Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

Parliament sat this week in Brisbane, during which a Dairyfarmers Rally was held to protest against what is happening with milk prices in Australia.

It was great to see my old friends Ross and Sally Hopper, owners of Maleny Dairies, at the rally.  They are huge supporters of local dairy farmers in the Glass House electorate and produce some of the best milk and associated products in the country!

During the week I also caught up with the Queensland State of Origin NRL team which was awesome and helped raise much needed funds for Chaplains at the Helping Hope Happen Dinner.

Maleny Milks Qld team to ParliamentHelping Hope Happen Dinner for Chappies

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Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
25 May 2016
If safety is a priority..where are the Flashing Lights for Peachester?

On the back of an announcement on 23 May that 100 additional schools are set to receive flashing school zone signs across Queensland, the Peachester community are asking why they weren’t included.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning on behalf of Peachester residents who desperately want to see flashing school zone lights installed at their school.

“The Peachester State School is located on a busy tourist and truck traffic route and members of the school community have repeatedly asked for flashing lights to remind drivers a school zone is approaching.

“To say I am disappointed that 100 schools in Queensland will have the lights installed but Peachester has missed out is an understatement.”

Mr Powell, with the support of the Peachester P & C sponsored a petition in August 2015 calling on the Government to make Peachester a priority and ensure they were on the list for the next round of light installation.

“Yet again we have been let down by this Government and even when I sponsored a petition in 2015 and gathered just over 600 signatures, they have still knocked us back.

“In a town like Peachester, six hundred signatures is a lot and really does demonstrate how important these lights are to the community.  They want the assurance that their kids will be safe, and really, who can blame them.

“I made a very clear commitment to the Peachester community that I will continue to fight for these flashing lights and I will continue to advocate on their behalf until we see them installed.”

Ends – 25 May 2016

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Activities around Small Business Week occupied most of my week as I visited the following businesses post the awards night on 16 May.

The businesses I visited include – Spicers Clovelly, Glasshouse Mountains IGA, Elimbah General Store, Woodford Medical Centre, Rosetta Books, Mobile Daily Grind, Concept IT, Clockshop and Beerwah Hair and Beauty.

Other events that I participated in are –

Red Shield Appeal in Caloundra

Ride to Work day in Brisbane

Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre Open Day

Palmwoods State School Country Fair

Caboolture and Districts Woodcrafters 18th birthday celebrations.

Palmwoods SS Fair Ride to work

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I held a morning tea in my office last week to celebrate our Glass House volunteers as part of National Volunteers Week.

We have so many amazing people in our community that give up their own time every day to help others – they really are the unsung heroes of Glass House and they deserved to be thanked!

 

Parliament was in session all of last week so that made for a busy weekend catching up with community members at our local events.

Some of the things I participated in included –

A morning tea in my office for Volunteers Week 2016

The Maleny Show Dance

The Woodford Show Ball

And the family and I visited Rick’s Garage in Palmwoods to celebrate my birthday on Sunday!

 

17 May 2016

Inaugural ‘Glassy’s’ a huge success

Over 150 people representing businesses across the Glass House electorate had their moment to shine on Monday night when Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, held the inaugural Glass House Small Business Awards.

“It was just amazing to see so many business operators and employees, put on their finest attire and show up to be congratulated for their contribution to our community.

“The night was all about promoting and encouraging the many local small businesses we have in Glass House and giving them the opportunity to bask in the spotlight, if only for one night.

“Feedback on the night has been excellent so it looks almost certain that this awards night will be a fixture in the Glass House calendar for years to come.

“The Gold Glassy winner in the business category, Concept IT, have shown true dedication to delivering excellent customer service and have demonstrated they can diversify their business and move with the changing demands of the retail market.

“Jodie Pember, Gold Glassy winner in the Employee category, has clearly wowed the Glasshouse community with her superior customer skills through her work at the Glasshouse Mountains IGA.

“All of the nominees and winners on the night should be so proud to be delivering the very best for our Glass House community and I would encourage the wider Coast population to show their support to some of those nominated when they are next visiting our beautiful part of the world,” Mr Powell concluded.

[ENDS] 17 May 2016

Final winners and special thanks list

Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
28 April 2016

Voting in Glassy’s ends 6 May

Voting in the inaugural Glass House Small Business Awards ends on Friday 6 May and local Member, Andrew Powell, is reminding the community to get your vote counted.

“Since going live with the final list of nominated businesses in early April we have been inundated with votes from across the region.  It is just so wonderful to see how much support we are getting for our small business owners and their hardworking staff.

“I know I keep saying it but small businesses really are a vital part of our regional community as they provide us with the necessary goods and services that we require to function in our everyday life and they provide the local jobs.

“Most small businesses also give back to our local community by supporting financially or in kind, our volunteer organisations and local schools so they deserve to be acknowledged for their service.

Mr Powell, with support from the local Chambers of Commerce, launched his Small Business Awards as a way of recognising the efforts of small businesses and their employees and offering them the opportunity to have public acknowledgment for their ongoing contribution.

All nominated businesses and or employees have been invited to attend a Gala event to be held during Queensland Small Business Week in May.

“Winners of the Bronze Glassy will be chosen by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce organisations – a type of peer recognition award and the Silver Glassy will be awarded to the business and employee in each region with the most amount of votes.

“The coveted Gold Glassy will go to one business and one employee from across the Glass House electorate – selected from the nominated Bronze and Silver category winners.

“Time is running out to make sure you visit my website and vote for your favourite business or employee before 6 May.” Mr Powell concluded.

Small Business Awards

#Powell4GlassHouse
[ENDS] 28 April 2016

 

Andrew Powell
Member for Glass House
26 April 2016

Join the Maleny-Kenilworth Road fight – Friday 20 May

It is approaching that time of year again where Andrew Powell, Member for Glass House, will strap on his walking shoes and make the 35 kilometre journey from Little Yabba Creek to Maleny to reaffirm his ongoing fight for funds to upgrade the road.

“After having to call on the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to immediately fix large hazardous pot holes ahead of Easter, I’m particularly fired up about this year’s walk and our need to send a very strong and clear message to the Minister.

“I’m calling on locals from all over the Hinterland to join me this year so we can show our united focus to improve safety on the road.  You can walk the whole journey or even just a kilometre, every little bit will help.”

Mr Powell recently asked the Minister for Main Roads a question in Parliament regarding the completion of a planning project into the cost of widening and re-surfacing a 2.9km section of the road, south of the Cambroon Bridge.  The Minister confirmed the full upgrade of this section would cost $5.5 million – funding that currently doesn’t exist.

“I know my job as the local Member is to continue to demonstrate to the Minister how desperately we need this road upgraded and why our safety is at risk every time we use the road.

“This annual walk may be seen as a political stunt by some, but if that’s the only way we can show the Government how serious we are, then I make no apologies for this.”

Mr Powell also uses this annual walk to raise funds for Chappy Tressa from Conondale State School and Chappy Becky from Maleny State School.

“Our Chappy’s are a vital part of our school community and deserve every bit of our support.  Please consider making a donation to Scripture Union (SU) and nominate either of these Chappy’s in your donation so they can continue to help our kids.

“If you would like to join me on this year’s walk or would like to make a donation to SU, please get in contact with my office or send me a message via my website,” Mr Powell concluded.

https://www.suqld.org.au/donate

#Powell4GlassHouse
[ENDS] 26 April 2016

 

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Back from leave and straight into Parliament last week which was an incredibly busy one.

On Friday, I spent the day at two local schools who held their ANZAC services, Conondale and Palmwoods.  It was great to see the kids participate in the tribute to our ANZAC’s and wonderful to see so many of them express their emotions on how the day made them feel.

On Saturday night I also attended the annual MDSRC Sportsman’s dinner which is always very enjoyable!

Well done to the organisers on a fantastic event.

Group shot

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Today Tim Nicholls MP and I stood alongside the Master Electricians Australia and electrical contractors to launch “Save Our Sparkies”.

Labor is planning to let their merged energy monolith to compete against mum and dad small business across the state.

What next? State owned butchers? If you want to stand alongside the electrical contractors please sign the petition – http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2570

 

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