Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 December 2020

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 December 2020

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 December 2020

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

The Red Bench campaign has been given some really great support by our Councillors who have met on the Red Bench in Lowood to discuss what this initiative represents.  I would like to express my sincere appreciation of the time and advice offered by Senior Constable Toni Hay (Lowood Police) whilst we talked profundity about the available resources, programs and services here to help.  I acknowledge the support also offered by the Somerset Community Men’s Shed by their generous offer to paint a Red Bench in one of our towns.  We all seek to create pathways for a life free from violence and fear.

COVID-19 has tragically worsened domestic and family violence, with almost 1 in 10 women in a relationship experiencing domestic violence during the crisis, with two-thirds saying attacks started to became worse.  $152 million has been committed to the safety of Queensland women and girls and delivered 140 recommendations made in the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence report, Not Now, Not Ever, Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

The State Government has re-introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic items in Queensland, items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates.  Following community consultation, 94 percent of the 20,000 respondents supported the proposal to ban single-use plastic items.  As this has been a difficult year the ban start date will be no earlier than 1 September 2021.  Local government, retailer associations and environment groups have all called for expanded polystyrene products to be included in the plastics ban.  There are preferred alternatives available that are less harmful to the environment.

 

Agenda Item # 30 Councillors’ Report

November

25           Council Ordinary Meeting

25           Council Confidential Workshop

25           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group AGM

26           Official opening Bertram Shallcross Bridge & Gregors Creek widening project

A lovely morning centered around the newly designed bridge with much safer approaches, and the newly upgraded section of Gregors Creek Road.  The family were pleased to carry out the honours of the official opening.  Mr Jeff Shallcross proudly shared with the those gathered, the history of the Shallcross family.  It was lovely to see the Shallcross family together for such a special milestone.

26           Kilcoy Recreation Ground Advisory Committee Meeting

27           Stanley River Environmental Education Centre end of year BBQ – Hazeldean

December

01-03     Fact Finding Trip – Tasmania Councils – Mountain Bike Tourism

04           Kilcoy Lions Club & Kilcoy District Progress Alliance – Meeting

04           Interview with Senior Constable Toni Hay, Lowood Police – Red Bench, Lowood

07           Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery Advisory Committee Meeting

07           Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery Advisory Committee Workshop

As a member of the Fact Finding delegation travelling to Derby and St Helens Tasmania, I found the three-day study tour very beneficial and which provided answers to all of our questions.  It also provided very relative information far beyond what we could have anticipated without direct contact and sharing lengthy discussions.  We met with the Mayor, General Manager, Council Officers directly involved with Derby and St Helens Mountain Bike Tracks.  Neighbouring Councils with completely different experience, visions and outcomes.  We also spoke to community members to understand their position with respect to the recently completed local government tourism initiatives.  And of course, the trails had to be ridden to understand the attraction and competing standards.  I feel extremely confident to be an active supporter of the proposed development of the Mt Glen Rock Recreation and Nature Park.  In addition to the above, Council developed introductory relationships with each Tasmanian Council, in the capacity of mountain bike tracks and rail trails.


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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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