Gatton Star Intro – September 2017

Gatton Star Intro – September 2017

Category : General News

Q & A Questions  

Name:   Cheryl Gaedtke 

Occupation:   Councillor 

Age: 50 something 

Marital Status: Married to (childhood sweetheart) John 


·         What have you enjoyed most about your time with the Somerset Regional Council?

I have enjoyed meeting new residents of this large region and learning of their passion and vision with respect to where they live.  I have also enjoyed getting to know my fellow Councillors and working together as a strong and respectful team.

·         Why did you decide to get involved with Council?

I have virtually grown up with Local Government, commencing my career as Junior Clerk Typist with Kilcoy Shire Council at the age of 16 years.  Local Government is truly the “grassroots level” of government, and I enjoy working with our residents and businesses at this fundamental level to achieve workable and enriching outcomes.


1.      Have you met anyone famous, who and when?

“The Godfather of running” Robert de Castella last year in Canberra.


  1. What is your greatest accomplishment in life?

Raising two children to be very worthy and responsible adults, and now experiencing the wonder and excitement of our grandchildren.


  1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never give anyone the permission to be the reason that you don’t feel good.


  1. What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

Some people’s attitude towards others.


  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were and why?

Around 35, as I feel fit and healthy and constantly look forward to new experiences in life.


  1. What is your favourite hobby or recreation, and why?

Horse riding – I grew up with horses and rode every day when a young child.  Horses are a long symbol of beauty and retain mysteries that baffle even those who work with them every day.

  1. What is your happiest childhood memory?

Learning to ride on the back of a favourite Jersey milking cow and Dad shouting us lunch at Myers in Brisbane CBD, the “big smoke”.  


  1. What is your favourite place to visit in the district?

Mt Kilcoy valley, followed closely by Cormorant Bay Café.


  1. What would you do if you won the Lotto?

Help family and friends financially enough to lighten the load, without causing loss of responsibilities.


  1. Who are the people you most admire – dead or living?

Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.




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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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