Councillor Report 26 October 2016

Councillor Report 26 October 2016

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 October 2016

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

29 October         Billy Tea & Damper Big Breakfast & Bush Poetry – Toogoolawah Anglican Church

29 October         Day in the Vines – C & K Kilcoy Kindergarten

03 November    Craft Morning – Esk CWA

06 November    Car & Bike Show – Fernvale

12 November    Pig Races, Harlin Hotel

12 November    Caboonbah Undenominational Church Annual Service

12 November    Lowood Show Society Dinner Dance

Agenda Item #34 Councillor Report Meetings/Functions attended

13 October         On-site meeting – Coominya

13 October         Meeting at Kilcoy re: Funding opportunities for tourism

16 October         140 Years of Lutheran Worship Lowood

18/20 October  LGAQ Annual Conference – Gold Coast

25 October         Interagency Meeting – Kilcoy

25 October         Meeting with Kilcoy RSL President

On-site meeting – Coominya

It was a pleasure to take part in the meeting which was well supported by Councillors and Town Planning staff.  Potential business owners often need assistance and guidance to understand the processes required to obtain town planning consent.

140 Years of Lutheran Worship Lowood

The Trinity Lutheran Church Lowood celebrated 140 years of worship by offering a service and an unveiling of the Commemoration Plaque at the Lowood Cemetery (Bethel Cemetery) and a Holy Communion Service in the Trinity Lutheran Church Lowood.  The ceremony was followed by a fellowship Lunch.  The experience was most uplifting and many past residents travelled back to Lowood to take part in the celebrations.  I wish to congratulate the commemoration organisers.

LGAQ Annual Conference – Gold Coast

The conference was well supported by Somerset Regional Council with five Councillors attending.  The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP opened the conference and there were many keynote speakers who had valuable information to share with the conference delegates.  It was interesting to witness some of the debate that occurred around the motions submitted by Queensland Councils.

The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan was released at the conference, which unveils a 50 year vision for the South East, with a focus on community, affordable living, future jobs and maximising existing infrastructure.  Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said it was developed through extensive consultation with the region’s 12 councils, industry and the community.    The SEQ Regional Plan reflects the values, needs and great ideas of the community and was developed in close partnership with the region’s 12 Mayors and South East Queenslanders.

Jackie Trad also announced the State would pay its 25 per cent share of the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding that is owed to councils in plant and equipment costs.  Queensland councils will now ramp up pressure on the Commonwealth to follow the Palaszczuk Government’s lead and reimburse unpaid plant and equipment costs for disaster recovery works.  It is estimated that the reimbursement is worth about $2.5 million to more than 30 councils from reconstruction works performed in 2014. 

Somerset Dam to produce renewable energy for SEQ again

A major refurbishment of the Somerset Hydro-Electric Plant will increase Seqwater’s capacity to produce renewable energy for the state’s electricity grid.  The plant, which first generated power in 1954, has not been operational since it was inundated by the January 2011 floods.  The $11.6 million restoration, once completed, would increase the capacity of the plant from 3.2 to 4.1 megawatts.  Hydro-electricity is the second largest source of large-scale renewable energy in Queensland.


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