Somerset Region

Somerset Council Area
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Somerset Region – Facts and Information

Are you aware of Somerset Regional Council’s Mission Statement?

We, in partnership with the community, will realise our vision by:

  • Focusing on our customer’s needs
  • Planning for the future
  • Utilising resources efficiently and effectively
  • Using sound business practices
  • Utilising the practice of continuous improvement

The above mission statement has been developed to assist Somerset Regional Council to service its community in a responsive, innovative and efficient manner – exercising leadership and builds community strength. Through a variety of council services, Council feels it can deliver on these promises.

Census Statistics

The last Census stats are 2016. https://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/2016

Better Councils Better Communities

Efficient, productive and innovative councils for Queensland.
Click here to view the Community’s View.
Click here to view the FAQ on Better Councils Better Communities.

Statewide survey gives the tick of approval to local councils

Queensland councils have won a tick of approval from their communities, according to a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Local Government Association of Queensland.

The 2017 Fred Rogers Community Satisfaction Tracking Study showed that local councils were performing particularly well in key service areas such as maintenance of parks and gardens, libraries and other aspects of community lifestyles.

The survey, conducted every two years, found that overall satisfaction in the job that councils do stood at 69.4 percent, compared with a rating of 70 percent two years ago.

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the survey results showed a healthy public regard for the local government sector despite some recent controversies.

“These results show the community is a great arbiter of who’s fair dinkum and who’s not,’’ he said.

“To record a consistently high satisfaction rating suggests that the public realise most of the people who work for the local council are fair dinkum about looking after the community.’’

The results suggest councils perform best in the public’s view on services to do with activities such as parks and garden maintenance, sporting facilities and heritage protection.

But the survey suggests, as it has in previous years, that councils need to do more work on customer service and communicating with the public.

The 2017 Community Satisfaction Tracking Study, conducted by Morton Consulting Services and Market Facts, canvassed the opinions of 700 households across Queensland.

The independent survey is the 11th in a series that analyses community satisfaction and determines benchmarks for council performance.

The survey results can be seen here:   https://www.lgaq.asn.au/documents/10136/d7e3271c-64df-4dbd-8c90-1cb9bb29c4fa

2019 results and associated press release made by LGAQ: Click here

2020 Press Release: Click here

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006

Role of Mayor and Councillors

The link below outlines the role and responsibility of a Councillor.

https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/find-out-about-roles-and-responsibilities

Australian Local Government Women’s Association – (ALGWA)

Presidents message from the ALGWA which outlines the current gender percentages in local government and the implementation of the 50:50 Vision – Councils for Gender Equity Program.

Click here to visit the ALGWA website.

Somerset Regional Council Website

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Somerset Regional Council – 2016 – 2020

Taking my Statutory Oath-13 April 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cr Otis Ogg, Cr Helen Brieschke, Deputy Mayor Cr Dan Hall, Cr Sean Choat, Mayor Graeme Lehmann, Cr Bob Whalley and Cr Cheryl Gaedtke

 

 

 

 

 

                 Somerset Regional Council

 2020 – 2024

Front row – Cr Helen Brieschke, Mayor Lehmann, Cr Kylee Isidro, Cr Cheryl Gaedtke and Back row – Cr Bob Whalley, Cr Jason Wendt, Cr Sean Choat
Presentation of my Councillor Oath by our CEO Mr Andrew Johnson on Thursday 16 April 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading and making my Councillor Oath


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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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