Councillor Report – Council Ordinary Meeting 11 July 2018

Councillor Report – Council Ordinary Meeting 11 July 2018

Category : General News

 

 

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 11 July 2018

 

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

14 July                  Esk Races

15 July                  Jammin in Esk

21 July                  Country Fair Apostolic Church of Qld – Toogoolawah

22 July                  Christmas in July – Lowood

26 July                  Glamorgan Vale QCWA Birthday Luncheon

 

Congratulations to all involved with planning, attending, competing and supporting the Council event – Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run.  The event was well supported, well administered and it was overwhelming to witness the number of entries and the number of visitors and locals who enjoyed the winter morning’s activities.  Well done!

 

Agenda Item #26 Councillors’ Report

(attended)

28 June                Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. Monthly Meeting

30 June                Esk to Yarraman Brisbane Valley Rail Trail 100 km Challenge

02 July                  Kilcoy Flicks Meeting

03 July                  Citizenship Ceremony

04 July                  Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn. Inc. Monthly Meeting

05 July                  Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Monthly Meeting

08 July                  Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run 2018

 

It is welcomed news that the State Government has created the Industry Reference Group in direct response to 2017 LGAQ Annual Conference resolutions calling for a State-wide policy position on short-term accommodation facilitated by online platforms to improve transparency and manage safety concerns.   The “code of conduct” the Government was proposing and the introduction of a system for data sharing would help councils manage the impact of short-term letting in their local communities.


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Somerset Farmers book your seat now for the Farmer's Big Night Out on Wednesday, 8 September at the Somerset Civic Centre.Enjoy a great evening of live entertainment, dinner and socialising. This event is Free for Somerset farmers.Call Council on (07) 5424 4000 to book your ticket now as seats are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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