Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 25 September 2019

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 25 September 2019

Category : General News

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

29/30 September            Charlotte’s Web – Somerset Civic Centre

02 October                         Teddy Bears Picnic – Fernvale

05 October                         Back to Jimna & Spring Dance

05 October                         Lowood Utes & Chutes Rodeo

12 October                         St George’s Anglican Church Guild Linville “A”ffair (Fete)

Busy at Work – BUSY is applying for funding to deliver a project under the State Government’s Skilling Queenslander’s for Work Initiative.  The project would be based at the Kilcoy Motorcross Track and would employ 15 disadvantaged job seekers plus a local supervisor plus a project mentor for 26 weeks.  Tasks include erecting some shade structures, building seating, erecting fencing, refurbishing the toilet block etc.  The participants will receive a weekly wage and undertake Certificate 1 in Construction, and will be supported into ongoing employment at the end of the project. They will also attract a Work Start Incentive ($10,000 for 25yo+ and $20,000 for 24yo and under) and commencement is anticipated for March 2020.  BUSY is requesting letters of support from local businesses for the program to be successful.

Agenda Item #44 Councillors’ Report   

(Since the last Ordinary Council meeting, I have attended)

11 September    Meeting –  Aged and social/public residential housing

                                Cr Brieschke and I met our CDO to discuss this matter.

12 September    Brisbane Valley Interagency – Lowood

                                A very well attended meeting, with lots of information sharing.

12 September    Esk Hospital Auxiliary AGM

A well supported AGM, and an explanation of the funds raised and how it has benefited the Esk Hospital.  It was interesting to meet the DON, Deb O’Brien and to learn of her duties and the valuable connection with Gatton Hospital.

13 September    Somerset Region Community Support Assn Committee Meeting – Toogoolawah

                                Discussion took place around the distribution of community funds to the community.

13 September    Kilcoy District Rugby League Club – Annual Presentation Night

Lots of gratification and recognition of the hard work endured by the team in an effort to reach the football finals.  A certificate was presented to Council recognising its assistance.

14 September    Salubrious – Archer Falls Airfield

                                A well-attended event with surplus funds going directly to the Endeavour Foundation.

17 September    Kilcoy Race Club – AGM

A very well supported and administered AGM, a big welcome to all incoming Committee Members.

19 September    Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

It was interesting to share Mr Jack McSweeny’s (Glass House electorate Queensland Youth Parliament Representative) visions and future goals. 

21 September    Yadji Gadji Working Group Meeting

                                Meeting was held over due to inability of some members’ attendance.

24 September    Kilcoy RSL – Call in and have a chat and share morning tea

                                A nice selection of morning tea and shared conversation.

24 September    Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

A very worrying point was raised by one service provider, that involves the continuation of the desperately needed service, Headspace.

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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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