Andrew Powell MP
Achievements

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As promised, the D’Aguilar Highway between Caboolture and Kilcoy is set to become even safer and more efficient with another major project about to begin, right on the back of the recent upgrades being completed.  Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, announced on the weekend that another new overtaking lane would be built at Woodford between Chambers and Petersen roads.

This project is fully funded as part of the Australian Government’s $16 million Road Safety Improvement project designed to benefit all users of the D’Aguilar Highway and was the direct result of lobbying by then Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and myself.  Wyatt and I had worked tirelessly to maximise the benefit for our local road users from this $16 million investment. We were confident, through smarter design and project management, we could also fund this second overtaking lane so I thank Minister Chester and the Federal Coalition Government for following through on our original plans.

I am advised the upcoming works near Woodford will include upgrades to the Ironbark Drive and Chambers Road intersections. A tender process will commence shortly and I will keep the community advised as to when construction will commence.

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I have been campaigning to secure Transport and Main Roads (TMR) funding for a crossing in Woodford for many years and recent advice suggest I have been successful.  TMR advise that a signalised crossing will soon be installed across the D’Aguilar Highway.

Approval on these much need safety improvements has come at such a great time for the community.  It is growing and changing and this will allow residents a safe way of getting from one side of town to the other.

I recently met with Mrs Diana Davidson – a resident of Margaret Street – and she showed me firsthand the challenges that she has safely crossing the Highway to get to her Doctor and the shops.

Diana is just one of many people who has expressed joy at the news she will finally have a safe way to get across town and has thanked TMR for taking her concerns seriously.

TMR anticipates community consultation on the preliminary design for the crossing to commence in late 2016, with construction to follow in the next financial year (2017 – 2018).  Initial proposals are for a signalised crossing on the Highway and marked pedestrian crossings on Archer Street to either side.  Where the crossing should be located is a key part of the community consultation.

I realise these changes will pose some challenges to motorists and truck operators in the short term, but I am confident as a community we will all see the benefits these safety improvements will deliver.

 

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Thanks to all of those community members who came along to our community BBQ in Glasshouse Mountains on Saturday.

The BBQ was held to celebrate the traffic signals at Reed Street – the community greatly assisted me with my campaign to have TMR fund lights at this intersection  and this was my way of saying thanks for your ongoing assistance!

Check out the video taken at the BBQ to see how grateful local lady Denise is that we have traffic signals in operation.

Reed Street BBQ

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Parents in Caboolture’s north east get ready! Enrolments at the region’s newest state school will be opening in November this year.

I’m proud to say I was part of the LNP government that identified the need for an additional school in this region and as the local member he is thrilled to see it is on track.

The steady growth in the Caboolture region is plain for all to see so it is not at all surprising that a new school was needed to accommodate the families that are choosing to settle in this area.

We want our kids to have the best chance at a quality education so planning for growth and ensuring we the right number of schools in the area is paramount.

The new school will front onto Cottrill Road, with the school’s main bus, car and pedestrian access for parents also off Cottrill Road.  To accommodate this, and to allow for the extension of Cottrill Road through to Pumicestone Road, a new four way signalised intersection will be constructed at Ardrossan Road.  This new link road however will not be fully operational until the end of 2017.

This is exciting news for our community. It reflects the changing needs of our region and shows the importance of planning for growth.

 

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It gives me great pleasure to announce the four winners of Round three of my Local Heroes Grants.

Designed to provide a bit of a helping hand to community groups or individuals participating in local, state, national or international endeavours, my Local Heroes Grants have proven very popular since they were announced in January 2016.

During my years representing this very special community, I have become acutely aware of how vital community groups are to our region and how tough they do it financially.

If I can offer even a little bit of money towards their upkeep or to help purchase a new kitchen appliance or a new piece of equipment, then I am only too happy to oblige.

Winners for Round Two:
Glasshouse Rural Fire Brigade – to purchase a pressure cleaner
Tibro’s Netball Club – to purchase new netball bibs
Tullawong Primary School – to assist in National Schools Tree Day planning
Maleny Girl Guides – towards replacing the walls of their hut

The best part of this grant program is that I have the opportunity to catch up with members from these community groups and personally congratulate them on their grant.

They really are always so grateful to have been recognised in this way and are excited by what this small financial assistance can do for their club.

The remaining rounds for 2016 are –

Round 4 – Monday 15 August
Round 5 – Monday 10 October
Round 6 – Monday 12 December

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Reed Street traffic lights on

The traffic lights have been switched on at Reed Street!

A momentous day for the community in and around Glasshouse Mountains township.

Come and celebrate with me on Saturday, 13th August 2016 at 3pm at the park in front of the Visitor Information Centre.

Please RSVP on 5435 2013 or Glass.House@parliament.qld.gov.au for catering purposes.

 

Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
13 July 2016

Annual Maleny-Kenilworth Road Walk raises funds for local Chaplains

In May this year, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP, completed yet another 38km walk along Maleny-Kenilworth Road from Little Yabba Creek in Cambroon to Maleny in a demonstration of his ongoing support for local Chaplains and his commitment to fix the road.

“The walk does seem to get tougher each year, but maybe that is just my age creeping up on me! I think it is fair to say it did take me a few extra days to recover this time.

“I am thrilled that for the second year in a row, Chappy Becky from Maleny State School and Chappy Tressa from Conondale joined me for the entire journey which goes to show how committed they are to what they do,” he said.

Mr Powell is pleased to report that this year the walk raised a total of $1000 that will be split between the Conondale and Maleny State Schools.  In addition to a donation from Mr Powell’s electorate allowance, smaller donations were also received from several community members.

“This annual walk forms such an important part of my ongoing agenda for Glass House as it reinforces my unwavering support for our Chaplains but also demonstrates my commitment to secure funding to fix the Maleny-Kenilworth Road,” Mr Powell concluded.

[ENDS] 13 July 2016

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Andrew and Chappy Becky

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Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell has welcomed a recent announcement that will provide funding to several worthy community groups in the Glass House electorate.

Mr Powell has reported that four clubs have shared in just over $120,000 through Round 88 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to help them with the purchase of necessary equipment and perform upgrades to their club facilities.

“We know our community groups face a constant struggle to access funds to keep them viable so these sorts of funding injections really go a long way to helping them survive.

“Most of the recipients in Glass House are using the funds to purchase new equipment which will not only have a positive effect on their current members but also go a long way to attracting new membership.

“All of these community groups are run by volunteers and the application process is not an easy one to navigate so I congratulate those who have put in the effort and been successful this time around.

List of Glass House recipients in Round 88 includes –

• Glasshouse District Cricket Club – replace practice nets
• Wamuran Historical and Visitor Centre – upgrade facility
• Woodford Show Society – purchase a tractor
• Maleny Arts & Crafts Group – purchase a kiln and upgrade facility

 

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that five Glass House clubs have shared in just over $90,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to help them with the purchase of necessary equipment and upgrades to their club facilities.

We hear it all the time that our community groups are struggling to access funds that will enable them to purchase new equipment or to upgrade their playground facilities so to have these regular grants announced is a real win.

Most of the recipients in Glass House are using the funds to purchase new equipment which will not only have a positive effect on their current members but also go a long way to attracting new membership.

All of these community groups are run by volunteers and the application process is not an easy one to navigate so I congratulate those who have put in the effort and been successful this time around.

List of Glass House recipients in Round 87 includes –

• Glasshouse Country Menshed Inc – upgrade facilities
• Maleny Neighbourhood Centre – purchase equipment
• Maleny State School – upgrade playground equipment
• Palmwoods Memorial Hall – install air conditioning
• Caboolture Scouts – to purchase maintenance equipment

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Delivered. Great news for Glass House with the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Bowen Road and Steve Irwin Way commencing.

The $2.4 million will involve:
• installing new traffic signals and signalising existing pedestrian crossings
• upgrades to existing road and intersection street lighting
• changes to business driveways/accesses from Bowen Road
• constructing new footpaths
• road widening on Bowen Road
• installing additional drainage infrastructure.

From early May 2016, works will commence for the project. To ensure the safety of motorists and workers, traffic control including reduced speed limits, shoulder and lane closures will be required at times.

General working hours near residential areas will be between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, weather permitting. In addition to this, electrical night works will occur in preparation for the installation of new lighting from Monday 9 May, 2016 between 6pm and 6am. These electrical works are expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Every effort will be made to reduce potential construction impacts. Local residents and businesses may experience some short term impacts including increased site activity, minor traffic delays, noise, dust and vibration from construction equipment and activities.

I will continue to keep you informed of project activities throughout the construction period, scheduled for completion in late 2016, weather permitting.

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