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Councillor Campaigning Trail Cheryl Gaedtke – Moore, Toogoolawah, Lowood & Kilcoy

Category : General News

The Candidates’ Draw was conducted at Toogoolawah on Wednesday 17 February and my name appears as the tenth candidate – please look for my surname down the list of a total of fifteen candidates. Voters must mark their choice of Councillor Candidates from number one through to number six in the box beside the candidates’ name.

On Saturday 20th February, I took a pleasant drive over to Moore and attended the Moore Markets after savouring a lovely cup of coffee from Allison, the owner of Kai Lounge.  Many visitors called in as they were driving through this quaint little town.  I purchased a book about policing from a retired Sergeant, the book was called “Inside Story – A Cop’s True Tales”. I chatted to the author, Brian Stallworthy and later advised him that “this book would be given as a birthday present to someone who probably escaped the “Cops” many a time as a young local lad, and around the time that Brian was an active Police Officer”.  The Moore Hall Supper Room was full of life with guests enjoying homemade cooking.  The Principal’s Cottage held a massive sale and there were many customers making their way between it and the Old Church Gallery.  I was interested to learn of key issues that locals spoke about during my visit.  Some of the issues however were not within the jurisdiction of Local Government.

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The beautiful Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall – the community and the tireless workers who keep this hall in such top conditon need an enormous pat on the back.

At 5:45pm the Somerset Regional Council Mayoral and Councillor Candidates were invited to attend the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association’s “Sunset n’ Moonlight Ride n’ Dine” bike ride and were welcomed with champagne and canapés. Eighty-Two bike riders were also enjoying the refreshments as well as the art exhibitions and other attributes of the Condensery.  .facebook_1456310265025

Many of these riders made their way to the region to experience the hospitality, food, art and enjoyment of the region’s natural assets.  The event was held at the Toogoolawah Condensery Art Gallery and catering was provided by the Toogoolawah Historical Society.  The evening was well supported by the Candidates, and it was a lovely opportunity for the Candidates to meet, and also meet with these passionate and somewhat fit people.

 

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I attended the Lowood Bunyip Twilight Farmers Market on Friday night 26th February and enjoyed some really interesting conversation with some of the locals.  I also caught up with Ray Hopper, who has some interesting experiences in State Government to share.   It was a very hot day and the number of happy market hunters reflected this.  I also popped into the Lowood & Fernvale Community Bank branch and said hello to the staff.  Kilcoy is working toward its own community bank and is working closely with Bendigo Bank.  I believe our steering committee has done well after two years of campaigning we have over 230 pledgees and over $620,000 worth of pledges.  We cannot wait to get to the second stage of the five stage process.

I also attended the Kilcoy Yowie Markets on Saturday 27th February and chatted to many people and some that I haven’t seen for the past 25 years of more.  I can truly say life is great and how lucky we are to live in this wonderful country and how blessed we are to enjoy a rural lifestyle and the friendship of irreplaceable people.  I am recording the issues as residents speak to me and issues that I believe I can explore at local government level and provide a suitable outcome to.  Please see me if you would like to share any local government related issues, and even good stories are much loved.  I welcome the opportunity to learn from you and your comments and perspectives.Campaign_Trial_-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was lovely to catch up with other Candidates at the Kilcoy Yowie Markets:

Helen Brieschke, Ronda Williams, Nicole Lincoln, Ray Hopper, Graeme Lehmann and of course Otis Ogg and wife Bronwyn.

I will be extending my campaign by visiting different towns in the region over the next two weeks.

 I also look forward to meeting you and discussing your particular issues, comments, or just to say hello, at the Meet the Candidates Nights, or at one of the region’s markets on the following dates:

Market Venue Date and Time
Esk Country Markets Saturday 5 March 6:30am – 11:00am
Toogoolawah Railway Markets Saturday 12 March 6:30am – 11:00am
Fernvale Country Markets Sunday 13 March 6:00 am – 11:00am

 


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

Category : General News

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.


Women and Local Government

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Is it important to have women involved in Local Government?

From my first two weekly press releases, you are now aware that I am local born and bred; I am a woman; I am a wife; I am a Mother; I am a Grandmother; and I have thirty years plus Local Government experience and knowledge. There is a great deal of information about 50:50 vision for A National Program for Gender Equity for Local Government, implemented in 2009 and just after Queensland Council amalgamations. The report marks a new phase in implementing the National Framework for Women in Local Government. It launches a range of initiatives under the banner 50:50 Vision. The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) sees the strategy to be a decade-long program to advance gender equity in local government.

National Statement of Commitment

We will work towards increasing the representation of women in local government, both as elected members and as senior managers and professionals. We will undertake ongoing reviews of policies and practices to remove barriers to women’s participation and to engender safe, supportive working and decision-making environments that encourage and value a wide range of views.

Goal

To increase the participation of women in Australian local government so that Councils more accurately reflect their communities. This will be evidenced by continuing growth in numbers of women councillors, mayors, chief executives and senior staff in all States and the Northern Territory and in all types of Councils.

Objectives

  • To create Councils and communities where all participate and actively share their skills, knowledge and experience.
  • To engender inclusive Councils where a full range of opinions is sought, respected and taken into account in decision-making
  • To ensure effective leadership in implementing the strategies set out in this Framework
  • To expand training and networking opportunities that will support

The Local Government Association of Queensland states that of the 512 councillors in Queensland, just 150 (29 per cent) are women and only 11 per cent of council CEOs are represented by females. The statistics do not sit well with many females involved already with local government, as there are countless women in the state who merit senior civic roles.

RADF

I believe and support most importantly that candidates are not elected on gender basis only, but also on individual merit.

 

The 2012 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committee consisted of all women, and was a very productive group.  I was employed at the RADF Liaison Officer by Somerset Regional Council.


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