Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Councillor Report – Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. Meeting

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Councillor Report – Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. Meeting

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Councillor Report – Wednesday 29 November 2017  –  Kilcoy Chamber


Domestic Violence Project – “Kilcoy Cares”  Successful Funding Application announced Tuesday 28 Nov

  1. 1. Lyn Buchanan (Council’s CDO) spoke about the latest funding application for a DV/child protection related project: The project adopts a whole of community approach with specific goals to unite the Kilcoy community and provide resources that address fundamental issues related to child protection and strengthening families, through a very soft entry approach.  A large proportion of the funding will go towards community engagement to encourage the diverse and disconnected groups (eg CALD, indigenous, established/long term residents, and new residents) to work as one, rather than limiting interaction to within their own groups.  NOTE – This segregation prevents attendance at events and activities and has been attributed to the poor take up of services.

The overarching concept is to create a caring and sharing community under the brand “Kilcoy Cares”, which will be presented to all sectors within the community in the initial phase.  It is anticipated that the local newspaper, business, community groups, services would adopt the brand and work together eg fortnightly newspaper articles on support services, parenting, good news stories; family supportive manager’s specials at the shops under Kilcoy Cares (eg fresh fruit); a facebook page promoting healthy and community oriented activities; council library runs activities under the brand etc.  It would also be promoted with bumper stickers or similar. Also as part of the funding, a minimum of one (1) children’s book will be created addressing the issues identified by the community as a priority and which are affecting local children’s wellbeing and safety.

A top priority which has been identified being poor hygiene and lack of basic manners and social skills of children.  These books will incorporate a Yowie type creature (which is an icon of Kilcoy) who meets three Kilcoy children, who use their combined resourcefulness to teach the young yowie about the identified topic, eg cleanliness and/or manners.  The character’s appearance will be determined from the winner of an art competition from primary school aged children, and the book characters name selected by popular decision from the community, to help create a sense of ownership to the Kilcoy community.

The first book (part of an anticipated Kilcoy Cares series of books which will be written and illustrated by locals and incorporating Kilcoy backdrops), will be launched before June 2018.  This will be held at a time that would maximize participation by the children and hopefully their parents.  In addition to the books which will be given to each child, a care pack of toiletry items (motel size packs) will be included, similar to those provided to Yowie in the story.   Service providers will be invited to participate at the event to assist in activities and connect with the Kilcoy Community.  Future books or other community created initiates would be funded in future from a variety of sources eg RADF, community assistance grants, corporate sponsors, etc.  Note – Phase 2 of the Kilcoy Cares Project will be to consolidate the outcomes of the project and to get buy ins from local residents and businesses who were not involved in Phase 1.  Further Action Plan for Phase 2 to be determined before the end of Phase 1.


  1. 2. Council has sought funding through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – Round 2 seeking 50% of the Kilcoy Showground Development Project. The project has a total cost of $922,575.  ($461,287)  Announcement of successful projects is expected in mid 2018.


  1. 3. The 2017 Somerset Youth Leadership Forum requested as a forum goal that a project identified as the Kilcoy Cinema Project be formulated for next year. A group of students from Kilcoy State High School explained that the project would involve holding a movie night once a month, on a Saturday night, at the Kilcoy Information Centre.  Admission prices and sale of food is being discussed.  Council agreed at the last meeting to continue to work with KSHS on the Kilcoy Cinema Project in 2018 with the aim of providing at least 3 movies for youth and families throughout the year.

As Councillor for the Somerset Region, I would like to see this project set up in a way that it is going to be successful.  I believe that there needs input from relevant community groups and other local identities to make this project sing and have longevity.  After a lengthy discussion at the Council meeting, it was agreed that interested bodies/persons present a business plan to Council to qualify and quantify the project further.  I would like to see this project become a successful, regular and permanent entertainment choice for our community.


  1. 4. Wivenhoe Classic Fishing Comp. to be held 17 – 19 August 2018.  (Non-Professional comp.)
  2. 5. 2018 Garden Competition – Entries open 4 June, closes 10 August.  Judging 15 – 21 August.  Winners announced 23 August.  Open Gardens 1,2 Sept & 8,9 Sept.
  3. 6. Mayoral Gala & Charity Ball –  6 October 2018
  4. 7. 4D Living is a registered not-for-profit charity and is bringing to Kilcoy the “Diabetic Health Clinic Lifestyle Program” totally free of charge.  A program for anyone who is sick and tired of struggling with weight issues, poor health due to lifestyle related issues.  Starts Sunday 4 February 2018.  For more info go to



Leave a Reply

Facebook News

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
View on Facebook

4 hours ago

Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke for a strong Somerset Region
See you there tomorrow morning for a sausage sandwich.🌭👍👍💲2-50 each ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
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
View on Facebook