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Councillor Report – Ordinary Meeting 16 December 2021

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 16 December 2021

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

I note that the State Government announcement that they will continue offsetting the cost of the waste levy on household wheelie bins. I am aware the officers will be looking at the Somerset Stats in line with this announcement.

Apparently, a report has been made in a Queensland Newspaper, that a Yowie has been seen in Jimna Saturday 4th December 2021, by three plantation workers.  Not long back to the Jimna Base Camp after tree planting, Stirling, Seamus and Margus were heading up School Road at about 7:50pm, when it was spotted.  It is reported that a big, dark, roundish shape was seen by two occupants of the car.  Do you believe in Yowies?  These hard working plantation workers say there is something out there, and it wasn’t someone dressed up!

I take this opportunity to wish my fellow Mayor and Councillors, Council Staff, all residents of our beautiful region a very Merry Christmas, and a Safe, Healthy and Happy 2022.  We are an awesome and envied team as we are not a team because we work together, we are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.  In my role as Councillor, I look forward to achieving important and highly desirable outcomes during 2022.

 

Agenda Item # 26  Councillors’ Report

December

08           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

08           Council Workshop – Esk

08           Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Business Meeting

Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Business Meeting

Around ten people attended the meeting held at the Kilcoy RSL.  The meeting was led by Secretary Lee Robinson and based around brainstorming, sharing ideas and priorities that impact local businesses.  An opportunity that as leaders we must be willing to let go of what worked yesterday, and learn new ways of seeing, doing and leading.  It was suggested that the Chamber should survey local businesses to understand what is important to them, and what would encourage them to join the Chamber.  Membership is important for the Chamber to exist and to continue to grow.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 December 2021 – Councillor Report

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 December 2021

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Christmas Spirit alive and well in Somerset

Firstly, I acknowledge the hard work and immense effort provided by our community groups to successfully bring together any community event.  Unfortunately, this Christmas, one Christmas event had to be cancelled, but for those groups who have had or about to hold Christmas celebrations, good on you for taking the initiative.  The Kilcoy Christmas Carnival held on Saturday evening was a complete success, and the Christmas Spirit was on show for all to absorb and share.  It is estimated that around 1300 attended the celebration.  The organising committee advised that the event cost approximately $18,000 and most of these costs were met by donations and or sponsorships.  Some businesses provided not hundreds but thousands of dollars to make sure that no child was disadvantaged by providing free rides, free face painting, free entertainment, and free give ways.  The ever popular fireworks were held just prior to a storm that seem to  just reach Kilcoy resulting in some rain and wind for a short period of time.  The social wellbeing and community spirit created by such events will linger for quite some time.  Sense of Community, it is in the DNA of every Somerset resident.  Wishing for great weather for future Somerset Christmas events.

Mental Health Funding Shortfall

There has been much reporting and public discussion around funding shortfalls with mental health. Less money is invested in Queensland’s mental health system than any other state or territory in Australia, with decades of chronic underfunding meaning the state has the worst staffing levels and least number of beds to service its population.  And in the past 10 years while Queensland’s health budget has grown by around 50 per cent the mental health budget has only increased by about five per cent.  For example, the entire operating budget for the Metro North Hospital and Health Service this year is $3.36 billion but just $220 million of that will be spent on mental health – a meagre 6.5 per cent.   “Around the world” is experiencing an increased presentation in people with mental health issues, most of it on the back of Covid-19.  An issue for State and Federal Government to address sooner rather than later.

Agenda Item # 35  Councillors’ Report

November

24           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

24           Council Workshop 26 – Esk

25           Business Forum – Thriving in Agriculture Event – Lowood Golf Club

26           Movement to Music – Kilcoy Gym

26           Meeting with local community member – Kilcoy

26           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Meeting

30           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

30           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Steering Committee – Presentation of Concept Plans

30           Kilcoy Rodeo AGM & General Meeting

December

01           Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn monthly meeting

02           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail Committee AGM & monthly meeting – Yarraman

03           Turn the Lights On – Kilcoy Shines

03           Linville State School Annual Awards – Moore

O4          Kilcoy Christmas Carnival

07           Volunteer Famil & Christmas Function – Toogoolawah & Esk

07           Kilcoy State School Annual Awards 3-6 years

Business Forum – Thriving in Agriculture Event – Lowood Golf Club

Congratulations to staff for organising another brilliant and informative business networking evening.  Once again, the guest speakers were informative, inspirational and motivational.  The catering was received at an extremely high standard, many thanks to all involved with this event.

Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn

Department of Parks and Gardens rang the SDDPA President and advised that it is agreed to facilitate the request to burn sections at risk around the Somerset Dam Village.  Discussions will be held with the Rural Fire Brigade, DTMR and SEQWater to coordinate an efficient burn.  The Department will also contact impacted landholders.  The association was also advised that the area required rain before attempting the burn.  Now that this has occurred, the position is looking very positive.  The group were ecstatic to receive this information so quickly after identifying this need early in November.

Linville State School Annual Awards – Moore

Being a small school does not limit the achievements of this active and sincere group of students.  An endearing evening was held with a spread of home cooked mains and ice-cream for dessert.  There were many special awards distributed, and a lovely Certificate of Appreciation certificate was presented to Council in recognition of ongoing support made to the school during 2021.

Turn the Lights on – Kilcoy Shines & Kilcoy Christmas Carnival Events

Many children, parents and care givers attended the Turn the Lights On, Kilcoy Shines to witness the newly erected Christmas Tree along with numerous Christmas lights glowing preciously in Yowie Park.  The event complimented the Kilcoy Christmas Carnival, which was a huge success as well.  Congratulations to the organising committees (and their spouses/partners), sponsors and of course to all those who attended these wonderful community events.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cr Gaedtke Councillor Report 24 November 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting

Category : General News

Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 24 November 2021

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

It is great to see the Lowood Open Door Gallery is busy with events, and the latest High Tea and painting experience was a complete success.  Well done to all, especially to Karen.

It is a pleasure to see our two local parkruns up and going again.  There was a lovely Facebook post regarding the Yowie parkrun, stating that this parkrun is the friendliest and most hospitable parkrun they have attended.  The author also recognised inspirational locals who attend the event on a regular basis, and the availability of staying overnight at a local motel.

A big congratulations to Wanda Kropp of Hazeldean Rural Fire Brigade upon receiving her award as State Youth Volunteer of the Year.  The award was officially presented by the Assistant Commissioner of the Rural Fire Brigade Services – John Bolger.

Agenda Item #25  Councillors’ Report

November

10          Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

10           Council Workshop – Esk

10           Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn Meeting

11           Remembrance Day – Kilcoy RSL

15           RADF Committee Meeting – Esk

16           Inception Meeting – Regional Economic Development Strategy – Esk

16           Somerset Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk

16           Esk Recreation Grounds Advisory Committee Meeting  (Observer)

16           Kilcoy & District Progress Alliance Meeting – Kilcoy

17           Kilcoy State High School – Annual Awards Ceremony

17           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Ass Inc AGM – Kilcoy

19           Kilcoy State High School Valedictory

22           Somerset Civic Centre Committee Meeting – Esk (Observer)

23           Lions Camp Duckadang – Inspection with Lions Club – Linville

A lovely commemoration was organised by the Kilcoy RSL, where many beautiful wreaths were laid against the memorial wall.  Our young leaders of tomorrow enjoyed a selfie with Deb Frecklington (MP) and myself.

Explore Somerset SEQ Food Trails video was released highlighting our local businesses and our very own Condensery, along with our local lakes.  It is surely a great marketing presentation for our region.

The Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Inc AGM was well supported, with all positions filled and the management committee grew by two new members.  Megan Lee, Education and Communications Officer, Barung Landcare gave an interesting presentation.  Megan has been working in the Landcare movement for over 14 years in diverse community engagement, communications and project officer roles.

It is rewarding to be able to attend the school events again, after COVID restricted the attendance last year.  The Annual Awards Ceremony and the Valedictory held at the Kilcoy State High School was once again fantastic events and the opportunity to acknowledge our future leaders.  The Valedictory tends to be an emotional ceremony, and it was for 2021.  Well done to all those involved.  Many thanks to local identity Gerald Youles for providing a video that complemented my speech.  Gerald’s words were well received by the Year 12s.

The Lions Clubs that own and operate Camp Duckadang held an information sharing afternoon.  The centre offers outdoor education, activities and facilities for school groups, social and community groups.  The venue is set of 1.5 hectares on the beautiful upper reaches of the Brisbane River.  They say it is a place to learn new skills, enjoy relaxing times together, broaden your experiences within a natural environment, challenge yourself, escape the everyday and work together as a team.  I absolutely support this facility and the future visions expressed by the Lions Clubs.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 November 2021 (Combined)

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 10 November 2021

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Linville and district residents have been left without the telecommunication infrastructure as promised, with only a small cell tower attached to a private residence being provided.  There are numerous areas within our region that suffer with telecommunication black spot, however this particular area is prone to natural disasters through flooding and bush fires and reliable telecommunications is paramount to the community safety.  I once again look for support from our Council on behalf of community residents.

The Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Inc. held a very success Linville Landcare Festival on Saturday 6th November, which brought residents together with others to learn from the 2019 Black Summer Fires and offer expert information, advice and support.

A recent newspaper article disclosed that Somerset Regional Council area, as at 18 October has 68.3% of its residents at least vaccinated with the first dose, and that the region should reach the target of 80% vaccination rate by 26 December 2021.

It has been reported that Australians are struggling with what is recyclable household waste, and what isn’t.  The new research showed 88 per cent put common household items in the wrong bin.  You may be surprised that 36 per cent of us believe that coffee cups can go in recycling bins, but the stark reality is that most are not recyclable.  Are you aware that 68 per cent of surveyed residents did not know that aluminium foil can be recycled, if scrunched together to the size of a golf ball.

Agenda Item # 27 Councillors’ Report

October

13           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

13           Council Workshop – Esk

13           BVKL Assn Inc MC Meeting

14           Brisbane Valley Interagency Committee Meeting – Zoom

17           Kilcoy Motocross Club – Club Day meeting

18           Meeting with local community member

19           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc monthly meeting

20           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Steering Committee meeting

20           BVKL Assn Inc monthly meeting

21           Annual Awards Toogoolawah State High School – Esk

22           Community Meetings with Director Young (KDHS, Kilcoy RSL, Kilcoy Lions Club, KDPA & Cr Isidro)

23           Free Tree Day – Esk

24-27     LGAQ Conference – Mackay

28           Team Somerset – Whole of Organisation Team Building

November

  • The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

03           Prawn Farm Tour – Esk

04           DSDILGP Financial Management in Practice for Elected Members Workshop – Toowoomba

05           Catherine O’Donnell – Dawn to Home Exhibition Opening  – The Condensery – Toogoolawah

05           New Quarterly Exhibition Opening Night – Kilcoy Art Society Inc.

06           Linville Landcare Festival

08           Urban Utilities – Bundamba STP & SEQWater WTP Tour

09           50 kph Sticker placement trial – Business Wheeled Bins –   QPS – Esk

I was invited to attend the Kilcoy Motocross Club Day and assist with presenting the many trophies to the respective age groups and place getters.  It was a wonderful event with many different ages of competitors who share a real passion for this sport.  I was honoured to meet three Pro Riders,  Todd Waters, Ricky Latimer and our very own Luke Zielinski.  Todd has just relinquished his Australia Number 1 title.  Congratulations to all competitors who enjoyed the club day.  I saw how much hard work goes into organising this type of event.

I met with a local community member who has been working tirelessly to provide factual evidence that the swimming season should be extended at the Kilcoy Aquatic Centre.  The results unfortunately, were not all that convincing, as there appears to be some apathy towards this cause.  It is questionable if the extra costs would be warranted by so little public take-up.  A big thank you to our community champion, and I certainly appreciate the effort given to this matter.

The Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc. is busily working towards the Christmas Lights project.  With an amount in excess of $32,000, there is much planning to make this project eventuate for the 2021 Christmas period.  Well, done to this hard working committee.

Congratulations to the Toogoolawah State High School, it is so inspiring to see the leaders of tomorrow conduct their awards and without any issues at all.  A very proud and humbling evening.

A huge acknowledgement to the staff who were part of the Free Tree Day events.  There were many great comments regarding the days’ activities from those residents that attended to collect their free trees.  Also, many thanks to the community groups who assisted during the day.

I appreciate the opportunity to attend the annual LGAQ Conference, which provides networking to learn, share visions and understand local government from a much more collective perspective.

It is welcoming to see that art and culture is alive and well in our region.  The two exhibitions held on Friday 5th each provided different perspectives, and certain pieces initiated thought provoking consideration.

Councillors and QPS Officers shared a humid morning and walked the Esk CBD streets to affix 50kph stickers to the side of business’ wheeled green bins.  The trial will provide stats and data around the influence the stickers have on drivers’ behaviour, when the bins are placed on the footpath for weekly collection.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 29 October 2021 – Councillor Report

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 29 October 2021

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Linville and district residents have been left without the telecommunication infrastructure as promised, with only a small cell tower attached to a private residence being provided.  There are numerous areas within our region that suffer with telecommunication black spot, however this particular area is prone to natural disasters through flooding and bush fires and reliable telecommunications is paramount to the community safety.  I once again look for support from our Council on behalf of community residents.

A recent newspaper article disclosed that Somerset Regional Council area, as at 18 October has 68.3% of its residents at least vaccinated with the first dose, and that the region should reach the target of 80% vaccination rate by 26 December 2021.

Agenda Item #28 Councillors’ Report

October

13           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

13           Council Workshop – Esk

13           BVKL Assn Inc MC Meeting

14           Brisbane Valley Interagency Committee Meeting – Zoom

17           Kilcoy Motocross Club – Club Day meeting

18           Meeting with local community member

19           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc monthly meeting

20           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Steering Committee meeting

20           BVKL Assn Inc monthly meeting

21           Annual Awards Toogoolawah State High School – Esk

22           Community Meetings with Director Young (KDHS, Kilcoy RSL, Kilcoy Lions Club, KDPA & Cr Isidro)

23           Free Tree Day – Esk

24-27     LGAQ Conference – Mackay

28           Team Somerset – Whole of Organisation Team Building

I was invited to attend the Kilcoy Motocross Club Day and assist with presenting the many trophies to the respective age groups and place getters.  It was a wonderful event with many different ages of competitors who share a real passion for this sport.  I was honoured to meet three Pro Riders,  Todd Waters, Ricky Latimer and our very own Luke Zielinski.  Todd has just relinquished his Australia Number 1 title.  Congratulations to all competitors who enjoyed the club day.  I saw how much hard work goes into organising this type of event.

I met with a local community member who has been working tirelessly to provide factual evidence that the swimming season should be extended at the Kilcoy Aquatic Centre.  The results unfortunately, were not all that convincing, as there appears to be some apathy towards this cause.  It is questionable if the extra costs would be warranted by so little public take-up.  A big thank you to our community champion, and I certainly appreciate the effort given to this matter.

The Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc. is busily working towards the Christmas Lights project.  With an amount in excess of $32,000, there is much planning to make this project eventuate for the 2021 Christmas period.  Well, done to this hard working committee.

Congratulations to the Toogoolawah State High School, it is so inspiring to see the leaders of tomorrow conduct their awards and without any issues at all.  A very proud and humbling evening.

A huge acknowledgement to the staff who were part of the Free Tree Day events.  There were many great comments regarding the days’ activities from those residents that attended to collect their free trees.


Councillor Report Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 13 October 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 13 October 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 Congratulations to the Somerset region based community groups who have been successful with the June 2021 Gambling Community Benefit Funding round 110 – Toogoolawah Local Ambulance Committee ($26,229.35); Kilcoy District Historical Society Inc. ($6,435); Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc. ($32,200); Lowood & District Community Kindergarten Assn Inc. ($15,463.80) and Lowood & District Golf Club Inc. ($35,000).

 Congratulations to CDTCPL TJ Anderson, from 101 ACU Kilcoy, for being awarded the Cadet Leadership Award at the SGT LAI Course just completed. This is a remarkable achievement when you consider the unit was only formed two years ago with all new staff and cadets (except for the OC CAPT (AAC) Andrew Cummings). This is the second SGTs’ LAI in a row where 14 Battalion has taken out this award. Congratulations to all, and well done TJ.

Congratulations to our local major employer Kilcoy Global Foods, who is a finalist and winner in the Agribusiness, Food & Beverages Award.  A Total of 36 companies were vying for the prestigious award of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year.  Winners in each of the State’s 13 award categories automatically qualify as finalists in the national Australian Export & Investment Awards that are to held on 25 November in Canberra, staged by Austrade.

Well, done to Mt Stanley Muster group who have held the first muster in ten years.

 Agenda Item #35 Councillors’ Report

September

22           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

22           Council Workshop – Esk

25           Yowie Markets Kilcoy – KDPA Inc Stall

25           West Moreton Show Ambassador – Judging with husband John

26           Kilcoy Rodeo Committee Meeting

27           Human, Social & Economic Local Recovery Group Meeting & Workshop – Esk

27           Meeting with Mr Shane Stone – Coordinator General for National Recovery & Resilience Agency – Esk

28           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

28           Growing the Arts – Esk

29           Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Fernvale

29           BVKL Assn Inc.  – Festival meeting – Toogoolawah

October

05           Toogoolawah & District History Group AGM – Guest Speaker Dr Denver Beanland

06           The Condensery Toogoolawah – Visit by Senator Scarr

07           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Kilcoy

07           Kilcoy Showgrounds – meeting with Kilcoy Rodeo Assn & Director Corporate & Community Services

07           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Redevelopment Steering Committee – Inception Meeting with Consultants

08           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Redevelopment Steering Committee – Facility Tour – Highfields & Gatton

09           Lowood Lions Open Door Gallery Reopening

10           Colours of Somerset Art & Culture Festival – Lowood

10           Lowood Tarampa DJFLFC – Stags Presentation Day

11           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Teams chat

12           Meeting with local community group

12           Kilcoy Show Society monthly meeting

John and I were honoured to be asked to act as Judges for the West Moreton Show Ambassador.  The judging was very close with all three entrants representing their respective Show Society both professionally and enthusiastically.  During the interviewing process there was many great ideas and information shared, and which should be shared and considered by all show societies.

The Kilcoy Interagency meeting was well supported with many new initiatives shared between visiting allied health services.

I must congratulate all staff for staging a very professional and informative evening, our inaugural arts and cultural evening, Growing the Arts, a Somerset Arts Network Event. The Guest Speakers, including our very own staff members were well received.   The information, stories and achievements shared at the event was just inspiring and offers our region a pathway to arts and cultural excellence and future success.  I have received a great deal of complementary feedback and my Councillor Facebook post received a great deal of attention by the wider community.  Well, done to all.   Go Team Somerset! 

 A very interesting Guest Speaker was invited to the Toogoolawah & District History Group’s AGM, Dr Denver Beanland  was born on 26 January 1945 at St Margaret’s Private Hospital, Kilcoy.  Dr Denver Beanland AM holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours in History (2003) and a PhD in History (2008) from The University of Queensland.  Denver is the author of three books, and he is also the author of many published articles.  Denver served as a Member of the Queensland Parliament from 1986 to 2001. He was the Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, and Minister Responsible for Consumer Affairs from 1996-98 and was leader of the parliamentary Liberal Party 1990-91. Between 1976 and 1986 Denver was an Alderman of the Brisbane City Council and, in 1985-86, was Vice-Mayor.  Denver is Chair of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council. He is a past President of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland, currently serves on the Society’s Council, and in 2019 was elected a Fellow of the Society. He is also Chair of the Brisbane City Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee.  Denver gave a great historical talk about our great state at the AGM.  It was a pleasure to meet him.

The Lowood Open Door Gallery was reopened on Saturday 9th October.  With the assistance of many volunteers the gallery is now open for community use and visitation by the public.  I sincerely wish the Open Door Gallery group all the success and joy they deserve, and the following members were acknowledged for initiating the reopening, Yvonne Hawkins, Karen Leahy and Sue White.


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 22 September 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 22 September 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

The Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce & Community Inc. will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28 September.  Unfortunately, as the Councillor Representative on this committee I am unable to attend the AGM due to the conflict of date and time.  Council is holding its arts and cultural event – Growing the Arts at the Somerset Civic Centre on this evening.  I wish the incoming executive all the very best for the forthcoming twelve months.  I hope that Council and the Chamber can collaborate and work towards achieving common vision and goals over the next twelve months.

Following a meeting held on 7th September with Anglicare, the impacted clients and interested service providers, I was contacted by the impacted clients’ spokesperson who advised that the group will work together to find new service provider.  The spokesperson advised that there is a large amount of disharmony, and it was also mentioned that a new venue will be required to allow the new service provider a space to carry out the service.  Needless to say, the impacted disabled clients feel cheated, and especially given the fact that the community  assisted to raise the required funds to provide the public space that Anglicare occupies at the Kilcoy Hospital, as well as other community sponsored assets.

Agenda Item #36 Councillors’ Report

September

08           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

08           Council Workshop – Esk

13           Australian Citizenship Ceremony –  Esk – 37 new Citizens

13           Peer Circle Forum – WLILG

14           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance monthly meeting – Kilcoy

14           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary AGM – Kilcoy

16           Small Schools BVRT ride – Benarkin

21           Second Pfizer Vaccination – Esk

It was another great morning where excited residents about to become Australian Citizens enjoyed the ceremony and the formalities that followed.  Congratulations to the 37 new Citizens.

The Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary executive were thanked for their hard work and the vacant positions were once again filled by the outgoing members, i.e., President Lesley Warren, Vice-President Jean Greensill, Secretary Lesley Lafferty and Treasurer Caril Davis.  The ladies have a combined service of over a century to the auxiliary.

I was invited to attend the small schools Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ride which commenced at Benarkin and finished at Linville.  Linville, Harlin, Yarraman and Benarkin primary schools took part in the school event.  Apparently, this ride has been held yearly for the past fifteen plus years.  I was absolutely impressed by the organization of the event and by the support offered by parents and volunteers who made the children understand how they could all successfully complete the eighteen kilometre trail, by providing encouragement, riding buddies, morning tea, lunch and support vehicles.  The resilience and determination shown by the students was heartwarming, and especially by the little ones.  I witnessed the many benefits that this school event provided all students.  Well, done to all involved with the endearing school project.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 September 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 8 September 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 With the announcement that Anglicare will not support disabled clients in the coming months, the Kilcoy community has voiced its displeasure, and Anglicare has appeared to have listened.  I have been contacted by service providers who are in a position to provide a service to Kilcoy and district.  We move forward with a co-operative approach from all key stakeholders.

I have received positive comments from local businesses around the valuable service offered by Council’s Business Recovery Officer Mr Paul Misipeka.  This is a new venture for our region, and one that is being valued by our local businesses.  I look forward to very rewarding outcomes, and I encourage all businesses to take the time to have an in-depth discussion with Mr Misipeka.

Agenda Item #37 Councillors’ Report

August

25           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

25           Council Workshop – Esk

26           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting

27           Kilcoy Race Club – Meeting – Mayor Lehmann, CEO Johnson, Director McGoldrick, Kevin Dixon & Con Searle

27           Long Drive for Drought (in association with Drought Angels – Yowie Park, Kilcoy

27           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Re-Development Committee – Facility tour of Morayfield Spots & Events Centre

30           Lowood State High School – Sponsor Morning Tea – Kokoda Trail project

31           COVID 19 Immunisation – Esk

31           Kilcoy P A & I Society AGM

September

01           Somerset Dam & District Progress Association monthly meeting

01           Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Re-Development Committee meeting

02           Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Awards meeting – Esk

02           Business Networking Evening – Linville

An interesting meeting was held with the Kilcoy Race Club, where we were made aware of the compliance issues raised by Racing Queensland and applicable to Country racing.

Peak Services’ Long Drive for Drought kicked off in Brisbane on Friday 27 August with a convoy of 30, 40-Series Land Cruisers to make the 3000 km trip in a loop throughout the state’s central west.  Last year the inaugural event raised $50,000 for drought relief, this year it is hoped that $80,000 is reached.  So pleased SRC was able to make a donation of $1,000.

I wish to thank the Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Steering Committee members for taking the time to make the facility tour of the Morayfield Sports & Events Centre on 27th August.  These inspections definitely assist the overall identification of needs and will result in a successful planning project.

Sponsors shared a lovely morning tea with the students who took on the arduous local Kokoda Track, either the 30 km or the 96 km trek.  Well done to all the students, teachers and support crew, what a fantastic effort, and I hope to be at the finishing lines next year.  My sponsor pack included a colourful polo shirt, which I will wear with pride.

I look forward to receiving my second vaccination Pfizer when West Moreton Health returns to Esk from 21st to 25th September.  Mention must be made of the 2057 locals who rolled up their sleeves to become vaccination over the five day period at the Esk clinic.  As of 5 September, stats printed reveal that LGA Somerset region is positioned 18th  with 51.1% of population (15 years plus) vaccinated and 27.8% fully vaccinated.

Congratulations to the outgoing management committee for a job well done, and welcome to the incoming management committee of the Kilcoy P A & I Society.


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 25 August 2021

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 25 August 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest.

I am relieved to learn that the plight of young homeowners building their dream home in Kilcoy has resulted in a very sensible and fair outcome.  With the assistance of the Water Ombudsman, Deb Frecklington MP and Somerset Regional Council,  exorbitant water infrastructure connection fees have been waived.

I encourage residents to be aware of forthcoming council events and attend where possible:

  • The Long Drive for Drought Landcruiser Convoy – Yowie Park – 27 August
  • Linville/Moore Flood Study Community Consultation – 30 August
  • Business Networking Evening – Linville – 2 September
  • Farmers Big Night Out – Esk – 8 September
  • Somerset Arts Network “Growing the Arts” – Esk – 28 September

Gerald Youles, the very modest World Champion Axeman, Kilcoy PA & I Rural Ambassador, Somerset Region Australia Day Sports Award 2020 and Master Axe Grinder and a young 26 year old, was voted out from the television show “Australian Survivor” this week.

Great news, from 1 September 2021 Queensland businesses can no longer supply single use plastic straws and stirrers, single use plastic cutlery, single use plastic bowls and plates, and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers and cups.

Agenda Item # 37 Councillors’ Report

August

11           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

11           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting – Esk

12           Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting – Zoom

12           Women Leading in Local Government Coaching Session – Zoom

12           Inspection of local residential issue

16           RADF Assessment Meeting – Esk

18           Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Meeting – Teams

18           Kilcoy RSL Sub-Branch Vietnam Veterans’ Day

18           Meeting with Kilcoy resident

18           Brisbane-Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Inc Monthly Meeting – Kilcoy

19           Australian Local Government Women’s Association – Qld Branch AGM – Teams

21           Somerset Art Society Inc. – AGM – Esk

23           Elected Members Update – Local Government Association of Qld – Esk

23           Somerset Civic Centre Committee Meeting – Esk  (Observer)

24           Economic Development Tourism Committee Meeting – Esk

I am astonished at the standard of the two RADF Applications assessed by the committee.  The arts and creative alliance in our region continue to grow and is shaping into a proud presence.

The Brisbane-Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Inc has been successful in accomplishing a Landcare Led  Bushfire Recovery Grant of $40,000.  The grant will cover the costs to hold two Landcare Festivals in areas that were badly affected by the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019.  Sincere thanks to Roger Kitson  (Community Development Officer – Bushfire Recovery and Resilience) for his leadership and support with the application process.

Somerset Art Society Inc. (SASI) held its Annual General Meeting, where the outgoing committee members were offered a vote of thanks, before the incoming nominations for President and Secretary was accepted.  Unfortunately, SASI is still searching for a Treasurer, this position is supported by the availability of all finances being held on a computer which is made available to the position.  If you or someone you know is interested in taking this important position on, please contact the group.


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 11 August 2021

Category : General News

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 11 August 2021

 Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

 Australia’s Tokyo tally of 17 gold medals matches the previous high mark achieved in Athens 2004.  Congratulations to all Aussies who competed at the Olympic Games Tokyo, and well done to the athletes who contributed to Australia achieving sixth in the countries medal count.  We honour everyone’s efforts, regardless of a medal outcome.

As the RADF Chair, I am pleased with the State Government’s announcement that Somerset Regional Council has been successful in its bid for a total amount of $26,000.  Although our bid was for a little more, the funds will accomplish a great deal in the region’s arts and creative industries.

Our two local race clubs, will hopefully benefit from the State Government’s Racing Queensland’s Investment Growth Plan which outlines the investment of $28.9 million in funding over the next two years to grow Queensland racing.  It will deliver increased prize money from 1 September 2021, along with infrastructure grants and improved club funding.

Congratulations to Haydon Beattie who has taken top honours in the Queensland Royal Show’s modified Led Steer competition, securing the Woolworths Grand Champion Carcase award.  Haydon, aged 16 from Glamorgan Vale, exhibited a Limousin-cross to also have his name engraved on the coveted Ken Crotty OAM Perpetual Trophy.

Agenda Item #24 Councillors’ Report

July

29           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee

29           BVKL Assn Inc. meeting

30           Meeting with Simon Cleary, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Director Corporate & Community Services – Esk

31           Yowie Markets –  BBQ – Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc.

August

03           COVID lockdown matters – Team’s meeting with Councillors & CEO

05           Teams meeting with Councillors & CEO

10           The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee – Team’s meeting

The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, the Director of Corporate and Community Services and myself shared an interesting meeting with Mr Simon Cleary.  This avid author shared his next project, which is to follow the Brisbane River from Mt Stanley through to Brisbane and compile stories and experiences into a book.  Interested community members are invited to share their stories with Simon, I am sure he would love to hear from you.  I look forward to reading his book about his experiences in time to come.  I would also encourage a local book launch to recognise this wonderful achievement.

Given the extremely difficult economic times, the BBQ volunteers of the Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc. were completely overwhelmed by the very generous offer by a local business identity, Ms Michelle Young from Sunset Tax and Accounting.  Michelle called into the BBQ stall and presented the volunteers with a cheque for $500 to go towards the Christmas Lights fund raising effort.