Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

Some of last week’s activities……

  • As Patron of the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre – QLD it was great to attend a committee meeting and check out the progress on the Beaufort Bomber restoration.
  • Met with Caboolture Community Adult Literacy Group Inc
  • Caught up with Rachel Fentiman who was our sponsor on the Maleny-Montville/Maleny-Landsborough Roads intersection petition. Huge thanks to Rachel and everyone who took the time to sign the petition.  We have correlated the signatures and the petition is now tabled and waiting for a response from the Minister.
  • It was great to make it to the Maleny Commerce breakfast at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Wonderful bunch of small business operators – the economic powerhouse of the Sunny Coast Hinterland.
  • I caught up with a couple of Local Heroes Grant recipients.  Slade North was selected to play in the Softball Queensland Team having represented our region through the Redcliffe Leagues Softball Association and Sandy and Yvonne at the Elimbah Uniting Church who will be buying a new zip water boiler out of their Local Heroes Grant.
  • Meetings with constituents and Shadow portfolio stakeholders
  • Travelled to Cairns and caught up with Mayor Tom Gilmore of the Shire of Mareeba. Tom is also the Chair of the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils so fantastic opportunity to discuss the north’s priorities.

To conclude the week I would like to pay tribute to someone who has had a great impact on me as a Member of Parliament.  Many people have influenced who I am and how I serve as the Member for Glass House, but Joyce Newton is someone very special. Her friendship and support of me over the past decade, her service to the electorate of Glass House and the people of Maleny for the past 43 years and her unending commitment to the values of the LNP – Liberal National Party has led to her receiving an Honorary Life Membership and I was privileged to be present and see Joyce receive her award.  From the depths of my heart, thank you Joyce.

Some of my activities during the last week included:

•  Presenting an Australian Flag to the Maleny Historical Society on behalf of Senator James McGrath and a Queensland flag to Gail at the Maleny Swimming Club
•  Presenting Justice of the Peace Service Certificates to Maleny local Lyn Edwards for 36 years of service and to Vivienne Nelson of Palmwoods for 29 years of service.  Thank you ladies for your service to Queensland
•  Catching up with Cr Jenny McKay at one of our regular brekky catch ups to ensure the two tiers of government continue working together
•  Speaking to students at Mt Mee State School about all things “Government”
•  Constituent meetings
•  Attending a Women in Road Transport breakfast on International Women’s Day
•  Presenting a Local Heroes Grant to the Palmwoods Netball Club
•  Doorknocking in Glasshouse Mountains
•  Getting behind the BBQ at the Palmwoods Warriors Football Club on Saturday morning
•  Co-hosting the Woodford Pool Party to raise funds for the local Chappys

I was back in parliament last week where we were due to debate two abortion bills that were introduced by the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and were being strongly pushed by Labor’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.  The LNP made a public commitment to oppose both of these Bills after allowing Members a conscience vote, given the well-established convention for conscience votes for matters that go to the start and end of life.  It was a unanimous resolution that every member of the LNP indicated that they could not, in good conscience, support either of the Bills.  The Bills have now been withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament and referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for further advice and analysis.

I would like to provide some insight into my consideration of the Bills.

These Bills were unsatisfactory and the withdrawal of these Bills vindicates this position.  The first Bill left the entire area of abortion unregulated and this was clearly untenable.  The second Bill attempted to correct the failures of the first Bill but fell well short. It created further risk and uncertainty as shown in the Parliamentary Committee report. In fact, the second Bill sought to make it legal for a woman to secure her own abortion without medical supervision – including by the use of illicitly obtained drugs.  It also created additional legal uncertainty and an ongoing legislative conflict between the Criminal Code and the Health Act.

This is often a very personal issue and people have strong views on both sides of the argument and I thank Glass House constituents for passing on their comments.

Parliament can sometimes be fun and there was plenty to smile about at the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the AFL.

It is always good to return to the electorate and on Friday I met with representatives from the Department of Transport and Main roads to be briefed about projects in Glass House and met with constituents.  I also dropped in to the new Maleny Police Station.

The weekend was taken up with Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg.

Looking forward to spending the coming week in the beautiful Glass House electorate.

AP with AFL mascots Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg

 

Great to be back in the electorate this week and to also travel to other regions as part of my Shadow Ministry role.

Here is the week that was:

  • meetings with constituents and transport industry representatives in the Glass House electorate
  • attended school leadership ceremony at Woodford State School
  • attended Celebrate Glasshouse Country Tourism Launch
  • attended Maleny Hospital Auxiliary AGM
  • attended Glasshouse Chamber of Commerce meeting
  • attended Maleny Lions Youth of the Year event
  • attended school leadership ceremony at Chevallum State School
  • along with Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, announced our Get Queensland Working policy – incentives for businesses that take on apprentices and job-seekers (including Work Cover premium discounts) and Tools for Tradies vouchers
  • attended Montville Village Association information session on the South East Queensland Regional Plan
  • meetings with residents, stakeholders and council representatives in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport, Main Roads and Local Government in the Condamine, Toowoomba North and Toowoomba South electorates
  • attended the presentation of Queen’s Scout Award to Alex Colvin
  • presented certificate and cheque to Peachester State School P & C as a recipient of a Local Heroes Grant

 

It was back to Parliament this week where the LNP has put into the Parliament strong reforms to tackle the growing scourge of domestic violence in Queensland.

These include:

1.     Bail is not a right – Reversing the onus of proof for bail, forcing those charged with domestic violence crimes to prove why they deserve bail.

2.     DV Alert System – Issuing a notification if an offender has applied or been granted bail or parole to give victims and their families time to mentally and physically prepare.

3.     GPS Monitoring – Monitoring high-risk offenders by GPS tracking to ensure the safety of victims and their families through the court process, which can often be lengthy.

4.     Urgent Appeal Rights – Introducing an urgent appeal right for bail decisions​ and ensure they are finalised within three business days. The alleged offender will stay in custody during the appeal – not out in the community – giving police the tools they need to better protect the community through the bail process.

Help make these laws a reality by taking the pledge to end domestic and family violence at the link on my homepage.
On returning to the electorate it was an honour to join the amazing team at Act for Mason, and some of my colleagues along with hundreds of others as we ‘Walked for Mason’ to call on the Government to ensure no other child has to go through what 21 month old Mason Jet Lee endured.

On Saturday I went to the Big Pineapple Renewal Open Day to see the plans the new owners have to renew and sustain the future of this famous icon.  There are exciting times ahead and more information is available on their website at www.bigpineapple.com.au.

On Sunday I finished off the week by attending the Peachester Community Church Service of Celebration.  After 95 years, the much loved and utilised Peachester Uniting Church transitions to community ownership, managed by the Peachester Hall Committee.

 

 

Last week’s activities included:

•Visiting the new Pumicestone State School where I had the pleasure of donating a reading chair to the school and I was thrilled to be asked to come along and read a book to the kids

•Attending the Delaneys Creek State School Leader’s ceremony.  Great to meet the 2017 leaders

•Attended a breakfast with Scott Emerson at the Maleny Hotel where Scott spoke about the economy and small business

•Received a briefing with Tim Nicholls from Commissioner Phillip Strachan on the state of Queensland Rail

•Presented a JP service certificate to Ruth Osberger for 36 years of service as a JP in Queensland

•Attended the Maleny Singers AGM

After concluding last year attending lots of school graduation celebrations, the beginning of the school year now brings many leadership ceremonies which I have great pleasure in attending.  It’s exciting to meet our new leaders of the future and I wish all the kids well for a great year.

During this past week my movements included:

  • constituent appointments
  • on site meetings regarding road concerns
  • mobile offices in Glasshouse and Conondale
  • briefing by Maleny Bowls Club on their 80th year celebrations
  • meetings with Transport and Main Roads stakeholders and groups
  • attending Maleny State School leadership ceremony
  • launching a petition for improvements at the Landsborough-Maleny Road and Maleny-Montville Road intersection
  • meeting with Local Government representatives
  • attending the Maleny RSL Annual Reunion Luncheon
  • being special guest at an LNP meeting in Nanango

 

 

It was schools, schools and more schools last week with lots of ceremonies taking place in the last school week for 2016.  It was great to share in the celebrations at seven different schools for the end of year award ceremonies and to wish the graduating students all the best for their journeys into high school.  Congratulations to kids from Palmwoods State School, Maleny Primary School, Mt Mee State School, Beerburrum State School, Wamuran State School, Eudlo State School and Delaneys Creek State School.

The merriment continued as I hosted my two annual Christmas Community events in Maleny on Tuesday and Woodford on Friday.  Thanks to everyone who came along to share in the festivities.

It was a pleasure to host Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events, in the Glass House electorate during last week to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues I am still fighting for and allow Tim to spend some time with locals from all corners of the electorate.  Almost 100 community members were able to talk to Tim at a morning tea in Woodford and an afternoon tea at Montville and the rest of our tour included:

• Inspection of the new Pumicestone State School which is opening in 2017 and was approved and funded by the LNP government
• Visits to Woodfordia and the Woodford Sale Yards which highlighted the diversity of our local communities – the artistic and creative excitement that is the Woodford Folk Festival and the honest, hardworking, salt of the earth cattlemen and women, one of our many local agricultural pursuits
• Briefing at the site of the proposed Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new Drop ‘n Go at the Maleny State School
• Inspection of the intersection at Jubilee Drive, Chevallum Road and Woombye Palmwoods Road which is a nightmare for those who use it on a regular basis and while the rail duplication would ultimately solve the issue we all know that is a long way off under the current Government.

On Wednesday I popped in to see Neil and Wendy Crane, proprietors of the Elimbah store who sadly will be closing their doors after over 20 years due to their lease not being renewed. It’s just not going to be the same without Neil and Wendy at the helm and we will miss you  (and your dim sims) so much. Thank you for your years of serving our community.

In between schools I also had the opportunity to catch up with Malcolm Holst of Ilkley and say thank you for more than 40 years of service to this state as a Justice of the Peace.  Outstanding!

I attended the annual Maleny Christmas Street Carnival on Friday night and this year I also got to help judge the ‘best decorate beard’ competition.  Congratulations to Ray – very impressive.

In amongst all the Christmas cheer, I dropped in on the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club “Save Our Club” update. I’d like to pay special tribute to both the past and present committees as it’s only because of their efforts that the lights are still on!

My office will be closing on Friday 16 December and will reopen on Monday 9th of January 2017.  I look forward to sharing with you again in 2017.

The last week of Parliament sitting last week brought some late nights with a lot to be finalised before the end of the year.

Highlights of the week were:
•The LNP announcing that a future LNP government will implement ‘No Body, No Parole’ laws in Queensland.  This means that convicted killers who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped a body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders.  The news was welcomed by Bruce and Denise Morcombe who said it was a huge win for victims and their families!
•The turning on of the Parliamentary Christmas Tree lights!
•Standing up against violence against women with my parliamentary colleagues – White Ribbon Day 2016.
•Debate on the Taxi Industry Assistance Package.  This bill is flawed and botched and is a real kick in the guts to taxi and limo operators.  The LNP also welcomes competition but there must be fair compensation and a fair and level playing field for the personalised transport industry and I am working with providers for a fairer go.

On returning to the electorate on Friday morning, I attended the Elimbah Excellence Parade and was honoured to present the award for Dux of the school to Emelia from year 6.  Then it was off to Beerburrum State School for a pizza party with the year two class.  The winner of my Christmas Artwork Competition this year was Andre De Clara who not only won a prize for himself, but he also won a pizza party for his whole class.  Well done Andre and thanks kids for the fun at lunch.

The Glasshouse Country RSL recently picked up $12,500 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels so it was great to catch up with them and discuss their plans.

Another school event to finish off my Friday and it was a huge night, full of brilliant kids, dance, drama and carols at the Peachester State School Awards Night.

Ironically on Saturday night a storm took out the power at the official turning on of the WoW – Windows of Woodford illuminated art boxes. Regardless, it’s a brilliant project and brain child of the Woodford Lions, ably supported by the Woodford Folk Festival and Cr Adrian Raedel.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go and take it look.  They look great.

Not even an almighty storm could stop Crystal and Fred Peters and the Stoney Creek Rural Fire Brigade from holding their Christmas bash on Saturday night too!

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In case you missed the story in last week’s Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, the new Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new school “Drop N Go” took a huge step in the right direction recently. The Education Department has agreed to a new aquatic centre being built on the school’s lower oval. Plenty still to do – my immediate focus is to get detailed traffic designs prepared for the new intersection and “Drop N Go”. Great partnership to date with Cr Jenny McKay and Greg and Kim from Maleny District Sport and Rec Club.

Click on the link to see the full media release:

Powell and McKay Media Release – New Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and School ‘Drop n Go’ take huge step forward

 

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