Councillor Report 9 October 2019

Councillor Report 9 October 2019

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 October 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

12 October         Butler Clock Centenary – Kilcoy

12 October         St George’s Anglican Church Guild Linville “A”ffair (Fete)

12 October         Somerset Dam & District Rural Neighbourhood Watch meeting

19 October         Centenary of Kilcoy RSL Sub Branch

23 October         BVKLGroup AGM – Kilcoy

19/20 October  Garage Sale Weekend – Somerset region

26 October          Fernvale Lions – Relay for Life

Congratulations to Mr David Duncan from Kilcoy and his recent achievements for being awarded the Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal at the Australian Lot Feeders Association’s SmartBeef conference.   Teys Condamine livestock manager, Mr Duncan was selected as one of three finalists for the award.

The Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group is holding its AGM on 23 October, and a huge call out to any community member who may have time available to help out.  Most of the Executive positions will be declared vacant and without support, this group has a real chance of disappearing from our community.  Please come along if you have a regard for this type of local voluntary group.

A huge thank you to our SES and Rural Fire Brigades for their efforts during recent fires in our region.

Agenda Item #24    Councillors’ Report   

(Since the last Ordinary Council meeting, I have attended)

25 September   nbn Public Presentation – Kilcoy

I wish to thank the nbn Representatives for providing an informative presentation and answering related questions about the nbn network.  As Councillor, the opportunity to organise this public presentation in collaboration with the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance is appreciated.

30 September   Charlotte’s Web – Somerset Civic Centre

                                The production was well supported over the two days, Sunday and Monday.  We look forward to the next touring production.

02 October         Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn Meeting

                                A busy meeting with special guests who have agreed to be recorded whilst giving stories and memories of Somerset Dam Village.

02 October         Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Fernvale Hall

                                Once again, this event was well supported by families and service providers.  Well done to council staff.

03 October         Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Committee – Monthly Meeting – Yarraman

                                Much discussion took place around the new Link Trail between Yarraman and Nanango.  The Nanango Soundtrail project was discussed and experiences shared with the committee.

05 October         Back to Jimna & Spring Dance

                                There was a good crowd who returned to Jimna to catch up.  All reports provide that a fun time was had at the Spring Dance.

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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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