Back row (left to right): Cr Helen Brieschke, Cr Otis Ogg, Cr Bob Whalley, Cr Sean Choat, Cr Cheryl Gaedtke
Front row (left to right): Cr Dan Hall, Mayor Graeme Lehmann
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Graeme is passionate about representing the interests of the community and first became a Councillor in 1994. A decade after being in local government, Graeme was elected Mayor of the region. He has proudly served in local government for over two decades.
Graeme left high school early to pursue his love of cars and successfully completed an apprenticeship as a mechanic soon after. Graeme is a qualified motor mechanic and owned and operated a business specialising in repairing and restoring vehicles at Tarampa for many years. He is an avid Holden supporter and has raced at speedway and won several titles.
Graeme has strong connections to the community.
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He has a passion for serving the Somerset region and first became a Councillor in 2008 after working as a foreman and overseer in local government for almost 30 years.
Dan has extensive knowledge of transport, rural and sales' industries as well as road construction. He enjoys campdrafting, fishing and playing golf.
Dan is a life member of the Campdraft Association and a beef producer in Somerset.
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She has been heavily involved in the community since her teenage years and has held full-time employment at the Esk Co-Op and Esk Hospital.
Helen and husband David own and have operated a wholesale milk distribution business for almost three decades.
Helen was first elected as a Councillor in 2012 and has a strong commitment to the community with a keen interest in recreation, environment and the arts and believes Somerset is a great place to live, work and visit.
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Prior to being elected to Council, his community service included various club committee positions and most notably he served as the state member for Ipswich West representing the interests of the community.
Sean lives at Glamorgan Vale with his wife Nicola and their three children.
Sean has interests including raising livestock, but he is best known for his love of poultry and racing pigeons.
Sean has many years’ experience working in the vocational training sector and has undertaken studies in training and assessment, audit and business administration.
Sean is a strong advocate for the rights of the individual, small business and sustainable growth.
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Cheryl is a fourth generation resident of Somerset, and together with her husband John, calls Kilcoy home.
In 2015 she received the Somerset Australia Day Citizen of the Year award for her involvement in various community groups and organisations across the region.
Cheryl is an avid horse rider and participates in various social and competitive horse riding events and has been a member of the Queensland Endurance Riders Association for more than a decade.
Cheryl is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts through the University of the Sunshine Coast.
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He was raised in Lowood and owned and operated his own business, Oggs Department Store, for more than thirty years.
He is passionate about the region and is involved in many aspects of community life. Otis calls Wivenhoe Pocket his home and admits his favourite past time is musical theatre as well as his band, The Blithrin Roos. Otis is a member of the Brisbane Valley Sailing Club and is passionate about enhancing the liveability of Somerset and connecting residents with the region's waterways.
Otis is heavily involved with various aspects of community life in Somerset and is also a director of the Lowood and Fernvale Community Bank.
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Bob Whalley has been heavily involved in the Somerset community for more than a decade and has a proven track record of working hard for the betterment of the community while representing the needs of his constituents.
Bob is an owner and operator of a small Somerset business and was instrumental in the establishment of the Somerset Region Business Alliance.
He first became a Councillor for Esk Shire Council in 2004 and served a full term before running as a mayoral candidate in 2008. Bob was then appointed to the position of Councillor for Somerset Regional Council in 2015.
He has lived in Somerset for more than two decades and is a proud family man.
Responsibilities of Councillors
As per Section 12 of the Local Government Act 2009, a Councillor must represent the current and future interests of the residents of the local government area.
Councillors also have the following responsibilities:
|-||ensuring the local government: |
- discharges its responsibilities under the Local Government Act 2009;
- achieves its corporate and community plans;
- complies with all laws that apply to local governments;
|-||providing high quality leadership to the local government and the community;|
|-||participating in council meetings, policy development, and decision-making, for the benefit of the local government area;|
|-||being accountable to the community for the local government's performance.|
The Mayor has the following additional responsibilities:
|-||leading and managing meetings of the local government at which the mayor is the chairperson, including managing the conduct of the participants at the meetings;|
|-||preparing a budget to present to the local government;|
|-||leading, managing, and providing strategic direction to, the chief executive officer in order to achieve the high quality administration of the local government;|
|-||directing the chief executive officer and senior executive employees, in accordance with the local government's policies;|
|-||conducting a performance appraisal of the chief executive officer, at least annually, in the way that is decided by the local government (including as a member of a committee, for example);|
|-||ensuring that the local government promptly provides the Minister with the information about the local government area, or the local government, that is requested by the Minister;|
|-||being a member of each standing committee of the local government;|
|-||representing the local government at ceremonial or civic functions.|
Please note that Somerset Regional Council is not divided for electoral purposes (i.e. there are no electoral wards or divisions). Party politics have not been introduced into the Council.
Consult the Local Government Act 2009 for more details.