Lov­ing horses, fam­ily and work

Get to know coun­cil­lor Ch­eryl Gaedtke

Gatton Star - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Coun­cil­lor.

Age: 50-some­thing.

Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Mar­ried to (child­hood sweet­heart) John.

What have you en­joyed most about your time with Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil?

I have en­joyed meet­ing new res­i­dents of this large re­gion and learn­ing of their pas­sion and vi­sion with re­spect to where they live. I have also en­joyed get­ting to know my fel­low coun­cil­lors and work­ing to­gether as a strong and re­spect­ful team.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with coun­cil?

I have vir­tu­ally grown up with lo­cal gov­ern­ment, com­menc­ing my ca­reer as ju­nior clerk typ­ist with Kil­coy Shire Coun­cil at the age of 16 years.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is truly the grass­roots level of gov­ern­ment and I en­joy work­ing with our res­i­dents and busi­nesses at this fun­da­men­tal level to achieve work­able and en­rich­ing out­comes.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

‘The God­fa­ther of run­ning’ Robert de Castella last year in Can­berra.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

Rais­ing two chil­dren to be very wor­thy and re­spon­si­ble adults, and now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the won­der and ex­cite­ment of our grand­chil­dren.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Never give any­one the per­mis­sion to be the rea­son that you don’t feel good.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

Some peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to­wards oth­ers.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were and why?

Around 35, as I feel fit and healthy and con­stantly look for­ward to new ex­pe­ri­ences.

What is your favourite hobby or recre­ation, and why?

Horse rid­ing. I grew up with horses and rode ev­ery day when a young child. Horses are a sym­bol of beauty and re­tain mys­ter­ies that baf­fle even those who work with them ev­ery day.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood me­mory?

Learn­ing to ride on the back of a favourite Jer­sey milk­ing cow and dad shout­ing us lunch at My­ers in Bris­bane CBD, the ‘big smoke’.

What is your favourite place to visit in the district?

Mt Kil­coy val­ley, fol­lowed closely by Cor­morant Bay Cafe.

What would you do if you won the Lotto?

I would help fam­ily and friends fi­nan­cially, enough to lighten the load without caus­ing loss of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FO­CUSED: Som­er­set coun­cil­lor Ch­eryl Gaedtke has been in­volved in lo­cal gov­ern­ment since she started work­ing as a teenager.

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