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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 23 November 2022 – Councillor Report

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 23 November 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

According to data from booking site Stayz, demand for rustic getaways has increased by up to 90% in the past year, with demand for locations close to mountains, lakes and rivers increasing by 50%.  Queensland is ticking all the boxes.  Expedia Australia general manager Daniel Finch agrees that Aussies love the beach, but they are also craving private holiday homes with lots of space – think converted regional barns and rural farmhouses.  Our region, Somerset, definitely has all of the abovementioned attractions.

Many thanks to Somerset & Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association volunteers who released 67,000 bass fingerlings into Somerset Dam, resulting in a boost to the Somerset Dam ecosystem.

The Lowood APRA Rodeo postponed from October is now happening on Saturday 26 November at 5:00pm at the Lowood showgrounds.

Saturday 19 November was International Men’s Day (IMD), which presented an opportunity to celebrate men and boys and ask what it means to be a positive male role model in modern society.  It’s about showing respect, being kind and empathetic, acting as genuine role models for young boys to aspire to and acknowledge male diversity.  It was also a time to openly discuss positive masculinity and challenge rigid cultural standards, male stereotypes and gender roles.

Agenda Item #28 Councillors’ Report


09     Ordinary Council Meeting – Kilcoy

09     Council Workshop – Kilcoy

10    Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting – Teams

11     Remembrance Day – Kilcoy RSL Sub-Branch

11     Meeting with Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce President

14     Calendar Shoot – Toogoolawah

14      RADF Advisory Committee Meeting – Esk

14     Kilcoy State School P & C Meeting

14     Kilcoy District Progress Assn Meeting

15     Kilcoy State School Instrumental Band and Choir Performance Parade/Chalk Murals

15     Disaster Management Prep Workshop for Businesses – Kilcoy

16     Mt Kilcoy State School P&C Meeting

17     Somerset Regional Council Human Social Recovery Group – Teams

17     Focus on Farmers Dinner – Esk

18     Kilcoy State High School Senior Graduation Ceremony

18     Stanley Rivers Environmental Centre End of Year BBQ

22     Kilcoy State High School P & C Assn Monthly Meeting

It is pleasing to learn how progressive and strong our local P & C Associations have become.  The hard working groups of parents and citizens have raised funds required to purchase very needed school related items, and also have enjoyed the fund raising effort.  I was also very impressed with the Year 4 school students who took part in the Kilcoy RSL Chalk Murals for Remembrance Day.  The students were asked to “Draw to Remember” and each student drew what signified Remembrance Day on a personal level.

Mary O’Brien from Are You Bogged Mate was brilliant and openly encouraged conversation about issues facing rural men and outlined the available support and lifelines.  Mary gave a sensible, down to earth story that summed it all up – don’t burn the bogged vehicle, it can be unbogged.  Give it time, ask for a hand to carry that bucket.  A lovely dinner and country music was provided at the Somerset Civic Centre and Marcus Mission and its volunteer peer mentors gave an overview of their service that will be available soon in the Somerset community.  After speaking at length to the service providers represented at the event, I am confident that our primary producers have the best available resources at their fingertips.

Without a doubt, I attended the most emotional Senior Graduation Ceremony last Friday morning at the Kilcoy High School. The Class of 2022 has experienced many milestones over their entire school years, and the level of comradery, i.e., their spirit of friendship, the feeling of trust and community between this group of students, teachers, parents and care-givers, who have known each other for a long time and gone through the same experiences together became very obvious.  This group is so comfortable around each other, and they truly support each other, and as a past student and Councillor, I was completely honoured to be asked to offer the opening inspirational speech.  Good luck and all the very best  to each and every student.

I wish to offer my sincere apologies for allowing my passion and my heart on one occasion to overrule my head, and inadvertently in doing so, resulted in my complete misjudgment when livestreaming on my Councillor Facebook Page a (<30 second) video of gym members completing a movement to music routine and then seeking feedback of the gym manager at the invitation only Toogoolawah Gym opening.  This oversight was found to be an offence under Section 150K (1) (b) of the Local Government Act 2009 and is considered that I engaged in Inappropriate Conduct in contravening a policy, procedure or resolution of the local government.  This matter has now been finalised and I affirm will not occur again.





Councillor Report – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 November 2022

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 9 November 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

State Government will soon gauge the community’s views on growing the containers for change program by expanding the program to include glass wine and spirit bottles to ramp up recycling, put money back into the pockets of Queenslanders and charities, and protect the state’s environment and great lifestyle.  Consultation is expected to be launched in December and run through to February 2023.

Mark Saunders, Area Director QFES publicly acknowledged the students of Kilcoy State High School when he presented Certificate II in Public Safety program at the Awards Morning held on 21st October 2022.  Mr Saunders thanked the brigades, mentors and instructors involved in this program as without them, the program would not be possible.

Federal and State Governments have discussed the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games infrastructure budget allocations and associated responsibilities, it is reassuring to learn that the State Government has proposed a draft master plan for significant upgrade of South Bank to modernize the precinct ahead of the 2032 Olympics.   The draft master plan was produced after extensive community consultation which highlighted how residents and visitors want to evolve the parklands more than 30 years on after its creation after World Expo ’88.

Agenda Item #40 Councillors’ Report


29     Let’s Talk about Art – Afternoon Conversation within walking distance by Hayley & Brave Girl by Karike

31     Evacuation Centre Training – Esk


01     Citizenship Ceremony – Esk

02     Joint Urban Utilities Board/Councillor annual regional tour – Somerset & Lockyer Valley Regional Councils

07     The Condensery Advisory Committee Meeting – Toogoolawah

08     Valley of the Lakes Garden Club Annual General Meeting – Esk

08     Kilcoy Rodeo Committee Annual General Meeting – Kilcoy

The Condensery was the venue for an in-depth discussion around Art with Dr Alexandra Lawson, Dr Louise R Mayhew, Dr Karike Ashworth as guest speakers, which concluded with an energetic performance by Brave Girl Karike.  With the sun setting in the background, the abundance of fresh picnic style refreshments, the ambience was complementary to the overall experience.

Planning for a sustainable water future and preparing for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games was discussed at length at the joint tour of SRC and LVRC.  The discussion outlined the current status of the situation and also again, highlights the critical position the regions are facing.

President Kerri Melville shared with the 79 guests/members at the Valley of the Lakes Garden Club Annual General Meeting that around 7,000 people attended the 2022 Esk Lifestyle and Garden Show, that this was the 12th annual general meeting for the club, and there are 125 club members, amongst other interesting facts.  It was an honour to chair the election of committee members of one of the most successful clubs in our region.  Congratulations to all involved.

Councillor Report – Ordinary Council Meeting 26 October 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 26 October 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

Following on from discussions, presentations and forward vision shared at the 2022 LGAQ Annual Conference, the Queensland Housing Summit was held the following day (Thursday 20 October) in Brisbane. Local Government was represented at the summit.  During the summit many points were raised by those who attended.  The Palaszczuk government will urgently audit land across Queensland to identify pockets prime for urban development and fast track a review of proposed satellite cities to ease the state’s housing crisis.  Queensland Council of Social Service chief executive Aimee McVeigh said it will be really important to see what’s in the federal budget.  Community housing projects will become eligible for fast-tracked development approval processes in a bid to help ease the state’s housing crisis.  It was declared that the planning rules will change to allow social or affordable housing projects by community housing providers, that meet the criteria, to also be eligible for an Infrastructure Designation, effective immediately.  Another comment was that planning red tape will be slashed to speed up delivery of emergency housing in the wake of natural disaster.  The Palaszczuk government will announce planning approvals will no longer be needed for temporary emergency housing following major weather events.  Many other strategies were raised also.

Agenda Item #30  Councillors’ Report


12     Ordinary Council Meeting – Kilcoy

12     Council Workshop – Kilcoy

12     Mental Health Week – Somerset Health & Wellbeing Expo – Kilcoy Yowie Park

13     Kilcoy Craft Group – Kilcoy Explore Centre

13     Australia Local Government Women’s Association – Qld Branch – Committee Meeting

15     Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Greening event – Harlin – Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Assoc Inc.

16-19     Local Government Association of Queensland – Annual Conference – Cairns

17     Leading Ladies Networking Evening – Cairns

20     Queensland Housing Summit – Livestream from Brisbane (Morning Session)

21     Kilcoy State High School Annual Awards

21     Regional Seniors Event – Somerset Civic Centre – Esk

22     Free Tree Day – Kilcoy

24     Kilcoy Progress Alliance Inc meeting

25     Mass Kara – Celebrations for Seniors Month – Kilcoy

25     Current Issues in Agriculture – Kilcoy Golf Club

25     Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Redevelopment Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting – Post Survey

Crs Brieschke, Isidro and I attended the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Media Relations and Speech Writing Workshop and the ALGWA – Qld Branch Annual General Meeting on 1st September 2022, which was held at Royal on the Park in Brisbane.  Cr Daphne McDonald (City of Gold Coast – Division 13) who has represented the southern Gold Coast for more than 30 years retired from her ALGWA – QB position of Zone 4 Representative, and I was delighted to be in a position to take over the role from Cr McDonald.  I look forward to the next two year as the ALGWA – QB Zone 4 Representative.

As a new ALGWA committee member, Vital Leaders extended an invitation to take part in a four woman panel during the 2022 LGAQ Annual Conference with the theme Leading Change/Doing it Differently The tagline is : what got us there yesterday, won’t get us there tomorrow.  The Leading Ladies Networking Evening, in addition to the LGAQ Annual Conference Program, provided a great opportunity to discuss individual Councillors/CEO’s perceptions, experiences and future visions.  Each panelist was asked to respond to three set questions. The panel consisted of a Mayor, a Councillor and two Chief Executive Officers (all females).  Vital Leaders provided a very vibrant and self-awareness based Women Leading in Local Government Program from February – September 2021.

It gives me great pleasure to offer my sincere congratulations to all involved with the successful events held over the last two weeks, Somerset Health & Wellbeing Expo; Brisbane Valley Rail Greening event; KSHS Awards Presentations; Regional Seniors Event; Free Tree Day Kilcoy; Mass Kara Festival; and Current Issues in Agriculture.

I was invited to attend a weekly meeting of the Kilcoy Craft Group, and personally saw the gratitude this group has with the recently adopted Council policy around the free of charge use of council buildings by non-profit organisations.  The ladies explained that the room is bigger than the old venue, it has more available power points, it is climate controlled, it has great lighting, and lastly it has a beautiful rural outlook.  These types of rewarding community based changes warm my heart.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 12 October 2022 – Councillor Report

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Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 12 October 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

Anglicare SQ Kilcoy Community Services is holding a Free multicultural event on the 25th of October 2022 in celebration of Seniors month.  The event is a traditional Pilipino Festival called Mass Kara.  Mass Kara festival is celebrated to bring back the smiles on people’s faces.  Celebrated in the Philippines the Mass Kara Festival was created to lift the spirits of the people and is a declaration that they will survive challenges that are faced and that smiles will return.  Celebrations include a Parade of smiling masks, dancing and music, culturally diverse range of food stalls and video presentations. The event is happening on the grassed area outside of Kilcoy Explore Centre, Kilcoy Yowie Park from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Parade at 10.00am – See you all there!

The Lowood ‘APRA’ Rodeo is being held on Saturday 22 October, 2022 at 10:00am at the Lowood Showgrounds.  The event is also known as the Cuttin Loose Utes ‘n’ Chutes Rodeo.

Congratulations to Sue Minto and Dan Owbridge from One Tree Canoe Adventures Fernvale, finalist for the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry – CPC Production Services Tourism Business/Event of the Year Award.

Kilcoy Tennis Club is holding its Club’s Junior and Senior Championships on Sunday 13th November 2022.  A nomination sheet will be on the club house notice board.

Aussie drivers will soon start seeing an “R plate” on some cars which are designed to help anxious drivers return to the road with ease after a traumatic experience or an extended absence.  The R plates — or Return plates — are a third-party initiative and are not an official item sanctioned by state road authorities like Learners or Provisional driver plates.  It’s similar to a baby-on-board sign, according to reports, and aims to encourage other road users to have more empathy for nervous drivers.

Agenda Item #27  Councillors’ Report


28     Ordinary Council Meeting

28    Council Workshop

29     Teddy Bears Picnic – Somerset Civic Centre

29     The Condensery – Special Advisory Committee Meeting – Teams


05     Somerset Tourism Strategy 2022 Annual Review – Esk

06     Esk Hospital Auxiliary AGM – Esk

11     Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary monthly meeting

11     Kilcoy State High School monthly meeting

Congratulations to the Esk Hospital Auxiliary on a very successful AGM.  All executive positions have been filled.  It is a relief, that both hospital auxiliaries  (Kilcoy & Esk Hospitals) are now looking forward to the next twelve months of operation.





 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 28 September 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 28 September 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

The Lowood Truck Show organisers presented $16,097.44 as a donation to their chosen charity to help families and research for Brain Cancer.  The organisers have  advised that next year’s donation will be made to the charity Motor Neurone Disease. The group wish to thank all sponsors and everyone who came along on the day to help raise a fantastic amount of money.

Congratulations to Jayne McKenzie (Somerset Health & Fitness) for receiving the Queensland State winner of the AUSactive National Awards 2022 Program – Social Value and Community Impact category.

Best of luck to the Kilcoy Golf Club who has become a finalist of the 2022 Queensland Golf Industry Awards (Under 400 members) category.

Agenda Item #27  Councillors’ Report


21           Ordinary Council Meeting

21           Council Workshop

23           Toogoolawah Pool Splashpad Opening

23          Zone 26 Pony Club Queensland Championships

26           Condensery Meeting – Toogoolawah

26           Kilcoy Lions/Kilcoy Bowls Clubs meeting

27           Kilcoy Interagency Meeting

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 21 September 2022 – Councillor Report

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 21 September 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

I would like to acknowledge the seamless distribution and collection of kerbside recycling bins in the region, and especially in the old Esk Shire area.  I recognise that this project outcome as been the culmination of almost 18 months of work and negotiations carried out by the Operations’ Department.  The Director of Operations acknowledged the whole of organisational team effort that was instigated to achieve such a positive and adequate service.

Congratulations to :

  • Somerset Regional Council, Government Organisation Award (Exceptional contribution in child protection and child safety at the public sector level – Lyn Buchanan (Community Development Co-ordinator)
  • Woodchopping accomplishments – Gerald Youles, Renee & Millie Retschlag
  • Toogoolawah Showgirl, West Moreton Sub Chamber 2022 Winning Showgirl – Olivia Frahm
  • Somerset State Emergency Service (SES) Unit, several members – Awarded Meritorious Service Medals (15,25,35 Years)
  • Channel Nine Interview – Lynette Lynch – Meeting Queen Elizabeth II

A big step forward for disaster resilience with the Emergency Response Fund Amendment (Disaster Ready Fund) Bill 2022 introduced to Parliament, which will help get money flowing for critical work across Queensland council areas.  $200 million a year in disaster prevention and resilience national funding will go towards prevention measures such as flood levees, sea walls, cyclone shelters, evacuation centres, fire breaks and telecommunications improvements.

Agenda Item #36 Councillors’ Report


24     Ordinary Council Meeting – Kilcoy

24     Workshop Meeting – Kilcoy

24     Inspection of the Kilcoy Golf Club facilities

25     Kilcoy Global Foods – Discussion employment opportunities

25     Meeting at Kilcoy Cemetery

25     Kilcoy Recreation Grounds Advisory Committee Meeting


01     Australia Local Government Women’s Association AGM – Brisbane

02     Teams Meeting – The Condensery

05     Teams Meeting – The Condensery

06     Teams Meeting – The Condensery

12     Teams Meeting – Queen’s Passing

13     Kilcoy Indoor Sports Centre Redevelopment – Community consultation

13    Kilcoy State High School P & C Meeting

13     Preliminary Discussion – Lowood Lions Railway Station

13     Kilcoy Hospital Auxiliary AGM

15     Kilcoy Art Society Inc Monthly Meeting

15     Kilcoy CBD Development Discussion – Local Community Groups

16     Queen’s Birthday Jubilee Project – West Moreton Landcare – Lowood

Councillor Report – Ordinary Council Meeting – 24 August 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 24 August 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

Congratulations to our woodchoppers and high school students who competed at the (Brisbane) Royal National Agricultural Show.  The experience and friendships made will stand you all in good stead. Gerald William Youles was awarded the 2022 350mm Australian Underhand Championship.  Mum and Daughter competitors, Renee and Millie Retschlag came away from the EKKA with third and fourth in the final of the women’s underhand woodchopping championship.  Well done to all.

Show Societies are encouraged to apply for  funds under the State Government’s expanded Show Societies Grants Program, which will provide between $5,000 for small show societies to $150,000 for organisers of the Ekka .

Agenda Item #30 Councillors’ Report


10     Ordinary Council Meeting – Kilcoy

10     Council Workshop Meeting – Kilcoy

11     Brisbane Valley Interagency Meeting – Lowood

11     Visit to Open Door Gallery – Lowood

11     Lowood State High School – Kokoda student presentation

11     Esk Hospital Auxiliary Inc monthly meeting – Esk

13     Somerset Art Society Inc – AGM – Esk

15     RADF Committee Meeting – Esk

16     Somerset Social Plan – Teams meeting

16     Economic Development & Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting – Kilcoy

16     Kilcoy District Progress Alliance Inc monthly meeting

19     Road Inspection – Linville

23     Meeting with Kilcoy State School Principal – Road Safety matters

Congratulations to the Lowood High School students who took part in the 2022 Kokoda Challenge.  I applaud each and every student for their courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice required to achieve this rewarding personal challenge.

A membership call out made by the Esk Hospital Auxiliary was rewarded with a dozen people attending the monthly

August meeting.  The Auxiliary will hold its AGM on Thursday 8th September at the Somerset Civic Centre commencing at 2:00pm.  Your attendance is encouraged.

I was delighted to be asked to chair the election of new office bearers of the Somerset Art Society Inc. AGM.  The Society has achieved many great goals during the last twelve months and is looking forward to the next twelve months and further achievements.  All positions were quickly filled, however the Society is seeking the services of a President for 2022/23 financial year.


Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting – 10 August 2022

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 10 August 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

The community has welcomed the news with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) advising the D’Aguilar Highway safety improvements project, between Sandy Creek and Kilcoy, will now include construction of a dedicated right-turn lane into Sandy Creek Road.  Congratulations to community who never lost sight of the importance of this traffic safety highway project.  Also, many thanks to Deb Frecklington MP, Shayne Neumann MP, and Council staff who strongly supported the community request.

Dan McCoy caught a World Record Australian Bass from Lake Somerset.  The fish weighed 4.45 kilograms and took out the Record for weight, outweighing the previous by almost 800 grams.      Also, congratulations to the organisers of the very successful Australian Lure Fly and Outdoors Expo that celebrates Australian Lures, Lure Making Fly Tying, Boating and outdoors gear which was held at the Fernvale Showgrounds on Saturday 30 July.

Congratulations to the recipient of the Regional Young Volunteer of the Year Award for the Brisbane Region, volunteer Brock Purdie of the Villeneuve Rural Fire Brigade.  These volunteers have demonstrated a special contribution and commitment to their brigade and the RFS.  Carrying out services such as, active firefighting, providing hazard prevention and mitigation advice, issuing permits, providing community education and disaster management response and recovery activities across all hazards.

The Lowood Truck Show is on again, at the Lowood Showgrounds on Saturday 20th August at 11:00 am.  It is great to see these community events back after the challenging times we have endured.  Congratulations also to an outstanding rodeo – Kilcoy Rodeo Association – Saturday 6th August.

Agenda Item #36 Councillors’ Report


20     Ordinary Council Meeting – Kilcoy

20     Council Workshop – Kilcoy

20     Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare Ass Inc meeting

21     Meeting with KCCCI; KDPA; KASI – Kilcoy Street Beautification discussion

22     Council of Mayors – 2022 Local Government Forum – Brisbane Convention Centre

23     Stonehouse Moore Open Weekend

23     Skipper Watson’s Memorial – Exchange Hotel, Kilcoy

26     Kilcoy Interagency Meeting – Kilcoy

27     Somerset Men’s Shed – 10th Anniversary – Lowood

27     Friends of Stonehouse Meeting – Moore

30     Esk Show- Esk


  • The Condensery Committee Meeting – Esk
  • Meeting with CEO
  • Meeting with business representatives – Mount Glen Rock
  • LGAQ Elected Members Update- Kilcoy

Along with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Cr Isidro, I took part in a series of workshops and presentations focused on the regional opportunities our “Green and  Gold” runway can deliver – Olympics 2023.    The benefits include accelerating future jobs across SEQ; a faster, more connected SEQ; a more livable SEQ;  creating thriving communities for SEQ.  The big ticket item for LGA Somerset – Brisbane Valley Highway Safety Upgrades.  It was a lovely surprise to see Kilcoy eye fillet on the lunch menu.

The Stonehouse Open Weekend at Moore was lucky to receive sunshine and very little wind over the two days.  The art exhibition was popular and Out There Cycling buses transported guests back and forth from the Stonehouse.  Planning has already commenced for next year’s event.

The Somerset Men’s Shed celebrated their 10th anniversary by sharing information, a hot roast meal and sincere comradery. Thank you for the lovely thank you gift of a Men’s Shed made pot stand.  I will treasure it.

 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 20 July 2022 – Councillor Report

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 Cr Cheryl Gaedtke – Ordinary Council Meeting 20 July 2022

Agenda Item #5 Matters of Public Interest

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding who was named Emerging Political Leader of the Year and has been awarded the 2021 McKinnon emerging Political Leader of the Year for her commitment to transparency and public accountability.  The national non-partisan award recognises courageous, visionary, and collaborative political leadership each year and is determined by a panel of distinguished Australians.

Great news, with record new betterment funding of $170m for Queensland Councils announced.  The funds provided by the Federal and Queensland governments through the jointly funded Commonwealth State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), will assist councils to build back better disaster-damaged essential public infrastructure following the extraordinary flooding events of 2021-22.

Stonehouse Open Weekend is going ahead for this weekend, 23/24 July.  Out There Cycling buses will leave from Moore 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  There will be markets, music, history groups, food, art and photography competition and a Bush Poets Breakfast.

Congratulations to Fernvale Lions (to purchase mower $14k) and Kilcoy RSL Sub-Branch (to upgrade facilities $32k) for submitting successful funding applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) super round.

Agenda Item #36 Councillors’ Report


29          Council Ordinary Meeting – Teams


05          Kilcoy Tennis Club monthly meeting

05           Meeting with Kilcoy Global Foods Vice President People & Culture  and Manager Employee Relations

06           Traffic & Safety Advisory Committee Meeting

07           Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails Monthly Meeting – Kilcoy Explore Centre

09           Cormorant Bay parkrun 4th Birthday Celebrations

09           Brisbane Air Show – Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield

10           Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride – Coominya to Fernvale 20km bike leg

13           Special Meeting – Somerset Regional Council – teams

14           Meeting BJ Murphy & Libby Harward – Maleny

19           Citizenship Ceremony – Somerset Civic Centre – Esk

It was lovely to catch up with the keen organisers and supporters of the Cormorant Bay parkrun who were celebrating their fourth birthday.  The course meanders near Lake Wivenhoe and is always a stand out course with some level of difficulty.

The Brisbane Air Show fulfilled its promise of being spectacular, breathtaking, astonishing, awe-inspiring with fearless pilots and skydivers displaying their skills.  Well done to everyone who was involved with this amazing event.  The weather was picture perfect and welcomed many spectators, stalls, cars, planes and so much more to our region.

Once again, the 19th Somerset Rail Trail Fun Run or Ride event was well supported with almost 900 nominations taken over the three legs of the event.  Thank goodness the weather was kind to us all, even though the 20km bike leg was a little brisk when marshalling at 7:00 am at Coominya.

It was a lovely to welcome 36 new Australian Citizens on Tuesday at the Somerset Civic Centre.  We welcomed the new citizens from the Philippines, United Kingdom, France, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.



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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


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.