Councillor Report 29 May 2019

Councillor Report 29 May 2019

Category : General News

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

30 May                 Prenzlau 125th Gala Dinner

01 June                Somerset Art Beat Festival – The Condensery

01 June                Toogoolawah Show Ball

7/8 June              Toogoolawah Show

08 June                Ramblers – 40th Anniversary

09 June                Prenzlau Pride’s Car & Music Show – Lowood

Mrs Renee Retschlag proudly announced that she has received a letter from the Australian Axemans’ Association which advised she has been selected to represent our country in the Australian Women’s Woodchopping team.  Congratulations to one proud Kilcoy resident.

Agenda Item #36  Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

08 May                 Kilcoy State High School P&C Assn monthly meeting

09 May                 Kilcoy District Historical Society monthly meeting

10 May                 Kilcoy Art Society Inc. – Courthouse Gallery Opening

11 May                 Sheep Station Creek School – Centenary Celebrations & Town Meeting

11 May                 Esk Show Society – “Night of Nights”

13 May                 Past Councillor Noel Kammholz Funeral

14 May                 Tourism Advisory Committee meeting – Esk

15 May                 Traffic Safety Advisory Committee meeting – Esk

15 May                 Kerrie Oakes – Somerset Community Herb Clinic – Esk

15 May                 Pauline Watson – raffle prize Cancer Council event  – Venor

17 May                 Diploma of Local Government – Land use planning – Newstead, Brisbane

19 May                 Jammin – Esk

20 May                 Queensland Urban Utilities – Lunch – Esk

20 May                 RADF Committee Meeting – Esk

21 May                 Lowood District Residents Network Inc. monthly meeting

23 May                 Domestic Violence Day – Kilcoy event

23 May                 Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc monthly meeting

25 May                 Esk Show

26 May                 Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Breakfast

27 May                 Toowoomba – Town Planning matter

27 May                 Special Meeting – Sculptural Garden Master Plan – The Condensery

28 May                 Toogoolawah Wacky Ladies The Biggest Morning Tea – Cancer Council event

Congratulations to the Esk Show Society Miss Showgirl Quest and Rural Ambassador entrants.  I was honoured to be asked to be one of the Judges of the evening “Night of Nights”, and I commend the girls on the way they conducted themselves during the interviews.  I wish every girl the very best and especially wish them a bright future achieving their dreams.  I also wish to extend my congratulations to the Esk Show Society for their innovative changes/additions made to this year’s show schedule.

I attended the Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Inc and the Red Thunder Formation Team for a classic airfield breakfast.  There was a great turn out who enjoyed breakfast and I was offered a tour around the grounds, buildings and the planes.  It was a very interesting morning talking to the many pilots and understanding the passion they hold around flying.  Future plans of the organization was also expressed.


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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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