Councillor Report – Council Meeting 23rd November 2016

Councillor Report – Council Meeting 23rd November 2016

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 November 2016


Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

24 November    Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc Monthly Meeting

26 November    Glamorgan Vale Hall Christmas Party

26 November    “Market on the Green” Old St Andrews Church Esk

27 November    Lowood Writers Circle Meeting

29 November    Community Share Meal – Kilcoy

30 November    Special Music Parade – Esk State School

01 December     Annual Presentation Night – Lowood State School

02 December     Carols in the Park – Toogoolawah

03 December     Kilcoy Community Carols

03 December     Kilcoy Races Christmas Cup

04 December     Esk Community Choir “Annual Christmas Variety Concert”

04 December     St John’s Lutheran Church Coolana 125th Anniversary of Congregation



Agenda Item #30 Councillor Report Meetings/Functions attended

16 November    Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

16 November    Local Disaster Management Group Meeting

17 November    Meeting with RADF Committee Member

18 November    Kilcoy State High School Year 12 Valedictory Ceremony

19 November    Bush Dance Linville

21 November    RADF Committee Meeting

23 November    Meeting with Town Planning staff – Development Application

23 November    Somerset Region Business Alliance – Business After Hours “Focus on Tourism”


Kilcoy State High School Year 12 Valedictory Ceremony

Congratulations to the seventy-one students who graduated successfully from Kilcoy State High School.  These ceremonies consist of mixed emotions, and a sense of excitement, as to what lies ahead.  I recall my Kilcoy State High School graduation ceremony and I acknowledge and appreciate the changes achieved through the education system/processes and the associated expectations currently shared by students, teaching staff, parents and families.

Linville Bush Dance & Community Church Service

John and I along with our two granddaughters, Marley and Ally attended the Linville Bush Dance and we all thoroughly enjoyed the family orientated event.  Ginn Gang, a Christian musically gifted family performed during the evening and had all dancers up and enjoying various styles of bush dancing.  The many children in attendance soon acquired the knowledge of the various steps that were taught during the night.  The performing family also lead a Community Church Service the following morning at Linville.

Billies Bay & Hays Landing -new recreation destination

Both areas have been transformed into a new recreation destination catering for BBQs, picnics, swimming, fishing, paddling and sailing.  Six hundred South East Queensland students enjoyed a sneak preview on Tuesday 22nd November, as part of Seqwater’s annual Play it safe day.  The new site is to be opened to the general public from Saturday 10 December.  I echo our Mayor’s statement that tourism has been identified as one of the key economic drivers for our region both now and into the future, and that the new facility has the potential to further enhance our growing reputation as one of Australia’s premier lakes’ districts.

Innovative Queenslander takes out agriculture award

Mr Dan Papacek was named the winner of the 2016 Peter Kenny Medal at the AgFutures Conference held in Brisbane on Tuesday night (22nd November).   Applicants for this award had to be involved in agriculture, fisheries or forestry in some capacity.  Mr Papacek is a leader in his field, committed to advancing Queensland agriculture through the use of integrated pest management.  His mission is to help Australian growers achieve best practice management with minimal pesticides.  Mr Papacek started his business “Bugs for Bugs” in Munduberra in 1981, at a time when integrated pest management and use of beneficial insects to control pest insects was not common practice.  His perseverance and belief in the science has meant that “Bug for Bugs” is now one of Australia’s leading suppliers of biological control agents.

Gold Coast to host $50 million Chinese business event

The Gold Coast will host one of Australia’s biggest ever business events when more than 8,000 employees from Chinese company, Infinitus, come to Queensland in 2018.  The Gold Coast has won the week-long business event that would generate more than $50 million for the state.  Gold Coast Business Events collaborated with Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia to beat national and international competition for the staff incentive program of Infinitus, one of China’s largest personal health care companies.  This will be one of the largest conference groups to visit Australia, and the biggest the Gold Coast has ever hosted.  This event will offer a great opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast and the state as a premier tourism and events destination.  The Infinitus China program will bring thousands of Chinese business delegates to Queensland and showcase its diverse tourism experiences to the growing China market.







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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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