Councillor Report – Council Meeting 12 October 2016

Councillor Report – Council Meeting 12 October 2016

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 October 2016

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

13 October         Kilcoy Historical Society Monthly Meeting

14 October         Stage III Plantings at Yowie Park, Kilcoy

15 October         Kay Avery Bowls Day, Kilcoy

15 October          Bad Moms Night, Toogoolawah

16 October         140th Anniversary Trinity Lutheran Church Lowood

16 October         Bollywood – The colours, The music, The dance, Kilcoy RSL

25 October         Interagency Meeting, Kilcoy

25 October         Toogoolawah High School Annual Awards

26 October         Lowood High School Annual Presentation Night

Agenda Item #28 Councillor Report Meetings/Functions attended

1/2 October       Somerset Relay for Life, Kilcoy

5 October            Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail Monthly Meeting, Wyvill’s Museum, Yarraman

5 October            Meeting with Kilcoy Golf Club executive

5 October            On-site meeting Kilcoy Sports Centre

8 October            Mt Kilcoy State School P & C Spring Fair

8 October            Skydive Ramblers Drop Zone official opening of 2016 Equinox Boogie International Skydiving & Music Festival

10 October         Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Monthly Meeting

10 October         On Site Meeting Staghurst Road, Gregors Creek

12 October         Kilcoy State High School Council Meeting


Somerset Relay for Life

Congratulations and sincere heartfelt thanks to all who supported this very worthy fundraising event.  Mayor Lehmann, Crs. Hall, Choat, Whalley and myself offered support to the Somerset Relay for Life event and to our team known as the “Council Crusaders”.  Our team was successful with taking out the award for The Best Dressed Team, wearing our purple tutus and yellow footy socks.  I would like to thank Brenda Fagan and her team of very helpful council staff who finalised all the needs to bring our team to life.  The 2016 event was supported by eleven teams and at the time of writing this report, a total of $23,511 has been raised, with a final goal of raising $30,000.  The 2015 event was supported by sixteen teams and raised over $35,000 in support of Cancer Council Queensland.  The amount of fund raising has been a staggering achievement for the small community of Kilcoy, however it is unreasonable to expect the community to support the event three years in succession.  Therefore, I strongly encourage the southern part of our region to seriously consider hosting the 2017 Somerset Relay for Life.   In the past five years, Relayers in Australia have raised over $108,000,000 for Cancer Council.


Mt Kilcoy State School P & C Spring Fair

I was very pleased to witness the achievement of lots of people and a State Government grant to secure the Kelly Blunt Oval at the Mt Kilcoy State School, which was officially opened at the fair.  There were lots of stalls, interesting games and entertainment provided by this tightknit schooling community.  It was a very special experience and provided me with an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the effort made by a wise group of people who formed a committee in February 1908 to establish a provisional school at Mt Kilcoy.  My Great Grandfather, George Adsett was also a member of the committee. The small school building measuring 24ft by 16ft with two verandahs each 7ft wide was opened on 18th January 1909.  Four generations of my family have attended this highly regarded state school.


Skydive Ramblers Drop Zone official opening of 2016 Equinox Boogie International Skydiving & Music Festival

I wish to personally thank the Ramblers for their kind invitation to attend the official opening of Equinox Boogie.  I enjoyed chatting with members and hearing many stories about the passion they share for this extreme sport.  Somerset is fortunate to have this dynamic group located within its boundaries.

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