Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

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

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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.

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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