Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 June 2021

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 June 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 June 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 I attended the Somerset Art Beat Festival held at The Condensery, Toogoolawah, and what an absolutely fantastic event.  The lovely autumn weather provided approximately 500 guests with a brilliant venue to showcase local art, local entertainment, great food, brilliant tasting coffee and the opportunity to join in with creative workshops.  This festival has a real potential to become a regional event that showcases local talent of all kinds.  The Connecting Stories Art Exhibition completed the ambience of the festival.  The expertise provided by Creative Arts Alliance shone through, and I wish to thank all involved with organising this wonderful festival.

Congratulations to:

  • Toogoolawah State School for organising mural installations on various poles of their buildings. The murals were completed by Street Art Studios and add a lovely atmosphere to the school environment.
  • Exchange Hotel Kilcoy for winning the Awards for Excellence – Best Hotel Bar General Division Regional – Queensland Hotels Association.
  • To the imagination displayed by the middle pub (The Club Hotel) in Toogoolawah – a complete play on words, as newly erected signage recognises renaming the hotel, Peddlars Rest and an internal bar as Handle Bar.

 Agenda Item # 28 Councillors’ Report

May

26           Ordinary Council Meeting

26           Council Workshop

26           Domestic & Family Violence – Red Bench – Councillor message

27           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting

28           Disc Training – Councillors & Executives

28           Brisbane Valley Rail Trial meeting with UQ

29           Yowie Park Markets

29           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete & Auction

29           Soft Opening – Kilcoy Community Wellness Hub

29           Somerset Art Beat Festival – Toogoolawah

29           Toogoolawah Show Ball

30          Meeting with Kilcoy Resident – Kilcoy Aquatic Swimming Seasons

30           SEIP Unpack – WLILG Program

June

01           Meeting with Kilcoy Resident  –  Community Champions

01           Kilcoy Tennis Club monthly meeting

01           Meeting with property owners – Yielo Road, Jimna

02           Somerset Dam & District Progress Association monthly meeting

03           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Yarraman

04           Toogoolawah Show – Stud Young Judges – under 15 years & over 15 years

05           Kilcoy Lions Change Over Dinner

07           Landcare Grant meeting – Esk

Congratulations to the organisers and all associated volunteers of the Toogoolawah Show Ball and the Toogoolawah Show.  You all have excelled at providing an absolutely fantastic show ball and local show.  Well done!

I wish to thank Cr Wendt for taking the time to attend the on-site meeting of the Yielo Road property owners.  I also wish to thank all property owners for their goodwill and common-sense approach to the gravel roads maintenance issues.

I was honoured to be invited to attend the Kilcoy Lions Change Over Dinner, I wish to congratulate the outgoing and incoming Board of Directors.  I also wish to sincerely thank the club for the bouquet of flowers and the kind words of support for my assistance in my role as Councillor.  It is these moments that refill my Councillor fuel tank and restores my passion and energy for the role of Councillor.


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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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