Andrew Powell MP
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Glasshouse Mountains

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    Recently the Queensland Redistribution Commission released proposed changes to the State Electoral boundaries which will ultimately affect some of the Glass House electorate.

    In short the changes would include:

    •a proposed name change from Glass House to Tibrogargan;
    •Palmwoods, Chevallum, the small part of Landsborough that was in Glass House and Caboolture would be in neighbouring electorates; and
    •Mooloolah, Rocksberg, Upper Caboolture, Ocean View and Moorina would be added to the electorate.

    So what does that mean…

    The electorate is 90% the same as Glass House. I have eight years of connection, of success, of understanding the issues and of knowing what needs to be done in the electorate.  I simply could not leave it to anyone else to finish things like the D’Aguilar Highway upgrades, the Woodford High School, the Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre, the Maleny-Kenilworth Road, the Rail duplication…and the list goes on and on. It is therefore my intention to contest the seat of Tibrogargan if the proposed changes go through and I want to assure you of my ongoing commitment to this region.

    If you are interested in having a look at the maps or having a say about the new boundaries, further information is available on the ECQ website at



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      Several months ago I committed to sponsoring a petition requesting changes and improvements to the intersection of Kilcoy Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road in Beerwah – the intersection near the Beerwah State School. In the past, both my colleague Mark McArdle and I have unsuccessfully lobbied the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to provide a financial commitment to upgrade this intersection. I am now pleased to advise that local resident, Kel McNamara, has agreed to be the principal petitioner and as such we are requesting the House to call on the Minister for Main Roads to immediately commission planning, funding and construction of safety upgrades and to consider all options at this intersection.

      I have been doorknocking in the area encouraging residents to sign the written petition however you can also add your name to the e-petition which can be found at the following link:


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        The Glasshouse Mountains community deserves to be very proud for their efforts in fighting for traffic lights at what were two very dangerous intersections.  We recently saw the lights go on at the Reed Street intersection, and on Friday I went to celebrate with Bowen Road residents following the lights being activated there.  This really is a great win for the people of Glasshouse and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to play my part as their local MP in delivering this vital infrastructure.




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          Earlier this week we celebrated ten years since the Glass House Mountains were entered on the National Heritage register.  During the ceremony we had the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of Beth Hodge and Ivon Northage – two fantastic locals who were and are integral in their nomination for listing and their management since.  It was Beth who originally wrote the nomination for heritage listing and you won’t find a more knowledgeable local expert on the Mountains than Ivon.

          I’ve always grown up viewing the Glass House Mountains as a unique blend of pasts and presents – of our rich Indigenous culture, European exploration and settlement, population growth and agricultural production alongside ancient landscapes and our precious environment.

          Mr Northage is keen that we better manage and promote the Mountains so locals and tourists alike can enjoy them.  So it was fantastic that all three levels of government were present today and gave commitments to work with Ivon to achieve that.



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          Over the years I have been contacted by residents wanting to see changes and improvements made to the intersection of Kilcoy Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road in Beerwah – the intersection near the Beerwah State School.  Both my colleague Mark McArdle and I have lobbied the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) seeking financial commitments to upgrade this intersection but to no avail so far.  TMR have told us they do not consider this intersection as having a high enough priority for an upgrade and that funding would therefore be a long way off.  I realise with the continued growth in this region, especially with the new housing estate and many new homes under construction, the community, like me, wants to make sure we prevent any unnecessary accidents.  I am well aware that at school drop off and pick up times, in particular, this is a very busy area and concerns for the safety of children who cross the road are very high.  I am committed to doing what I can to deliver improvements – whether that be traffic signals or another measure that TMR determine will assist.  However, as we saw with the traffic signals at the Reed Street intersection in Glasshouse, I can’t do this without the support of the community.  We need to be able to show TMR that our community want to see changes made as soon as possible and to do this I need you to stand with me.  I am keen to sponsor a petition and will walk the streets myself, knocking on doors and gathering as many signatures as I can.  As a starting point, I need a member of the community to put their hand up to be the petitioner – this is a very simple, job, all it requires is your full name and address and perhaps some help in collecting signatures.  If you would like to volunteer to be involved with this community campaign, please email my office on or call 5435 2013.

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          The week started out with Shadow Cabinet in Toowoomba which was really productive.

          The rest of my time was spent in and around the electorate attending various community events and catching up with groups who have recently received my Local Heroes Grants.

          The biggest highlight by far was the Reed Street traffic signals being turned on for the first time!  Such a sensational event that will be long remembered by this community.

          I also attended assembly at the Maleny State School and the Conondale State School to announce the final donation amount from my annual Maleny-Kenilworth Road Walk.

          This donation is made towards both of the Chappys at these schools in recognition of their efforts.


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          5 July 2016

          Funding helps local community groups

          Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell has welcomed a recent announcement that will provide funding to several worthy community groups in the Glass House electorate.

          Mr Powell has reported that four clubs have shared in just over $120,000 through Round 88 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to help them with the purchase of necessary equipment and perform upgrades to their club facilities.

          “We know our community groups face a constant struggle to access funds to keep them viable so these sorts of funding injections really go a long way to helping them survive.

          “Most of the recipients in Glass House are using the funds to purchase new equipment which will not only have a positive effect on their current members but also go a long way to attracting new membership.

          “All of these community groups are run by volunteers and the application process is not an easy one to navigate so I congratulate those who have put in the effort and been successful this time around.

          List of Glass House recipients in Round 88 includes –

          • Glasshouse District Cricket Club – replace practice nets
          • Wamuran Historical and Visitor Centre – upgrade facility
          • Woodford Show Society – purchase a tractor
          • Maleny Arts & Crafts Group – purchase a kiln and upgrade facility
          [ENDS] 5 July 2016

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            The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have advised that night works will commence at the Reed Street intersection on Monday 27 June to install the final asphalt surface layer throughout the project site.

            This work will be carried out at night between 7pm and 5am, and will take approximately three nights to complete, weather permitting.

            Nearby residents may experience some noise while this work is underway.

            For the safety or motorists and road workers, changed traffic conditions including lane closures, traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and construction signage will remain in place while works are underway.

            At least we know we are well on our way to having these signals up and running in the very near future!

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            Delivered. Great news for Glass House with the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Bowen Road and Steve Irwin Way commencing.

            The $2.4 million will involve:
            • installing new traffic signals and signalising existing pedestrian crossings
            • upgrades to existing road and intersection street lighting
            • changes to business driveways/accesses from Bowen Road
            • constructing new footpaths
            • road widening on Bowen Road
            • installing additional drainage infrastructure.

            From early May 2016, works will commence for the project. To ensure the safety of motorists and workers, traffic control including reduced speed limits, shoulder and lane closures will be required at times.

            General working hours near residential areas will be between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, weather permitting. In addition to this, electrical night works will occur in preparation for the installation of new lighting from Monday 9 May, 2016 between 6pm and 6am. These electrical works are expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

            Every effort will be made to reduce potential construction impacts. Local residents and businesses may experience some short term impacts including increased site activity, minor traffic delays, noise, dust and vibration from construction equipment and activities.

            I will continue to keep you informed of project activities throughout the construction period, scheduled for completion in late 2016, weather permitting.

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