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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 29 June 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

A new women’s Australian skydiving record has been verified by Australian Parachute Federation (APF).  Nineteen women built a star formation at Skydive Ramblers in Toogoolawah on Sunday 12th June 2022.  This broke the previous record of sixteen, set in 2021 at Skydive Nagambie.

The Lowood Community Action Group received a grant from Somerset Regional Council to do murals for resilience and the fires that ravaged our Region in 2019, to depict the rebirth of country, coming back from the fires. Many thanks to brothers Malcom and Kerry Nicholson for doing an amazing job, we look forward to the completed project located at Lowood.

Agenda Item #41 Councillors’ Report

June

08      Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

08     Council Workshop – Esk

09     Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting – Teams

09     Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Executive Meeting – Kilcoy

15     Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce Meeting – Kilcoy

15     Meeting with Business – Esk

15     Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Management Committee Meeting – Harlin

18     Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair – Esk

18     Kilcoy Lions Change Over Dinner

19/22    National General Assembly – Canberra

Congratulations once again to Valley of the Lakes Garden Club and the absolutely fantastic Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair which the club organises each year.   It is great to see that post COVID, thousands of spectators attended the fair which housed around 83 exhibitors, guest speakers, lots of food and coffee, and tremendous weather.  The gates opened at 8:00am and was immediately busy with cheerful fair lovers making a gold coin donation to enter the fair.

The Kilcoy Lions Change Over Dinner was a pleasing evening with fun challenges, a lovely home-made meal provided by the Kilcoy Golf Club committee, and warm fellowship.  Congratulations to the outgoing executive and a warm welcome to the incoming executive.

The National General Assembly provided delegates with important information and decisions reached by Local Government of our great country.  It is a time to network and to discuss and understand the complexities of the third tier of government.  All councils look forward to supporting various motions as adopted by the Australian Local Government Association.  I appreciate the opportunity to attend this annual national conference.


 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Councillor Report – Ordinary Council Meeting 8 June 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 8 June 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Congratulations to the Mount Kilcoy Sandy Creek Rural Fire Brigade who were supported by the Viking Breed SMC North Brisbane who organised a fundraising event on 21st May 2022 with all proceeds generously donated to the brigade.  Viking Breed SMC presented the  brigade with a cheque for $15,274.00.  The donation was accepted gratefully by the brigade, to which the funds will enhance its capability and capacity to support the community.

The Palaszczuk Government is delivering a boost to Queensland’s racing industry, especially country racing, through a new sustainable funding model.  There are 125 racing clubs across Queensland.  The upcoming changes offer the industry, and the 6500 jobs it directly employs, greater certainty.  Providing longer term funding certainty means opportunities for increased prize money, enhanced infrastructure, and better training facilities – and the more the industry grows, the more revenue it will receive.  The changes include:

  • a new 5 per cent racing levy added to the betting tax (also known as the Point of Consumption tax)
  • broadening the betting tax to include free and bonus bets
  • increasing the proportion of betting tax revenue that goes directly to the racing industry from 35% to 80%

The change from the current 35% share of the betting tax going back into the industry increasing to 80% also creates a single funding stream.  At present, a lot of the funding that goes to the racing industry is in the form of short-term government funding programs.

Agenda Item #24  Councillors’ Report

May

25          Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

25          Council Workshop – Esk

26          Queensland 2022 National reconciliation Week Launch & Breakfast – Queensland Parliament

26          Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Advisory Committee Meeting – Kilcoy

30          Friends of Stonehouse Planning Meeting – Moore

31          Kilcoy Interagency Meeting – Teams

31          Official Opening Toogoolawah Community Gym

June

  • Kilcoy State High School – Eat ‘n’ Greet Extravaganza

The Queensland 2022 National reconciliation Week Launch & Breakfast held at Queensland Parliament was well supported.  The event was a moving and caring experience with the attendance of Distinguished Guests, Her Excellency The Honourable Dr Jeannette Young, Dame Quentin Bryce, Deputy Mayor of Aurukun Shire Council Cr Craig Koomeeta, and many other special guests.  Guests were advised that on 27th May a memorial to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women will be unveiled by the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk in Brisbane’s Anzac Square.  The RSL Queensland’s Indigenous Veterans’ Ceremony will be held on 28th May.  Guests were advised that many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women have fought for our country from the Boer War onwards. A common passion and love for this country is where differences were set aside and cultures were united.

Friends of Stonehouse met to further organise the Stonehouse Open Day being held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and invitations will be forwarded to the Mayor and each Councillor.

The Kilcoy State High School students provided visiting community guests foods of the world at the high school’s Open Day Eat ‘n Greet Extravaganza.  There were many alluring smells and accompanying tastes, from countries such as Thailand, Mexico, Italy, England, Japan, Philippines, and Korea.  There were also school tours and displays from subject areas, i.e., the Agriculture Department, Art Show, English, Physical Education, Robotics and many others.  The students and teaching staff must be congratulated.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 25 May 2022

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 25 May 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
Foot and mouth disease has been confirmed in Indonesia. It is a highly infectious viral infection of domestic and wild cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, camelids, and buffalo. It does not infect horses. The disease is not present in Australia and we all need to work together to keep it that way. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment are encouraging those involved with animals to understand the symptoms.

Homeowners impacted by flood water have been encouraged to apply for their share of a major new funding package that would rebuild and floodproof Queensland homes. The State Government has announced the $741m package, which will be jointly funded by the commonwealth, and would give some homeowners the option to have their property bought back. The program will apply in 37 local government areas. Homeowners can register their interest for the program via the government website. Register your interest at www.qld.gov.au/resilienthomes.

Due to the unpredictable weather pattern and the forecast of rain this week and into the weekend, the Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary is mindful of the unsafe condition of the grounds where the fete will take place. Unfortunately, the auxiliary has been left with no choice but to cancel the 2022 fete planned for Saturday, however the auxiliary looks forward to the 2023 fete.

Agenda Item # 24 Councillors’ Report
April
11 Ordinary Council Meeting – Teams
12 Brisbane Interagency Meeting – Teams
12 Meeting KCCCI – Kilcoy
13 Extraordinary LDMG Meetings (2) – Teams
14 Extraordinary LDMG Meeting – Teams
16 Meeting with CEO – Kilcoy
16 Kilcoy State High School – Presentation of Youth Leadership Camp Certificates
16 Extraordinary LDMG Meeting – Teams
16 Walk Fire Trail – Esk residents – Mount Glen Rock
16 RADF Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk
17 Council Workshop – Esk
17 Somerset Economic Development & Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk
17 Kilcoy District Progress Alliance monthly meeting – Kilcoy
18 Community Meeting – Mount Glen Rock Project – Esk residents
18 Access Inspection – private residence – Kilcoy
18 Weed & Pest Management Workshop – Toogoolawah
18 Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Steering Committee meeting – Kilcoy
19 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Ray White Rural Kilcoy
20 Somerset Art Gallery Trail Launch – Courthouse Gallery, Kilcoy
21 Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn AGM
24 Drug & Alcohol Education Session – Esk
24 Meeting with Mayor, Deputy Mayor & CEO – Esk
24 QPS Prevention Information & Displays – Home Security, Personal Safety, Neighbourhood Watch – Kilcoy

It was pleasing to see the response by our rural residents who gathered to network around weed and pest management information shared at the workshop held at the Toogoolawah Golf Course. There is great concern with the variety of weeds that are appearing in many areas of our region.

Congratulations to Ray White Rural Kilcoy for hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, the event raised over $3,700. A huge thank you to all contributing businesses and community members for their generous donations. There was plenty of raffles and an auction to complete the fund raising effort.

Thank you to our art members who attended the launch of the Somerset Art Gallery Trail Flags. The event took place on the Courthouse Gallery deck overlooking the beautiful Greensill Lake.

It was a bitter sweet moment. We said thank you so very much to the outgoing Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn Executive, and welcomed the 2022/23 SDDPA Executive. Goodbye to a hard working tireless leader, outgoing President Noelene Hunter. Please don’t forget us Noelene upon relocating from our community. Thank you for all you have done.

Many thanks to local Kilcoy Police Officer Marty, Crime Prevention Unit Police Officers Jo and Gemma, and Crime Stoppers Chairperson Ken for sharing important information on security cameras, security tips and advice, and how to report matters to police. We appreciate your support and guidance.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 11 May 2022

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 11 May 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest
The Hayes and Co 2022 Kilcoy Beef Event was a very well organised event with a great number of entries. A heartfelt reflection of the young Kilcoy identity was given with regard to The Coen Fry Memorial Trophy, which was proudly awarded to Jack Williamson of Linville. The Junior Judges were extremely well represented, so sincere congratulations must be offered to everyone.

Simon Cleary has commenced his track along the Brisbane River, he commenced with inclement weather but this has not dampened his enthusiasm. “Where the river leads, we shall go. When will we arrive? Does even it know?” Off on a little walk along the Brisbane River/Maiwar with some special companions, the river being one of them. Back in a month”. I look forward to obtaining a copy of Simon’s book about his experiences when written.

Congratulations to Council’s Tourism Staff who have successfully nominated Linville, and which has now become a finalist as part of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council – Favourite Top Tiny Tourism Town. There are nine other finalists – good luck Linville, let’s hope there are lots of votes received from our communities.

Agenda Item #24 Councillors’ Report
April
27 Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk
27 Visit to the official opening of the Esk IGA
27 Council Workshop Meeting – Esk
27 AgForce “Politics in the Pub” Meet the Candidates – Grand Hotel Esk
29 94.9 Radio Interview – Hedley Park Estate/Stage 8 approval – Flood Recovery
May
03 The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee meeting – Toogoolawah
03 Somerset Dam & District Progress Assn Meeting – Somerset Dam
05 Somerset Regional Council Human Social Recovery Group Meeting – #5 – Teams
05 Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Linville
05 Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting – Esk
06 “The Little Mermaid” – Toogoolawah State High School – Toogoolawah
07 Yowie Parkrun – Mothers’ Day & Breakfast
10 Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary monthly meeting – Kilcoy
10 Kilcoy High School P&C monthly meeting – Kilcoy
10 Kilcoy Rodeo committee meeting – Kilcoy

I now understand the work and stress experienced by many involved with the associated planning of the Esk IGA at its official opening held on 27th April. Well done to everyone concerned, you must be very proud of the eventual opening. We look forward to each milestone with the forthcoming changes to the existing building and the presentation of the final project.

I must acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the Toogoolawah High School students who were part of the musical “The Little Mermaid”. The acting and singing were absolutely wonderful, with the students performing all roles and songs with complete confidence and passion. This production has been held up by COVID, but given the time lapse, it was well worth the effort and working through all the associated challenges.

The Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary is finalizing its planning for the Kilcoy Hospital Fete to be held on Saturday 28th May.

I must acknowledge the resilience of our local community groups. The Kilcoy Rodeo committee has made a loss with the need to postpone the March Rodeo due to the February floods, however the committee is ignoring this fact and working on providing a fantastic event on Saturday 6th August.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 27 April 2022

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 27 April 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

I hope everyone jumped on line and grabbed cheaper tickets to the Somerset Rail Trail Fund Run to be held on 10 July 2022.  The Flash Sale has been and gone with some terrific specials.  Remember this year we have the new bike leg, which will commence at Coominya and finish at Fernvale.   Were you one of over 500 Flash Sale registrations received over the weekend?  This was Council’s biggest Flash Sale to date, with over $1500 for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation raised.

Following events are being held during the month of May –  1st & 13th Kilcoy Autumn Cup Racing Carnival; 7th Yowie Mothers’ Day Parkrun (Dress up & breakfast at Black Rack); 7th Esk Show Ball; 7th Toogoolawah Charity Rodeo; 20th & 21st  Esk Show; 28th Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary Fete; 28th Lowood Show Ball; 29th Toogoolawah St Andrews Anglican Church 110th Anniversary Celebration.  Also, congratulations to the Kilcoy Rodeo Committee who has been successful in organising another Rodeo date for this year – mark it in your calendar Saturday 6th August!

Agenda Item #22   Councillors’ Report

April

13           Mount Glen Rock Information Evening  –  Esk

19           Project Debrief – Teams

21           Kilcoy Art Society Inc monthly meeting

22           Toogoolawah State High School Anzac Day Commemoration

22           Moore Hall Centenary

23           Mt Tarampa State School Flood Recovery Party

25           Anzac Day Commemorations – Kilcoy, Linville and Esk

26           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

26           Kilcoy State School P&C Meeting

Congratulations to the Moore Hall Centenary committee who organised a wonderful old fashion ball.  I, along with many others enjoyed the evening filled with laughter, great dancing and there enough stalls providing tasty meals and coffee.  Well done to the volunteers of this very small community.

Once again, Anzac Day was strongly supported at each and every commemoration held in the Somerset region.  The provision of home cooked food by volunteers and the comradery was exemplary.  Lest we Forget.


Councillor Report – Ordinary Council Meeting – 13 April 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 13 April 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Vaccine mandates for hospitality and entertainment venues will be scraped in a major win for businesses.  As from 14th April, staff and customers will not have to be vaccinated when entering restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs,  casinos, theme parks, libraries, galleries, weddings, showgrounds, museums, stadiums and cinemas.  Vaccination and check-in requirements will continue for anyone visiting or working in vulnerable settings (hospitals, disability accommodation services, residential aged care), as well as for workers in high risk settings including schools, childcare, prisons and airports.  I welcome this decision, and applaud the State Government for recognising the level of vaccination achieved in our great state, and I stress again the disconnect this mandate has caused to our communities.

Congratulations to Esk Caravan Park for taking out the 2022 Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ) Awards – 2022 Refurbishment Award Winner.  The awards provide Queensland caravan parks and their staff the opportunity to review and reflect on their own activities each year.

Following Queensland councils urging the Federal Government to immediately commit to a trial of domestic mobile roaming during emergencies, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will conduct a public inquiry into access to regional mobile towers and into the feasibility of providing mobile roaming during natural disasters or other emergencies.  Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher said the 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review had noted strong progress but highlighted issues that need to be further addressed.

Agenda Item #22   Councillors’ Report

March

23           Ordinary Council Meeting – Esk

23           Workshop Meeting – Esk

24           Somerset Regional Council Human Social Recovery Group Meeting (#3) – Teams

24          International Women’s Day – Kilcoy Showgrounds

24           Inspection of footpaths – Kilcoy resident

26           Youth Filmmaking Workshops – G & A Huglin – Somerset Civic Centre

26           Camp & Jam – Blues, Country & Rock Concert 2022 – Esk Showgrounds

28           Proposed Development meeting – Esk

29           Kilcoy Interagency Committee Meeting – zoom

29           Major General Ellwood visit to Somerset region

29           Experience Somerset Tourism Launch 2022 – Kilcoy Explore Centre

31           Linville State School – Farewell staff member

31           Linville Hotel – Welcome to forthcoming owners

31           The Condensery Masterplan – The Condensery, Toogoolawah

April

05           Visit to Esk residents – Mount Glen Rock project

07           Somerset Regional Council Human Social Recovery Group Meeting (#4) – Teams

07           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails monthly meeting – Esk

07           Meeting with Murphy’s Pigs and others – Esk

08           Slow Churn Launch – Toogoolawah, The Condensery

11           Councillor Infrastructure Tour

12          Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary meeting

12           Meeting with Kilcoy Global Foods

12           Development Application review – teams

Around fourteen adults and children enjoyed making “The Choice” film at the Youth Filmmaking Workshops held on Saturday 26 March at the Somerset Civic Centre.  The day was enjoyed immensely by all who attended the workshop.  It was pleasing to see our youth full of energy and playing their parts extremely well, it was a story that unfolded as we went step by step.  Thank you so much to both Greg and Andrea for their expertise and guidance on the day.

A very emotional farewell was offered by Mrs Carey, who had been a member of the Linville State School staff for 30 years.  Mrs Carey was presented with a beautiful home-made farewell cake, gifts, flowers and a lovely framed certificate of attainment.  It was very evident that Mrs Carey will be sorely missed by all.


Councillor Report – Ordinary Council Meeting 23 March 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 March 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

The Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn held a very successful Jimna Landcare Festival on Saturday 19th March.  Around 140 people made their way to Jimna and spent the day at the festival.  The festival was blessed with perfect weather, interesting and informative stalls, entertaining and interesting speakers, great live music, lots of information around bush tucker, different stalls selling plants and other much needed supplies, hunger enhancing smells from the Kilcoy Lions BBQ and award winning scones and coffee from our host Pete.  Jimna Base Camp was a perfect venue to hold this community based event. This festival now completes the projects funded through Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery supported by the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program for Wildlife and their Habitat.

Agenda Item # 33   Councillors’ Report

March

09           Ordinary Council Meeting – Kilcoy

09           Council Workshop – Kilcoy

09           Villeneuve Rural Fire Brigade meeting

10           Brisbane Valley Interagency meeting – Zoom

10           Human Social Recovery Group Meeting – Teams

10           Kilcoy Historical Society AGM & Monthly meeting

11           Mt Kilcoy State School Badge Presentations

14           LGAQ – Qld Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (QFTAC) Forum – Teams

14           Kilcoy State School P&C Assn AGM & Monthly meeting

15           Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Monthly meeting

16           Mt Kilcoy State School P&C Assn AGM & Monthly meeting

16           Briefing – Human Social Recovery Group – Teams

16           Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn Monthly meeting – Toogoolawah

17           Human Social Recovery Group Meeting – Teams

17           Lowood State High School – 2022 Senior Leadership Ceremony

17           Alara – Morning Tea – Kilcoy

17           Kilcoy Art Society Monthly meeting

17           Mt Kilcoy Sandy Creek Rural Fire Brigade AGM & Monthly meeting

18           Youth Filmmaking Workshops Kilcoy State High School

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles said the 16,500 assessments were undertaken by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES), supported by staff from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).  While some of these properties will be repaired quickly, others may be uninhabitable for months, if not longer.

The Queensland Government has worked to unlock Personal Hardship Assistance Grants for those impacted residents, including additional options for those who aren’t insured. For more information, impacted Queenslanders can visit the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy website or call the Community Hotline on 1800 173 349.

The State Recovery Coordinator, Major-General Jake Ellwood, is working closely with the QRA and key stakeholders to commence this plan which will include programs that address all of the issues that people are facing – their housing, their amenities and their mental health.

For more information on the damage assessments, visit QRA’s website at www.qra.qld.gov.au/darm.

Council # damage # minor # moderate # severe Grand Total
Somerset 119 26 7 1 153
House 119 25 7 1 152
Commercial     1         1

 


  Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 March 2022 – Councillor Report

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 March 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

I wish to express heartfelt thanks to all emergency workers that have assisted in any way over the recent flood event. I also wish to acknowledge our Council Staff, local businesses, volunteers, community members, and Councillors who came together to assist and manage the flood emergency in many different ways.  Community members opened up their hearts, wallets and homes to help stranded travellers.  A huge thank you to Kilcoy Global Foods for transporting several boxes of groceries to the sixty odd stranded travellers on the eastern side of Kilcoy Creek.  I offer sincere condolences to family, friends, loved ones and colleagues of those people who have lost their lives during this natural disaster.

The feeling around this natural disaster was summarized by a stranded traveller who offered the following words upon returning home after spending four days in the Kilcoy Refuge Centre.  “……….You are all amazing, beautiful people. The kindness and generosity you shared towards us the ” flood stranded ” for 4 days was unbelievable.  Words cannot express how grateful we are for everything you did. Donations of food, clothing, beds, linen, accommodation, access to showers and bathrooms etc. Kilcoy is an incredible town full of beautiful, gracious people who work together to make things happen and have fun along the way. Hula hoop competition was great addition.  Proud to be an honorary local.  We have returned home safely and will never forget your hospitality. Thank you all once again”.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the many other communities located in Queensland and New South Wales, that are struggling through this challenging and heartbreaking time.

Agenda Item # 25   Councillors’ Report

February

23           Council Ordinary Meeting = Esk

23           Council Workshop – Esk

24           Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Committee Quarterly Meeting

27           Kilcoy Refuge Centre

28           LDMG Extraordinary Meeting – Teams

March

02           ALGWA Conference – Hosted by Whitsunday Regional Council

02           Combined Ipswich & Toowoomba District Human & Social Recovery Committee Meeting – Teams

02           Councillor Briefing with CEO – Teams

02          LDMG Meeting – Somerset – Teams

03           ALGWA Conference – Hosted by Whitsunday Regional Council

03           LDMG Meeting – Somerset – Teams

04           Combined Ipswich & Toowoomba District Human & Social Recovery Committee – Teams

04           Tour of flood impacted areas Kilcoy with ADF

05           Kilcoy Rodeo Assn Committee Meeting

07           LDMG Meeting – Somerset – Teams

08          Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary monthly meeting

08           Kilcoy Tennis Club monthly meeting

08           Visit to flood impacted residents – Seib Street, Kilcoy

08           Kilcoy State High School P&C Meeting

Whitsunday Regional Council hosted the Biyearly Australian Local Government Women’s Assn. (Qld Branch) Conference, titled “Women Connected and Unshaken”.   Among very informative presentations and sessions, the delegates also learnt of recent poor treatment of Councillors and Senior Staff members.  It is a sad day when the public believe they have the right to target and threaten Councillors and staff when unhappy with council decisions. This attitude and associated threats and treatment of fellow human beings is totally unacceptable in our society.

Unfortunately, the Kilcoy Rodeo Assn. has made an unavoidable decision to postpone the rodeo which was to be held on Saturday 26 March.  The showgrounds cannot be brought to a suitable condition to continue with this date.  Locating another suitable date this year proved impossible, therefore we look forward to March 2023 to welcome and attend this great event.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 February 2022 – Councillor Report

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 23 February 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Bunya to the Bay is an award winning educational experience grounded in Aboriginal culture and heritage that follows the Brisbane River from source to the sea.  A group of 40 selected students relay in teams to walk, cycle and canoe over 340 km of challenging river terrain.  Scientific, personal, social and adventure learning experiences build the students’ understanding of the many facets of the Brisbane River.  An amazing and important opportunity provided by Stanley River Environmental Education Centre for State School students of all backgrounds and abilities from Years 10, 11 and 12.  I encourage our residents to view the video on Youtube of the 2021 expedition, it certainly provides a deep understanding of the students’ experiences.

153,000 trees have been planted at Wivenhoe Dam to increase koala habitat and water quality and is one of the biggest revegetation projects in southeast Queensland.  The Wivenhoe Dam revegetation program is part of the government’s $1 billion investment to protect the environment and create jobs as part of the state’s economic recovery.  The trees have been planted at seven sites on former grazing land.

Kilcoy Global Foods announced that it will build a $50m food manufacturing factory on the Sunshine Coast.  It has also announced that as a further part of its expansion plans, it is proposed to develop housing for abattoir workers at Kilcoy.

Huge congratulations to the following groups who have been successful with round 112 of the Gambling Community Benefit Funds (GCBF) :- Esk Jockey Club Inc. $35,000 install track running rail; Kilcoy Art Society Inc. $34,530 paint building, replace ramp and install flooring; Kilcoy Golf Club $17,000 renovate verandah; Kilcoy Race Club $28,510 purchase tent; Lowood Community Action Group Inc. $13,408.78 install lighting and paint mural; and Toogoolawah State School P&C Assn $25,000 install shade sail.  Community groups are advised that the GCBF is holding a “super round” (round 113) and grants of up to $100,000 is available to go towards projects that benefit local communities.

Agenda Item # 30  Councillors’ Report

09 February        Ordinary Council Meeting  – Esk

09 February        Council Workshop – Esk

10 February        Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting – Zoom

13 February        AAA Racing (AUS) – Jimna Base Camp

15 February        Kilcoy District Progress Alliance AGM & Monthly meeting

17 February        Kilcoy Art Society Inc. AGM & Monthly meeting

21 February        RADF Assessment Meeting – Teams

22 February        Kilcoy Interagency Meeting – Zoom

22 February        Somerset Economic Development & Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

AAA Racing (AUS) – Jimna Base Camp – Go Figure ‘22

AAA Racing (AUS) held its trial event at Jimna Base Camp on Sunday 13 February.  The event consisted of two running legs that shared a total of 80km of trails, and around 50 runners became part of the inaugural event.  The runners are welcomed to the northern section of our beautiful region, and I look forward to the return of this event in February 2023 at Jimna.

AGM – Kilcoy District Progress Alliance and Kilcoy Art Society Inc.

Congratulations to these two successful non-profit community groups who have achieved very important milestones and projects in 2021.  The strength of these groups will only provide a positive and rewarding presence in the Kilcoy community.  I encourage residents to pop along to the monthly meetings to learn what these groups are about and maybe consider becoming members.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 February 2022

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Meeting 9 February 2022

Agenda Item # 5 Matters of Public Interest

Huge congratulations to the Yowie parkrun group of volunteers, in celebrating their third birthday.  There were tourists from Warner Lakes, Logan, Stanthorpe, Wondai, North Lakes and members from Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre who joined in the brightly coloured fun.  Everyone was encouraged to dress in the loudest and brightest attire they owned.

I am somewhat relieved to learn that a former Facebook data scientist welcomes Australian’s efforts to regulate Facebook’s standard of operation.  The Australian Senate inquiry was told of the widespread harassment and violent threats on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and calls for changes, including greater powers to identify online trolls.

I wish to thank staff who took the time to investigate the possibility of providing sign language lessons in our region.  After being approached by residents who were interested in learning Auslan, I advise that the Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre is providing a basic introductory course.  The course will be held on Saturday 26 February from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, and will cost $25 per person.

With great sadness and along with many others, I would like to pay tribute of Mr Halwyn Herrmann.  Hally will be missed by many and remembered for his unique abilities.

Agenda Item # 40  Councillors’ Report

December

16           Council Ordinary Meeting

16           Councillors’ & Directors’ Christmas Lunch

16           End of Year Team Somerset Christmas Celebration

18          Esk Races – Judging Fashions of the Field

22           Mount Glen Rock Steering Committee Meeting and Walk on Sandy Creek Trail

23           Inspection Sandy Creek, Esk with Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assn and NRM Officer

January

10           Councillor/CEO Team Catchup (Teams)

17           Meeting with (2) Kilcoy residents

19           Council Ordinary Meeting

19           Council Confidential Workshop

26           Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony – Somerset Civic Centre

26           Australia Day Awards Ceremony – Somerset Civic Centre

28           2022 Outlook – Councillors Strategy Discussions (Teams)

28           Ross Manning – The Condensery

February

01           Teams meeting – CEO & Councillors

01           Somerset Arts Networking Event – “What’s the Plan?”

02           Mr Jim Lougheed Funeral – Past Kilcoy Shire Councillor

03           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Committee Meeting – Yarraman

05           Somerset & Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Assn – Release Lake Somerset – Westvale Boat Ramp

05           Kilcoy District Tennis Assn AGM

07           The Condensery – Somerset Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee meeting – Esk

08           Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary meeting

Congratulations to our new Australians and to all Australia Day Award nominees.  It is overwhelming to be nominated, and the ceremony is one that resonates the pride experienced by all involved.

The second Arts Network Event was held Tuesday night 1st February, and it was titled “What’s the Plan?”  This proved to be a great community brainstorming opportunity.  Guests were asked to participate in a workshop that had the theme identified as significant for the arts sector across the region.  I look forward to the next networking event.

Another great effort made by the busy members of the Somerset & Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association, with 92,500 Bass fingerlings being released into Lake Somerset at the Westvale Boat Ramp. These Bass fingerlings were paid for from the SIPS permit, it is great to see the fishing funds at work.

The Condensery is undergoing a major change in direction – with the assistance of newly appointed professional and experienced staff.  New strategies and associated plans are in place and will be worked through accordingly – so watch this space!

The Kilcoy District Tennis Assn. held its AGM on Saturday 5th February where its future plans and aspirations were captured and explained by President Gill Todd.  Well done to this group of volunteers who have really brought this club alive over the past 12 months, and special congratulations for being nominated in the Australia Day Awards – Community Group of the Year, and also to President Todd who was nominated for Citizen of the Year Award.

 


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