Cr Gaedtke Councillor Report 20 December 2018 Council Meeting

Cr Gaedtke Councillor Report 20 December 2018 Council Meeting

Category : General News

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Agenda Item # 25 Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

12 December     Mt Kilcoy State School Awards Night

14 December     Picturing Innovation Exhibition Official Opening – The Condensery

15 December     Community Carols – Kilcoy Combined Churches

18 December     Official Opening Kilcoy Police Station

20 December     Somerset Regional Council – Christmas Gathering

20 December     Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Inc. – Christmas Gathering

I was honored to present The George Adsett Overall House Cup to the winning house at the Mt Kilcoy State School Awards Night.  The beautiful cup is in recognition of my Great Grandfather’s commitment to achieving a state school on Blunt’s hill, over 100 years ago.

I was astounded at the standard of photography exhibited by renowned Photographer Rob Maccoll who facilitated the Picturing Innovation project.  The official opening was held at The Condensery and the photography exhibition of the nine innovative persons nominated by the community for their trailblazing in our region was extremely professionally presented.  This Photographer has a real ability of catching the pure essence of his subject.  The project was funded through the Regional Arts Development Funding and initiated by the RADF Committee and is extremely proud to be part of this inaugural initiative.

I was personally relieved that the forecast rain did not eventuate on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December.  The Lowood Lions Christmas in the Park, Esk Christmas Races, Toogoolawah Christmas Tree and Fernvale Christmas Carols continued as planned.  I am fully aware of the hard work and commitment made by the community to bring these events together.

The $2 million Police Station at Kilcoy was officially opened.  The building is a real boost to Kilcoy and to the policing needs of the area.

Lastly, as another year comes to a close, I wish to thank fellow Councillors and Council’s staff for their dedication and commitment during the past 12 months.  I also take this opportunity to wish our retiring Directors all the very best and to acknowledge the work and leadership demonstrated by Council’s CEO, Mr Bob Bain, who is also retiring.  I look forward to being part of a team that will achieve strategic goals and plans during 2019.  Merry and Blessed Christmas to all.


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Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

$2 million for disaster resilience projects that protect and educate

Queensland’s 77 councils and one town authority will share in $2 million to better prepare for natural disasters as part the 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland program.
Funding will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and strengthens the Palaszczuk Government’s efforts to make Queensland the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.
Queensland Treasurer and Minister responsible for the QRA Cameron Dick said every Queenslander stands to benefit from the investment.
“This year has been like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has tested the resilience of Queenslanders like never before,” Mr Dick said.
“However, even as we battle a global health emergency and deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, we also remain committed to best preparing our communities for the natural disasters we regularly face.
“Our $2 million investment will be split between every council in Queensland and will be spent on disaster training exercises, community education materials, online disaster dashboards and COVID care packages.
“In particular it’s great to see some councils using their grants to get essential supplies to our elderly, given many seniors are trying to restrict their movements while the threat of coronavirus remains.
“A number of local governments are also collaborating to maximise their Get Ready funding, including seven north-west councils who are pooling their grants to develop Bluetooth beacons that link to a regional disaster preparedness app,” he said.
“The Get Ready Queensland program puts our state in position to tackle whatever disaster season throws at us.”
Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston said the grants were helping councils build community resilience to disasters.
“Queenslanders have experienced more than their fair share of natural disasters over the years, and now COVID-19 is further impacting our communities,” Mr Thurston said.
“Regardless of the type of disaster, if we take steps to prepare ourselves and our loved ones we will be in a better position when the next event hits.
“Get Ready Queensland informs Queenslanders about the risks they face and provides advice on what they can do to protect what’s most important to them.
“Being prepared before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or possibly even putting yourself and those you love in danger.”
For more information on Get Ready Queensland visit getready.qld.gov.au.
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