Councillor Report 8 May 2019

Councillor Report 8 May 2019

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 May 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

09 May                 SEQWater Community Consultation – Kilcoy Memorial Hall

10 May                 New Quarterly Exhibition Opening – Courthouse Art Gallery, Kilcoy

11 May                 Sheep Station Creek reserve – 100 years anniversary Sheep Station Creek School

11 May                 Night of Nights – Esk Show Society

12 May                 Chaplaincy Mothers’ Day Luncheon – Toogoolawah

19 May                 Biggest Morning Tea  – Pauline Watson – Cancer Fundraising event

Sunshine Coast based food technology company Naturo Pty Ltd is behind the groundbreaking worldfirst set to revolutionise the dairy industry by developing milk that stays fresh for more than 60 days.   The stunning breakthrough which will create massive export opportunities in Asia, is being touted as the biggest dairy industry innovation since pasteurization.  Naturo founder and chief executive Jeff Hastings is the son-in-law of Kilcoy identities, Dick and Judy Hill.  I am told that Jeff never gives up, even through all the ups and downs he experiences in his chosen profession.

Agenda Item #27  Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

25 April                 Anzac Day Commemorations – Esk, Linville & Kilcoy

27 April                 Lowood Art – Cultural Festival

29 April                 Lowood Library – Mural

29 April                 Army Cadets – Public Meeting – Kilcoy

30 April                 Citizenship Ceremony – Esk

01 May                 Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn meeting

01 May                 Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc meeting

02 May                 SEQWater Somerset Dam Village meeting

03 May                 Council of Mayor – Economic Development Committee meeting – Brisbane

04 May                 “Ride for Red” – Toogoolawah – Cancer Council event

Anzac Day Commemorations were well supported again all over our region.  The day provided our communities with a time to come together to reflect, to connect and laugh.  The playing of two-up is always a fun activity with many taking part in the renowned Anzac Day activity.

Over 110 youth and parents took the time to attend the Kilcoy Army Cadet public meeting held at the Kilcoy Information Centre on 29th April.  Army representatives gave a talk about the plans to start an Army Cadet branch in Kilcoy, with over 50 youth (aged between 13 – 17 years) expressing interest for future contact.  I look forward to witnessing the positive outcomes that will be derived from this important initiative.

SEQWater provided a very informative evening, which provided the platform for many locals to share their stories, memories and where SEQWater should be challenging their efforts with the safety upgrades of Somerset Dam.  The meeting was to persuade residents to get involved, and I congratulate SEQWater on the open community communication approach and attitude to this enormous and costly long-term safety upgrade project.

“Ride for Red” was very well supported with around 43 motorbikes, 13 cars and 85 people attending the event, which commenced at Wamuran, travelled to Blackbutt for morning tea and then on to Maidenwell for lunch before returning to Toogoolawah for dinner and evening activities.  The ride organisers, Helen Weir and Gary Blake set a fund-raising goal of $6,000 and they are proud to announce that the event raised a total of $6,732-90.  The fourth annual “Ride for Red” will be held same time next year, but with a different route being planned.


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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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