Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 September 2018

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 September 2018

Category : General News

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

28 September   Somerset Senior Students Exhibition Visual Art –  The Condensery

29 September   Cent Auction – Moore Soldier Hall

03 October         Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Fernvale

06 October         Bush Breakfast under the Trees – Anglican Church Toogoolawah

06 October         Mayoral Gala Charity Ball – Esk

09 October         Masquerade Party – Unmask Mental Health – Kilcoy

10 October         Farmers’ Workshop – Kilcoy Information Centre


I wish to express my heartfelt concern to residents who were affected by the Toogoolawah/Mt Beppo fire on Thursday 20th September 2018.  The presence and availability of the Mayoral Gala Charity Ball funding through the Toogoolawah Progress Association, I hope will offer some comfort and assistance to those residents who have lost so much.


On a different note, I would like to congratulate the Lowood High School for obtaining ranking in the top ten primary improvers in the recent Naplan results.


I was Interested to learn that Businesses will be forced to make gift cards valid for at least three years under new Federal Government laws to help stop consumers being dudded of tens of millions of dollars a year.


Agenda Item #    Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

12 September   Kilcoy State High School P&C Assn monthly meeting

13 September   Esk Hospital Auxiliary Inc Annual General Meeting

13 September   Kilcoy State School P&C Assn monthly meeting

13 September   Kilcoy District Historical Society monthly meeting

14 September   Out There Cycling – Adaptive bicycle event

15 September   Tiger Moth Flight – Mayoral Gala Ball 2017 Secret Auction item

15 September   Kilcoy Art Society Inc. – Community Opening of the Deck

15 September   Jazz on the Hill – fund raiser Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary

17 September   Container Exchange Scheme Workshop – Caboolture

18 September   Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Annual General Meeting

19 September   Meeting with local resident

20 September   Meet & Greet with local businesses

22 September   Brisbane Valley Rattler Presentation Day – Fernvale

25 September   Kilcoy Interagency Meeting


It gives me great pleasure to advise that after receiving an email from the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network, which requested nominations in various award sections for women in our region, and after consulting with two regional women whom I felt met the associated award categories, one of these ladies accepted the nomination and went on to win her award category.  Ms Jayne McKenzie owner of Somerset Health and Fitness was announced the winner of the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network Small Business Owner Award.  The well supported and prestigious presentations took place at Kingaroy on Saturday 15 September 2018.


I attended a Container Exchange Scheme Workshop held at Caboolture where around 70 participants learnt of benefits of the scheme and how non-profit organisations can really be winners from registering with the scheme.  From examples given of the South Australia experiences, local non-profit organisations can make a healthy income from taking part in the Container Refund Scheme.

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Somerset Farmers book your seat now for the Farmer's Big Night Out on Wednesday, 8 September at the Somerset Civic Centre.Enjoy a great evening of live entertainment, dinner and socialising. This event is Free for Somerset farmers.Call Council on (07) 5424 4000 to book your ticket now as seats are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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