Councillor Report – Council Meeting Monday 14 November 2016

Councillor Report – Council Meeting Monday 14 November 2016

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 November 2016


Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

16 November    Healthy Waterways – Report Card Kilcoy

19 November    Glamorgan Vale Hand Crafted Market Day

19 November    Linville Bush Dance

20 November    Linville Community Church Service


Agenda Item #40 Councillor Report Meetings/Functions attended

27 October         Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Monthly Meeting

28 October         54th Annual Awards Ceremony – Kilcoy State High School

31 October         Agforce Meeting – Toogoolawah

2 November      Kilcoy & District Village Committee General Meeting

3 November      Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail Committee Monthly Meeting

6 November      Fernvale Car & Bike Show – Fernvale

7 November      Toogoolawah Ambulance Committee Special Meeting

8 November      Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting

9 November      Somerset Region Community Enterprises Ltd Annual General Meeting – Lowood

11 November    Remembrance Day Commemoration – Kilcoy

13 November    Artist of the Month Exhibition Opening – Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery


Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Monthly Meeting

Correspondence will be forwarded to the respective government Ministers advising of the very intermittent mobile coverage in and around Kilcoy areas.  I requested that a copy of the correspondence be cc’d to Somerset Regional Council for information purposes only.


Domestic Violence Measures

Following the formation of a special committee, the Palaszczuk Government has committed a record $198.2 million over five years in this year’s Budget to continue to implement the response to Not Now, Not Ever.

Key achievements include:

  • releasing the 10-Year Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy;
  • opening of 72-hour crisis shelters in Brisbane and Townsville, which have helped more than 1000 victims escape violence. Since the six-month report, a further $8.7 million has been allocated for regional shelters in Charters Towers and Roma;
  • trialling of a specialist domestic and family violence court at Southport. To build on the trial, the 2016-17 Budget included $42.4 million over four years to roll out more specialist courts;
  • a suite of laws including amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act to make domestic violence an aggravating factor and laws to make non-fatal strangulation a separate offence;
  • the development of the Respectful Relationships education program for all Queensland schools to counter attitudes and behaviours that underpin violence later in life. The State Government has also included introducing an Industrial Relations Bill, and once passed, will provide to up to 10 days of domestic and family violence leave per year on full pay.

Queensland Country Women’s Association Conference

A landmark vote was made at the annual state conference on the 26th October 2016, allowing men (over the age of 18 years) to join the previously exclusively “women only” organisation as support members.


Awareness Campaign – Property Fire Risks

Given the event of out of control fires to the east of Kilcoy during the month of October, I would like to suggest that council consider educating its residents of the need to judge the fire risks of their individual properties, and become more “Fire Ready”.   This strategy could be supported by collaborating with Community Education Officers.  Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group in conjunction with local Rural Fire Brigades and the South East Qld Fire and Biodiversity Consortium will be holding a fire management planning workshop on 25th February 2017.  Council could assist this serious situation by raising awareness of its residents.


Queensland’s Heritage Grants

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles has advised that 99 applications were received under round one of the ‘heritage’ category and 18 successful recipients would share $701,944 in funding.  Congratulations to local recipient, Your Archives Pty Ltd submitting a project that aims to prepare a Condition Assessment report and undertake urgent stabilisation work at the historic Stonehouse at Moore for a grant of $50,000.


Emergency Vehicles to get priority in neighbouring Toowoomba Region

I was interested to learn that the Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) system is an innovative technology that provides fire trucks and ambulances priority when responding to emergencies.  The EVP system provides a green traffic signal to approaching emergency vehicles fitted with the technology, when safe to do so.  Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio commented that council is happy to see this system being implemented in the Toowoomba Region.

Somerset Region Community Enterprises Ltd AGM

The meeting was held at the Lowood Golf Club on Wednesday 9th November.  I was overwhelmed by the achievements of this organisation. Total holdings after acquiring the Toogoolawah Bendigo Agency on 1 November is now $100 m. The organisation has now reinvested around $326,000 back in to the community over the last six years. Congratulations to everyone, past & present who have been involved.

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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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