Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 May 2021

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 May 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 May 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Absolutely fantastic achievement made by our very own amazing Mrs Renee Retschlag.  Renee from Kilcoy has taken the national title at the 2021 Stihl Timbersports Australian Women’s Championship held at St Kilda over the weekend of 8/9 May.  In an incredibly close competition, two ladies tied on 13 points at the end of three Timbersports axe and sawing disciplines. The Champion was awarded on a countback of combined times, which had Renee just under 6 seconds faster than eventual runner-up Jodie Beutel.  Renee narrowly missed out on the title in 2017 and 2018.  Our humble Renee accepted her award with tears streaming down her face.  Well done, Champ!

Huge congratulations are also in order for two Toogoolawah Clay Target Club members, Daryl Stevens for shooting a Grand Slam, and Jorja Pointon for winning the Junior Sportsmanship Award, and to Esk Caravan Park – Winner of the 2020 Gordon Harris Turnaround Award for Caravanning Queensland.

During the prevention month of May, the Queensland Government is calling on the corporate sector and community organisations to pledge their commitment to act against domestic and family violence.  It requires the commitment of government as well as corporate and community leaders to further embed cultural change within our homes, workplaces and communities. The pledge is a way for corporate and community organisations to show their commitment and demonstrate how they will act to end domestic and family violence in Queensland.  Take the pledge | Department of Justice and Attorney-General  Not now, not ever, together.  I’m so pleased that our Council has got right behind this important matter with Mayor Lehmann signing a pledge organised by the Local Government Association Queensland “Not in our backyard” campaign.  By taking the pledge, Somerset Regional Council will support activities to end domestic and family violence in our workplace and our community.

As part of the $2 million state’s Economic Recovery Plan and to attract visitors to farms and help farmers diversify their income, the State Government’s “Taste farm life” agritourism campaign will encourage tourists to get off the beaten track or take a day out of their usual beach holiday destination to discover new experiences in rural and regional Queensland.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week showed that in 2020, more than 30,000 people from elsewhere in Australia moved to Queensland – that’s more than 80 people choosing to become Queenslanders every single day.

 Agenda Item #21 Councillors’ Report


28           Council Ordinary Meeting – Esk

28           Council Workshop – Esk

28           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Redevelopment Steering Committee


02           R&R Rail Trail Experience (duathlon & fun run) – BVRT Ambassadors – Blackbutt to Linville

04           Kilcoy Tennis Club monthly meeting

04           The Condensery Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

05           Business Networking Breakfast Event – Esk

05           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Field Day – Jacaranda Hill Esk

06           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Blackbutt

07           Kilcoy Show Official Opening

08           Kilcoy Show

08          Esk Show Ball

11           Town Planning Matter – Meeting with local resident

Congratulations to the Kilcoy PA & I Society for a very well planned and executed Kilcoy Show, 2021.  We will mark the calendar for the 2022 Kilcoy Show which will represent its 100th show.

Council’s Business Networking Breakfast was well supported and very favourable feedback has been received.  We look forward to the next planned event.

The R&R Rail Trail Experience with 4 event choices was introduced by the BVRT Ambassadors and was well attended with many athletic competitors enjoying the challenge.

The BVKLG Field Day was a complete success with valuable information being shared throughout the presentations with the valued assistance of Healthy Land and Water.

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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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