Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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It was budget week in state Parliament and all in all it was disappointing for Queenslanders.

I have made a statement on my homepage about what the Budget meant for Glass House, but its pretty safe to say it didn’t deliver a whole lot.

Suffice to say it was a huge week in Parliament with most sessions finishing after midnight.

State Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls MP, made a sensational Budget Reply Speech, during which he announced the LNP policy to get Queensland Working. A plan that will provide up to 20,000 jobs for young Queenslanders, reduce the cost of working for young apprentices and incentivise businesses to train and retain young Queenslanders. One of the elements of the plan is “Tools for Tradies” – vouchers for tradies who complete their apprenticeships to buy the necessary tools they need.

I did duck home on the Wednesday morning to host a press conference with my colleague Jarrod Bleijie, MP for Kawana, regarding a lack of funding for the Bruce Highway.

It was Woodford Show weekend so unfortunately I was not able to be at the stall on Friday on account of Parliament but I was there on Saturday and able to participate in the plaque dedication to the late, great Bill Newton with his family.  I was also able to take part in the annual Woodford Show opening which is always a highlight of the day.

I ended my weekend at the Caboolture Sports Softball Association for their ‘Light switch on’ ceremony.  They picked up a grant recently to install lights to one of their fields so it was a great pleasure to be able to throw the first ball – even if it was one of the worst throws in history!

As part of my responsibilities as the Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Local Government, I was able to visit towns of Mareeba and Georgetown last week.  It was a great experience to see first hand some of the road, transport and local Government issues that are present in these areas and meet personally with the Mayors and their staff to gain a better understanding of some of the challenges they face due to their remote locations.

Closer to home, I had meetings in my office with constituents, attended the opening of Gardening on the Edge, the official opening of the Nambour Show, soccer with the kids, a press conference following the Government’s Transport Review and attended the Bankfoot House AGM.

It was a busy week of meetings and planning and generally just catching up on constituent matters and issues relating to the electorate.

I was delighted to participate in a Round Table discussion forum with LNP Candidates for Fisher and Fairfax, Andrew and Ted, and the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Darren Chester to talk all things Bruce Highway.  A re-elected Liberal Government is pledging much needed funds for an upgrade of this road so it was great to be involved in this announcement.

I also spent some time catching up with groups that were successful in receiving grants through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund round 87.  Congratulations to all of those groups that were successful.

The Caboolture Show was on during this incredibly wet weekend and I am pleased to say I did spend some quality time at the show on Friday before the worst of it hit.

I was also pleased to end the week showing my support to the ‘Give me 5 For Kids’ campaign run by radio station Mix FM.  If you wish to donate to this very worthy cause please visit their website.

 

 

Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
2 June 2016

Rail ‘consultation’ causes confusion and unnecessary alarm

The future North Coast Rail Duplication is one of the biggest issues for residents of the Sunshine Coast with community members, particularly daily commuters, calling out for a financial investment to see the duplication delivered.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning on behalf of his constituents for the seven plus years he has been the local MP and is frustrated that this vital project continues to be left unfunded by the current Government.

“The most recent call for community feedback by the Government is misleading and is causing people to get excited about a project that quite frankly will be decades away under the existing Government.

“They are holding information sessions to talk about a project that is only in the business case phase and people need to understand this is not a sign this duplication will actually be built any time soon.

“What’s most concerning is the literature that has been distributed in the last week that refers to the ‘elimination’ of the level crossings in Landsborough and Barr’s Road.

“Understandably the community has gone into shock over the use of the word ‘elimination’ and I really don’t blame them.

“I met with Queensland Department of Transport officials last week and made it very clear they should stay away from using this sort of language and instead reaffirm their commitment to finding safer alternatives than what we already have in place – it’s about “replacing” these level crossings, not “eliminating” them.

“It is clear from the outraged constituents that have contacted me they did not take my advice.

“I would like to reassure the community that I will work with them and the Department to ensure there are safe crossings at these sites – whether it be through overpasses, underpasses or something similar.

“I would urge community members to share their own feedback on this issue directly with Translink at this email – B2N@tmr.qld.gov.au or by phone 1800 785 974,” Mr Powell concludes.

Ends – 2 June 2016
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May 2016 TMR rail info sheet

Parliament sat this week in Brisbane, during which a Dairyfarmers Rally was held to protest against what is happening with milk prices in Australia.

It was great to see my old friends Ross and Sally Hopper, owners of Maleny Dairies, at the rally.  They are huge supporters of local dairy farmers in the Glass House electorate and produce some of the best milk and associated products in the country!

During the week I also caught up with the Queensland State of Origin NRL team which was awesome and helped raise much needed funds for Chaplains at the Helping Hope Happen Dinner.

Maleny Milks Qld team to ParliamentHelping Hope Happen Dinner for Chappies

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Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
25 May 2016
If safety is a priority..where are the Flashing Lights for Peachester?

On the back of an announcement on 23 May that 100 additional schools are set to receive flashing school zone signs across Queensland, the Peachester community are asking why they weren’t included.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning on behalf of Peachester residents who desperately want to see flashing school zone lights installed at their school.

“The Peachester State School is located on a busy tourist and truck traffic route and members of the school community have repeatedly asked for flashing lights to remind drivers a school zone is approaching.

“To say I am disappointed that 100 schools in Queensland will have the lights installed but Peachester has missed out is an understatement.”

Mr Powell, with the support of the Peachester P & C sponsored a petition in August 2015 calling on the Government to make Peachester a priority and ensure they were on the list for the next round of light installation.

“Yet again we have been let down by this Government and even when I sponsored a petition in 2015 and gathered just over 600 signatures, they have still knocked us back.

“In a town like Peachester, six hundred signatures is a lot and really does demonstrate how important these lights are to the community.  They want the assurance that their kids will be safe, and really, who can blame them.

“I made a very clear commitment to the Peachester community that I will continue to fight for these flashing lights and I will continue to advocate on their behalf until we see them installed.”

Ends – 25 May 2016

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Activities around Small Business Week occupied most of my week as I visited the following businesses post the awards night on 16 May.

The businesses I visited include – Spicers Clovelly, Glasshouse Mountains IGA, Elimbah General Store, Woodford Medical Centre, Rosetta Books, Mobile Daily Grind, Concept IT, Clockshop and Beerwah Hair and Beauty.

Other events that I participated in are –

Red Shield Appeal in Caloundra

Ride to Work day in Brisbane

Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre Open Day

Palmwoods State School Country Fair

Caboolture and Districts Woodcrafters 18th birthday celebrations.

Palmwoods SS Fair Ride to work

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I held a morning tea in my office last week to celebrate our Glass House volunteers as part of National Volunteers Week.

We have so many amazing people in our community that give up their own time every day to help others – they really are the unsung heroes of Glass House and they deserved to be thanked!

 

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

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