Councillor Report 23 October 2019

Councillor Report 23 October 2019

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 October 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

26 October          Fernvale Lions – Relay for Life

29 October         Toogoolawah State High School Annual Awards

30 October         Lowood State High School Presentation Night

01 November    57th Annual Awards Ceremony – Kilcoy State High School

09 November    Woongooroo Birthday Celebrations

12 November    Brisbane Valley Garden Club AGM – Somerset Civic Centre

12 November    Lowood & Fernvale Community Bank Branch AGM

The Elements Festival was held at Diaper over the 18th to 20th October, providing three days of music, arts, markets and workshops to the festival goers.   Local businesses reported an increase in trade during this period.  The QPS was also very visual and busy over the weekend.

I am concerned regarding the recent email from the Rural Fire Brigades Association Qld Inc. (RFBAQ) that portrays 86% of 22,000 Rural Fire Brigade members could be sacked in the New Year in the Blue Card round 1, and over 35% of Fire and Rescue Officers will also have to go in Round 1 as they haven’t applied for a Blue Card, and over 65% of SES volunteers will also be sacked in 2020. (percentages supplied by QFES Friday 18th October 2019).  I notice that the RFBAQ raised the matter and that the following motion was passed:

This response was tabled at the RFBAQ General meeting where this resolution was passed unanimously.

Agenda Item #30   Councillors’ Report   

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

10 October         Evacuation Centre Training – Esk

                                A very informative and well administered training course offered by Australian Red Cross.

12 October         Butler Clock Centenary – Kilcoy

Due to unforeseen weather, the event was transferred indoors to the Kilcoy RSL where stories from the Kilcoy Historical Society were enjoyed by the guests.

13-17 October   LGAQ Conference – Cairns

                                An amazing conference, and one where it was time to say goodbye to retiring Councillors. 

18 October         Council of Mayors – Economic Development Committee Meeting – Brisbane

                                Lots of discussion around the 2032 Olympics, Waste Strategies, CitySmart, Tourism etc.

19 October         Centenary of Kilcoy RSL Sub Branch

A lovely lunch provided by the Kilcoy RSL Sub Branch to many jovial and distinguished guests.

20 October         Garage Sale Trail

                                As one of the Somerset Garage Sale Trail enthusiasts – I opened my garage to the trail.


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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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