Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

With the start of the school holidays last week I took the opportunity to head down to the Granite Belt for a couple of days with the family.  Lots of geocaching and family fun.

On Wednesday I was privileged to represent Tim Nicholls at an Investiture Ceremony at Government House before heading to the ‘Welcome to Maleny’ dinner hosted by the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club that evening.

On Friday I met with Kel McNamara from Glasshouse, who has agreed to be the principal petitioner in requesting safety improvements at the intersection of Kilcoy-Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road.  Kel’s business sees him use the intersection frequently and he shared his concerns and ideas on how we could make it safer. I’m keen to take them further.

The Lions Clubs of Caboolture and Woodford were on a recruitment drive at the Wamuran Country Markets on Saturday and it was great to catch up with them there.  If you’re interested in joining the Lions Club and live in the Wamuran and Wararba Creek area let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Mike Christie.

On Saturday night I had the honour of attending the Community Grants night for the Palmwoods Branch of the Heritage Bank and presented some of the 22 recipients with their certificates.  The Heritage Bank in Palmwoods have now provided more than $2 million in Community Grants and continues to support the local community through this great initiative.

 

I was back in Parliament last week and began the week by representing the Leader of the Opposition at this year’s White Ribbon Australia morning tea. I was also honoured to stand alongside Maleny locals Chris Sang and Bill Richardson in opposing men’s violence towards women.

The highlight of the week was the Parliament passing laws making it mandatory for early childhood workers to report suspected cases of child abuse.  This crucial extra layer of protection for Queensland kids follows a long and courageous battle by John and Sue Sandeman.  Mason Parker, their 16-month-old grandson, was murdered in 2011 by his mother’s then-partner.  After taking up the Sandemans’ campaign, Shadow Minister for Education Tracy Davis, introduced the Private Member’s Bill which will now become known as Mason’s Law.  It will not bring a precious little boy back but it will ensure the 28,000 children currently in Queensland child care centres are kept safer.

Great news this week when it was announced that construction will start shortly on additional lanes on the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Coast Motorway exits, as well as new interchanges. I commend the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture on coming up with some very innovative solutions to our interchange problems and along with Ted O’Brien and Andrew Wallace I am thrilled to see our hard work on this initiative pay off.  Thanks to the Turnbull Federal Coalition for their 80% contribution to the nearly $1 Billion project.

Wittafest did not fail to impress again this year and I had some fun celebrating the history, culture and people of Witta with Andrew Wallace.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this fantastic event.

On Sunday I attended the official opening of Ted O’Brien’s office in Maroochydore. Ted is the new Federal Member for Fairfax, and his electorate takes in Palmwoods, Flaxton and Kidaman Creek in the north of the state seat of Glass House.

I was proud to be the team sponsor for the U14 Boys at the Beerwah Glasshouse United Soccer Club this season so I was thrilled to celebrate with them on Sunday afternoon – Premiers and Grand Final Runners Up! Outstanding!

 

Attending Parliament is an important part of my role as your State Member but it’s such a treat when I get to spend the majority of the week in the Glass House electorate.

Last week was no exception, beginning in the south at the Caboolture Historical Village to present them with a Local Heroes Grant to purchase a weed sprayer and to then meet up with President of the Caboolture Classic and Vintage Speedway Association, Mr John Fry, to present a grant to assist in their Quad Bike Education Day.  The north of the electorate didn’t miss out though and I caught up with the Palmwoods Bowls Club to present their grant to install child seat restraints in their bus.  The Glasshouse Men’s Shed were also winners in gaining assistance to purchase some additional tools.

In between constituent appointments, I also had the privilege of presenting Justice of the Peace service certificates to Mr Viv Blowers for 45 years of service and to Wendy Lewis for 25 years  service.  I am very grateful for your service and the essential role you play in our community.

One of the highlights of my week was meeting Mr John Stevenson, 91 year old Town Crier, who is hanging up his “ding-a-ling” (his word, not mine!). On behalf of the many, many communities he has “cried” in I would like to thank him for his years of community service.
During the week I discussed the NDIS rollout with David Dangerfield from The Compass Institute along with Ted O’Brien Federal Member for Fairfax and Andrew Wallace Federal Member for Fisher at the fantastic new Compass Connections Café and then on Friday took part in the Compass Charity Golf Day.  Although the weather was not kind to us, it was still a very successful day.
The kids at Wamuran State School will be holding their Country Fair on Saturday 22nd October and through the week I dropped off a bike I’ve donated (which they’re all keen to win) as part of their mega raffle.  The school is currently trying to raise money to install air conditioning and I wish them all the best in their fundraising endeavours.
Things didn’t slow down over the weekend when I was honoured to present the trophy to the Elimbah Ladybirds Netball Club who were the Division 3 winners on Grand Final day at the Caboolture Netball Association. Outstanding effort ladies!
The Glasshouse Mountains Community Hall celebrated 100 years of history on Saturday where I was able to launch the celebratory book and attend the festivities.
The absolute highlight of my week was escorting my daughter Erin to the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association Adermann Awards where she and her team picked up the Under 13B Champions Trophy.  A very proud Dad moment for me.
I finished off the week with the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild to celebrate their 20th birthday.  They are an amazing, community-minded club of brilliant men and women. Happy Birthday Woodies!!

 

 

 

It was back to parliament last week where I was honoured to be present when my colleague Ros Bates MP tabled the 30,000 strong petition from my constituent Alicia Duvall to introduce Mason’s Law honouring Mason Jet Lee and seeking positive change to protect our most vulnerable kids.

Sports freaks like me were thrilled to have a visit from the Brisbane Heat at Parliament House.  Unfortunately it looks like I won’t be successful in winning a signed Brisbane Heat cricket bat that I was hoping to donate in the Glass House electorate! The aim was to get the most facebook likes by 5pm today and the competition has been fierce!  Thanks to everyone who liked and shared my post.

The people of Glasshouse Mountains have never felt safer now the traffic lights are up and running at both the Reed Street and Bowen Road intersections on Steve Irwin Way.   This really is a great win for the people of Glasshouse. They deserve to be very proud of their efforts in fighting for these vital improvements and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to play my part as their local MP.

I had the pleasure on Friday of meeting San Training Centre’s Reuben Tidy who picked up bronze at the National Taekwondo Championships held in Bendigo, Victoria last weekend. Reuben was the beneficiary of one of my Local Heroes Grants to assist with the costs associated in him competing.  Great job Reuben!

Strawbfest at the Chevallum State School was as action packed and successful as ever on Friday night.  Always a great event and the best part was I got to enjoy it with my family.

My week finished at the Maleny Showgrounds which was invaded by 650 cyclists and their support teams as part of Bicycle Queensland’s Adventure Tour from Woodford to Hervey Bay. It was great to join them for dinner and wish them well for their journey down the hill to Kenilworth.

 

 

 

 

 

Last week saw the end of an era in the Glass House electorate office as Alaina said goodbye to move on to another position in a Federal office.  I will always be grateful for Alaina’s dedication not only to me, but to the people of Glass House in the nearly eight years she has worked with me.  Thank you Alaina!

 

In between our sad farewells, it was a busy week in the electorate.  I attended the Maleny Visitor Information Centre’s AGM followed by a Business and Government Forum hosted by the Sunshine Coast Business Council.  At the Forum I got to meet and listen to Professor Peter Newman from Curtin University who shared some great insights into delivering public transport infrastructure.

 

The LNP annual convention at the end of the week once again provided a great forum to discuss potential policies and ideas that will see our great state move forward.  I was able to address the Convention during a forum on Regional and Rural Policy issues.

 

I finished the week off by attending celebrations at the Palmwoods Scout Den to commemorate 100 years of Scouts in Queensland.

 

Probably the highlight of a very busy Parliamentary sitting week, was being a part of successfully voting down Labor’s extreme vegetation management laws consequently protecting the rights of Queensland farmers while continuing to protect the Great Barrier Reef. After months of uncertainty, Queensland farmers and small business can finally now have confidence in their future.  I know those Glass House residents who contacted me will be breathing a sigh of relief.

There was a touch of sadness (and a bit of fun) as we farwelled Amy Remeikis from the Brisbane Times this week as she moves on to bigger and better things in Canberra.  Good luck Amy!
SEQ Regional Plan Update – During parliament this week MPs were briefed by the Regional Plan Review team. I used the opportunity to raise key issues you’ve shared with me such as: using natural features – like creeks, escarpments or remnant vegetation – as urban footprint boundaries as opposed to roads; restoring the family subdivision rule on rural properties; set backs on rural residential blocks; and giving Councils greater flexibility when considering subdivisions.

To finish off the week I attended the Beerwah Charity Sports Day and of course had to sample some of the cakes on offer.  The day was a great success and better still, all money raised went to Cancer Council Queensland.

Looking forward to spending time back in the Glass House electorate this week!

Amy Remeikis SEQRP update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the local activities I got up to this past week include –

  • Spent time at the LNP stand at the Ekka
  • Addressed students from Grace Lutheran College
  • Community meeting in Beerwah
  • Meetings in Brisbane as part of my Shadow responsibilities
  • Commerce Caboolture AGM
  • Regular catch up with Cr Jenny McKay
  • Visited the Broadwater electorate
  • Attended a Chappy fundraising dinner
  • Had a community BBQ in Glasshouse Mountains to celebrate the traffic lights

 

Most of my week was still spent preparing and appearing before the Estimates hearings for the Queensland Parliament.  Thanks to those people who have provided feedback to my office following my appearance all day on Thursday 28 July.

Some of the other local events I attended include –

  • A 40 year JP presentation to Mr Merv Gilby of Wamuran
  • Presented a new Queensland Flag to the Mt Mee Sate School
  • Palmwoods Tennis Open Day
  • Bruce Highway media with my state and federal colleagues

 

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We are currently in the midst of the Parliamentary Estimate Hearings so I have spent quite a bit of time in Parliament House preparing.  Last week I had the Local Government hearing and this Thursday I will be involved with the Transport and Main Roads session as part of my shadow portfolio responsibilities.  You can watch it online via the Queensland Parliament homepage.

I did manage to catch-up with YMCA Parliament rep for Glass House Eleanor Stewart last Monday and also had morning tea with the lovely ladies at the Palmwoods CWA later in the week.

Palmwoods QCWA

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The week started out with Shadow Cabinet in Toowoomba which was really productive.

The rest of my time was spent in and around the electorate attending various community events and catching up with groups who have recently received my Local Heroes Grants.

The biggest highlight by far was the Reed Street traffic signals being turned on for the first time!  Such a sensational event that will be long remembered by this community.

I also attended assembly at the Maleny State School and the Conondale State School to announce the final donation amount from my annual Maleny-Kenilworth Road Walk.

This donation is made towards both of the Chappys at these schools in recognition of their efforts.

 

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