Cr Cheryl Gaedtke Councillor Report – Ordinary Meeting 27 November 2019

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke Councillor Report – Ordinary Meeting 27 November 2019

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 27 November 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
29 November Toogoolawah Carols in McConnel Park
30 November Kilcoy Christmas Cup Race Day
30 November Christmas Carnival, Glamorgan Vale Community Hall
30 November Esk Christmas Tree, Esk Recreation Grounds
01 December Esk Community Choir Christmas Variety Concert Somerset Civic Centre
07 December Esk Carols in Pipeliner Park at Pillars of Strength
07 December Kilcoy Christmas Carnival
14 December Esk Race Day
14 December Lowood Show Christmas Carnival
14 December Toogoolawah Christmas Tree

I would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy day to attend the public CBD Roadworks Project meeting facilitated by the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and held at the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre on Thursday 21 November. There was a strong representation from our town of both residents and businesses. Various items as raised were taken on notice by Director Andrew Johnson. Further points have been provided to me post public meeting and will be forwarded to council for further consideration.

Agenda Item # 37 Councillors’ Report
(Since the last Ordinary Council meeting, I have attended)

13 November Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn monthly meeting

15 November Kilcoy State High School Senior Valedictory

15 November Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group – meeting
The group’s AGM took place with the positions of President – Reg Pease , Vice-President – Allan Fredriksen and Treasurer – Cheryl Gaedtke elected. The group is seeking the services of a Secretary.

18 November Jimna – tour of fire effected areas
I wish to thank Ross and Robyn Davies representing two Jimna community groups, Glen Harrison and Danial Hosmer for explaining the recent works carried out under the first purchase order made under the emergency funding provided by SRC. I also viewed the effects of the fires around Jimna.

18 November RADF Committee Meeting

18 November Fernvale Community Inc. AGM and monthly meeting
The group filled all executive positions and expressed its satisfaction with a number of successful projects achieved during the previous 12 months.

19 November Lowood District Residents Networking Assn Inc. monthly meeting

20 November Traffic & Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

21 November Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. monthly meeting – Kilcoy CBD Roadworks Project
The meeting was targeted at the proposed CBD Roadworks Project and an information session was provided by Director Andrew Johnson. There was strong representation from Kilcoy residents and businesses at the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre, with a Q and A session provided after the public presentation.

25 November Somerset Condensery Gallery Advisory Committee Meeting

26 November Team Somerset Breakfast – SRC – Councillors and all staff
I offer my congratulations to Mr Andrew Johnson (CEO Designate) for initiating the Somerset Team building exercise. This initiative provided all staff with a holistic understanding on the structure of their council, and the opportunity to meet and network with Councillors and fellow staff members. Acknowledging the positive feedback offered, it may be prudent to hold this type of team building exercise in the future when and as appropriate and practical. I would be so bold to suggest that a similar Councillor team building initiative could be organised post 2020 Local Government election


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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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