Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 28July 2021

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 28 July 2021

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

In the early 1970s, a young veterinarian was working on a property called Bethany, when he discovered a large sandstone rock with a beautiful star carved deep into its face. Jim Danalis loaded the stone into a ute and took it to Brisbane where it took pride and place in Jim’s backyard. In 2019 Jim was diagnosed with cancer which took his life within six months. To honour Jim’s last wish, Jim’s son Johnny returned the grooved stone to where it was found. The “Star of Taroom” was returned to Country 500 km away in a specially built hand cart. The walkers left Brisbane on 3rd July and for 22 days pulled or pushed the rock across rail trails and backroads to arrive a Taroom on 24th July. Many walkers joined in during the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail leg of the journey. It is now safe again on Iman Country. Follow the story Star of Taroom (star-of-taroom.com.au)

RSL Queensland Branch Council of Auxiliaries has been dissolved by Queensland State RSL. The Auxiliaries have provided advice, support and camaraderie to all current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families. Proposed constitutional changes may provide RSL Sub-Branches with alternative processes to continue auxiliary membership. This decision will be finalised at the end of the year.

Dexter Kruger, Australia’s oldest man passed away on Tuesday 20th July at the age of 111 years and 188 days. We pass on our condolences to his family and friends.

Agenda Item # Councillors’ Report

July
14 Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk
14 Council Workshop
14 Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn monthly meeting
14 Kilcoy Indoor Sports Committee Steering Committee Meeting (#2)
15 Kilcoy Art Society Inc. monthly meeting
20 Community Member Meeting – Toogoolawah
20 Kilcoy District Progress Assn Inc monthly meeting
21 Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Inc Management Committee meeting
22 Jinibara Meeting – Kilcoy
22 Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc meeting
24 Stonehouse Open Day
27 Kilcoy Interagency Meeting
27 Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Inc Management Committee meeting

About six businesses were represented at the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. public meeting, following approximately 18 months of a meeting void. The participants, along with two CCIQ representatives brainstormed the likely future options of the association. Many points were raised during the two hours duration, and it was finally decided that interested business owners will work with CCIQ to reform the association to gain a path forward.

Stonehouse Open Weekend was well attended, unfortunately the very windy weather on Sunday kept some spectators away. This was the second “Open Day” Weekend, with the first event being held some 18 months ago and prior to the refurbishment work being carried out. The owners, John and Loretta Eastwood are slowly returning the site to its former glory. Once again, events like this do not happen without the assistance of many volunteers, ongoing community support and financial support. The Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails has proudly offered much support to this initiative.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 July 2021

Category : General News

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 July 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Wivenhoe, Queensland’s largest hydro power station will undergo a $14 million overhaul from mid-July through to late October 2021, to ensure it continues to pump cleaner, cheaper energy for years to come.  When Callide C Power Station went offline in May, Wivenhoe was ramped up to the point it was generating 530 megawatts over a four-hour period, helping to meet demand and stabilise the network.

There was a lovely article in the Sunday Mail about “Icing Queen rises again”- Champion baker Marilyn Barber’s back in her Fernvale kitchen preparing for another assault on the famous Brisbane Ekka Cake Competition.  Mrs Barber has taken out the purple rosette for most successful exhibitor in the cakes, biscuits and scones section since 2008 (apart from 2013 and last year). Good luck for this year Marilyn with a total of 16 different entries.

 Agenda Item #28 Councillors’ Report

June

28           Jinibara (JPAC) Board Meeting – Hazeldean

July

06           Kilcoy District Tennis Club monthly meeting

07           Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting

07           Community member meeting – Esk

07           Community member meeting – Moore

08           Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting – Zoom

08           WLILG Coaching Session – SEIP unpack – Zoom

10           Community committee meeting – Kilcoy

12           Community committee meeting – Kilcoy

13           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary monthly meeting

The Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary was made aware at the July monthly meeting that much needed equipment and refurbishment of the nurses’ quarters has been completed.  The committee members welcomed the news and were given a tour through the revamped nurses’ quarters.  Many thanks to Metro North Health.

 


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 30 June 2021

Category : General News

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 30 June 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 With a heavy heart, I share the grief that has eventuated with the recent house fires and loss of lives that took place at Kilcoy and Lowood over the second weekend in June.

Ms Di Taylor has expressed that she is absolutely thrilled with achieving the shortlisting to the upcoming CYA All Stars Conference for writers and illustrators of Children’s, Young Adult and Adult stories.  Di explained that she has written the Young Adult book (her first) based on her parents-in-law’s childhood experience of German occupied southern Holland during WW11.  Good luck to you.

The Linville Hotel was recognised as one of the best five country pubs near Brisbane, well done.

Congratulations once again to the 2021 Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair for an amazing turn out of approximately 5000 visitors.  I attended the first Fair which was a great success and unbelievably the event seems to grow each year, it has always been a fun morning volunteering on the roster at an entrance gate.

Agenda Item # 36 Councillors’ Report

June

09           Ordinary Council Meeting

09           Council Workshop

09           Kilcoy State High School P&C Meeting

12           Esk Races

14           Meeting – Community Initiative

14           Meeting – Kilcoy RSL Club

14           ABC Sunshine Coast – Interview – Kilcoy House Fire

15           Meeting – Kilcoy Tennis Club

15           Meeting – Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee

16           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting

16           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group monthly meeting

20           Toogoolawah Lioness Club Closure Lunch

22           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance monthly meeting

24           Special Meeting – The Condensery Somerset Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee – Esk

28           Poultry Round Table Forum – Esk

29           Kilcoy Interagency monthly meeting

A lovely winter’s afternoon of thoroughbred racing was enjoyed by many local and visiting guests at the Esk Showgrounds.  Along with Ms Jayne McKenzie, I had the pleasure of judging Fashions of the Field at the kind invitation of the Esk Jockey Club and Cr Isidro.

The President and Secretary of the Kilcoy District Tennis Club Assn met with Daniel Row (Council’s Sports & Rec Officer) and myself to learn about the great news for future plans of the Kilcoy Tennis Courts.  It was confirmed at the meeting that Council has provided a budget of $120,000 in the forthcoming financial year to upgrade the Kilcoy Tennis Courts.

A fantastic way to commence the day, climbing Mount Glen Rock to gain a personal perspective of this magical spot, followed by a very informative Steering Committee Meeting.

A sad, but lovely get together over an amazing lunch provided at the Toogoolawah Hotel to farewell the Toogoolawah Lioness Club.  Something good will come from something sad.  The ladies of this group possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be shared at a community level, in an ongoing effort to build the local community.

Congratulations to our staff for initiating the Poultry Round Table Forum, which was held at the Somerset Civic Centre and included knowledgeable and experienced industry speakers and guests.  The forum provided a great understanding of the Poultry Industry which is undoubtedly an extremely important trade to our region.  Knowledge is power, and I most definitely gained a much greater insight into this industry.

 

 


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 June 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 June 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 I attended the Somerset Art Beat Festival held at The Condensery, Toogoolawah, and what an absolutely fantastic event.  The lovely autumn weather provided approximately 500 guests with a brilliant venue to showcase local art, local entertainment, great food, brilliant tasting coffee and the opportunity to join in with creative workshops.  This festival has a real potential to become a regional event that showcases local talent of all kinds.  The Connecting Stories Art Exhibition completed the ambience of the festival.  The expertise provided by Creative Arts Alliance shone through, and I wish to thank all involved with organising this wonderful festival.

Congratulations to:

  • Toogoolawah State School for organising mural installations on various poles of their buildings. The murals were completed by Street Art Studios and add a lovely atmosphere to the school environment.
  • Exchange Hotel Kilcoy for winning the Awards for Excellence – Best Hotel Bar General Division Regional – Queensland Hotels Association.
  • To the imagination displayed by the middle pub (The Club Hotel) in Toogoolawah – a complete play on words, as newly erected signage recognises renaming the hotel, Peddlars Rest and an internal bar as Handle Bar.

 Agenda Item # 28 Councillors’ Report

May

26           Ordinary Council Meeting

26           Council Workshop

26           Domestic & Family Violence – Red Bench – Councillor message

27           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting

28           Disc Training – Councillors & Executives

28           Brisbane Valley Rail Trial meeting with UQ

29           Yowie Park Markets

29           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete & Auction

29           Soft Opening – Kilcoy Community Wellness Hub

29           Somerset Art Beat Festival – Toogoolawah

29           Toogoolawah Show Ball

30          Meeting with Kilcoy Resident – Kilcoy Aquatic Swimming Seasons

30           SEIP Unpack – WLILG Program

June

01           Meeting with Kilcoy Resident  –  Community Champions

01           Kilcoy Tennis Club monthly meeting

01           Meeting with property owners – Yielo Road, Jimna

02           Somerset Dam & District Progress Association monthly meeting

03           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Yarraman

04           Toogoolawah Show – Stud Young Judges – under 15 years & over 15 years

05           Kilcoy Lions Change Over Dinner

07           Landcare Grant meeting – Esk

Congratulations to the organisers and all associated volunteers of the Toogoolawah Show Ball and the Toogoolawah Show.  You all have excelled at providing an absolutely fantastic show ball and local show.  Well done!

I wish to thank Cr Wendt for taking the time to attend the on-site meeting of the Yielo Road property owners.  I also wish to thank all property owners for their goodwill and common-sense approach to the gravel roads maintenance issues.

I was honoured to be invited to attend the Kilcoy Lions Change Over Dinner, I wish to congratulate the outgoing and incoming Board of Directors.  I also wish to sincerely thank the club for the bouquet of flowers and the kind words of support for my assistance in my role as Councillor.  It is these moments that refill my Councillor fuel tank and restores my passion and energy for the role of Councillor.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 May 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 26 May 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Somerset residents are invited to the opening of a new Community Wellbeing Hub at Kilcoy. Council has been working with Metro North Health to establish the hub in the former GP Clinic in the hospital grounds at Kilcoy.  Coinciding with the Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete, our Mayor Graeme Lehmann will open the facility at 10.15am on Saturday, 29 May.   The Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete commences at 10:00am with a huge auction scheduled for 12 midday.

Somerset Art Beat is on this Saturday at The Condensery and promises to be a totally awesome event.  Enjoy this magical venue, the many stall holders and the entertainment from 12 midday to 4:00pm.

Esk Grand Hotel awarded 2021 Traveller’s Choice Award for top 10% of Hotels Internationally.  The award celebrates hotels that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travellers around the globe.  Congratulations to Joe and his team.

Congratulations again to Jorja Pointon (Toogoolawah Clay Target Club) who has continued in her outstanding shooting performance at the Brisbane Clay Target Club, receiving the George Sckaf Memorial with a score of 110/110.  Jorja also received the junior high gun in the Meadows Memorial Shield and also won the Ladies overall for the two-day shoot.

 Agenda Item # 30 Councillors’ Report

May

12           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

12           Workshop Meeting – Esk

13           Infrastructure Budget Tour – Northern Aspect

14           Infrastructure Budget Tour – Southern Aspect

15/16    Horseback riding BVRT – Esk to Lowood/Lowood to Esk

17           Yowie Park – on-site meeting with local community group

17           RADF Committee Meeting – Esk

18           Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk

18           Esk Recreation Grounds Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

19           Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

19           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Monthly Meeting – Kilcoy

20           Meeting with Deb Frecklington – Esk

20           Citizenship Ceremony – Esk

20           Kilcoy Art Society Monthly Meeting

20           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Meeting

21           Tarampa Assist – Official opening of the Lowood Office

21           Esk Show

22           Country Connects Us – Caboolture – Toogoolawah tour

24           Somerset Civic Centre Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

25           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting – Kilcoy

I wish to thank our Chief Executive Officer for organising a well-planned and informative Infrastructure Budget Tour of our region.  I especially appreciated the opportunity to meet with local businesses and community groups.

The BVRT was completely thriving with cyclists, walkers and horse riders over the weekend of 15/16 May (Esk-Lowood section).  The superb autumn weather provided the backdrop for conversation and an abundance of pleasant experiences with fellow users.

Somerset Civic Centre was a fantastic venue to host the Citizenship Ceremony.  Many of the new Australian Citizens welcomed the friendly and warm ceremony.   I received the following words of thanks “We are truly grateful for the wonderful ceremony.  We feel the spirit of acceptance and love.  Great job Somerset Region.  God bless”.

The Jinibara artists and community members proudly showed off their artworks that tell the story of the deep and continuous connections to country. Uncle Noel spoke about his memories of Toogoolawah, Gregors Creek and Kilcoy, to which I found fascinating.  The day was enjoyed by all who travelled from Caboolture to Toogoolawah and back.  A lovely native lunch was also provided at The Condensery.

I received lovely feedback from local residents who wished to thank council (and the appropriate staff member) for the excellent slashing job carried out on a regional road.  “It was the best job we have ever seen – That needs noting.  Trimmed around all the guideposts and did a great job”.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 May 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 12 May 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Absolutely fantastic achievement made by our very own amazing Mrs Renee Retschlag.  Renee from Kilcoy has taken the national title at the 2021 Stihl Timbersports Australian Women’s Championship held at St Kilda over the weekend of 8/9 May.  In an incredibly close competition, two ladies tied on 13 points at the end of three Timbersports axe and sawing disciplines. The Champion was awarded on a countback of combined times, which had Renee just under 6 seconds faster than eventual runner-up Jodie Beutel.  Renee narrowly missed out on the title in 2017 and 2018.  Our humble Renee accepted her award with tears streaming down her face.  Well done, Champ!

Huge congratulations are also in order for two Toogoolawah Clay Target Club members, Daryl Stevens for shooting a Grand Slam, and Jorja Pointon for winning the Junior Sportsmanship Award, and to Esk Caravan Park – Winner of the 2020 Gordon Harris Turnaround Award for Caravanning Queensland.

During the prevention month of May, the Queensland Government is calling on the corporate sector and community organisations to pledge their commitment to act against domestic and family violence.  It requires the commitment of government as well as corporate and community leaders to further embed cultural change within our homes, workplaces and communities. The pledge is a way for corporate and community organisations to show their commitment and demonstrate how they will act to end domestic and family violence in Queensland.  Take the pledge | Department of Justice and Attorney-General  Not now, not ever, together.  I’m so pleased that our Council has got right behind this important matter with Mayor Lehmann signing a pledge organised by the Local Government Association Queensland “Not in our backyard” campaign.  By taking the pledge, Somerset Regional Council will support activities to end domestic and family violence in our workplace and our community.

As part of the $2 million state’s Economic Recovery Plan and to attract visitors to farms and help farmers diversify their income, the State Government’s “Taste farm life” agritourism campaign will encourage tourists to get off the beaten track or take a day out of their usual beach holiday destination to discover new experiences in rural and regional Queensland.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week showed that in 2020, more than 30,000 people from elsewhere in Australia moved to Queensland – that’s more than 80 people choosing to become Queenslanders every single day.

 Agenda Item #21 Councillors’ Report

April

28           Council Ordinary Meeting – Esk

28           Council Workshop – Esk

28           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Redevelopment Steering Committee

May

02           R&R Rail Trail Experience (duathlon & fun run) – BVRT Ambassadors – Blackbutt to Linville

04           Kilcoy Tennis Club monthly meeting

04           The Condensery Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

05           Business Networking Breakfast Event – Esk

05           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Field Day – Jacaranda Hill Esk

06           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Blackbutt

07           Kilcoy Show Official Opening

08           Kilcoy Show

08          Esk Show Ball

11           Town Planning Matter – Meeting with local resident

Congratulations to the Kilcoy PA & I Society for a very well planned and executed Kilcoy Show, 2021.  We will mark the calendar for the 2022 Kilcoy Show which will represent its 100th show.

Council’s Business Networking Breakfast was well supported and very favourable feedback has been received.  We look forward to the next planned event.

The R&R Rail Trail Experience with 4 event choices was introduced by the BVRT Ambassadors and was well attended with many athletic competitors enjoying the challenge.

The BVKLG Field Day was a complete success with valuable information being shared throughout the presentations with the valued assistance of Healthy Land and Water.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 28 April 2021

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 28 April 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Senator Paul Scarr joined Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud MP and Kilcoy Global Foods (KGF) Group CEO Dean Good and Australian President Jiah Falcke as they launched the company’s new $1.4m product labelling system to eliminate compliance issues and streamline processes in delivering product from “paddock to plate” anywhere in the world.  Senator Scarr said “Impressive would be an understatement with the company’s world-leading animal tracking from feedlot to carcase chillers, onto boning-room, packing and shipping to 35 export markets globally”.  KGF is at the national forefront of technology in the meat and livestock industry.

Made in Queensland grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million are available to manufacturers operating in Queensland to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.  www.rdmw.qld.gov.au  The first three rounds invested $46 million into our manufacturing sector.

Freedom of expression, modern media reporting and protection of individuals from reputational harm are on the agenda of the Palaszczuk Government with significant amendments being introduced to defamation law provisions today.  The Defamation (Model Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been introduced to Parliament and, if passed, the amendments to the Defamation Act 2005 are proposed to commence on 1 July 2021.  Stage two of the review of the Model Defamation Provisions is currently underway and will focus on the responsibilities and liability of digital platforms for defamatory conduct and the defences applying to disclosures of criminal conduct and misconduct in the workforce.

Queensland has taken the next step in ensuring its biodiscovery industry meets international standards with the Palaszczuk Government opening consultation on a code of practice and guidelines for traditional knowledge in biodiscovery.  Minister for Environment and Science Meaghan Scanlon said the consultation was part of reforming the Biodiscovery Act 2004, to better protect the knowledge of First Nations peoples’ while supporting the growth of Queensland’s biodiscovery industry.  “First Nations peoples’ are Australia’s earliest scientists, with detailed knowledge of this continent from its ancient past to the present,” Ms Scanlon said.

Drivers taking part in illegal mass hoon gatherings will be further targeted under new anti-hoon powers passed in the Queensland Parliament last week.  Minister Ryan said road policing units across Queensland will be using high-tech camera technology along with the traffic monitoring CCTV network to target mass hoon gatherings.  With the new legislation, combined with a fleet of high-tech cameras, the community can expect to see even more enforcement action taken against dangerous hoons putting others at risk.  Members of the public can report hoon activity in their area by contacting the QPS Hoon Hotline on 13HOON or making a report online.

Agenda Item #28 Councillors’ Report

April

14          Council Ordinary Meeting – Esk

14           Council Workshop – Esk

15           Mad Hatter Tea Party – Lowood

15           Meeting with resident – Yowie Park

15           Meeting with local NFP group

17           Over “50’s” BVRT bike ride – Moore to Esk

19           Meeting with NFP group – Event planning

20           Councillor Training – Esk

20           Lifeflight Charity Bowls Day – Toogoolawah

21          Special Council Meeting – Esk

21           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group Meeting – Kilcoy

25           Anzac Day Commemorations – Kilcoy Dawn Service and Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield

27           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

27          Open Forum Q&A WLILG Program

It was a pleasure to be part of the events held in our region over the past two weeks.  The Mad Hatter Tea Party was well supported and a fun event, and the weather was superb.  All those in attendance enjoyed the theme of this event, and they were mighty hungry, with around 262 sausage sandwiches provided.  The Lifeflight Charity Bowls Day raised valuable funds, and all by the support of 16 teams enjoying a social afternoon of bowls, lunch, refreshments and friendship.  Another wonderful display of patriotism with Anzac Day Commemorations, held throughout the region.

After riding from Moore to Esk and completing the 45km trip, I have a feeling that I may be in the market for an E-Bike.  I found the very gradual climb from Toogoolawah to outside of Esk a slow trip.

I met with a local resident who is concerned about the decline in bird life at Lake Greensill, Yowie Park.  I requested the resident to attend the local landcare meeting, which has occurred.  The Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group will address an email to Council seeking advice and assistance with this matter.


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 April 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 14 April 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 I received a request from a Kilcoy resident – “I frequent Yowie Park often as a rate payer of Kilcoy and very regularly enjoy the facilities.  While I was there, I noted that crowds of people use the area.  One time recently, I noticed a young Mother looking within the toilets for a change table facility for her and her baby.  She found none within the toilet block and chose then to lay the baby down on the grass on a blanket, and changed the baby outside on the grass near the toilets.  Is it possible to install a change table into the two disabled toilets?”

I would like to ascertain how many baby change tables we have installed in our public toilet facilities throughout our region, I therefore foreshadow a report of such nature.

Digital driver’s licences will be deployed statewide following a 94 per cent of participants satisfied with the digital shake up after a recent trial.  The seven-month pilot wrapped up in September last year and involved more than 750 residents and 120 businesses from Maryborough and Hervey Bay who were able to display their IDs and licences on a smartphone app.

The 2021 Rugby League Ipswich competition kicks off on April 17 with a stronger Reserve Grade comp, with the inclusion of the Brisbane Valley Bulls back and Brothers fielding an extra side.  Rugby League Ipswich chairman said a final decision will be made about the Goonda and West End A-Grade teams so a draw can be created.  The Brisbane Valley Bulls, an Esk-based team has 30 country footballers signed and eager to play.  The team is made up of players from Toogoolawah, Esk, Lowood and Gatton.

I express my sincere sympathy of the recent fire and destruction of the very popular Red Deer Café.  It has been reported that the owners are determined to rebuild, and Esk will once again enjoy this prevalent destination.

Agenda Item #44 Councillors’ Report

March

24           Council Ordinary Meeting

24           Council Workshop

24          Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc AGM

26           Healthy Waterways on-site meeting

26           Town Planning related meeting – Kilcoy

27           Kilcoy Rodeo & Kilcoy Konvoy

29           Somerset Human Social Recovery Group Meeting

29           Somerset Economic Recovery Group Meeting

April

07           Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn – Somerset Dam Historic Building Photographs

07           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting

08           Meeting – Urban Utilities – Kilcoy Showgrounds

08           Economic Development Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting

09           Women Leading in Local Government Webinar

12           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary monthly meeting

  • I welcome the newly elected executive committee of the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance, and I look forward to working with the group in an effort to achieve identified community needs.
  • Congratulations to the organisers of the Kilcoy Rodeo and the Kilcoy Konvoy. The event was a complete success with over 3,000 participants and over 165 trucks taking part in the convoy leaving from Winya Road and making its way through to the Kilcoy Showgrounds.  It was a great event that returned high moral to the Kilcoy community.  Well done to everyone involved!

 


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 March 2021

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 March 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is combining with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and RACQ to raise road safety awareness and remind community that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.  In recognition of this, a road safety event has been organized for Thursday 1st April 2021 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and which will be held in Pipeliner Park, Esk.  QPS will also have a number of motorcycle police in attendance that will engage with motorcyclists, who are over-represented in the state road toll.  Sadly, the past weekend saw nine people killed in seven separate crashes on Queensland roads.  As of Monday 22nd March, the horrible occurrence brings the state’s road toll for the year to 63, 23 more than the same time last year.  Dozens of people have also been left injured in the pate of crashes.

Congratulations to West Moreton Landcare Group and Fernvale Art Society and the wonderful completed project of the C17 train mural which stands out on the container that is located along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at Lowood.  It is absolutely wonderful to see the result of two active groups in our region.

Congratulations to Esk Country Golf Club Inc (Purchase & Install Shed on Concrete Slab $21,750), Kilcoy District Tennis Assn Inc (Resurface Tennis Courts $35,000) & Kilcoy Golf Club Inc (Purchase Mower $35,000) – Gambling Community Benefit Funds.

I was offered very sincere praise of Somerset Regional Council staff, Councillors, our local High Schools and Teachers by Noosa Film Academy.  Andrea and Greg Huglin have enjoyed their involvement with our region, and are looking forward to completing the project and holding the final film presentation to which I once again encourage all to attend.  The Red Carpet Toogoolawah Cinema Community Screening of “Kindness Umbrella” commences at 6:00pm on Thursday 1st April.

Agenda Item # 60  Councillors’ Report

March

10           Council Ordinary Meeting

Council Workshop

10           Kilcoy State High School P&C Assn AGM

11           On-site meeting – private Kilcoy residence

Meetings with two Kilcoy residents

16           Urban Utilities Regional Visit – Somerset

16           Kilcoy Motocross site visit

17           Meeting local paper

17           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Group monthly meeting

18           Kilcoy Art Society Inc. monthly meeting

19           Live panel session – WLILGProgram

20           West Moreton Landcare Group Inc & Fernvale Art Society – Unveiling C17 train MURAL – BVRT Lowood

22           Open Forum Q&A session – WLILGProgram

22           Kilcoy State School P&C Assn AGM

23           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting – Esk

23           Kilcoy State High School – Noosa Film Academy  – “Kindness Umbrella” – RADF funded


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 March 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 March 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Cr Gaedtke noted that the Clean Up Australia event last weekend was wonderful and it was a great effort from everyone. Savages Crossing, Jensen’s Swamp, Twin Bridges were all cleaned up by volunteers. Well done to everyone.

Cr Gaedtke noted that she has received a great response to our new Red Benches.

Absolutely brilliant news delivered to us all by the announcement of “Brisbane 2032 named “preferred host” for Games”.  The International Olympic Committee named Brisbane as the preferred host for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic games.  The announcement came days before the SEQ Mayors mark six years since initiating the push to host the games.  As part of its new fair and open process, the international Olympic Committee elevated the Brisbane 2032 proposal to the Targeted Dialogue phase which earmarks the region as its preferred host.  It also kickstarts a more detailed evaluation of the south-east’s proposal for 2032.  What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our beautiful region as an affordable and liveable region, and one that has sound investment and business opportunities.  The SEQ Mayors are committed to securing lasting legacies for the region and will be working hard to develop a proposal that, through design, ensures our cities do not end up with white elephants.

It is great to see local community groups are once again meeting, and are confident to do so with COVID compliance.

Agenda Item #28 Councillors’ Report

February

25           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting

A very robust meeting, with lots of conversation around the revised master plan for the grounds.  Many thanks to new committee member Robbie Christie for his representation of the Kilcoy Rodeo (& Kilcoy Truck Convoy).

March

2             Kilcoy Sports Centre – Cert III Sports & Recreation Practical work – Toogoolawah State High School

Kilcoy gym members volunteered their time to assist Year 11 & 12 students to undertake their practical.

2              Kilcoy District Tennis Club AGM & monthly meeting

I was presented with a copy of the Club Development Plan Kilcoy Tennis Club 2021.

2              Meeting with private resident to discuss a local issue/initiative.

3              Somerset Dam District Progress Assn monthly meeting

3              Meeting with Kilcoy Show Society President – site location.

4             Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail Committee monthly meeting

Lots of discussion took place, one query was the actual commencement date of this group.

7              Clean up Australia Day – Clean Up Somerset Waterways and Parklands – Fernvale

A great turn out to remove the litter from areas around Savages Crossing, Twin Bridges and Jensen’s Swamp.

8              The Condensery Toogoolawah – Volunteers Lunch and Welcome of staff

Lovely initiative to welcome newly assigned Condensery staff and to introduce senior staff to our volunteers.


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Somerset Farmers book your seat now for the Farmer's Big Night Out on Wednesday, 8 September at the Somerset Civic Centre.Enjoy a great evening of live entertainment, dinner and socialising. This event is Free for Somerset farmers.Call Council on (07) 5424 4000 to book your ticket now as seats are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke for a strong Somerset Region
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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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