Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 11 March 2020

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 11 March 2020

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 11 March 2020

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
12 March    Noosa Film Academy – Community Screening – Kilcoy State High School
12 March    Kilcoy District Historical Society – AGM
12 March    Sheep Station Creek Progress Assn – Monthly Meeting
16 March    Meet the Candidates night – Glamorgan Vale Public Hall
17 March    Lowood District Residents Network Inc. – Monthly Meeting
18 March   Meet the Candidates night – Somerset Civic Centre – Esk
18 March   Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group – Monthly Meeting
28 March   Local Government Elections
03 April     Artists Alliance Australia Inc. – Official Opening – The Condensery
03 April     Noosa Film Academy – Community Screening – Toogoolawah Alexandra                       Hall
08 April     Mad Hatter Tea Party – Lowood
10 – 13 April Easter

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has the potential to cause real health and financial hardship within our region. Some businesses are already feeling the effects of this communicable disease, other businesses are taking steps required to adjust and meet the demands of this newly founded health issues.

Agenda Item # 41 Councillors’ Report
(Since the last Ordinary Council meeting, I have attended)

26 February Kilcoy District Progress Association Inc. AGM & Monthly Meeting
The meeting was poorly attended; however, a quorum was obtained and congratulations must go to the outgoing committee, and who once again undertook the same roles for the next twelve months. Difficulties were expressed around the Kilcoy roadworks and the associated reduced attendance at the Yowie Markets. It was agreed that the Yowie Markets for the foreseeable future be held one Saturday per month, in preference to two Saturdays a month.

27 February Kilcoy Showground Reserve Overall Management Committee Meeting
A well-attended meeting by key stakeholders.

28 February Kilcoy Showground & Racecourse Official Opening
A lovely afternoon celebrating the fresh and new facilities at the Kilcoy Showground as part of the Kilcoy Races.

29 February Commemoration Ceremony – Lost and Injured Wildlife – Jimna
A very warm and heartfelt ceremony. A plaque was attached to the Jimna Public Hall, forever in the locals’ memories.

29 February Nudes to fall from skies – Skydive Ramblers – Toogoolawah
Cr Brieschke and I attended the home of Skydive Ramblers to watch the skydiver formation beat the previous number of 22. Unfortunately, the record was not broken, however it was matched by Skydive Ramblers. The event was held to raise funds to find a cure of Multiple Sclerosis.

04 March Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn Monthly Meeting
The membership discussed the need and associated benefits for the village tennis courts to be refurbished.

05 March Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Monthly Meeting – Moore
A lively meeting held at the beautiful Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall.

07 March Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn AGM
A well organised AGM, congratulations to this very impressive local association. I am proud to be part of this group.

As the last Ordinary Meeting in this term of this Council, I take this opportunity to wish all Councillors all the very best with future plans. For those who are not standing for re-election, Councillors Hall and Ogg, may you enjoy your retirement and that you succeed and are filled with happiness with the next chapter of your lives. You have done your region proud over the length of your involvement with the Somerset Regional Council. Best wishes to Council staff and many thanks for their assistance over the past four years. And as I keep telling our residents, our region is heading for exciting times.

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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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