Andrew Powell MP
Glass House Issues

It was great to be back in Glass House after two weeks in Parliament.

I spent quite a lot of time travelling around the electorate promoting the Glass House Small Business Awards.  I caught up with businesses in Woodford, Glasshouse, Maleny and Palmwoods to let them know how they can nominate.

Other local activities I attended include –

  • Beerwah High School Chappy breakfast
  • Palmwoods State School leadership ceremony
  • Woodford State School leadership ceremony
  • Chappy Chris Davis and Becky from Maleny State School’s ‘Milkin’ it for Charity’ at the Maleny Dairies
  • Clean-Up Australia Day events at Glasshouse and Maleny

 

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Parliament sat for the second week in a row and didn’t fail to deliver strong debate around many issues affecting Queenslanders.  I took to Facebook during the week to ask community views on banning plastic bags in Queensland and also the introduction of new legislation around Smoke Alarms.  It was great to get so many comments from Glass House people and I will certainly bear these in mind going forward.

Other activities I participated in included –

  • A tour of the National Cricket Centre
  • Memorial dinner for former LNP President Bruce McIver
  • Senate Pre-selection
  • Sporting activities with the family

23 February 2016

Five local groups or individuals have this week been announced as Round One winners of Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes Grants.

Designed to provide a bit of a helping hand to community groups or individuals participating in local, state, national or international endeavours, Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes grants have proven very popular since the local Member announced this program in January 2016.

“I’ve been the local MP for seven years now and I know how our community groups in particular are doing it tough.  They can’t make changes or upgrades to their facilities without funding and with so many people vying for only a few pots of money, it makes it really tough.

“I know my grants will give a small but valuable injection of funds to some of these groups and I am so pleased that I have this opportunity to help.

Mr Powell’s Local Heroes Grants were announced in January 2016 and there will be five more rounds this year.

Winners for Round One:
Glasshouse Community Hall – to go towards their 100th Birthday of the Hall celebrations;
Delaneys Creek Pony Club – to assist in the operations of their tuckshop;
Smart Pup for Ella – Maleny – to assist in purchasing a Smart Pup for Prep Student Ella
Sarah Peters – Conondale – to attend the World Paint Horse Show
Conondale State School P & C – to renew equipment in the school tuckshop.

“I did squeeze in one extra recipient this time round as it was just so hard to choose.  Unfortunately no groups from the Palmwoods area submitted a nomination this round so hopefully word gets out and we have a few to choose from next time.

Round 2 – Monday 11 April
Round 3 – Monday 13 June
Round 4 – Monday 15 August
Round 5 – Monday 10 October
Round 6 – Monday 12 December

To apply for the grants visit Andrew’s website – www.andrewpowell.com.au

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[ENDS] 23 February 2016

Parliament resumed for the year and it sure was a big one.  We sat until 3am on Thursday morning debating the Labour Party Lockout Laws and did eventually see them passed, much to the LNP’s disappointment.  Please see my speech in the Speech section of my website or on Facebook to see why I voted against the Labor Party’s laws.

Once back in the electorate on Friday I was kept very busy catching up with the recipients of grants in Round One of my Local Heroes Grants.  I caught up with the hardworking volunteers from the Glasshouse Community Hall, two of the ladies from Conondale State School tuckshop and also the gorgeous Ella from Maleny State School who has waged a fundraising campaign so her family can purchase her a Smart Pup.  On Sunday I also caught up with some of the members and their horses at the Delaneys Creek Pony Club to congratulate them on winning one of my grants.

Other local activities I attended last weekend include –  the Elimbah State School leadership ceremony, a 40 year JP certificate presentation to Mr David Keir of Bellthorpe, call in to the Blackall Range Growers Market at Witta, a drop in to the Maleny Swimming Carnival to present a few awards and I also called in to congratulate the Landsborough Tennis Club on their recent Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant.

 

 

My week of activities included –

  • Delaneys Creek State School leadership parade
  • Maleny Commerce monthly meeting
  • Meeting with Sunshine Coast Co-ordinator of Red Frogs Australia, Dan
  • Chevallum State School Investiture Parade
  • Catch up with Judy from Celebrate Beerwah and Michael from Glasshouse Musos to celebrate their successful grant application
  • Eudlo State School Leadership Parade
  • Regular catch up meeting with Cr Jenny McKay
  • Opening ceremony at Caboolture Montessori State School
  • Palmwoods Tennis Open Day

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Well there were certainly a lot of activities happening in Glass House this past week!  Some of the events I attended include –

  • 2 day LNP Planning conference
  • Moreton Bay Innovation Awards
  • Elimbah Junior AFL sign on
  • Maleny RSL Sub Branch luncheon
  • Palmwoods Soccer sign on
  • Peachester Historical Society monthly meeting

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Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell has welcomed the recent announcement of funding that will be provided to several worthy sporting groups in the Glass House electorate.

Mr Powell reported that five clubs have shared in just under $30,000 through the Get Going Clubs program to help them with the purchase of necessary equipment and upgrades to their club facilities.

“There are so many areas of our community that are involved in sporting pursuits, so to find out that five of the groups based in Glass House will start the year with some funds, is really pleasing.

“Most of the recipients in Glass House are using the funds to purchase new equipment which will not only have a positive effect on their current members but also go a long way to attracting new membership.

“All of these community groups are run by volunteers and the application process is not an easy one to navigate so I congratulate those who have put in the effort and been successful this time around.

List of Glass House recipients for Get Going Clubs includes –

• Caboolture Dressage Group $7500
• Elimbah Junior Australian Football Club $3409
• Murrumba Endurance Riding Club Inc $3482
• Palmwoods Bowls Club Incorporated $7200
• Palmwoods Western Districts Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc $7500

The next round of Get Going Clubs opens on 1 July 2016.

[ENDS] 28 January 2016

Palmwoods Bowls Club

Lots of local activities this week and there were quite a few pre-Australia Day events that I attended including a concert by the Woodford Seniors and the Moreton Bay Council Australia Day Awards.

  • I also held a meeting with Presidents of the Chambers that are in Glass House to plan our 2016 Small Business Awards.  Information will be shared on the awards soon.
  • I presented Judith Mortimer of Glasshouse Mountains with her 25 year JP service award.

Group shot JP with Judith Mortimer

The start of a new year is always a busy time for sporting associations and community groups as they begin to set out their goals for the year and, in the case of sporting groups, prepare themselves for the onslaught of new members ready to sign on to participate in a year of sporting activities.

To assist Glass House community groups with some of their costs, local MP Andrew Powell, is pleased to announce his 2016 Local Heroes Grants.

“As the local Member I have the opportunity to use my Parliamentary allowance to assist community groups with a range of activities, including fundraisers, raffle prizes and donations.

“These grants will take my assistance one step further and allow groups to nominate for a donation of $250. And I will be offering four grants, six times a year – every second month.

“Glass House also has a growing number of people in our community who are involved in individual sporting competitions or volunteer projects that are welcome to apply to this two-monthly grant program.

“I’ll be keeping the application process really simple – I know how busy you are and don’t want to waste your time unnecessarily. Just go to my website and click on the Local Heroes Grant icon to get your nomination in the mix.”

Andrew’s website is www.andrewpowell.com.au.

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[ENDS] 20 January 2016

Managing the priorities of the nearly 20 individual communities that make up the Glass House electorate will continue to be the primary focus of the local Member for 2016.

Glass House MP Andrew Powell, announced his ‘Fighting for Glass House’ campaign in 2015 and since then has established a list of over 25 projects that he is working to deliver for the community.

“I am always conscious of balancing the needs of each individual community as what is important in one area is different to another.  I therefore encouraged residents to provide feedback to my office on what they want to see me fight for in their patch.

“Of course there are many projects that were identified when I first became the Member for Glass House in 2009 like the North Coast Rail Duplication, upgrades to Maleny-Kenilworth Road and Steve Irwin Way and I will continue to lobby for these crucial improvements, but this feedback process has enabled me to pinpoint some of the more grassroots projects that we can all work on together.

Some of the other projects on the Glass House Fighting for list include –
• Speed reduction on the D’Aguilar Highway in Wamuran near County Drive
• A pedestrian crossing and a roundabout in Montville
• Upgrades to the Conondale Pool
• A new indoor aquatic centre in Maleny
• Upgrades to the Jubilee Drive intersection in Palmwoods
• Flashing school lights at Peachester State School
• Re-opening of the Glasshouse Mountains Holiday Park
• Upgrades to King John Creek Bridge at Elimbah
• Parking at Caboolture Hospital
• Speed reduction on the D’Aguilar Highway in Woodford near Mary Street

“The start of 2016 signifies my renewed commitment to working for our community to deliver the best results possible.

“I am confident that together we can ensure that the Glass House voice is well and truly heard in the Queensland Parliament and that we are delivering many more local projects this year and in to the future.

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[ENDS] 15 January 2016

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