Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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I’m on leave with the family until Parliament resumes on Monday 18 April.

Don’t hesitate to contact the office while I am away as my staff may be able to assist you.

Otherwise I will endeavour to get back to you once I return from Parliament.

 

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160330 - Out and About Family

Jenny McKay

I managed to spend some quality time with my kids and my extended family over the Easter break.  We headed up to the Bunya Mountains which was really delightful – the Easter bunny even managed to find his way to the kids so they were pretty happy!

I’ve spent time out and about in the electorate catching up with various community groups and individuals which has certainly kept me busy.  It was a pleasure to attend the Maleny Probus Club AGM and welcome new President Ken Guy.

I also had my regular catch up with Cr Jenny McKay last week and attended a dinner in Yandina with Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker.

 

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After being contacted by locals I chased up the deterioration of Maleny-Kenilworth Road at Cambroon with TMR. Here’s their response…

“Thank you for your email of 10 March 2016 requesting urgent maintenance on Maleny-Kenilworth Road between Lees Road and Mary River Bridge Road.

An officer from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) inspected this section of road on Friday, 11 March 2016. Due to the road’s increased deterioration as a result of the current weather pattern, TMR will be taking immediate action to improve the condition of the road with interim pothole patching to take place this week, weather permitting.

TMR also advises that a more substantial repair will be carried out before the end of April 2016.”

 

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On Wednesday evening (9 March 2016) the Maleny State School P&C Association voted unanimously in support of the Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and School “Kiss/Drop and Go” projects progressing.

The Association did express concerns around security, ongoing access by students to the new pool and the need to cover the “Kiss/Drop and Go” and it’s connection to the school and has asked that these issues be addressed as the project develops.

This decision by the P&C will now inform a brief to the Minister for Education who ultimately must approve the project, particularly the opening of negotiations with Sunshine Coast Regional Council over the proposed transfer or leasing of land.

Ends – 14 March 2016

Andrew Powell MP

Member for Glass House

 

 

 

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Some of the local events I participated in this past week include –

  • Fundraiser for the Elimbah State School Chappy
  • Maleny Commerce Breakfast
  • Opening of N Block at Glasshouse Christian College
  • Visit to Wamuran Seafoods and other small businesses
  • Flag presentation to Palmwoods Kindy
  • Annual Dance for Daniel Morcombe
  • Wamuran Warriors Netball catch up

 

It was great to be back in Glass House after two weeks in Parliament.

I spent quite a lot of time travelling around the electorate promoting the Glass House Small Business Awards.  I caught up with businesses in Woodford, Glasshouse, Maleny and Palmwoods to let them know how they can nominate.

Other local activities I attended include –

  • Beerwah High School Chappy breakfast
  • Palmwoods State School leadership ceremony
  • Woodford State School leadership ceremony
  • Chappy Chris Davis and Becky from Maleny State School’s ‘Milkin’ it for Charity’ at the Maleny Dairies
  • Clean-Up Australia Day events at Glasshouse and Maleny

 

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Parliament sat for the second week in a row and didn’t fail to deliver strong debate around many issues affecting Queenslanders.  I took to Facebook during the week to ask community views on banning plastic bags in Queensland and also the introduction of new legislation around Smoke Alarms.  It was great to get so many comments from Glass House people and I will certainly bear these in mind going forward.

Other activities I participated in included –

  • A tour of the National Cricket Centre
  • Memorial dinner for former LNP President Bruce McIver
  • Senate Pre-selection
  • Sporting activities with the family

23 February 2016

Five local groups or individuals have this week been announced as Round One winners of Andrew Powell’s 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, Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes grants have proven very popular since the local Member announced this program in January 2016.

“I’ve been the local MP for seven years now and I know how our community groups in particular are doing it tough.  They can’t make changes or upgrades to their facilities without funding and with so many people vying for only a few pots of money, it makes it really tough.

“I know my grants will give a small but valuable injection of funds to some of these groups and I am so pleased that I have this opportunity to help.

Mr Powell’s Local Heroes Grants were announced in January 2016 and there will be five more rounds this year.

Winners for Round One:
Glasshouse Community Hall – to go towards their 100th Birthday of the Hall celebrations;
Delaneys Creek Pony Club – to assist in the operations of their tuckshop;
Smart Pup for Ella – Maleny – to assist in purchasing a Smart Pup for Prep Student Ella
Sarah Peters – Conondale – to attend the World Paint Horse Show
Conondale State School P & C – to renew equipment in the school tuckshop.

“I did squeeze in one extra recipient this time round as it was just so hard to choose.  Unfortunately no groups from the Palmwoods area submitted a nomination this round so hopefully word gets out and we have a few to choose from next time.

Round 2 – Monday 11 April
Round 3 – Monday 13 June
Round 4 – Monday 15 August
Round 5 – Monday 10 October
Round 6 – Monday 12 December

To apply for the grants visit Andrew’s website – www.andrewpowell.com.au

#Powell4GlassHouse
[ENDS] 23 February 2016

Parliament resumed for the year and it sure was a big one.  We sat until 3am on Thursday morning debating the Labour Party Lockout Laws and did eventually see them passed, much to the LNP’s disappointment.  Please see my speech in the Speech section of my website or on Facebook to see why I voted against the Labor Party’s laws.

Once back in the electorate on Friday I was kept very busy catching up with the recipients of grants in Round One of my Local Heroes Grants.  I caught up with the hardworking volunteers from the Glasshouse Community Hall, two of the ladies from Conondale State School tuckshop and also the gorgeous Ella from Maleny State School who has waged a fundraising campaign so her family can purchase her a Smart Pup.  On Sunday I also caught up with some of the members and their horses at the Delaneys Creek Pony Club to congratulate them on winning one of my grants.

Other local activities I attended last weekend include –  the Elimbah State School leadership ceremony, a 40 year JP certificate presentation to Mr David Keir of Bellthorpe, call in to the Blackall Range Growers Market at Witta, a drop in to the Maleny Swimming Carnival to present a few awards and I also called in to congratulate the Landsborough Tennis Club on their recent Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant.

 

 

My week of activities included –

  • Delaneys Creek State School leadership parade
  • Maleny Commerce monthly meeting
  • Meeting with Sunshine Coast Co-ordinator of Red Frogs Australia, Dan
  • Chevallum State School Investiture Parade
  • Catch up with Judy from Celebrate Beerwah and Michael from Glasshouse Musos to celebrate their successful grant application
  • Eudlo State School Leadership Parade
  • Regular catch up meeting with Cr Jenny McKay
  • Opening ceremony at Caboolture Montessori State School
  • Palmwoods Tennis Open Day
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