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    Winners for round two of the Local Heroes Grants are:

    • Wamuran Earth Protectors at Wamuran State School – to assist with the cost of purchasing landfill crates as part of their mission to become a sustainable school;
    • Combined Glasshouse School Chaplaincies;
    • Josh Penfold from Palmwoods – who will represent Australia in the U15 Squash team touring Auckland this month; and
    • Obi Art Project by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre – to create an encouragement award for young children up to 10 years old in the Obi Art Prize.

    Closing dates for other rounds in 2017 are as follows:

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

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    19 April 2017

    Round two 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 the program in January 2016.  Andrew 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,” Andrew said.

    Winners for round two are:

    • Wamuran Earth Protectors at Wamuran State School – to assist with the cost of purchasing landfill crates as part of their mission to become a sustainable school;
    • the combined Glasshouse School Chaplaincies;
    • Josh Penfold from Palmwoods – who will represent Australia in the U15 Squash team touring Auckland this month; and
    • the Obi Art Project by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre – to create an encouragement award for young children up to 10 years old in the Obi Art Prize

    Andrew 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 3 – Monday 12 June
    Round 4 – Monday 14 August
    Round 5 – Monday 9 October
    Round 6 – Monday 11 December

     
    #Powell4GlassHouse
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    Photo – Andrew Powell and Lynda Simpson from Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

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    I spent a good part of last week traveling to the regions that were effected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Local Government, Transport and Main Roads.  Queenslanders are a resilient lot and we are used to experiencing more than our fair share of natural disasters each and every year and Cyclone Debbie was no exception. Not only did she cause considerably damage in the north crossing the coast, she then continued to track south leaving further destruction and flooding in her wake. I visited Airlie Beach and Mackay and then south to Logan, Beaudesert and the Gold Coast. Restoring essential services, clearing debris and reopening roads are critical to communities getting back on their feet and I applaud the coordinated work of the Councils and other support services to provide such swift responses.

    It was great to finish off the week by attending a morning tea in honour of Joyce Newton who was recently awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the LNP.

     

    With Jon Krause With Taryn and Joyce

    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

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