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21 November 2016
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, said a future LNP Government would phase out supermarket-style plastic bags across Queensland, including the Glass House region.

Mr Powell said single-use plastic bags had an average lifespan of just 12 months but could take more than 1000 years to fully decompose.

“I’m proud to lead the Glass House community in cutting public waste, reducing landfill and providing a safer environment for our wildlife and families,” Mr Powell said.

“Queenslanders use around one billion plastic bags every year and the average family collects more than 60 per week.

“By phasing out single-use plastic bags from our local supermarkets, we are making an important investment in our future.

Mr Powell said the LNP’s commitment to phase out plastic bags has been fully endorsed by Clean Up Australia, Wildlife Australia and the Boomerang Alliance, which represents 45 different environmental groups.

“In 2005, all Australian Governments agreed to phase out plastic bags by 2008, but so far only South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT have fulfilled that promise,” Mr Powell said.

“There are plenty of alternatives to the single-use plastic bag – by making a simple lifestyle change, local families can make a huge difference.

Mr Powell added that Green, or bring-your-own bags, heavy retail bags, paper bags and barrier bags for fruit vegetables and meat will not be banned.

“The LNP is committed to protecting our world-class environment, after recently introducing a container deposit scheme that would give consumers, businesses and charities a 10 cent refund for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling,” Mr Powell concluded.
[ENDS] 21 November 2016



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Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House

6 June 2016

LNP Cash for Containers scheme to clean up Glass House

The LNP has announced that it has committed to a policy that would address one of Queensland’s enduring environmental issues – cans and bottles littering our land and waterways and creating excess land fill issues.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said the said the LNP would introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) that would see Glass House consumers, businesses and charities refunded 10 cents for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling.

“The LNP’s plan would deliver a great win for the environment in the Glass House electorate, result in less visual pollution and could create hundreds of jobs across Queensland in the recycling sector,” Mr Powell said.

“The Glass House area is unique, and with this benchmark policy from the LNP we can help keep the region litter free.

“Community groups in Glass House will have the opportunity to organise community clean-up events and cash in containers through the scheme to aid fundraising efforts for other activities.

“It’s estimated that Queensland community groups could claim over $25 million from deposits and handling fees, and create hundreds of new jobs across the state in the recycling sector.

Simon Warner, CEO of SEQ Catchments, a community based not-for-profit organisation, attended the LNP’s container deposit scheme announcement.

“Litter, especially plastic, is one of the most damaging things that we as humans have done to our environment and this especially affects our marine animals and birds,” Mr Warner said.

“The LNP’s announcement should create bipartisan support for the introduction of a container deposit scheme and is a great step forward.

Mr Powell said the introduction of the CDS reaffirmed the LNP’s commitment to grassroots environmental policies and would bring Queensland in line with other states across Australia.

“In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers and a 2015 Newspoll showed 85 per cent of Queenslanders supported a CDS,”

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up Queensland and better protect our environment.”

[ENDS] 6 June 2016

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Andrew’s speech 17 March 2016

Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 963

Mr POWELL (Glass House—LNP) (12.29 am): I am pleased to rise this morning to support the amendment moved by the member for Mermaid Beach late last night. I want to list a handful of reasons why the amendment needs to be passed and why we need to give the committee sufficient time to consider this bill in all of its detail. As a lead-in, I want to state that one of the proudest moments of my life was to serve this state as its environment minister for three years. I am passionate about the environment—incredibly passionate. I have five children who I want to leave a legacy to, and I want to make sure that legacy is better than the one I was left. I do not believe that to protect the environment you take a hands-off approach. You have to be stewards of the environment, you have to care for the environment, you have to be in there getting your hands dirty looking after it.

I want to pick up on a comment made by the member for Thuringowa earlier this evening when he said that this side cannot see the forest from the trees. I invite the member for Thuringowa—through you, Madam Deputy Speaker Farmer—to come to the electorate of Glass House, and indeed I invite the member for South Brisbane to join him. We will go for a drive along Bellthorpe Range Road and I will explain that on one side of the road is a national park and on the other side is a state forest, and I will ask them to choose which is which. I can guarantee that both of them will select the state forest as being the national park. Why? Because it is pristine. Why? Because for centuries it has been steward by the people of Glass House in a sustainable way, harvesting timber to provide for our housing, our paper and everything that we use—even the wood in this chamber where we stand here tonight. On the other side of the road is a quagmire. It is a pest and weed ridden national park. Why? Because for far too long we have taken a hands-off approach to the environment.

Let me tell the House why we need to give the committee the time it needs to review this legislation. My first reason is that the minister himself promised a round table that included all peak groups that would be impacted by this legislation. The member for Nicklin himself said earlier this evening that that round table had broken down because the environmental groups had blackmailed the government into introducing this legislation before anything else could be considered. Mr Speaker also said that the groups—whether they be AgForce or the environmental groups—have all said that they are willing to participate in a committee process. They had seen elements of the legislation here tonight, but they are willing to participate in a committee process. Let us give them that chance. Let us give them the full chance to present their cases to a committee for more than 19 business days over Easter.
My second reason is in the explanatory notes to the bill and it comes from the government itself. Let me use their words. Under the heading ‘Consultation’, the explanatory notes state—
Limited consultation was undertaken in the development of the Reinstatement Bill. No consultation—
and I repeat: no consultation—was undertaken in relation to the changes to the Environmental Offsets Act.

I know how long it took to develop that Environmental Offsets Act. I know how much consultation it took to deliver that Environmental Offsets Act. I know how much disagreement there was and how much negotiation was required around the Environmental Offsets Act, some of it with my good friend the member for Callide. If we are going to make changes—and it says here that no consultation has occurred to date—then we need to give those who are affected the opportunity to have their say through the committee process.

My third reason—and I note the member for Noosa picked up on this point, although it has been missed by many—is that there are changes to the Sustainable Planning Act in this legislation. Who is affected by the Sustainable Planning Act? Our local governments. Guess what. Our local governments are going to an election on Saturday. We do not know which mayors and which councils will be elected and indeed which approach any of our councils will be taking after Saturday. The government is going to be giving them fewer than 19 days to get their submissions in on what is happening with the Sustainable Planning Act.

Mr Rickuss interjected.

Mr POWELL: I take that interjection from the member for Lockyer. In the case of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, they are going to have to wait longer for the outcome of that council election and they are going to be asked to put in a submission in that time, in a matter of days, so the committee can consider it.

My fourth reason is that, contrary to what the member for Noosa said, this is not just about regional and rural Queensland; this is about South-East Queensland. The changes that this legislation brings in are not revisions or reversions to changes the LNP made; they go a lot further. One of those changes is the inclusion of the Burnett Mary catchment. I am sorry but that is not rural and regional Queensland; that is Glass House. That is the communities of Cambroon, Conondale, Harper Creek and Kidaman Creek, and Obi which is in the Speaker’s electorate of Nicklin. It is the communities of Montville, Maleny and North Maleny in the electorate of Glass House. As the member for Noosa rightly said, they are going to wake up this morning and have no idea that they have been completely blindsided by this government—that all of a sudden legislation that previously only related to areas in my good friend the member for Hinchinbrook’s communities is now going to apply to them. The government is considering giving them 19 days to wake up to that fact, to get their contributions in and to have their say on that committee. That is outrageous.

My fifth reason was started by the member for Hinchinbrook in his opening comments this evening. The community, all of Queensland, require time to consider the campaign of deceit that has already commenced. The member for Hinchinbrook went to great lengths using the SLATS report to point out the kind of deception that is being used by ministers of this government and by environmental groups around this state.
Let me give the House another one because it was used in the lead-up to this announcement. I caught a glimpse of a TV news broadcast regarding koala habitat in this state and a press release put out by the WWF. The WWF suggested that under the LNP government the koala habitat around the state had been destroyed. The problem is that the methodology the WWF used was flawed. They assumed that the koala was considered endangered across the length and breadth of Queensland under the LNP because that is the only way you can trigger an essential habitat map across the entire state. Sorry, but the koala was only listed as endangered in South-East Queensland. The only essential habitat maps in Queensland were in South-East Queensland so any suggestion that habitat was destroyed outside of South-East Queensland is purely false and nothing more than deception. The people of Queensland need to understand through this committee process that they are being deceived. They need the opportunity to hear the true facts and make up their own minds about what this legislation actually entails.

My final reason that this amendment to the original motion should be agreed to is that for all of this week—in fact, for months—we have been hearing from the Palaszczuk Labor government that it is all about jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. Let us be honest. This bill is not about jobs at all; this is all about destroying jobs the length and breadth of this great state. The committee must have the time to consider exactly how many jobs are going to go as a result of this legislation potentially being passed. To suggest that that can be done in 19 days is farcical. The committee needs the time to completely understand the economic impacts and job impacts of this legislation so that committee members can inform this House so that we can have a truthful and honest debate over the merits of this legislation or otherwise. To do that, the committee needs more than 19 days. Therefore, I support the member for Mermaid Beach’s amendment and I call on all members of this House to do the same.

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Andrew Powell MP

Member for Glass House
21 April 2016

Glass House urged to send Labor a message on Vegetation management

• LNP and agriculture groups stand together against Labor’s vegetation management reforms
• Petition launched for Glass House community to speak out and have say
• Palaszczuk Labor Government’s aggressive reforms set to cripple agriculture in Glass House

The Glass House community is urged to join with rural industry groups and local MP Andrew Powell in the fight against Labor’s proposed anti-agriculture vegetation management reforms.

Mr Powell said the petition, in response to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, was an opportunity for all Glass House landholders and the wider community to register their protest to Labor’s plans.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s rollback of the LNPs sensible vegetation management framework will remove property rights, reduce the productivity of the agricultural sector and threaten jobs in our region,” he said.

Mr Powell said Labor’s proposed amendments were more extensive and aggressive than simply overturning the LNP’s 2013 changes.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government plans to completely repeal the important High Value Agriculture and High Value Irrigated Agriculture pathways to development. It also plans to extend incredibly restrictive laws to the Mary River catchment.  This combined threat will bring Glass House’s agriculture sector and future economic growth to a screaming halt,” he said.

“Freehold and indigenous freehold landowners will be stripped of their rights to manage regrowth vegetation.

“Landholders will also be considered guilty until proven innocent with the re-instatement of the reversal of the onus of proof and ‘mistake of fact’ will no longer be considered a defence for alleged offences involving vegetation management activities.”

See this link to the petition-

[ENDS] 21 April 2016

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A local Lions Club and a catchment care group in Glass House have received support to enhance their local environment thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell congratulated the successful recipients:

Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group Inc which received $24,000 to continue its work restoring and enhancing Obi Obi Creek on the Maleny plateau. Part of the work will involve removing weeds from the Obi Obi creek, including lantana, blackberry, camphour laurel and madeira vine, and planting birdwing on the site.

Maleny-Blackall Range Lions Club Inc. which received $75,470 to remove weeds such as Camphor Laurel, Lantana and Madeira Vine along Maleny-Landsborough Road and Obi Lane South.

Mr Powell said the grants were another example of the strong plan this government has for delivering common sense conservation for Queensland’s environment.

“Under the former Labor Government there was no grant funding available to community groups and grass roots organisations but we recognise their valuable contribution and applaud their dedication.

“These grassroots projects will help deliver long-term benefits for local communities.

Mr Powell said the program has delivered almost 120,000 tree plantings, over 410,000 hectares weeded, and removal of almost 62,000 kilograms of rubbish from local areas and waterways.

“Through this program, the Newman LNP Government has engaged a staggering 13,250 volunteers state-wide and this will continue to grow with the large amount of projects continuing to be delivered.

“We recognise the valuable contributions of volunteers, who are true local heroes, rolling up their sleeves to improve their local area.”

More information about the Everyone’s Environment program is available at

[ENDS] 19 December 2014

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Queenslanders will soon have access to an extended Martin Williams Walk at Lake Baroon following a $6,800 funding injection by the Queensland Government.

Member for Glass House Mr Andrew Powell said the exciting new extension features a new trail loop and signage.

“This funding boost follows Seqwater’s landmark recreation review that has taken place across South East Queensland’s lakes,” Mr Powell said.

“The $6800 contribution to the $10,000 project is part of the second round of funding aimed at delivering greater recreation opportunities for the Glass House region.

“These new facilities are a result of Seqwater’s Recreation Review, during which more than 3,700 people provided feedback helping shape the future of recreation in and around the Glass House electorate.

“This upgrade will no doubt boost visitor numbers and benefit local businesses in the Glass House area.”

Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson said the upgrade to Lake Baroon was part of a $500,000 commitment from the State Government to increase leisure opportunities.

“The funding delivers on the Government’s promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the State’s economy,” Mr Dickson said.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said Seqwater was committed to balancing the requirements of providing the region’s bulk drinking water while offering some of the region’s most enjoyable and diverse recreation experiences.

“We will work with the State Government and local councils to prioritise the implementation and funding of further recreation facilities,” Mr Dennis said.

For more information about Seqwater’s recreation reviews visit

[ENDS] 30 October 2014




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Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP and Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay said that they are supportive of increased investment in sustainable eco-tourism projects such as the proposed Obi Obi Zipline canopy tour.

Mr Powell said that the last week’s announcement that Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours had been invited to submit a more detailed proposal on the Zipline was an exciting development for the Montville tourism industry.

“This project will be an environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism venture which presents the Montville tourism industry and the wider Sunshine Coast with a unique opportunity to showcase our natural environment,” Mr Powell said.

Economically, the Zipline has the potential to harness the expanding nature and adventure based markets and attract up to 25,000 visitors per year, providing an annual turnover of $2.4 million, plus an estimated regional flow-on of $3.2 million and 52 regional full time equivalent jobs.

Montville Chamber of Commerce President, Shiralee Cooper, said that the proposed world class canopy tour will be a major eco-tourism coup for the Hinterland and a point of difference for the entire Sunshine Coast.

“The Montville Chamber of Commerce applauds the Queensland State Government’s increased focus on developing eco-tourism.

This Zipline proposal is a very exciting initiative showcasing our spectacular part of the world and building on our Eco Experience credentials,” Ms Cooper said.

Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay said this was great news for the local area as well as the whole of the Sunshine Coast region.

Sunshine Coast Council is striving to make the region the most sustainable place in Australia – a sustainable economy, environment and community. This eco-tourism focused development will benefit all of these areas,” Cr McKay said.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey last week announced that Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours will now be required to demonstrate that environmental checks and balances are incorporated into the planning, design and operation of the Zipline development, and show how the proposal will deliver economically for the community.

Subject to the concept being fully assessed through this next stage the Queensland Government, traditional owners, the Jinibara People, and Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours will work together to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties.

ENDS – 30 May 2014

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The environment has been deemed the biggest winner as the new Grigor Bridge over the Mary River at Conondale opens to motorists three months ahead of schedule.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said protecting the local environment had been a priority throughout the project’s construction.

“The Newman Government is proud to be delivering on its promise to deliver better infrastructure and better planning while protecting the local environment,” Mr Powell said.

“Detailed planning and environment specialists helped to ensure the protection of local fauna during the construction of the new bridge and demolition of the original timber bridge.

“Specialist divers undertook aquatic clearances before the start of in-water activities which included the capture and release of 110 turtles, one endangered Queensland Lungfish and a range of other species.

“Experts were also used to relocate a colony of microbats roosting in the gaps of the decking timbers of the old bridge.”

Mr Powell said completion of the bridge was an exciting milestone for the community, who also played a key role in the project’s success.

“Crews on site have commented on the support locals have shown for this project and their ongoing patience and co-operation despite having construction underway for more than a year,” he said.

“Fortunately the final stage of the project, which included demolition of the old bridge and removal of the sidetrack and landscaping was completed faster than expected.”

The project was funded by state and federal governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements as part of the $262 million allocated to region to repair damage from natural disasters and flooding in previous years.

ENDS- 14 April 2014


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Environment and wildlife warriors across Queensland will soon be pulling on the work-boots to help care for parks and forests, thanks to a $63,650 Queensland Government Friends of Parks contract awarded to ECOllaboration.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the $1.5 million Friends of Parks initiative was helping the Queensland Government deliver on its election commitment to enhance volunteering and “voluntourism” in Queensland’s national parks.

“The group will coordinate more than 20,000 hours of voluntary service for parks and forests around the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast over the next year, thanks to the grant,” Mr Powell said.

“Volunteering has received a significant boost this week with the approval of contracts worth almost $880,000 under the Friends of Parks Program.

“ECOllaboration has strong links with many local community groups and will be working closely with groups such as Fraser Island Defenders Organization and Sunshine Coast Bushwalkers, Sunshine Coast Trail and Endurance Riders and Bushrangers Mountain Bike Riding club.”

Jacqui Smythe, ECOllaboration’s Environmental Project Manager, said the organisation was excited to be part of the Friends of Parks program. 

“With our long history in co-ordinating volunteers in environmental management, we have seen time after time the amazing benefits these programs have, not only for the local environment, but for the volunteers themselves,” Ms Smythe said.

“Volunteers become ambassadors for their local patches. This environmental stewardship is increasingly seen as an important approach to improving and conserving landscape health.  The positive benefits of this relationship can’t be expressed highly enough.”

Mr Powell said the volunteers would be working alongside Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers in Great Sandy and Conondale national parks.

“They will assist in maintaining walking trails and multi-use trails including horse riding trails, staffing visitor information centres, campground hosting on Fraser Island, Conondale national park, and Imbil, Jimna, Amamoor and Brooyar State Forests, weed removal and revegetation, and helping with the nursery based at Cooloola.

“This will be an invaluable boost to parks on the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay region, and QPWS hopes it will encourage many locals to become regular volunteers for parks.”

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said Friends of Parks contracts had also been awarded to WildMob, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Australia Nature Tours – all highly regarded and experienced in the delivery of volunteering services.

“These contracts will see more than 20 part-time co-ordinators across the state – the equivalent of four full-time staff –recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers to help support front-line management of our parks,” Mr Dickson said.

“This stage of the Friends of Parks program will deliver almost 68,000 volunteer hours to assist QPWS in managing some of our most beautiful and iconic national parks.”

This is the second stage of the already highly successful community small grants program, which is currently being rolled out across the state.

ENDS- 7 April 2014

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