Cr Report – Councillor Gaedtke – Council Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

Cr Report – Councillor Gaedtke – Council Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 June 2019

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

28 June                Lowood Lions Club Change Over Dinner

28 June                Two Galahs Gallery & Stepping Back in Time Grand Opening – Toogoolawah

30 June                Lions Club of Fernvale 2019 Change Over Breakfast

05 July                  St Agnes’ Grand Photo Competition, Wine & Cheese Night Anglican Hall Esk

13 July                  Esk Race Day

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ (QFES) Budget of $740 million will deliver new facilities, vehicles and support to frontline firefighters and emergency service personnel.  It is pleasing to learn that $1.7 million has been earmarked to finish a new auxiliary Fire and Rescue station at Esk.

Agenda Item #33   Councillors’ Report      (I attended)

12 June                Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn Meeting

12 June                Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting

13 June                Diploma of Local Government – Elected Members – Effective Decision Making

13 June                Sheep Station Creek School public meeting – Formation of Sheep Station Creek Progress Assn.

15 June                Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair

15 June                Lowood Show

17 June                Somerset Condensery Gallery Advisory Committee Meeting

18 June                Lowood Residents Assn Monthly Meeting

20 June                B2B Presentation “Let’s Talk” – Hosted by Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce

22 June                Minden State School Fete

23 June                DA Meeting

23 June                Stanley Rivers Polocrosse Club – Kilcoy Showgrounds

Do you believe that Landcare Groups are beneficial to our area?  Our Landcare Group is very willing to work with community and wish to identify important needs.  Contact me if you would like to work towards a bright future for our group. 

Along with Councillors Michael Hagan (Lockyer Valley Regional Council) and Tracey Huges (Redland City Council) the last training unit of the Diploma of Local Government – Elected Members was completed.  The unit titled Effective Decision Making was facilitated by peak Trainer & Senior Advisor Ms Donna Neilson, and a total of 14 units have been completed over the past 16 months.

Once again, sincere congratulations to the Valley of the Lakes Garden Club in its spectacular Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair and the superb organization and presentation of this well supported and loved local event.  This event grows in number each year and truly meet the expectations of the happy fair visitors.

I met the new Lowood Show President and admired the number of entries in most sections of the Lowood 2019 Show.  The weather was absolutely perfect with the culmination of fireworks Saturday night.

The Lowood Residents Assn held its monthly meeting, and this month the guest speaker was local funeral business Somerset Funerals.  There was a large amount of discussion around the services that this local business offers.

B2B Presentation “Let’s Talk” was hosted by the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and Community Inc. There were two presentations, one around social media and the use of facebook to promote businesses, the other around the benefits of securing a connection to local community radio station 101.5. 

Congratulations to the Minden State School and the excellent presentation of the Minden Fete.  Once again, the weather was just glorious for holding such an event.  The entertainment consisted of a magic show (Qld Magic Show), Taekwondo (Bai Rui – Lowood), Dancers (Lockyer Valley Dance Centre), Mixed Martial Arts (Black Dragon Wu Shu – Fernvale), and special performances from prep and each year class.  Well done!

 
 


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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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