Councillor Report – Council Meeting 22 February 2017

Councillor Report – Council Meeting 22 February 2017

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 22 February 2017

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

23 February        Linville Community Meeting

23 February        Kilcoy Art Society Inc. Annual General Meeting

23 February        Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. Meeting

26 February        Fireweed Workshop Marburg

27 February        Kilcoy State High School Investiture Ceremony

27 February        Mt Beppo Public Hall Committee Annual General Meeting

28 February        Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

01 March             Kilcoy Pony Club Annual General Meeting

03 March             Summer Primary School Somerset Cup


Agenda Item # 35 Councillor Report

Meetings/Functions attended

8 February          Somerset Art Society Inc. General Meeting – Esk

8 February          Inspection of drainage & miscellaneous issues – Esk residence

10 February        Kilcoy Art Society Artist of the Month – Ms Di Taylor

13 February        Esk State School Induction of Student Leaders’ Ceremony

14 February        Somerset Regional Council Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting

15 February        Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

15 February        Local Disaster Management Group Committee Meeting

15 February        Kilcoy State High School Council Committee Meeting

20 February        Toogoolawah State High School Student Leaders Investiture Ceremony

20 February        Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Meeting

21 February        Somerset Region Community Enterprises Ltd. Toogoolawah Project Bendigo Bank


Somerset Art Society Inc. General Meeting

The meeting was well attended by more than twenty members, and the main agenda discussion was based around the organisation of the Somerset Art Awards – 2017.  Bendigo Bank has become a major sponsor of the event and will be offered naming rights. The meeting was introduced to Ms LeAnne Vincent, who is the awards’ event manager.   A serious part of the meeting reflected on the forthcoming election of the executive, after it was announced that all positions will be declared vacant at the next AGM planned for August 2017.  The organisation will need three interested persons to stand for election.

Kilcoy & District Community Bank Steering Committee

It is with some considerable disappointment that the committee, at this time, in conjunction with Bendigo Bank, has decided to cease its efforts to establish a Community Bank® branch in Kilcoy. This decision was not reached without extensive soul searching and was based on the belief that it is highly unlikely that it would be able to turn the project into a profitable one in a short enough time frame to satisfy all our stake holders. The committee has always been acutely aware that in raising capital to finance a Community Bank® it would be asking for people’s hard earned savings, and that any plan to proceed had to have a very high probability of being successful very quickly.

Banking is a very competitive business sector and is evolving very quickly. Currently we have a record low interest rate environment, placing additional pressure on pricing and reducing profit margins. In this environment, it was essential that the majority of the Kilcoy community wholeheartedly supported the project in order that the bank branch would be profitable in a short period of time. Sadly, this was not the case and as such the committee reluctantly decided not to continue.

Although the above issues present significant difficulties at this point in time, they do not diminish the committee’s belief in the community benefits to be derived from a Community Bank® branch. A change in circumstances, the growth of our district and a different financial climate could well mean that a future campaign may be successful and our community will enjoy the rewards.

Local Government News of Interest

Mayors and a number of local government leaders from across Queensland gathered in the iconic outback town of Winton on 14th February 2017 to discuss the direction of Queensland’s regional economies and the role local councils can play in developing the State’s prosperity.  ‘It is meetings such as this that help to emphasise to our Policy Executive and the LGAQ the need for flexibility in how governments implement new legislation and programs so that the opportunities can be better captured by more councils’.  Mayor Jamieson also said that local councils are often key drivers of economic growth in the regions and it was important that the local government sector was included in any strategy aimed at boosting growth and creating sustainable jobs in Queensland.

State Government News of Interest

MP Mark Furner is now the Minister of Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.  Local Government President Mayor Mark Jamieson is looking forward to working with Mr Furner to ensure the strong partnership between the two levels of government continues.  Mayor Jamieson also looks forward to continuing the relationship with Deputy Premier Ms Jackie Trad in her role for planning and infrastructure as well as taking responsibility for the transport portfolio.

State Government has a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the evil of the drug ice (crystal methamphetamine) and plan to go to the heart of this growing problem by developing solutions directly with the communities battling the effects of the insidious drug.  The draft plan would aim to break the cycle of drug use by attacking every aspect of the path to addiction and ruin.  Summits will be part of the consultation on the draft plan.

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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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