Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

Last week I attended Parliament however due to illness in my immediate family I had to return home on Thursday and was unable to attend any scheduled events over the weekend.  My speeches from Parliament will be loaded onto the website when they become available.  In the meantime if you would like to read more about what has been happening in the Glass House electorate, please follow the link to my recent e-newsletter.

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I started the week by travelling to the Gympie, Hervey Bay and Burnett electorates to discuss all things Transport, Main Roads and Local Government.  It was a great opportunity also to catch up with my good friend, and now Mayor of Bundaberg, Jack Dempsey over breakfast. He has a real vision and passion for where the Bundaberg Region can go.  Thanks to Tony Perrett, Ted Sorensen and Stephen Bennett for hosting me in your patches.

My thanks to Andrew Wallace for the opportunity on Wednesday to brief Federal Minister Darren Chester MP on the importance of the North Coast Rail Duplication. Great having Ted O’Brien’s support too with both levels of government working together towards this vital service.

On Thursday I presented a Queensland Flag to the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop in preparation for the grand opening of their Beersheba Living Museum which I attended on Saturday with my family.    It started with a Anzac Centenary Queensland grant but the 5th Light Horse Regiment and the Maleny District Sport and Rec Club have turned it in to something truly special.

I was honoured to be a part of the Maleny State High School Awards Night on Thursday where I met one of our leaders of the future – Sholto Muir who collected several awards on the night.

It was an absolute pleasure to host Ros Bates, Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Senior, in the Glass House electorate last week.  It was great to show Ros the amazing things that the Compass Institute are doing by taking her on a tour of the Compass farm with DJ as our host.  We met with Bruce and Denise Morcombe before taking part in the Walk for Daniel on Friday morning followed by a Community Morning Tea in my office.  Special thanks to John Pearce from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for attending and sharing with us the wonderful things the Foundation is doing for victims of crime.

On Friday afternoon it was great to introduce Ros Bates MP to Mal Thomson and the amazing team at the Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre.   They offer an impressive array of support programs and their work with the broader Caboolture community is irreplaceable.

 

I began my week visiting the Aspley electorate in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads where I spent the morning with my good friend Tracy Davis MP inspecting road issues in the Aspley electorate.  Later that day I travelled to Canberra where I met with Ministers, including Senator Fiona Nash, ensuring that the  Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions are front and centre on the Federal Government’s agenda.

On Wednesday I was on the Gold Coast to attend the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference.

Needless to say I was glad to be back in Glass House later in the week in time to welcome and introduce Miss Rodeo America, Miss Rodeo Canada, Miss Rodeo Australia and Miss Rodeo Warwick to Wes and the team at Australia Zoo.

Unfortunately it was necessary for me to head back to Brisbane on Friday to front a media conference and ask the Transport Minister to explain why one hundred train services were cancelled that day.  An incredible disruption and inconvenience for commuters and I fear there are more disruptions to come.

It was my great pleasure to present grant certificates to the Maleny Men’s Shed and Maleny Girl Guides over the weekend who between them received over $65,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for construction and upgrades.  I finished off the week attending the Wamuran School Country Fair.

 

 

 

I was back in Parliament last week and was fortunate to be a part of two very important bills being passed through the House.  The first was the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 and the second was the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.  I have been approached regularly by constituents who have an interest in both these issues and I know they will be overjoyed by these Bills being passed.  If you would like to read my contribution to the debates, please go to my facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/andrewpowellmp/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

We celebrated Yellow Ribbon Day on Tuesday where we thanked our amazing volunteers in the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades. We are fortunate to have many Rural Fire Brigades in the Glass House electorate and our communities are safer because of them.   I would like to again thank the Elimbah/ Donnybrook RFS, Wamuran Rural Fire Brigade, Mt Mee Rural Fire Service, Delaneys Creek RFSQ, Woodford Rural Fire Brigade, Stony Creek RFB, Stanmore Rural Fire Brigade, Peachester Rural Fire Brigade, Glasshouse Rural Fire Brigade, Beerwah Rural Fire Brigade, Landsborough Rural Fire Brigade, Maleny RFB, Conondale RFB, Montville Rural Fire Brigade, Palmwoods Rural Fire Brigade, and Eudlo Rural Fire Brigade.

Back in the electorate on Friday, I did some doorknocking in the Glasshouse / Beerwah area encouraging people to sign our petition calling on the Minister for Main Roads to commission immediate planning, funding and construction of safety upgrades to the intersection of Kilcoy-Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road at Beerwah.  People power certainly worked at the Reed Street and Bowen Road intersections, so we are hopeful of another great result for this intersection.  Thanks to everyone who has signed so far!  You can also sign the online petition by going to the following link:  http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

The Maleny State School Country Fair never disappoints and on Friday night I was able to take some of my tribe along to share the festivities (and fairy floss).

On Saturday I attended one of the community consultations for the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Duplication. Unfortunately the first stage of the duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough is no closer to being built and Labor’s consultation process on yet another study into the Beerburrum to Landsborough duplication is a sham.  The fact that the Government has planned to spend millions of dollars on upgrading platforms indicates that they never intend to straighten or improve the line past Landsborough.   The fight for the duplication continues……..

Sadly my Celebrity XI were not triumphant this year against the Maleny Maulers at the Annual Charity Cricket match but we did manage to raise a decent wad of cash for the Lung Foundation of Australia and had a blast along the way.   Thanks to everyone’s support on the day, over $1200 will be passed along to the Lung Foundation.

On Sunday morning I emceed the Lions Mountain View Challenge where there was a great turnout of those eager to participate in a 10km run or a half marathon early on a Sunday morning.   All in support of the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). Well done to everyone who competed.

As Unit Patron it was an honour to be present at the National Inspection of TS Centaur at Maleny on Sunday afternoon. They are one of five finalists for the Navy League’s Most Efficient Training Ship in Australia Trophy and are a truly inspirational group of young leaders.  Outstanding achievement.

 

 

 

It was a very full week of mobile offices this week and a variety of issues were raised by constituents from all over the Glass House electorate.  I thoroughly enjoy being out in your different communities and listening to your concerns.  I will be following up on many of your enquiries in the coming weeks.

In between mobile offices I was also briefed by representatives from the Department of Transport and Main Roads on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.  A copy of the design layout is available for viewing in my office.

I was out in Maleny on Wednesday to promote the Annual Charity Cricket Match between my Celebrity XI and the Maleny Maulers at Aub Cork Oval in Maleny which will take place on Saturday the 15th of October from 12 pm.  The competition is always fierce and the Maulers will be keen to try and reclaim the trophy after their loss last year. This annual match started many years ago to fundraise for the Pyjama Foundation (therefore explaining the team uniform). It was decided in the third year, after losing a Maleny local identity Dr Peter Oliver to lung cancer, that all fundraising efforts for future matches would be directed to Lung Foundation Australia.  Everyone is welcome so please come along and support this worthy cause and have a few laughs (probably at my expense).

I was happy to announce this week that the D’Aguilar Highway between Caboolture and Kilcoy is set to become even safer and more efficient with another major project about to begin, right on the back of the recent upgrades being completed.  Following the completion of the new eastbound overtaking lane between the Gamgee Road (intersections west of Wamuran) the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, approved another new overtaking lane to be built at Woodford between Chambers and Petersen roads.  This project is fully funded as part of the Australian Government’s $16 million Road Safety Improvement project and was the direct result of lobbying by then Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and myself.  A great result for those who travel on the D’Aguilar Highway.

On Friday night I attended the Fairways International Food Festival at the Woodford Golf Club and then went on to the Leukaemia Foundation ‘Light up the Lakes’ evening which is always a very moving event.  On Saturday I finished off the week by attending the Palmwoods RSL Reunion Lunch and joined the Polished Man Campaign along with my friend Andrew Wallace, Member for Fisher, to help end violence towards children.   We both painted one of our nails to bring awareness to the campaign.

 

 

 

 

Some of the events and activities I attended this week included:

•visiting the Gregory electorate including Emerald, Clermont and Springsure.  I was fortunate to take my son Dan along with me given it’s school holidays
•National Police Remembrance Day when we paused to remember those men and women of our police force who died while protecting us
•a school holiday night ferry ride on the city hopper with the family
•kicking off my week of mobile offices in Elimbah
•attending the Quad Bike Safety Day hosted by the Classic and Vintage Car Speedway at Caboolture
•commending the management and volunteers at Caboolture Community Care Inc for their tireless service to our community at one of their meetings
•catching up with my good mate Toddy of 92.7 Mixfm at Secrets on the Lake
•letterbox dropping with some of the kids to advertise my mobile offices

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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