Councillor Report – Council Meeting 22 March 2017

Councillor Report – Council Meeting 22 March 2017

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 22 March 2017

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

24 March             Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast – Lowood

25 March             The Ultimate Eagles Experience – Esk

25 March             Glenwood RCF Auxiliary Cent Auction

30 March             Esk Girl Guides AGM

01 April                 Easter Carnival – Glamorgan Vale Hall

01 April                 Kilcoy Show Ball

01 April                 Glen Rock Gallery/Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery New Exhibitions

03 April                 Esk Skate Park – Youth Week

04 April                 Fernvale Skate Park – Youth Week

05 April                 Kilcoy Skate Park – Youth Week

09 April                 Somerset Skate Championship – Esk – Youth Week

Agenda Item #63 Councillor Report

Meetings/Functions attended

08 March             Kilcoy State High School P & C AGM & General Meeting

18 March             Brieschke Breakfast for House Fire Victims – Mt Beppo Hall

18 March             Colours of Somerset Arts & Culture Festival – Lowood

18 March             Somerset Dam & Districts Progress Association AGM

20 March             Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting – Kilcoy

The weather on Saturday 18th March was just beautiful for the hosting of the three events I attended.  The Brieschke Breakfast was well supported and much needed funds were raised to assist replacing possessions lost in a recent house fire.  There was interesting art, miscellaneous displays and cultural exchange at the Lowood festival.   A great roll up was experienced at the local Somerset Dam group’s AGM.

Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting

The committee addressed recommendations 1 to 5 of the summary of Fauna Survey of Yowie Park (2016) by Scott Burnett.  The remainder six recommendations will be discussed at the next monthly meeting.  The Fire and Biodiversity Farm Management Workshop and the Small Property Planning Workshop were very successful and well supported, with more workshops planned in the future.  The matter of lack of strategy and control of feral cats was discussed and it was agreed that the current situation requires urgent action.  The group is working with local high schools to provide district youth representatives to be nominated to the Queensland Youth Environment Council.  The council is looking for representatives from the age of 12 – 21 years.

Qld Local Government News of Interest

  • The Census gives us a five-yearly snapshot of Australia, providing us with the richest and most comprehensive statistical resource to help plan for our future. Data from the 2016 Census will be released through a range of products in two main stages, June and October 2017, with a preview of Census information released in April 2017.
  • North’s Women lead the Way – LGAQ witnessed the vision of five female Mayors in areas between Townsville and Mt Isa, which included seven councils along the way, all leading their councils in pushing for economic development, technology and innovation.  Tribute was also paid to the two male Mayors in this area as well, but it was instructive to see the different focus the women were taking, putting a high price on jobs, growth, innovation and community engagement.   They are all having a red hot go, indeed prepared to fail if need be rather than sit on the proverbial fence.  Tradition and past performance are not high on their agenda, nor is blame. LGAQ’s CEO said ”It was really good to be in the presence of such positive people, glass half full mayors”.

Qld State Government News of Interest

  • The historic Mary Valley Rattler will charm the Gympie region once again following final approval of $4.7 million in funding through the $200 million Works for Queensland program.
  • Regional delegates comprising of 11 Sunshine Coast; 9 Moreton Bay; 13 Ipswich and West Moreton; 10 Redland and Logan; and 10 Gold Coast reps, will be amongst 127 regional entrepreneurs to attend next week’s Myriad Festival in Brisbane, to connect with global investors and venture capitalists managing a staggering $10 billion in funds.
  • An interim report was released on 10th March 2017 by the Koala Expert Panel set up last year to explore ways to better protect koalas in the state’s south-east. As well as other strategies, the panel has supported the development of new koala habitat mapping between Noosa and the Gold Coast, as well as areas west of Brisbane.



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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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