Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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.


Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
13 July 2016

Annual Maleny-Kenilworth Road Walk raises funds for local Chaplains

In May this year, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP, completed yet another 38km walk along Maleny-Kenilworth Road from Little Yabba Creek in Cambroon to Maleny in a demonstration of his ongoing support for local Chaplains and his commitment to fix the road.

“The walk does seem to get tougher each year, but maybe that is just my age creeping up on me! I think it is fair to say it did take me a few extra days to recover this time.

“I am thrilled that for the second year in a row, Chappy Becky from Maleny State School and Chappy Tressa from Conondale joined me for the entire journey which goes to show how committed they are to what they do,” he said.

Mr Powell is pleased to report that this year the walk raised a total of $1000 that will be split between the Conondale and Maleny State Schools.  In addition to a donation from Mr Powell’s electorate allowance, smaller donations were also received from several community members.

“This annual walk forms such an important part of my ongoing agenda for Glass House as it reinforces my unwavering support for our Chaplains but also demonstrates my commitment to secure funding to fix the Maleny-Kenilworth Road,” Mr Powell concluded.

[ENDS] 13 July 2016


Andrew and Chappy Becky

I spent a few days travelling around the electorate catching up with groups that had recently received grants through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Other activities I was involved in include –

A visit to see the New Generation Rollingstock team from Bombardier Transportation

A visit to the electorate of Toowoomba South to travel on the Toowoomba bus network with LNP Candidate David Janetzki

Hosted Ian Walker, Shadow Minister for Planning in the Glass House electorate to discuss with our community the SEQ Regional Plan

Attended the Lucas Parklands Young Musicians Festival

Spent time at the Abbey Medieval Festival in Caboolture

Took part in Shadow Cabinet in Toowoomba



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School holidays at the moment so I took the opportunity to spend some time with my family.

We went out to a property on the Stanley River and caught some red claw which was so much fun.

On Saturday I spent the day working for the Federal election, splitting my time between the Palmwoods and Eudlo booths.  It was great to see so many familiar faces during my travels and wonderful to see Andrew Wallace win Fisher and Ted O’Brien win Fairfax.

Eudlo election Holidays2

I had a busy week in the office meeting with constituents and stakeholders regarding matters that impact the people of Glass House.

I also met onsite with several constituents who have issues they needed me to inspect firsthand and spent time with several of my colleagues in electorates based down in the Gold Coast region to inspect some of their main road and transport concerns.

Some of the other formal events I attended include –

  • Maleny-Blackall Range Lions Changeover Dinner
  • Truck Safe 20 year anniversary dinner
  • Maleny Singers Gala night
  • Art on Cairncross exhibition opening


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During his Budget Reply speech today the Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls MP, announced our plan 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.

To see the full LNP policy announcement click here – Policy_Our Plan to Get Qld Working

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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.

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