Cr Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 November – Councillor Report

Cr Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 November – Councillor Report

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 November 2018


Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

17 November    John Fogerty Revival – Somerset Civic Centre

18 November    Jammin in Esk

23 November    Minden Christmas Carnival

24 November    Glamorgan Vale Christmas Carnival

24 November    Kilcoy Historical Society “20th Birthday Bash”


Congratulations to Lowood & District Swimming Club, Lowood Show Society, Fernvale Rural Fire Brigade and Kirsty’s Bird Sanctuary & Wildlife Rehabilitation which were successful in receiving $17,990, $35,000, $30,908.90 & $15,000 respectively through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.


Congratulations also to Coominya State School student Isabella Harley, who was successful in her audition as a Hong Kong Disneyland Parade Performer.  Isabella will travel to Hong Kong in December to feature in the Disneyland Christmas Parade.


Agenda Item # 44 Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

25 October         Ken & Annie’s Music Campout – Toogoolawah

25 October         Esk QCWA 95th Birthday Celebrations

27 October         Bush Breakfast Under the Trees – Toogoolawah

27 October         Toogoolawah Tennis 110th Anniversary Celebrations

27 October         Toogoolawah Clay Target Club Competition

29-31 October   122nd LGAQ Annual Conference – Brisbane

31 October         Kilcoy & District Progress Alliance Inc. monthly meeting

01 November    Brisbane Valley Heritage Tails monthly meeting – Toogoolawah

07 November    Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting

07 November    Rural Minds Forum – Esk

07 November    Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare meeting – Kilcoy

08 November    On Site Inspection – Harlin

08 November    Kilcoy State School P & C Assn monthly meeting

09 November    Kilcoy High School 56th Annual Awards Ceremony

10 November    An End to Conflict – Exhibition by Toogoolawah & District History Group Inc. – The Condensery

10 November    Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Sunset & Night Ride Esk to Moore – Function at The Condensery

11 November    Fernvale Memorial Park – Unveiling & Dedication Ceremony

11 November    Lowood Sub Branch RSL – Remembrance Day

12 November    Councillor Integrity Training – Esk

13 November    Brisbane Valley of the Lakes Annual General Meeting – Esk

13 November    Citizenship Ceremony – Esk

13 November    Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

13 November    Somerset Region Community Enterprise Ltd 9th AGM – Lowood


I have been overwhelmed by the number of events and commemorations that are being organised by mostly volunteers in our region, and what a wonderful job these community members do.  Well done, we certainly have strong communities in our beautiful region.


I thank Council for approving my request to attend the 122nd Local Government Association of Queensland’s Annual Conference.  I found the conference to be informative and very professionally presented.  I also enjoy the opportunity to network with many other Councillors on a state-wide basis.

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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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