Councillor Report – 8th November 2017

Councillor Report – 8th November 2017

Category : General News


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 November 2017


Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

10 November    New Art Exhibition Kilcoy Courthouse Gallery

11 November    Lowood Show Society Dinner Dance

11 November    Remembrance Day

19 November    Jammin in Esk

25 November    Glamorgan Vale Christmas Carnival


Agenda Item # 31 Councillors’ Report

26 October         Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. General Meeting

31 October         Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

31 October         Visit to Local Resident – Linville

01 November    Somerset Dam & District Progress Association Management Committee Meeting

02 November    Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail General Meeting – Yarraman

03 November    Kilcoy State High School Awards Presentation

05 November    Fernvale Car & Motorbike Show


Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. General Meeting

Mr John McAulay was a special guest of the chamber and presented to the membership his vision with respect to reinventing the Kilcoy Yowie.  John, who has a long affiliation with Kilcoy and District has also been a professional man all of his working life.  John in retirement, is an author and loves to yarn to the travelling public about Kilcoy and District and also loves to tell the story of the Kilcoy Yowie.  The meeting supported John’s ideas and future vision for this important local fable.  I believe that with John’s strong commitment and support, this fable can be marketed to ensure the vision continues on well into the future.


Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

Mr Shayne Neumann attended the meeting and acknowledged that Kilcoy has been very fortunate with various successful federal grants.  He informed the meeting that the Toogoolawah RSL has been successful in achieving a grant for $40,000 to upgrade the hall’s kitchen.  The meeting was informed of other service providers who have moved in to the area and offering support to the wellbeing of the Kilcoy community.


Visit to Local Resident – Linville

This 90-year-old local lady advised that she sees real potential for tourism opportunities in Moore and has actioned her vision by purchasing two blocks of land in Moore.   She plans to add the experience of enjoying our region by planting native trees on one of the blocks, and she is considering her options with the second block of land.  She is very willing to work with existing tourism businesses in the town of Moore.


Somerset Dam & District Progress Association Management Committee Meeting

The agenda was adhered to and apart form one item, all other business listed on the agenda was discussed.  There is a great deal of work to be done to formalize the committee’s processes and policies.  I am sure this can occur if the majority of the committee members seek a similar outcome.


Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail General Meeting – Yarraman

Much discussion took place around the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and the South Burnett Rail Trail, and the most efficient method to administer and control this valuable tourism asset.  Cr Gavin Jones (or better known as Spud) advised of a major fundraiser for LifeFlight being held at Maidenwell on 2nd December.  The night will concentrate on woodchopping and the strong following that it has.  Our local one-armed chopper, Nick Fredriksen will be competing and David Foster will be the special guest of the night.  John and I look forward to being part of the night and representing his Grandfather, Mr Charles Winkel who was World Champion Axeman in the 1940’s.


Kilcoy State High School Awards Presentation

A lovely morning weather wise to hold the awards presentation.  Students, Teachers, Parents, Family members, Carers and Special Guests enjoyed the effortless ceremony, which ran to clockwork.  So very proud of our young community members, once again there were some amazing achievements reached by some students.  Well Done!  I look forward to fulfilling the role of School Council Chair for another year – 2018.


Fernvale Car & Motorbike Show

Congratulations to Fernvale Youth Inc. in hosting an active and well supported event.  As a result of the strong sponsorship, there were many great prizes awarded to the various judging categories.  Fernvale was abuzz with people, cars, motorbikes and great food.




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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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