Councillor Report – Council Meeting 27 September 2017

Councillor Report – Council Meeting 27 September 2017

Category : General News


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 27 September 2017


Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

30 September                   Official unveiling ceremony of the red deer sculpture

01 October                         Esk Community Choir “Gilbert & Sullivan Spectacular” Gatton Shire Hall

01 October                         Glen Rock Gallery – new exhibition

01 October                         Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery – new exhibition

07 October                         Yarraman to Linville Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Springtime Ride and Hangi

12-16 September             Nuts & Bolts presents “Minds on Canvas” Old Courthouse Art Gallery Kilcoy

15 October                         Jamin in Esk

It is reassuring to learn that the current written learner test for young drivers could become a thing of the past, with an Australian-first trial to revolutionise the ‘old’ multiple choice question paper for the first time in four decades. Students from six schools across Queensland will be the first to trial the new high-tech, safety focussed ‘PrepL’ online test which will push learner drivers through an intensive interactive course, including driving simulation tasks and powerful real-life interviews.

Agenda Item #45 Councillors’ Report

14 September   Inspection of council road reserve

15 September   Somerset Region Community Support Assn. Committee Meeting

16 September   Linville Spring Fair

16 September   Beer & BBQ Festival – Kilcoy

17 September   Kilcoy Motocross Club Juniors’ Titles

19 September   Meeting with Sergeant Tanwan & CDO

19 September   Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary AGM

22 September   Somerset Dam & Districts Progress Assn Committee Meeting

26 September   Interagency Meeting – Kilcoy


Linville Spring Fair

The Linville hall was packed full of items for sale and which attracted a good crowd.  Could not help myself and had to buy something for myself as well.  Well done to the organisers.

Beer & BBQ Festival – Kilcoy

Beautiful weather for the second Beer & BBQ Festival held at the Exchange Hotel, William Street service lane and into Aston Park.  The crowd was equal to the inaugural event held last year, with many more stalls attending this year’s festival.  Kilcoy Pastoral Company sponsored the BBQ Cook Off, and it was great to see some of the teams travelling interstate to take part in this Australian based competition.

Kilcoy Motocross Club

With over 300 junior competitors at the Kilcoy venue for the SEQMX (Round 2), the weekend was well organised and supported.  John and I were entertained by a fun competition, where the juniors had to do push-ups, race their bikes, skull a glass of water to see who the winner was.  Well done to the junior female who entered along with all the junior males.  It was also commendable to be able to buy local produce at the canteen – well done Kilcoy MotorX committee.

Meeting with Sgt Tanwan & Council’s CDO

I believe ongoing communication with the local Police will only assist Council to understand the makeup of the community and identify which services are lacking at a local level.  Discussion points will be referred to the Kilcoy Interagency group.

 Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary AGM

Congratulations to outgoing and incoming Executives for a job well done.  A major fund raiser will be the Kay Avery Bowls Day to be held on 14th October.  A great deal of funds was raised by the committee’s Hospital Fete held in May.  The committee will also investigate the feasibility of organising a fashion show.

Somerset Dam & Districts Progress Assn Management and Committee Meeting

Cr Brieschke and I attended the meeting and I was overwhelmed by the tone of the meeting.  I do believe that with some rectification and ongoing trust and respect this committee can align itself to become a professionally administered group in the future.

Interagency Meeting – Kilcoy

Service providers advised the meeting of current and future services that will be available in Kilcoy, and an attempt will be made to assist the recent local DV incidents.  An in-depth discussion took place around a very new initiative that is designed to promote a holistic approach to wellbeing.  The eight-week program will be available next year and in the interim, there is a strong need to market the program in an effort to reach community members that will benefit from this free self-awareness course.

Back to Work program delivers for Somerset region jobseekers

On 25th September, Employment Minister Grace Grace visited an Esk business which is one several in Queensland’s Somerset region to hire a jobseeker through the Palaszczuk Government’s Back to Work jobs program.  Ms Grace said it was fantastic to visit local business AJ’s Barbers Shack and Hair Salon, which has successfully used the program to get a jobseeker back into employment.

“Somerset employers are right getting behind our Back to Work program to hire local jobseekers,” she said.   “It’s great to see employers in the Somerset region taking advantage of the incentives on offer to get more Queenslanders back to work.   “Businesses often need that extra bit of confidence to take someone on board and this program is delivering that confidence in spades.

Back to Work South East Queensland * From July 1, 2017 Support payments available for eligible employers of up to:

  • $15,000 for eligible employers who hire a long-term unemployed jobseeker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)
  • $20,000 for a young jobseeker (aged between 15-24 years)
  • To be eligible, employees need to have started work on, or after Saturday 1 July 2017, and have been employed for at least four weeks.

Businesses can visit or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment.

Positive Feedback with respect to newly installed Traffic Speed signage

Positive feedback has already been received from residents who are very appreciative of new traffic speed signage erected in specific streets in Kilcoy.  Feedback also related to concerns about the volume of traffic speeding through Graham and Seib Streets.

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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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