Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 June 2020

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 June 2020

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 June 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
The inquiry into the bungled online publication of council election results has made no recommendations beyond calling on the Parliament to “note the contents” of its report. It is disappointing to learn this outcome following the critical submissions made to the parliamentary inquiry about the March 28 election night, where results took lengthy delays to be posted on the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s (ECQ) website. I guess at least, it is reassuring that the inquiry’s report advised that there was no suggestion that the integrity of the voting process or the legitimacy of the results were in any way compromised by the technical issues that was evident during the LG Elections.

On a much brighter note, I wish to share the absolutely brilliant project undertaken by the Hazeldean Rural Fire Brigade which began on the 30th May 2020. The Mural Artist, Ross Holloway is working on distinguishing pictorial history recorded on the walls of the station and which have been taken from photos whilst brigade crews have been onsite at local call outs. There has been a lot of community support and interest generated with this developing project. The brigade used its own funds and felt it was a way to give back to community after years of generous donations made by community and recently a local group. Apparently, they all feel a little bit of it belongs to them.

BUSY At Work is running a Certificate 1 in Construction Traineeship for local unemployed in the Somerset region. The course will be run from the Kilcoy Motorcross Club commencing on 29 June and participants will gain valuable skills that will help them gain employment within the Industry. Approximately 15 plus people will come on board. The group will work with Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Manager, to access first aid training and interview space. Participants will be doing a lot of hands on work including, painting, fencing, basic carpentry and general property maintenance. An RTO will work with the group to provide them with a Construction White Card and First Aid certification. Traineeships like this are mostly conducted in larger towns and unfortunately regional areas tend to miss out, so this is a great opportunity for people in the area who would like to move in to the construction industry.

Agenda Item # 38 Councillors’ Report
27 May Council Ordinary Meeting/Workshop Meeting
28 May Poultry Building meeting – Kilcoy Showgrounds
28 May Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting
01 June Further Budget Discussion
02 June Meeting Local Kilcoy Business
04 June Mary Street Kilcoy Businesses greetings
05 June Kilcoy Race Club discussion
09 June Meeting with Local Kilcoy Businesses – CBD Roadworks

With the current financial and health challenges faced by us all, the forthcoming State and Federal Government grants to our council are gratefully accepted and seen as a significant building block of local economic recovery.


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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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