Councillor Report 14 March 2018

Councillor Report 14 March 2018

Category : General News

 

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 March 2018

 

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

17 March             Easter Carnival Glamorgan Vale Hall

18 March             Jammin in Esk – Somerset Civic Centre

24 March             Cent Auction Lowood Show Hall

24 March             Lioness afternoon tea & fashions – Toogoolawah

27 March             Community Celebrations Queen’s Baton Relay

 

Although the weather was a little damp, the Colours of Somerset Festival was declared a complete success by the festival organiser Idell Wadley. Ms Wadley was overwhelmed how well everything came together at the Fernvale Campdraft grounds venue.  The festival showcased culture, services, talent and goods on offer in the Somerset Region and surrounding areas.

 

On 11 March 1878 Mary McConnell established the first children’s hospital in Queensland (second in Australia to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne).   Proudly on 8th March 2018, Mary’s great-great-great-granddaughter Caitlin McConnel had the honour of speaking at the Children’s Hospital Foundation International Women’s Day breakfast, where the Foundation officially launched the Mary McConnel Career Boost Program for Women in Pediatric Research.

 

 

Agenda Item # 40 Councillors’ Report

01 March             Brisbane Valley Heritage Committee Meeting – Blackbutt

01 March             Kilcoy Art Society Inc. AGM & General Meeting

04 March             Diabetic Health Program

07 March             Somerset & District Progress Assn. Meeting

10 March             Save/Colour for a Cure – Kilcoy Sports Centre

10 March             Colours of Somerset Art & Culture Festival – Fernvale

10 March             Kilcoy Show Ball

11 March             Diabetic Health Program – Kilcoy

13 March             Crime Prevention Meeting – Fernvale

14 March             Kilcoy State High School P & C Meeting

14 March             Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting


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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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