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15 March 2017

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, is thrilled to announce that safety improvement works planned on the D’Aguilar Highway at Woodford are set to begin in mid-2017. Following the Australian Government’s announcement in October last year to allocate $16 million to improve highway safety between Caboolture and Kilcoy, a new eastbound overtaking lane will be built on the D’Aguilar Highway at Woodford. Road safety improvements at Wamuran will also be completed.

“It’s great to hear that the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have finalised the design for the overtaking lane in Woodford and I know the community will be excited to see the work commence on this latest project”, Mr Powell said.

“Key features will include an eastbound overtaking lane, 1km in length, between Chambers Road and Peterson Road, left-turn treatment (southbound) into Chambers Road, right-turn treatment (northbound) into Chambers Road and a dedicated right-turn lane from the D’Aguilar Highway into Ironbark Drive”.

Mr Powell said that these improvements will certainly improve safety along this stretch of the Highway and he would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Government for their commitment to ensuring further improvements on the D’Aguilar Highway.

“On the back of improvements already completed at the two Gamgee Road intersections which included construction of an overtaking lane (eastbound) and resealing of the road surface between Neurum Road and Canando Street, these improvements will go a long way in making the journey between Caboolture and Kilcoy a much safer alternative”, Mr Powell concluded.



[ENDS] 15 March 2017

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    I am sponsoring a petition requesting the Minister for Main Roads to investigate and fund safety upgrades at the intersection of Landsborough-Maleny Road and Maleny-Montville Road. I would like to thank Rachel Fentiman of Maleny who has agreed to be Principal Petitioner.  The whole community seems to be in agreement that safety upgrades are certainly necessary at the intersection and after several unsuccessful representations to the Department of Transport and Main Roads requesting improvements to the intersection, it is time for the community to be heard by the Minister.

    The written petition is available for signing at my office (opposite the police station) or at Judy Coey Optometry (opposite the Primary School). You can also add your name to the online petition which can be found at:

    Please note you are allowed to sign both the written and e-petition. The petitions will close on Friday 10 March and I will present them to the Clerk of the Parliament the following week.


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    6 December 2016
    Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, yesterday welcomed Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts and Major Events, to the Glass House electorate to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues Mr Powell is fighting for and to introduce Mr Nicholls to the locals.

    The day began with a tour of the new Pumicestone State School which was approved and funded by the LNP Government as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) roll out of ten new schools and will open its doors to students in 2017.

    “I am very impressed by the state of the art facilities that Pumicestone State School will provide to their new students and the many opportunities that will be presented to them”, Mr Nicholls said.

    Mr Powell said that the school has already attracted nearly 300 new enrolments for 2017 and has the potential to grow rapidly in the coming years.

    Mr Nicholls joined Mr Powell in his commitment to get out and about listening to locals and continued on to the Woodford region.

    “In visiting Woodfordia and the Woodford Sale Yards I was able to highlight to Tim the diversity of our local communities – the artistic and creative excitement that is the Woodford Folk Festival and the honest, hardworking, salt of the earth cattlemen and women, one of our many local agricultural pursuits”, Mr Powell said.

    “I certainly enjoyed catching up with Bill Hauritz in my capacity as the Shadow Minister for the Arts and discussing what goes in to running an annual, week long music and art festival that attracts so many visitors to the region”, added Mr Nicholls.

    “It was great for us to catch up with many of the buyers, sellers, and the “tyre-kicker” – those just looking – at the Sale Yards in Woodford.  There’s no better place to meet the locals on a Monday morning”, Mr Powell concluded.

    The morning concluded with a morning tea in Woodford where almost 40 locals had the opportunity to share their views with their local State Member and the Leader of the Opposition.

     [ENDS] 6 December 2016

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    6 December 2016
    Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, yesterday welcomed Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events, to the Glass House electorate to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues Mr Powell is fighting for and allow Mr Nicholls to spend some time with locals from all corners of the electorate.

    Mr Nicholls joined Mr Powell in his commitment to get out and about listening to locals.  After spending the morning in the southern end of the electorate they met at the site of the proposed Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new Drop ‘n Go at the Maleny State School.

    Mr Nicholls was pleased to be briefed on the recent announcement of an in-principle agreement with the Education Department for some of the school land to be used for this long sought after project.

    “It’s was pretty clear to me how passionate the community is to have a new indoor aquatic centre that can be used all year round”, Mr Nicholls said.

    “Mr Powell has long campaigned for improved set down and pick up facilities for Maleny State School students, so it is encouraging that these improvements will also be part of the project”, Mr Nicholls added.

    Following a community afternoon tea in Montville attended by almost 50 locals and community members, the tour continued on to Palmwoods to inspect the intersection at Jubilee Drive, Chevallum Road and Woombye Palmwoods Road.

    “This intersection is a nightmare for those who use it on a regular basis and while the rail duplication would ultimately solve the issue we all know that is a long way off under the current Government.”

    “In the meantime, a solution needs to be found to improve the associated risks at this intersection and it was important for me to show Tim, first-hand, the blatantly obvious problems”, Mr Powell said.

    “I appreciate Tim taking the time to meet with residents of Glass House and listening to the issues that are important to us”, Mr Powell concluded.
    [ENDS] 6 December 2016


    The last week of Parliament sitting last week brought some late nights with a lot to be finalised before the end of the year.

    Highlights of the week were:
    •The LNP announcing that a future LNP government will implement ‘No Body, No Parole’ laws in Queensland.  This means that convicted killers who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped a body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders.  The news was welcomed by Bruce and Denise Morcombe who said it was a huge win for victims and their families!
    •The turning on of the Parliamentary Christmas Tree lights!
    •Standing up against violence against women with my parliamentary colleagues – White Ribbon Day 2016.
    •Debate on the Taxi Industry Assistance Package.  This bill is flawed and botched and is a real kick in the guts to taxi and limo operators.  The LNP also welcomes competition but there must be fair compensation and a fair and level playing field for the personalised transport industry and I am working with providers for a fairer go.

    On returning to the electorate on Friday morning, I attended the Elimbah Excellence Parade and was honoured to present the award for Dux of the school to Emelia from year 6.  Then it was off to Beerburrum State School for a pizza party with the year two class.  The winner of my Christmas Artwork Competition this year was Andre De Clara who not only won a prize for himself, but he also won a pizza party for his whole class.  Well done Andre and thanks kids for the fun at lunch.

    The Glasshouse Country RSL recently picked up $12,500 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels so it was great to catch up with them and discuss their plans.

    Another school event to finish off my Friday and it was a huge night, full of brilliant kids, dance, drama and carols at the Peachester State School Awards Night.

    Ironically on Saturday night a storm took out the power at the official turning on of the WoW – Windows of Woodford illuminated art boxes. Regardless, it’s a brilliant project and brain child of the Woodford Lions, ably supported by the Woodford Folk Festival and Cr Adrian Raedel.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go and take it look.  They look great.

    Not even an almighty storm could stop Crystal and Fred Peters and the Stoney Creek Rural Fire Brigade from holding their Christmas bash on Saturday night too!

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    In case you missed the story in last week’s Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, the new Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new school “Drop N Go” took a huge step in the right direction recently. The Education Department has agreed to a new aquatic centre being built on the school’s lower oval. Plenty still to do – my immediate focus is to get detailed traffic designs prepared for the new intersection and “Drop N Go”. Great partnership to date with Cr Jenny McKay and Greg and Kim from Maleny District Sport and Rec Club.

    Click on the link to see the full media release:

    Powell and McKay Media Release – New Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and School ‘Drop n Go’ take huge step forward


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    23 November 2016

    Sunshine Coast Regional Councillor Jenny McKay and State Member for Glass House Andrew Powell are pleased to announce that the Education Department has provided 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 Maleny State School P&C and staff.

    “I and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council have long supported residents’ calls for a new indoor aquatic centre in Maleny – one that allowed all year use and better catered for our growing number of local competitive swimmers”, Cr McKay said.

    Similarly, State Member Andrew Powell has long been campaigning for improved set down and pick up facilities for the children of Maleny State School – a campaign that was constantly frustrated by the traffic movements and developments around the school.

    “So when – in conjunction with staff from Council, Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Education – we found a design that ticked all the boxes and delivered both a new aquatic centre and ‘drop n go’ we got pretty excited. But that solution clearly required the Education Department to partner Council in making the designs a reality”, Mr Powell said.

    “I’m pleased to announce that late last week the Education Minister wrote to me agreeing to that partnership”, Cr McKay continued.

    The agreement is contingent on more detailed traffic management designs, flood management and connectivity to the school proper being finalised but all of that work can now commence with the in-principle approval.

    “Jenny and I still have plenty of work to do. I need to now work with TMR to prepare detailed traffic designs – designs that Jenny will need as she expedites the matter of land tenure”, said Mr Powell.

    “And of course, the fundraising from all levels of government and the community needs to start in earnest. I’m excited that we are at this stage. For the first time in years, we now have a site we can all agree on. And with a bit more hard work we will be able to turn the community’s vision in to reality”, Cr McKay concluded.

    [ENDS] 23 November 2016


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    As promised, 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.  Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, announced on the weekend that another new overtaking lane would 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 designed to benefit all users of the D’Aguilar Highway and was the direct result of lobbying by then Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and myself.  Wyatt and I had worked tirelessly to maximise the benefit for our local road users from this $16 million investment. We were confident, through smarter design and project management, we could also fund this second overtaking lane so I thank Minister Chester and the Federal Coalition Government for following through on our original plans.

    I am advised the upcoming works near Woodford will include upgrades to the Ironbark Drive and Chambers Road intersections. A tender process will commence shortly and I will keep the community advised as to when construction will commence.

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      Pumicestone State School will open its doors at the start of 2017 catering for Prep through to Year 6 and already has more than 100 students registered with plenty more enrolments rolling in daily.

      Robyn Conlin who will be the founding Principal has been an educator for 25 years and has been working hard behind the scenes in the lead-up to the school’s opening, organising public meetings and spreading the word through the community that the school will be open for classes in January 2017 in time for the first day of school.

      Funding for Pumicestone State School was initially allocated by the LNP Government and will provide everything the students need to begin their education.  They will have all the latest facilities and will also make available to parents a Resource Scheme to help with the costs associated with sending kids to school.

      As a result of the community consultation, the school colours of navy with lime and purple have been chosen for the formal uniform and the school’s motto will be “Shaping Our Tomorrows”.

      The school will initially cater for some 450 students with stage one opening next year and stage two a couple of years later.  Any parents who wish to secure a spot for their child or children are encouraged to contact Robin Conlin on 0472 844 761 or at


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