Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 March 2021

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 March 2021

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 March 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is combining with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and RACQ to raise road safety awareness and remind community that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.  In recognition of this, a road safety event has been organized for Thursday 1st April 2021 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and which will be held in Pipeliner Park, Esk.  QPS will also have a number of motorcycle police in attendance that will engage with motorcyclists, who are over-represented in the state road toll.  Sadly, the past weekend saw nine people killed in seven separate crashes on Queensland roads.  As of Monday 22nd March, the horrible occurrence brings the state’s road toll for the year to 63, 23 more than the same time last year.  Dozens of people have also been left injured in the pate of crashes.

Congratulations to West Moreton Landcare Group and Fernvale Art Society and the wonderful completed project of the C17 train mural which stands out on the container that is located along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at Lowood.  It is absolutely wonderful to see the result of two active groups in our region.

Congratulations to Esk Country Golf Club Inc (Purchase & Install Shed on Concrete Slab $21,750), Kilcoy District Tennis Assn Inc (Resurface Tennis Courts $35,000) & Kilcoy Golf Club Inc (Purchase Mower $35,000) – Gambling Community Benefit Funds.

I was offered very sincere praise of Somerset Regional Council staff, Councillors, our local High Schools and Teachers by Noosa Film Academy.  Andrea and Greg Huglin have enjoyed their involvement with our region, and are looking forward to completing the project and holding the final film presentation to which I once again encourage all to attend.  The Red Carpet Toogoolawah Cinema Community Screening of “Kindness Umbrella” commences at 6:00pm on Thursday 1st April.

Agenda Item # 60  Councillors’ Report

March

10           Council Ordinary Meeting

Council Workshop

10           Kilcoy State High School P&C Assn AGM

11           On-site meeting – private Kilcoy residence

Meetings with two Kilcoy residents

16           Urban Utilities Regional Visit – Somerset

16           Kilcoy Motocross site visit

17           Meeting local paper

17           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group monthly meeting

18           Kilcoy Art Society Inc. monthly meeting

19           Live panel session – WLILGProgram

20           West Moreton Landcare Group Inc & Fernvale Art Society – Unveiling C17 train MURAL – BVRT Lowood

22           Open Forum Q&A session – WLILGProgram

22           Kilcoy State School P&C Assn AGM

23           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting – Esk

23           Kilcoy State High School – Noosa Film Academy  – “Kindness Umbrella” – RADF funded


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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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