Andrew Powell MP
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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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    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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    Andrew Powell MP

    Member for Glass House

    7 September 2016


    Quad Bike Safety – A matter of priority for the Caboolture Classic and Vintage Speedway Association Inc

    With almost 70 people killed in quad bike accidents over the past 15 years, President of the Caboolture Classic and Vintage Speedway Association Inc (CCVSA) Mr John Fry is wanting to prevent further deaths by promoting the Statewide Plan for Improving Quad Bike Safety in Queensland.

    Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, was delighted recently to allocate one of his Local Heroes Grants to the CCVSA to assist with costs associated in running a Quad Bike Education day during the September / October school holidays.

    “We’ve got to do more to keep people safe on quad bikes, and I am encouraged by the CCVSA’s efforts in running this Education Day,” Mr Powell stated.

    “I recently met with Mr John Fry and he outlined the program for the day which includes both practical and theory components and is suitable for all ages from five to 75!”

    Mr Fry said “The program is aimed at making participants aware of the Statewide Plan and changing the mindset of quad bike users to ensure that the key risk factors are addressed and avoided”.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the Quad Bike Education Day on Friday 30 September, please contact John Fry on 5495 7736 or 0408 787 895.

    [Ends – 7 September 2016]

    Photo – Andrew Powell with John Fry

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      15 June 2016

      Letter to the Editor
      Re – Car parking funding announcement for Caboolture Hospital
      How sad it is that it took Wyatt Roy’s Caboolture Hospital car park funding announcement on the morning of Tuesday 14 June to force the Palaszczuk Labor Government into agreeing to allocating state funds for this desperately needed project.  They should be ashamed of themselves that it took a Federal Government commitment to make them come kicking and screaming to the table with their cheque book in hand.  The wellbeing of our Caboolture community deserves much more than this and the state Government should be ashamed of the way they have manipulated this situation.
      In recent years I have made it a personal mission to secure funding for additional car parks at this hospital and stood proudly with my former colleagues and then members for Pumicestone and Morayfield, Lisa France and Darren Grimwade, during the 2015 election campaign to promise it would be delivered from a re-elected LNP Government.  I have been fighting for funds ever since and am grateful that Wyatt Roy MP came to the party with his own funding promise.
      It really is disgraceful that the health of the Caboolture community has been used for political gain in a project that is so clearly needed by this region.

      Andrew Powell MP
      Member for Glass House

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      It is always a busy day as I make my way around the electorate and try and get to as many ANZAC services a possible.

      Again this year I was truly humbled to be involved with so many of our community groups and spend quality time at each of the events that I was able to fit into my calendar.

      This year I attended the following events to pay my respects –

      Maleny Dawn Service

      Mt Mee Sunrise service

      Watched the march into Caboolture Town Centre in Caboolture

      Attended the Woodford service

      Marched and participated in the Glasshouse Mountains RSL service


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      Andrew Powell MP
      Member for Glass House
      20 April 2016

      Progress results in positive changes along D’Aguilar Highway

      The road work inconvenience and traffic disruptions felt by communities living along the D’Aguilar Highway will all be worthwhile when we see the new and improved D’Aguilar Highway unveiled to traffic later this year.

      Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been closely monitoring progress on the works and is pleased to have feedback from the Department of Transport and Main Roads that various projects along the Highway have been, or are nearing, completion..

      “For many years this community has been crying out for improvements and I know just how excited they are to finally see the road works finished and improvements delivered.

      “It’s been a long, hard slog to get to this stage but I am sure it will have all been worth it in the end.

      Mr Powell is pleased to advise the following projects that have now been completed –

      • The new Station Road intersection (previously Gamgee Road east) with the D’Aguilar Highway has opened to traffic.
      • Resealing works on the D’Aguilar Highway between Canando Street and Neurum Road at Woodford is completed.
      • The Gamgee Road (west) intersection with the D’Aguilar Highway upgrade is complete.

      The following works are still in progress –

      • Earthworks for road widening on the D’Aguilar Highway between the Gamgee Road (west) intersection and the new Station Road intersection is continuing. This work is scheduled for completion late May 2016, weather permitting.
      • Pavement rehabilitation works in the existing westbound lane and the new overtaking lane between R Williams Road and Gamgee Road (west) on the D’Aguilar Highway are currently underway. These works are scheduled for completion mid-2016, weather permitting.
      • Work to rehabilitate the pavement at the intersection of Gamgee Road and Meurant Road commenced in mid-April. This work is scheduled to be completed mid-May, weather and construction conditions permitting.

      “I have also been advised that the ‘Township Entry Treatments’ (TET) project at Wamuran is scheduled to commence on 26 April 2016, weather permitting and will take approximately one week to complete.

      “This project includes changes to the entry speed limit signs and pavement treatments, to highlight to motorists travelling along D’Aguilar Highway that they are entering a lower-speed environment and to encourage them to slow down on their approach, and through the township,” Mr Powell concluded.


      The weather event that occurred in South East Queensland on Friday 1 May will long live in the memory of many Queenslanders.  Residents in Caboolture were one of the hardest hit and suffered the ultimate tragedy with the loss of so many lives.

      One of the key concerns of locals – both those flooded and those cut off by the flooding – has been the southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway at King John Creek.

      Following an announcement by Federal MPs Wyatt Roy, Mal Brough, Luke Howarth and James McGrath, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP has received a number of requests for more information.

      “It is great to see the federal and state government have announced planning will commence in early 2016 but locals have been asking what that really means,” Mr Powell said.

      “Essentially the planning intends to investigate flood immunity and future safety improvements on the stretch of Bruce Highway between the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange and the Caloundra Road Interchange.

      “The flood immunity of King John Creek Bridge and two others will form part of the future staged upgrade of the Highway,” he said.

      The Department of Transport and Main Roads will commence the $8 million Bruce Highway Planning Project in early 2016 and have advised this project is a priority.

      “They say it will have priority but I just hope they realise how desperately this community needs to see not only a plan but action.  They simply have to prioritise this project so we can avoid events like those in May.

      “The community shouldn’t have to worry about travelling on our state’s main highway every time we get rain, nor should adjacent residents fear flooding so we need to work together to ensure we can stop this from happening in the future.”


      Mr Powell pays his respects to the families who lost loved ones during this weather event.

      [ENDS] 29 October 2015

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      I will have my mobile office set up on the Corner of Dances and Pumicestone Roads this Friday 9 October from 3pm to 4.30pm.

      If you live close by and have an issue to chat about or just want to pop by and say Hi, make sure you come along.

      If this time doesn’t suit you, please just contact the office and we can make alternative arrangements.


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      Palmwoods Warriors FC Under 14's

      It was certainly a busy week in the electorate but I made up for it with some much needed family time on the weekend which was pretty sensational!  I attended my son’s soccer match on Saturday morning and am pleased to report they won in a nail biting 3-2 victory and are now off to the finals – well done Palmwoods Warriors FC under 14’s!

      Other activities during the week included

      • Maleny Commerce breakfast
      • Maleny Lions business meeting at the Maleny Uniting Church
      • Caboolture Commerce dinner
      • LNP stand at the Ekka with my good mate Scott Emerson MP, Member for Indooroopilly
      • Joined Tony Gill from Art on Cairncross and Member for Mansfield, Ian Walker on a tour of the art galleries in the Tweed


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