Why is Cheryl Gaedtke nominating as Councillor for the Somerset Regional Council?

Why is Cheryl Gaedtke nominating as Councillor for the Somerset Regional Council?

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The old cliché that “life wasn’t meant to be easy” is one which has more relevance to the office of Councillor than it does to many other occupations or callings.  The office of Councillor is a political office. Council decision-making is a political process.  That means that it is about dealing with and assessing different and often conflicting demands, aspirations and philosophical perspectives in an attempt to get to an outcome for a particular matter which, in the individual Councillor’s personal opinion, represents the best result for the community as a whole, consistently with the Councillor’s duty under the Local Government Act 2009.untitled-20

During my career with Kilcoy Shire Council, I had a very amicable professional relationship with our Councillors. I experienced a great deal of professional satisfaction as a team member of a small rural Council by balancing its annual budget and providing the best possible service to its ratepayers.  My ambition has always been to stand for Council.   After 30 years of Local Government experience I understand entirely the “glue” that holds a community together.

I am passionate about our region and believe that we live in an area that has the potential to develop more successfully with long term vision, correct approach, approved attitude and sound management strategies. I want to see our region encourage business growth, encourage two way communications and acknowledge and reach community expectations.  I advocate for benchmarking and tracking our communities’ overall satisfaction with our council’s performance in areas such as:- basic services and infrastructure; community lifestyle services; managing the region; customer services/communication; and qualities of council.

As your Councillor, I understand that making decisions will affect our community and it is therefore important to have effective decision-making skills. University has broadened my outlook and given me a much wider perspective on diverse social matters.  As President of the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. over the past 2 years, I understand the needs of local businesses and the expectations of our local community.  My length of service to Local Government provides me with invaluable leadership skills, experience and knowledge.  I also understand and respect values such as integrity and empathy.

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Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

$2 million for disaster resilience projects that protect and educate

Queensland’s 77 councils and one town authority will share in $2 million to better prepare for natural disasters as part the 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland program.
Funding will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and strengthens the Palaszczuk Government’s efforts to make Queensland the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.
Queensland Treasurer and Minister responsible for the QRA Cameron Dick said every Queenslander stands to benefit from the investment.
“This year has been like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has tested the resilience of Queenslanders like never before,” Mr Dick said.
“However, even as we battle a global health emergency and deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, we also remain committed to best preparing our communities for the natural disasters we regularly face.
“Our $2 million investment will be split between every council in Queensland and will be spent on disaster training exercises, community education materials, online disaster dashboards and COVID care packages.
“In particular it’s great to see some councils using their grants to get essential supplies to our elderly, given many seniors are trying to restrict their movements while the threat of coronavirus remains.
“A number of local governments are also collaborating to maximise their Get Ready funding, including seven north-west councils who are pooling their grants to develop Bluetooth beacons that link to a regional disaster preparedness app,” he said.
“The Get Ready Queensland program puts our state in position to tackle whatever disaster season throws at us.”
Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston said the grants were helping councils build community resilience to disasters.
“Queenslanders have experienced more than their fair share of natural disasters over the years, and now COVID-19 is further impacting our communities,” Mr Thurston said.
“Regardless of the type of disaster, if we take steps to prepare ourselves and our loved ones we will be in a better position when the next event hits.
“Get Ready Queensland informs Queenslanders about the risks they face and provides advice on what they can do to protect what’s most important to them.
“Being prepared before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or possibly even putting yourself and those you love in danger.”
For more information on Get Ready Queensland visit getready.qld.gov.au.
Media contact: Ben Doyle 0400 775 561
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