Councillor Report – Ordinary Meeting 12 December 2018

Councillor Report – Ordinary Meeting 12 December 2018

Category : General News

Councillor Gaedtke

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

12 December     Mt Kilcoy State School Awards Night

14 December     Lowood Lions Christmas in the Park

14 December     Picturing Innovation Exhibition Official Opening – The Condensery

15 December     Christmas Carols – Fernvale and Kilcoy

15 December     Toogoolawah Christmas Tree Carnival

15 December     Esk Christmas Races

18 December     Official Opening Kilcoy Police Station

Agenda Item # 43 Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

28 November    Kilcoy & District Progress Alliance Inc. monthly meeting

29 November    Kilcoy Showground Reserve Overall Management Committee Meeting

05 December     Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting

05 December     Somerset Tourism Volunteers’ Day

06 December     Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Inc. monthly meeting – Nanango

08 December     Back to Jimna

08 December     Kilcoy Lions Christmas Carnival

10 December     War on Waste – Kilcoy State High School

11 December     Kilcoy State School Awards Ceremony & End of Year Celebration

I have received many favourable comments regarding Back to Jimna and the Kilcoy Lions Christmas Carnival.  I would like to acknowledge those responsible for organising the events.  Hopefully both events will become regular entries on our calendar of events.

Congratulations to the students involved with “War on Waste” (Kilcoy State High School) and Kilcoy State School Awards Ceremony and End of Year Celebration.  When asked about each project on War on Waste, students were eager to share their knowledge of the subject and how they researched their particular project.  It is reassuring that this important universal issue is gaining greater understanding at school level.

I was impressed by the delivery of the Kilcoy State SchoolAwards Ceremony (Year 3 – 6) and End of Year Celebration (Prep to Year 2).  Students of all ages displayed confidence by hosting their end of school year events.



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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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