Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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.

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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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The road work inconvenience and traffic disruptions felt by communities living along the D’Aguilar Highway will all be worthwhile when we see the new and improved D’Aguilar Highway unveiled to traffic later this year.

I have been closely monitoring progress on the works and am pleased to provide feedback from the Department of Transport and Main Roads that various projects along the Highway have been, or are nearing, completion..

The following projects that have now been completed –

• The new Station Road intersection (previously Gamgee Road east) with the D’Aguilar Highway has opened to traffic.
• Resealing works on the D’Aguilar Highway between Canando Street and Neurum Road at Woodford is completed.
• The Gamgee Road (west) intersection with the D’Aguilar Highway upgrade is complete.

The following works are still in progress –

• Earthworks for road widening on the D’Aguilar Highway between the Gamgee Road (west) intersection and the new Station Road intersection is continuing. This work is scheduled for completion late May 2016, weather permitting.
• Pavement rehabilitation works in the existing westbound lane and the new overtaking lane between R Williams Road and Gamgee Road (west) on the D’Aguilar Highway are currently underway. These works are scheduled for completion mid-2016, weather permitting.
• Work to rehabilitate the pavement at the intersection of Gamgee Road and Meurant Road commenced in mid-April. This work is scheduled to be completed mid-May, weather and construction conditions permitting.

I have also been advised that the ‘Township Entry Treatments’ (TET) project at Wamuran is scheduled to commence on 26 April 2016, weather permitting and will take approximately one week to complete.

This project includes changes to the entry speed limit signs and pavement treatments, to highlight to motorists travelling along D’Aguilar Highway that they are entering a lower-speed environment and to encourage them to slow down on their approach, and through the township.

 

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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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