Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 27 May 2020

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 27 May 2020

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 27 May 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
It may be a wonderful and financially rewarding opportunity for our tourism operators and business owners to concentrate on attracting Brisbane residents who want to get out of town over the Ekka long weekend (14-16 August) to make their way to our beautiful region and experience our country hospitality.

It was heartwarming to see the overwhelming support offered to Mr Tom Dunning of Dundas after losing his family home which he has lived in since a boy, for some 60 years. Mr Dunning recently suffered the loss of his wife and received a serious health diagnosis of prostate cancer. Due to the generosity of approximately 650 community members, the target of $40,000 through a fundraiser Facebook page titled “Help for Tom Dunning” has almost been achieved.

“Changing Communities. Changing Lives” was the theme of National Volunteer Week which was held from Monday 18 May to Sunday 24 May. This year there were many virtual events held nationwide to celebrate this milestone. It is also worthy to note that a story about Mrs Yvonne Hilliard who has volunteered at the Fernvale Information Centre for more than 10 years was provided by a local newspaper. Cheers and sincere thanks to all of our council’s volunteers, without you our community would be a very dull place to visit. Yvonne is looking forward to returning to the information centre and was quoted as saying, “We’re all really chomping at the bit whilst we all have to sit at home at present”.

I note that the historic Lyceum Hall located at Esk burnt to the ground ten years ago on 10th May 2010.

Agenda Item # 42 Councillors’ Report
13 May Ordinary Council Meeting/Confidential Workshop Meeting – Esk
14 May Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting (Via Zoom)
18 May Somerset Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Meeting (Via Zoom)
We have a very strong and progressive committee, many thanks to all who have volunteered for their committee position. Also, sincere thanks to our Regional Librarian who is also our RADF Co-Ordinator, Ms Smith goes beyond her role to ensure our region is blessed with cultural experiences and legacies.
19 May LDMG Meeting – Esk
Somerset Regional Council’s Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk
20 May Local Government – Roles and Functions of Queensland Integrity Agencies Webinar
23 May Esk Tennis Club – Meeting
Many thanks to the club for organising a very informative meeting. I support that council must push forward with a master plan for this precinct, and which involves all key stakeholders represented as a steering committee.
24 May Local Business Identity meeting – local manufacturing options
I believe timing is paramount and our council needs to explore this premise further.
25 May D Modistach & P Close – Hopetoun Playing Fields Kilcoy On-Site Meeting – Musical event
Two local Kilcoy identities who wish to organise a free musical event for the Kilcoy Community to come together and support one another after suffering the impacts of bush fires and COVID-19. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, the event “Music on the Field” is proposed to be held on 14 November 2020 at the Hopetoun Playing Fields, Kilcoy.
26 May Kilcoy Interagency Meeting (Via Zoom)


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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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