Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

My week started out in Cairns where the Shadow Cabinet team met with community members and groups.  It was great listening to the local government, transport and main roads concerns of locals in that region.

I was back in Glass House by Wednesday and it was a pleasure to catch up with Ali, Marty and Ryan who are the owners of Altitude on Montville, the Blackall Range’s newest accommodation and fine dining venue complete with a Matt Golinski Restaurant.

On Thursday it was party time at the Palmwoods Community Kindergarten when they picked up nearly $15,000 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to enclose their verandah. One of my favourite parts of the job is to make these presentations to groups and enable them to make improvements to their services.

The Sunshine Coast Business Council got in early with their Christmas drinks this year and on Thursday I congratulated chair Sandy, the Board and all the Members on a stellar year.  Congratulations also to Maleny Commerce who celebrated their 30th Birthday on Thursday night.

I had the pleasure of judging entries in the Maleny Arts and Craft Group Christmas Fair this week and then presenting prizes to the winners. A huge congratulations to Judith, Renee, Joanne and Mieke on their success.

On Friday I took the Oath for White Ribbon Day, to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.

On Saturday I dropped into the Wamuran Country Markets before grabbing some precious family time on Sunday ahead of

the final sitting week of parliament.

This year my office will once again be a drop off point for Kids in Care.  The tree is up so if you would like to donate a gift they will be merrily received up to the 13th December.

 

Great to see the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) maintenance contractor undertaking bitumen resurfacing works on Maleny-Kenilworth Road approaching Witta Road.  I know this is only a very small part of a much bigger problem.  Many of you would be familiar with my annual walk along this stretch of road – some have even called it a political stunt.  And you know what, they are right, and I make no apologies for that.  This is just one way of showing the community and the government of the day, regardless of which political persuasion, I have not given up the fight to fix this road once and for all.  I will stop at nothing to get a funding commitment from TMR and will continue to update you as further works are done.

On Tuesday I travelled to the Gaven electorate where my colleague Sid Cramp and I launched a petition to improve safety measures for emergency vehicles exiting the Nerang Fire Station.  We also discussed other transport and road concerns within the Gaven electorate.

It took some organising but on Wednesday we managed to have three levels of government in the same place at the same time!  In attendance were Ted O’Brien, Andrew Wallace, Fiona Simpson, Glen Elmes, Steve Dickson, Jarrod Bleijie, Noosa Shire Council Mayor Tony Wellington, Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie, and Mark McArdle on the phone, and we discussed future plans that will benefit the Sunshine Coast.

It’s tradition in November each year that I catch up with my mate Bill Hauritz to check everything is on track for another brilliant Woodford Folk Festival so on Thursday I was thrilled to chat to Bill about what to expect this year.  It is set to be as sensational as ever so get your tickets now – it’s going to be a ripper!

My “Arty Day” continued on Thursday when I met with renowned Queensland visual artist Tom McAulay and Tony Gill of Art on Cairncross fame. We really are very spoilt in the Hinterland!

My Friday began with Rowena Crouch from the Mt Mee Historical Society who used an Anzac Centenary Queensland Grant to work with students from Mt Mee State School and research locals who served in WWI. The product of their endeavours – “Mt Mee Anzacs” – was launched.  Congratulations to Rowena and the kids from Mt Mee.

Also on Friday I was excited to announce, along with Cr Jenny McKay, that the Education Department has provided an in-principle agreement to a new Indoor Aquatic Centre and “Drop n Go” being built on the Maleny State School lower oval.  The announcement follows a lengthy and exhaustive process that explored all options for the siting of a new pool and improved school drop-off facilities and involved considerable consultation with the broader community and the Maleny State School P&C and staff.  I’ll keep you updated as things progress however in the meantime please see my media release for further details.

On Friday evening I enjoyed my first Christmas drinks and the first “Merry Christmas” for 2016 at the Maleny Community Centre with current President Phil, former President Heather and the team.

On Saturday I travelled to Cairns for Shadow Cabinet.  Great to be in Far North Queensland, listening to the local government, transport and main roads concerns of locals.

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I was back in Parliament last week and while there were some late nights and lots of important bills to consider, we also managed to have some fun at the annual Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League Charity Touch Football Game.  It was five in a row for the mighty Country team!!

After returning to the electorate on Friday, I attended the National Servicemen’s Assoc Caboolture District Remembrance Day Celebrations at Wamuran.  It was a privilege to stand alongside many who have served our nation and to pause and reflect on the lives of those who served, died and suffered in wars and armed conflicts.

On Saturday morning I called in to the Montville markets before heading down to the 20 year celebrations for Glasshouse Country Care.  Offering quality care and lifestyle support to our older citizens and the disabled, Glasshouse Country Care are to be commended for their years of service to the community.

On Sunday the family celebrated the birthday of my amazing, beautiful, superwoman-of-a-wife-and-mother-to-our-kids…Taryn!

Please note my speeches from Parliament will be loaded onto the website as they become available.

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.

http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=74135fcee0f5302a2c335e2ed&id=d8b5c5670b&e=f5e6db9e5e

 

 

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.

 

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