Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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.”


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

[ENDS] 29 October 2015

Parliament was in session this week and I would encourage you to visit the Speeches section on my website to see what local issues I was able to speak on.

I did proudly wear my yellow ribbon in support of our Rural Firies while in Parliament and also hosted some young leaders as part of the Queensland Servant Leadership Forum.

Back at home last Friday I caught up with the CWA Ladies in Peachester to celebrate their 70th birthday.

I also held a mobile office in Palmwoods and popped in to the 100th birthday celebrations at the Elimbah State School.

Support for Rural Fire Brigade Queensland Leadership Servant Forum Peachester CWA Elimbah 100th celebrations





Well it was a case of being the ‘Everywhere Man’ over the weekend – so many local events but what a great chance to catch up with many familiar faces.

I am surprised that I am still alive after a 10k run/walk on Sunday!  I will say I took it pretty easy for the rest of the day after that.

My week included the following events and activities –

  • Attending the day of fun with the Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland for Mental Health Week
  • Joined my colleague Scott Emerson MP at the 104th National Day of the Republic of China
  • Caught up with some residents from Bellthorpe
  • Spent time with the Year 1 students at Wamuran State School for their visit with Life Education Queensland
  • Set up my mobile office at Caboolture
  • Attended the 93rd annual Anniversary lunch for the Palmwoods and District RSL Sub Branch.  I also made a presentation while I was there to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary
  • Attended the Royal Queensland Regiment 9th Battalion Dinner in Caboolture
  • Participated in the Mountain View Challenge and ran 10k in 69.30 minutes!


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I am so thrilled to announce that I have launched the Glass House Christmas artwork competition for 2015.

This year we are changing the format a little and will be creating a Christmas Newsletter that will feature a winning design and also several runner ups.  This newsletter will be sent to all households in Glass House.

I will be contacting all of the local schools this week but if any students are not able to get their hands on the artwork competition form they can click on the following link to print one out – EntryForm2015

Just remember, a parent or guardian must sign the form and you need to return it to my office by Friday 30 October.

AP holding 2014 xmas card

Some of the events that I attended during the past week include –

  • Maleny Garden Club’s AGM and morning tea
  • Moreton District Police Remembrance Day service
  • Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Emergency Accommodation meeting
  • Letterboxing in Caboolture ahead of my mobile office later this week
  • Wamuran Sports Association monthly dinner
  • Attended an LNP function at the Beerwah Hotel with Senator James McGrath, Senator Joanna Lindgren and Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle.

When Andrew Powell MP, Member for Glass House, launched his ‘Fighting for Glass House’ campaign earlier this year, one of the first items on the agenda were improvements at the Jubilee Drive intersection in Palmwoods.

“The Palmwoods community have been seeking improvements at this intersection for years and it really is a no-brainer.  This intersection is just plain dangerous even outside of peak traffic times.

“Essentially this community is in a holding pattern until the North Coast Rail Duplication is completed but with the current government refusing to take responsibility for the duplication and cough up any money I suggested they consider looking at improvements to this intersection as a standalone project,” Mr Powell said.

After writing to the Minister in May, Mr Powell finally got a reply in late August that advised – due to a lack of accidents at this intersection – it was not high on the priority list.

“To be honest, I’m outraged.  I am shocked they apply this sort of approach and can’t understand why they don’t take preventative measures in these sorts of cases so that we can avoid any tragic accidents occurring in the future.

“I recently discussed the intersection with the Palmwoods Business and Community Association. As I said then, I’m open to community suggestions. Some relief will come with the Sunshine Coast Council’s place making upgrades and a subsequent speed reduction but I am interested in knowing what other ideas exist out there.

“I’m encouraging community members in Palmwoods and surrounds to get in touch with my office to show your support for and make suggestions on changes at Jubilee Drive.  If we can gather enough community momentum, I know we can show the government how desperately we need these safety improvements.

Mr Powell can be emailed at

[ENDS] 3September 2015

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Update for December 2015

I know you are all very eager to see works commence on the traffic lights at the Reed Street intersection so I have sought an update from TMR on their schedule. The latest information I have been given confirms that, weather permitting, crews will be on site before Christmas attending to some of the drainage issues that have been discovered in the design process. Residents will also see equipment starting to arrive and being set up during December and early January. TMR are working on a timeframe of getting the major works under way by the end of January but before then they assure me they will be attending to the pre-construction works. I will be regularly visiting the site during December and January in particular myself to check on progress and will share photos of how things are going on Facebook.


October 23 – Check out the story in this week’s Glasshouse Country News with an update on construction of lights on Steve Irwin Way!


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I’ll be popping up all over the electorate in the coming weeks and all dates and locations have been posted here on my website.

My mobile offices are a great way for you to catch up with me close to your home and in a very casual setting.

Next week I will be in Mt Mee, Woodford, Montville and Eudlo so pop by if you are around!

Tuesday 8 September

8am to 9am – Mt Mee Hall in Mt Mee

1.30pm – 3pm – Memorial Park in Woodford

Thursday 10 September

8am to 9am – Montville Village Green

2.30pm – 3.30pm – Park, Rosebed Street in Eudlo.


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It was an honour to have been invited to attend a parade at the Glass House Mountains State School this week.  I was able to present some achievement certificates to the students and watch a sensational drum performance by kids in the school music program.

My visit, along with Craig Stevens from Hanson Quarry, was to celebrate the school’s recent project to air-condition all of the classrooms.  Due to a huge fundraising effort by the P & C and donations from Hanson and myself, they have so far raised enough money to air-condition quite a few of the classrooms.  Well done to the school and thank you to Mrs Somers for inviting me along to see first hand how amazing this little school is.

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In February 2015, to ensure Queenslanders are served with a more accountable Parliament, we announced that an LNP Government would conduct a referendum on fixed four year parliamentary terms during the current parliamentary term.

Our proposal ensures that Queenslanders would have a direct say in how their governments are elected and the manner in which elections are called.

Depending on the result of that referendum, we have prepared an exposure draft bill so that Queenslanders can be confident about the legislation they would be voting for, prior to a vote, and have begum consulting on that draft legislation.  We believe that it is time for a mature discussion on this issue.

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