Councillor Report – 8th February 2017

Councillor Report – 8th February 2017

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 February 2017
Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
It is pleasing to see that our region’s landowners have various opportunities to be informed about rural management matters. Various workshops are organised by council and our local land care groups, and I encourage our landowners to attend workshops when possible.
10 February Kilcoy Art Society Inc. – Artist of the Month, Kilcoy Courthouse Gallery
20 February Toogoolawah State High School – Student Leaders Investiture Ceremony

Agenda Item #26 Councillor Report
Meetings/Functions attended
26 January Australia Day Celebrations – Somerset Civic Centre
30 January Meeting with Ten Mile Rural Fire Brigade
2 February Meetings at Esk Office
6 February Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting
6 February Meeting with rural residents
6 February Kilcoy Dance Group AGM

Australia Day Celebrations – Somerset Civic Centre
On a lovely, but warm morning the Australia Day Awards Presentation and Citizenship Ceremony was held at the spacious Somerset Civic Centre. Breakfast was very tasty and consisted of lots of choices. Congratulations to all involved with organising this fantastic celebration. There was lots of laughter, and it was a time for locals to meet up and chat about things since they last saw one another. Being nominated for these prestigious awards and the associated recognition is truly an honour and privilege. This accomplishment alone is an unforgettable milestone. I offer my congratulations to all nominees and offer special congratulations to the winning nomination of each award category. The Australia Day Ambassador, Lakeisha Patterson presented a thought provoking speech. I can hardly wait for next year’s event, to enjoy yet another professionally administered and heartwarming event.

Ten Mile Rural Fire Brigade
Three members of the Ten Mile Rural Fire Brigade met with me to discuss current Department of Transport & Main Roads’ procedures with burning off vegetation from TMR’s road reserves network. After discussing legal liability responsibilities with matters such as; feeding cattle on TMR’s roadsides, fencing of TRM’s roadsides, landowners slashing TMR road reserves and identification of hot spots on TMR road reserves, it was agreed that the Ten Mile Rural Fire Brigade would consult further with TMR about such issues for further clarification.

ABC Landline Broadcast
Landline aired “Window On China”, a special program analysing the economic powerhouse that is Australia’s biggest trading partner. The program recorded business interests from premium beef to high fashion, and offered the pitfalls and success stories of doing business in modern China. Two hundred & twenty local government and business representatives from Toowoomba made the trip from Wellcamp Airport to Beijing, China to discuss and learn more about future free trade incentives. Initiatives included clean and green, paddock to plate, E-Commerce with a platform of millions of clients. New Hope Group and its current business ventures were documented, with a very informative visual and oral presentation of Kilcoy and Kilcoy Pastoral Company. Local business identity, Duncan Brown was also interviewed.

Local Government News of Interest
As part of its Submission to the 2016 – 2017 Federal Budget, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), has asked for certainty the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) will be restored.
The 2016-17 Budget should include a commitment to: • Immediately restore the indexation of the Financial Assistance Grants.
Beyond 2016-17, the Federal Government should commit to: • Increase the quantum of the base and reform the indexation methodology of the Financial Assistance Grants; and • Provide appropriate resources to aid in the prevention of cost shifting, including working towards a renewed Inter-governmental agreement.

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Somerset Farmers book your seat now for the Farmer's Big Night Out on Wednesday, 8 September at the Somerset Civic Centre.Enjoy a great evening of live entertainment, dinner and socialising. This event is Free for Somerset farmers.Call Council on (07) 5424 4000 to book your ticket now as seats are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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