Councillor Report – 26 April 2017

Councillor Report – 26 April 2017

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 April 2017

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

28-29 April          Kilcoy Show

29 April                 Lowood Show Society’s Utes & Chutes Rodeo

30 April                 The R & R Trail Experience

1-24 May             Glen Rock Gallery – new exhibition

4 May                   Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery – new exhibition

6 May                   Glenwood Hostel Lowood – Celebrating 20th Anniversary

6 May                   Prenzlau Pride Car Show Fundraiser

7 May                   “Fanciful & Familiar 2” – Esk Community Choir Variety Concert – Toogoolawah

9 May                   Kilcoy Races

 

Agenda Item # 27 Councillor Report

Final Curtain falls for Brisbane Valley Masonic Lodge

It saddens me to read that members of the Brisbane Valley Lodge (No. 198 UGLQ Toogoolawah) held a meeting on 29th March 2017 to finalize the closure and business of the lodge.  Upon handing over the warrant to the Grand Lodge, the tradition of one hundred years was broken.  The warrant has been surrendered and not cancelled, which means it is dormant only and could rise again with increased membership.

Kilcoy Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade Completed

The plant originally built in 1967 has undergone a significant revamp to ensure the long-term sustainability and efficiency of the town’s sewerage infrastructure.  Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) has modernized the automation and control systems to more effectively treat sewage now and into the future.  The plant can now be operated remotely which will allow QUU to resolve issues from anywhere and at any time of the day or night.  QUU if investing $5.8 million dollars in capital works in the Somerset region this financial year.

Kilcoy Diggers Race Day

The Kilcoy Race Club held a solemn ceremony to commemorate the ANZACs for the fourth annual Diggers’ race day.  Complete silence and respect prevailed over the race crowd during the Ode, Last Post, Silence and Pipers Lament, Rouse and the National Anthems of both New Zealand and Australia.  A superb performance was provided by the serving soldiers of the 8th/9th Battalion.  As a point of interest, eleven female jockeys and nine male jockeys rode during the program.

Anzac Day Commemorations

Along with Cr Hall, I attended the Linville Anzac Day Service.  The foggy morning gave way to a well-attended and organised commemoration.  Local skilled musicians provided the moving experience of live instrumental sounds during the ceremony.  I must congratulate the commemoration organisers and the ladies who provided a wonderful morning tea.

The 11:00 am Kilcoy Anzac Day Service march was well supported by the representation of many local groups, schools and organisations.  The commemoration was blessed with outstanding weather and two fly pasts, consisting of very different ages and styles of aircraft.  Marquees provided adequate shade to the huge number of patrons, followed by a BBQ lunch and refreshments served at the Kilcoy RSL.  I was informed that there were even more attendances at the Kilcoy Dawn Service than in previous years.

 

 

 


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