Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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Great week catching up on local activities in the electorate.

  • I started on Tuesday with a visit to Mr and Mrs Clarkson who have been loyal LNP members for 40 years.
  • I also spent time at the Peachester State School to celebrate their participation in the Premier’s Reading challenge this year.
  • In Palmwoods I caught up with Mr Ron Toomey who has been presented with his 40 years service award for being a Justice of the Peace.
  • My monthly catch up with Cr Jenny McKay was held at the amazing Monica’s Café in Maleny.
  • Attended the LNP State Council on the weekend.
  • Lastly I popped in on the Mingle and Jingle in Maleny, hosted by the Maleny Show Society.

 

 

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Parliament was in session all of this week and I was able to join my colleagues in participating in a very moving ceremony to mark Remembrance Day.

I also participated in the annual City vs Country Touch Footy match on Monday night which is always great fun.

Back at home in the electorate for the weekend and I spent some priceless time with my family celebrating my wife’s 40th birthday.

Remembrance Day

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This week’s activities included –

  • Doorknocking in Palmwoods where I asked locals to take part in my 30 second survey
  • Catch up with Cr Rick regarding local Glasshouse issues
  • Attended the Maleny Rotary Club’s Melbourne Cup fundraiser lunch for Melbourne Cup with some of my staff
  • Woodford State School’s graduation ceremony
  • Judging the entries from school children in Glass House for my annual Christmas competition
  • Attended the 22nd Annual State Conference for the Queensland Justices Association

Andrew on train Door knocking Palmwoods Melbourne Cup 2015

Parliament was in session last week and I had the pleasure of welcoming some students from Maleny school, Ananda Marga River School.  They were a great bunch of kids and really seemed to enjoy their time in Parliament House.

On my return to the electorate I attended the following events –

  • Annual Day for Daniel
  • Held a cupcake stall at the front of the Maleny Newsagent to raise awareness of the excellent work the Morcombe Foundation do for our kids
  • Had a meeting with the Maleny High School Environment Committee
  • Held a BBQ and Mobile office in Conondale
  • Attending a Dad and Daughter Dance at the Palmwoods State School to raise money for the Palmwoods Chappy
  • Attended the memorial celebration for the Woombye Light Horse group

It is not often that a local Member is approached to reduce a speed limit on a local road, but the Wamuran community have been demanding action to reduce the speed near Rangeview Estate for too long and are tired of the excuses given by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has joined their pleas for help and has again written to the Minister for Main Roads asking that this be given upmost priority before lives are lost.

“We know the entrance to County Drive in Wamuran has long been a source of concern for residents but with population growth in this area, we can’t continue to compromise the safety of Wamuran residents.

Councillor for the area, Adrian Raedel, is also strongly in favour of a speed reduction in this area.

“It doesn’t matter where I go, whether I’m at the monthly Wamuran Sports Dinner or at a mobile office, people continue to bring up the need to address safety concerns at County Drive.

“It is not uncommon to see seven or more cars backed up along County Drive at peak times trying to get onto the Highway.  Safety is a real issue and it shouldn’t take a fatal accident to make changes when the community is calling for them.” Cr Raedel stated.

Mr Powell is calling on the Government to shift the 80km/hr zone on the D’Aguilar Highway from outside the Vet to east of the County Drive/Turnbull Drive intersections – a distance of less than a kilometre.

“I acknowledge the recent news that TMR are making changes to the entrance to the Wamuran township, something I have been working on for many years.

“But TMR needs to go one step further and reduce the speed on either side of the County Drive intersection before it’s too late.  Using the excuse that there have not been enough accidents just doesn’t cut it anymore.  I don’t want any accidents. I don’t want any unnecessary deaths.

“This is one of the most important issues affecting the Wamuran community and they have my commitment that I will do what I can to fight to see changes made.”

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[ENDS] 28 October 2015

Lots of activities around the traps this week –

  • Popped in and saw Mrs Margaret Newton whose husband Bill passed away recently.  Bill was a former Member of Parliament for this area and I presented Mrs Newton with a copy of the Condolence Motion I gave in Parliament on Bill’s life and service to Queensland.
  • Spent some time doorknocking the streets of Wamuran garnering the views of residents on many local and state issues.
  • Personally presented the Maleny Tennis Club with a certificate to recognise their recent successful funding grant application.
  • Joined my Federal colleague Wyatt Roy to celebrate the sod turning for road works on the D’Aguilar Highway.
  • Kicked off the annual Blackall 100 race – record competitors this year and such a great event for our local economy.
  • Had a family lunch on Sunday to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.  I’m so thankful that my kids have both sets of Grandparents still here to celebrate and enjoy their childhood with.

 

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Seven years in the making!

Turning the sod on $16 million of upgrades to the D’Aguilar Highway at Gamgee Road, Wamuran.

Huge thanks to my mate Wyatt Roy and his federal colleagues for fully funding this project. Exciting day!!
November 2015 – Update from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) on the D’Aguilar Highway Safety Improvement Project (Caboolture to Kilcoy).

Current work includes:
· Constructing a 1.2km overtaking lane (eastbound) between the two Gamgee Road intersections, with a one-metre wide painted centre median
treatment along the length of the overtaking lane to separate opposing traffic lanes.
· Safety improvements at the two Gamgee Road intersections with the D’Aguilar Highway including providing dedicated turning lanes and lighting
at the Gamgee Road east intersection.
· Pavement rehabilitation and drainage improvements for a 2.1km section of highway between the two Gamgee Road intersections.

General working hours near residential areas will be between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, weather permitting. If work is required outside these hours, the project team will contact local residents who may be affected.

Earthworks and vegetation clearing for road widening will take place on the D’Aguilar Highway between the Gamgee Road intersections throughout November and December, weather permitting. To ensure the safety of motorists and workers, traffic control including reduced speed limits, shoulder and lane closures will be required at times.

The Gamgee Road (east) intersection with the D’Aguilar Highway will be relocated east from its current location and will close from mid-November 2015, weather permitting. During this closure, motorists travelling to Gamgee Road will be diverted via Gamgee Road (west) intersection and Station Road (also detailed in the map below).

Every effort will be made to reduce potential construction impacts. At various times 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.

 

 

The weather event that occurred in South East Queensland on Friday 1 May will long live in the memory of many Queenslanders.  Residents in Caboolture were one of the hardest hit and suffered the ultimate tragedy with the loss of so many lives.

One of the key concerns of locals – both those flooded and those cut off by the flooding – has been the southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway at King John Creek.

Following an announcement by Federal MPs Wyatt Roy, Mal Brough, Luke Howarth and James McGrath, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP has received a number of requests for more information.

“It is great to see the federal and state government have announced planning will commence in early 2016 but locals have been asking what that really means,” Mr Powell said.

“Essentially the planning intends to investigate flood immunity and future safety improvements on the stretch of Bruce Highway between the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange and the Caloundra Road Interchange.

“The flood immunity of King John Creek Bridge and two others will form part of the future staged upgrade of the Highway,” he said.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will commence the $8 million Bruce Highway Planning Project in early 2016 and have advised this project is a priority.

“They say it will have priority but I just hope they realise how desperately this community needs to see not only a plan but action.  They simply have to prioritise this project so we can avoid events like those in May.

“The community shouldn’t have to worry about travelling on our state’s main highway every time we get rain, nor should adjacent residents fear flooding so we need to work together to ensure we can stop this from happening in the future.”

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Mr Powell pays his respects to the families who lost loved ones during this weather event.

[ENDS] 29 October 2015

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