Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights – 27 October 2016

Somerset Regional Council Meeting Highlights – 27 October 2016

Category : General News

Council Continues Pest Management in Somerset

Somerset Regional Council is appealing to residents to help manage invasive pest plants in the region.

Council has several invasive plant treatment programs occurring throughout the region to target weeds but is looking for support of residents to manage their private properties.

Council officers have been managing an increase in requests for assistance from landholders specifically targeting Fireweed.

Fireweed is a restricted invasive plant that competes with pastures and can be toxic to livestock.

Earlier this year Council included fireweed on its Chemical Subsidy Program.

The Chemical Subsidy Program applies to certain invasive plants in Somerset and allows approved landholders to receive a subsidy of one-third of the herbicide cost upon presentation of receipts to Council and an approved property pest management plan.

For more information about invasive weed species, how to manage them, or accessing Council’s Chemical Subsidy Program contact Council on (07) 5424 4000.

To access fact sheets on invasive plants and animals visit: www.daf.qld.gov.au.

Council Names Ovals at Fernvale Sports Park

Somerset Regional Council has named several ovals constructed as part of the Fernvale Sports Park development.

Public comment on the name changes was sought and Council received submissions in support of the proposals.

The cricket oval will be called Les Titmarsh Oval, the netball courts will be named after Judith Schmidt and a third field will be named Harrisborough Field.

Council will also rename part of what is currently known as Brouff Road to Sam Brouff Way when changes to the Fernvale Sports Park access occur in future.

Council will install signs to reflect the new names.

Somerset Council’s 2015/16 Annual Report Released

Somerset Regional Council has released its 2015/16 annual report.

Highlights in the financial year, as detailed in the report, include the construction of the Fernvale Sports Park and drainage upgrades, replacement of several ageing timber bridges in the region and continued development and implementation of Council’s tourism strategy.

The annual report is available for download on Council’s website:   www.somerset.qld.gov.au/annual-reports.

Council Supports Race Club

Somerset Regional Council has, through its Community Assistance Grants program, approved financial support for two upcoming race meetings of the Kilcoy Race Club.

Council received a request from the club to sponsor a race meeting in December and January.

Council will contribute $1000 towards sponsorship of the two race meetings with Council to have naming rights of two gallop races.


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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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