Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 May 2021

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 May 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 May 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Somerset residents are invited to the opening of a new Community Wellbeing Hub at Kilcoy. Council has been working with Metro North Health to establish the hub in the former GP Clinic in the hospital grounds at Kilcoy.  Coinciding with the Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete, our Mayor Graeme Lehmann will open the facility at 10.15am on Saturday, 29 May.   The Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete commences at 10:00am with a huge auction scheduled for 12 midday.

Somerset Art Beat is on this Saturday at The Condensery and promises to be a totally awesome event.  Enjoy this magical venue, the many stall holders and the entertainment from 12 midday to 4:00pm.

Esk Grand Hotel awarded 2021 Traveller’s Choice Award for top 10% of Hotels Internationally.  The award celebrates hotels that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travellers around the globe.  Congratulations to Joe and his team.

Congratulations again to Jorja Pointon (Toogoolawah Clay Target Club) who has continued in her outstanding shooting performance at the Brisbane Clay Target Club, receiving the George Sckaf Memorial with a score of 110/110.  Jorja also received the junior high gun in the Meadows Memorial Shield and also won the Ladies overall for the two-day shoot.

 Agenda Item # 30 Councillors’ Report


12           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

12           Workshop Meeting – Esk

13           Infrastructure Budget Tour – Northern Aspect

14           Infrastructure Budget Tour – Southern Aspect

15/16    Horseback riding BVRT – Esk to Lowood/Lowood to Esk

17           Yowie Park – on-site meeting with local community group

17           RADF Committee Meeting – Esk

18           Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk

18           Esk Recreation Grounds Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

19           Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

19           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Monthly Meeting – Kilcoy

20           Meeting with Deb Frecklington – Esk

20           Citizenship Ceremony – Esk

20           Kilcoy Art Society Monthly Meeting

20           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Meeting

21           Tarampa Assist – Official opening of the Lowood Office

21           Esk Show

22           Country Connects Us – Caboolture – Toogoolawah tour

24           Somerset Civic Centre Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

25           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting – Kilcoy

I wish to thank our Chief Executive Officer for organising a well-planned and informative Infrastructure Budget Tour of our region.  I especially appreciated the opportunity to meet with local businesses and community groups.

The BVRT was completely thriving with cyclists, walkers and horse riders over the weekend of 15/16 May (Esk-Lowood section).  The superb autumn weather provided the backdrop for conversation and an abundance of pleasant experiences with fellow users.

Somerset Civic Centre was a fantastic venue to host the Citizenship Ceremony.  Many of the new Australian Citizens welcomed the friendly and warm ceremony.   I received the following words of thanks “We are truly grateful for the wonderful ceremony.  We feel the spirit of acceptance and love.  Great job Somerset Region.  God bless”.

The Jinibara artists and community members proudly showed off their artworks that tell the story of the deep and continuous connections to country. Uncle Noel spoke about his memories of Toogoolawah, Gregors Creek and Kilcoy, to which I found fascinating.  The day was enjoyed by all who travelled from Caboolture to Toogoolawah and back.  A lovely native lunch was also provided at The Condensery.

I received lovely feedback from local residents who wished to thank council (and the appropriate staff member) for the excellent slashing job carried out on a regional road.  “It was the best job we have ever seen – That needs noting.  Trimmed around all the guideposts and did a great job”.

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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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