Andrew Powell (born 15 May 1973) is an Australian politician. He is a Liberal National party member in the Queensland Parliament, representing the seat of Glass House in the Sunshine Coast hinterland since 2009.
Andrew was born in Melbourne, Victoria and spent his childhood moving between Brisbane, Rockhampton, Melbourne, and Sydney until his family finally put down roots in Burpengary, just south of the Glass House electorate. He completed his secondary schooling at Redcliffe and went on to be awarded degrees in Science and Arts at the University of Queensland majoring in Geographical Sciences, Modern History and Russian.
Andrew was recruited from University by the Department of Defence where he received a strong grounding in international relations, human resources and financial management. After a short stint working in Fiji (cut even shorter by the 2000 coup), he has since worked for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Child Safety, specialising in the area of ‘community engagement’ – acting as the community’s voice, eyes and ears. He has worked closely with federal and local representatives and key community members giving him a strong understanding of local issues and possible solutions.
During his first term as the Member for Glass House, Andrew served as the Shadow Spokesperson for the Environment, a member of the Environment, Agriculture, Resources and Energy Committee, a former member of the Scrutiny of Legislation Committee and served on the panel of Temporary Speakers in the chamber.
Following the 2012 election, Andrew was appointed the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and he proudly held this position until the 2015 election where he was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Supply as part of the Opposition Shadow Cabinet.
In May 2016 Andrew was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Shadow Minister for Local Government.
Andrew married Taryn, who he met at University, in 1998. Together they moved to Palmwoods in 2003. Over the years, their “tribe” has grown and they now have five fun-loving, fast-paced children – two boys and three girls. The family love their sports with golf, cricket and AFL among Andrew’s favourites. He also coaches his son’s soccer team – the Palmwoods Warriors.
Andrew is committed to the region because it’s a great place to live and work and is an ideal place to raise a family. He also realises that without hard work and dedicated leadership, we cannot safeguard the positive qualities that all locals enjoy.