourism Trail, and Regional Collaborative Opportunities.

The Jimna community proudly held its Dedication Ceremony to Commemorate the Armistice Centenary by the erection of a flag pole and the gift of three flags.

The Executive leadership team comprising of Chris Anderson (President), Alastair MacDonald (Secretary) and David Dunn (Treasurer) was elected, and the President advised that the society has secured a change of show date to the second weekend in May for the next several years.


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