Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 April 2021

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 April 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 April 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 I received a request from a Kilcoy resident – “I frequent Yowie Park often as a rate payer of Kilcoy and very regularly enjoy the facilities.  While I was there, I noted that crowds of people use the area.  One time recently, I noticed a young Mother looking within the toilets for a change table facility for her and her baby.  She found none within the toilet block and chose then to lay the baby down on the grass on a blanket, and changed the baby outside on the grass near the toilets.  Is it possible to install a change table into the two disabled toilets?”

I would like to ascertain how many baby change tables we have installed in our public toilet facilities throughout our region, I therefore foreshadow a report of such nature.

Digital driver’s licences will be deployed statewide following a 94 per cent of participants satisfied with the digital shake up after a recent trial.  The seven-month pilot wrapped up in September last year and involved more than 750 residents and 120 businesses from Maryborough and Hervey Bay who were able to display their IDs and licences on a smartphone app.

The 2021 Rugby League Ipswich competition kicks off on April 17 with a stronger Reserve Grade comp, with the inclusion of the Brisbane Valley Bulls back and Brothers fielding an extra side.  Rugby League Ipswich chairman said a final decision will be made about the Goonda and West End A-Grade teams so a draw can be created.  The Brisbane Valley Bulls, an Esk-based team has 30 country footballers signed and eager to play.  The team is made up of players from Toogoolawah, Esk, Lowood and Gatton.

I express my sincere sympathy of the recent fire and destruction of the very popular Red Deer Café.  It has been reported that the owners are determined to rebuild, and Esk will once again enjoy this prevalent destination.

Agenda Item #44 Councillors’ Report

March

24           Council Ordinary Meeting

24           Council Workshop

24          Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc AGM

26           Healthy Waterways on-site meeting

26           Town Planning related meeting – Kilcoy

27           Kilcoy Rodeo & Kilcoy Konvoy

29           Somerset Human Social Recovery Group Meeting

29           Somerset Economic Recovery Group Meeting

April

07           Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn – Somerset Dam Historic Building Photographs

07           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting

08           Meeting – Urban Utilities – Kilcoy Showgrounds

08           Economic Development Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting

09           Women Leading in Local Government Webinar

12           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary monthly meeting

  • I welcome the newly elected executive committee of the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance, and I look forward to working with the group in an effort to achieve identified community needs.
  • Congratulations to the organisers of the Kilcoy Rodeo and the Kilcoy Konvoy. The event was a complete success with over 3,000 participants and over 165 trucks taking part in the convoy leaving from Winya Road and making its way through to the Kilcoy Showgrounds.  It was a great event that returned high moral to the Kilcoy community.  Well done to everyone involved!

 


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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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