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Some of my activities during the last week included:

•  Presenting an Australian Flag to the Maleny Historical Society on behalf of Senator James McGrath and a Queensland flag to Gail at the Maleny Swimming Club
•  Presenting Justice of the Peace Service Certificates to Maleny local Lyn Edwards for 36 years of service and to Vivienne Nelson of Palmwoods for 29 years of service.  Thank you ladies for your service to Queensland
•  Catching up with Cr Jenny McKay at one of our regular brekky catch ups to ensure the two tiers of government continue working together
•  Speaking to students at Mt Mee State School about all things “Government”
•  Constituent meetings
•  Attending a Women in Road Transport breakfast on International Women’s Day
•  Presenting a Local Heroes Grant to the Palmwoods Netball Club
•  Doorknocking in Glasshouse Mountains
•  Getting behind the BBQ at the Palmwoods Warriors Football Club on Saturday morning
•  Co-hosting the Woodford Pool Party to raise funds for the local Chappys

I was back in parliament last week where we were due to debate two abortion bills that were introduced by the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and were being strongly pushed by Labor’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.  The LNP made a public commitment to oppose both of these Bills after allowing Members a conscience vote, given the well-established convention for conscience votes for matters that go to the start and end of life.  It was a unanimous resolution that every member of the LNP indicated that they could not, in good conscience, support either of the Bills.  The Bills have now been withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament and referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for further advice and analysis.

I would like to provide some insight into my consideration of the Bills.

These Bills were unsatisfactory and the withdrawal of these Bills vindicates this position.  The first Bill left the entire area of abortion unregulated and this was clearly untenable.  The second Bill attempted to correct the failures of the first Bill but fell well short. It created further risk and uncertainty as shown in the Parliamentary Committee report. In fact, the second Bill sought to make it legal for a woman to secure her own abortion without medical supervision – including by the use of illicitly obtained drugs.  It also created additional legal uncertainty and an ongoing legislative conflict between the Criminal Code and the Health Act.

This is often a very personal issue and people have strong views on both sides of the argument and I thank Glass House constituents for passing on their comments.

Parliament can sometimes be fun and there was plenty to smile about at the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the AFL.

It is always good to return to the electorate and on Friday I met with representatives from the Department of Transport and Main roads to be briefed about projects in Glass House and met with constituents.  I also dropped in to the new Maleny Police Station.

The weekend was taken up with Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg.

Looking forward to spending the coming week in the beautiful Glass House electorate.

AP with AFL mascots Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg

 

Great to be back in the electorate this week and to also travel to other regions as part of my Shadow Ministry role.

Here is the week that was:

  • meetings with constituents and transport industry representatives in the Glass House electorate
  • attended school leadership ceremony at Woodford State School
  • attended Celebrate Glasshouse Country Tourism Launch
  • attended Maleny Hospital Auxiliary AGM
  • attended Glasshouse Chamber of Commerce meeting
  • attended Maleny Lions Youth of the Year event
  • attended school leadership ceremony at Chevallum State School
  • along with Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, announced our Get Queensland Working policy – incentives for businesses that take on apprentices and job-seekers (including Work Cover premium discounts) and Tools for Tradies vouchers
  • attended Montville Village Association information session on the South East Queensland Regional Plan
  • meetings with residents, stakeholders and council representatives in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport, Main Roads and Local Government in the Condamine, Toowoomba North and Toowoomba South electorates
  • attended the presentation of Queen’s Scout Award to Alex Colvin
  • presented certificate and cheque to Peachester State School P & C as a recipient of a Local Heroes Grant

 

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21 February 2017

Round one of Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes Grants for 2017 has been announced and four very worthy recipients in Glass House will be presented with a cheque for $250.

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. Mr Powell said he receives more and more applications with each round and saw a genuine need to continue the awards this year.

“During my years representing this very special community, I have become acutely aware of how vital community groups are to our region and how tough they do it financially.

“In the same way if I can make a contribution towards an individual pursuing sporting or academic ventures, then I am only too happy to oblige,” Mr Powell said.

Winners for round one are:

•Peachester State School P & C to purchase a microwave for their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
•Elimbah Uniting Church to purchase a small zip hot water system for their kitchen
•Palmwoods Netball Club towards a netball team building camp out
•Pillowcases for Oncology Kids (based in Maleny) to purchase supplies for pillowcases which are distributed to children receiving oncology treatment

Mr Powell encourages anyone who fits the criteria for a Local Heroes Grant to apply.   Information can be found on his website www.andrewpowell.com.au.

Closing dates for other rounds in 2017 are as follows:

Round 2 – Monday 10 April
Round 3 – Monday 12 June
Round 4 – Monday 14 August
Round 5 – Monday 9 October
Round 6 – Monday 11 December

#Powell4GlassHouse

[ENDS] 21 February 2017

Photo – Andrew Powell MP with representatives from Peachester State School P & C and children

Last week’s activities included:

•Visiting the new Pumicestone State School where I had the pleasure of donating a reading chair to the school and I was thrilled to be asked to come along and read a book to the kids

•Attending the Delaneys Creek State School Leader’s ceremony.  Great to meet the 2017 leaders

•Attended a breakfast with Scott Emerson at the Maleny Hotel where Scott spoke about the economy and small business

•Received a briefing with Tim Nicholls from Commissioner Phillip Strachan on the state of Queensland Rail

•Presented a JP service certificate to Ruth Osberger for 36 years of service as a JP in Queensland

•Attended the Maleny Singers AGM

After concluding last year attending lots of school graduation celebrations, the beginning of the school year now brings many leadership ceremonies which I have great pleasure in attending.  It’s exciting to meet our new leaders of the future and I wish all the kids well for a great year.

During this past week my movements included:

  • constituent appointments
  • on site meetings regarding road concerns
  • mobile offices in Glasshouse and Conondale
  • briefing by Maleny Bowls Club on their 80th year celebrations
  • meetings with Transport and Main Roads stakeholders and groups
  • attending Maleny State School leadership ceremony
  • launching a petition for improvements at the Landsborough-Maleny Road and Maleny-Montville Road intersection
  • meeting with Local Government representatives
  • attending the Maleny RSL Annual Reunion Luncheon
  • being special guest at an LNP meeting in Nanango

 

 

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16 December 2016

 

Round six of Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes Grants have been announced and another three community groups and one individual in Glass House have been presented with a cheque for $250.

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.

“During my years representing this very special community, I have become acutely aware of how vital community groups are to our region and how tough they do it financially.

“In the same way if I can make a contribution towards an individual pursuing sporting or academic ventures, then I am only too happy to oblige,” Mr Powell said.

Winners for round six were:

• Wamuran Christian Fellowship to purchase a coffee machine for their Mum’s group
• The Shack Community Centre to assist with costs for a Christmas brunch and ‘Joy Packs’ for hospital inpatients
• Maleny Swimming Club for ground development
• Slade North towards costs associated with playing in Queensland Softball U15’s Development team

Mr Powell said that following the success of his Local Heroes Grants in 2016 he will be continuing the grants in 2017 and encourages anyone who fits the criteria to apply through his website www.andrewpowell.com.au.

Closing dates for 2017 are as follows:

Round 1 – Monday 13 February
Round 2 – Monday 10 April
Round 3 – Monday 12 June
Round 4 – Monday 14 August
Round 5 – Monday 9 October
Round 6 – Monday 11 December

 
#Powell4GlassHouse
 [ENDS] 16 December 2016

It was schools, schools and more schools last week with lots of ceremonies taking place in the last school week for 2016.  It was great to share in the celebrations at seven different schools for the end of year award ceremonies and to wish the graduating students all the best for their journeys into high school.  Congratulations to kids from Palmwoods State School, Maleny Primary School, Mt Mee State School, Beerburrum State School, Wamuran State School, Eudlo State School and Delaneys Creek State School.

The merriment continued as I hosted my two annual Christmas Community events in Maleny on Tuesday and Woodford on Friday.  Thanks to everyone who came along to share in the festivities.

It was a pleasure to host Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events, in the Glass House electorate during last week to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues I am still fighting for and allow Tim to spend some time with locals from all corners of the electorate.  Almost 100 community members were able to talk to Tim at a morning tea in Woodford and an afternoon tea at Montville and the rest of our tour included:

• Inspection of the new Pumicestone State School which is opening in 2017 and was approved and funded by the LNP government
• Visits to Woodfordia and the Woodford Sale Yards which highlighted 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
• Briefing at the site of the proposed Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new Drop ‘n Go at the Maleny State School
• Inspection of the intersection at Jubilee Drive, Chevallum Road and Woombye Palmwoods Road which 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.

On Wednesday I popped in to see Neil and Wendy Crane, proprietors of the Elimbah store who sadly will be closing their doors after over 20 years due to their lease not being renewed. It’s just not going to be the same without Neil and Wendy at the helm and we will miss you  (and your dim sims) so much. Thank you for your years of serving our community.

In between schools I also had the opportunity to catch up with Malcolm Holst of Ilkley and say thank you for more than 40 years of service to this state as a Justice of the Peace.  Outstanding!

I attended the annual Maleny Christmas Street Carnival on Friday night and this year I also got to help judge the ‘best decorate beard’ competition.  Congratulations to Ray – very impressive.

In amongst all the Christmas cheer, I dropped in on the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club “Save Our Club” update. I’d like to pay special tribute to both the past and present committees as it’s only because of their efforts that the lights are still on!

My office will be closing on Friday 16 December and will reopen on Monday 9th of January 2017.  I look forward to sharing with you again in 2017.

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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.

#Powell4GlassHouse
 [ENDS] 6 December 2016

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