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The 2016 state budget is a disappointment to the Queensland community as a whole with cuts to infrastructure spending and key services.  It really is a budget of broken promises propped up by raids on public servants superannuation and increased taxes.  Despite the rhetoric, there is no focus on jobs and absolutely no chance of the Queensland debt decreasing.  And for us locally, well, it’s almost like we don’t exist.  There is no investment in the things we need – like the North Coast rail duplication and the Bruce Highway.  We desperately need more trains and more lanes but we get neither.  What we get instead is a ‘planning session’ and a ‘community review’.  After all the talking, there will still be no more trains, just another business case – something that’s been done again and again.  Labor said they could deliver infrastructure without leasing assets, raising taxes or cutting services.  We now see that for the lie that it was.

 

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Dear Editor,
Let me be very clear, upgrading the Sunshine Coast Rail line is number one on my priority list for Glass House.  It has been since the very minute the Labor Government put a stop to the upgrade schedule some seven years ago.  I’m pleased to say my LNP colleagues also share my enthusiasm for this desperately needed infrastructure project as we understand what a vital service this is to our growing community.  It should be noted that had the LNP been re-elected to Government in 2015, we had given a full commitment to deliver the rail duplication as part of asset leasing.  Unfortunately we were not given the opportunity to deliver this and we are now back to the drawing board.  We continue to lobby the current Government to provide a commitment to upgrade the line but so far they have shown little to no interest in making this a priority.

Regards,
Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
ENDS – 9 June 2016

Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
2 June 2016

Rail ‘consultation’ causes confusion and unnecessary alarm

The future North Coast Rail Duplication is one of the biggest issues for residents of the Sunshine Coast with community members, particularly daily commuters, calling out for a financial investment to see the duplication delivered.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning on behalf of his constituents for the seven plus years he has been the local MP and is frustrated that this vital project continues to be left unfunded by the current Government.

“The most recent call for community feedback by the Government is misleading and is causing people to get excited about a project that quite frankly will be decades away under the existing Government.

“They are holding information sessions to talk about a project that is only in the business case phase and people need to understand this is not a sign this duplication will actually be built any time soon.

“What’s most concerning is the literature that has been distributed in the last week that refers to the ‘elimination’ of the level crossings in Landsborough and Barr’s Road.

“Understandably the community has gone into shock over the use of the word ‘elimination’ and I really don’t blame them.

“I met with Queensland Department of Transport officials last week and made it very clear they should stay away from using this sort of language and instead reaffirm their commitment to finding safer alternatives than what we already have in place – it’s about “replacing” these level crossings, not “eliminating” them.

“It is clear from the outraged constituents that have contacted me they did not take my advice.

“I would like to reassure the community that I will work with them and the Department to ensure there are safe crossings at these sites – whether it be through overpasses, underpasses or something similar.

“I would urge community members to share their own feedback on this issue directly with Translink at this email – B2N@tmr.qld.gov.au or by phone 1800 785 974,” Mr Powell concludes.

Ends – 2 June 2016
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May 2016 TMR rail info sheet

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Joint Media Release  – Andrew Powell, Mark McArdle, Jarrod Bleijie, Steve Dickson, Fiona Simpson and Glen Elmes

 

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is attempting to pull the wool over Sunshine Coast residents’ eyes in the newly released infrastructure ‘plan’ which fails to deliver on key regional projects.

Sunshine Coast MPs Fiona Simpson, Jarrod Bleijie, Mark McArdle, Andrew Powell, Steve Dickson and Glen Elmes condemned Labor’s plan which cut spending compared to the LNP’s plan by more than a billion a year and failed to provide funding for critical infrastructure for the fast-growing region.

In a joint statement issued today the Sunshine Coast MPs said the glossy plan was made up of sweeping statements which lacked any real substance, with less money being spent on infrastructure across the state than was planned under LNP.

“The announcements around the Infrastructure Plan suggested that the long-overdue North Coast Rail Duplication and much-needed Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital road network are on Labor’s agenda – but this is false,” said Coast MP Andrew Powell.

“Instead of committing to duplicate the single-track through the Sunshine Coast, the plan refers to the North Coast Corridor Improvement Study which is a program of bridge replacements, passing loops and minor improvements to the entire North Coast line – with almost all the works being north of Maryborough.”

“At the 2015 election, the LNP promised $532 million to duplicate the line from Beerburrum to Landsborough. The Palaszczuk Government tricked voters in to thinking they too could deliver this without leasing assets, raising taxes or cutting services. This plan shows how much they deceived Queenslanders.”

“With regards to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital – the plan refers only to upgrades to the Kawana Way and Nicklin Way intersections to tackle congestion and completely ignores the critical improvements to the Mooloolah River Interchange to improve safety and unlock the bottleneck on the Sunshine Motorway,” said Fiona Simpson.

“Going into the 2015 election, the LNP committed $400 million toward the Mooloolah River Interchange upgrade for the Sunshine Coast,” said Jarrod Bleijie.

“One of the first acts of the Palaszczuk Government was to immediately axe this project and both the Premier and her Minister have failed to provide an alternate plan.

“It’s shameful the Palaszczuk Labor Government has completely wiped this project off their agenda.”

“Without the LNP’s proposed upgrades to the Sunshine Coast road network, motorists will continue to experience crippling congestion along Nicklin Way, Kawana Way and the Sunshine Motorway.

“This project would have been a catalyst for job creation on the Coast as well as delivering upon the critical road infrastructure we need to support the continued growth of the region.”

Now that the Sunshine Coast University Hospital will be delayed for some six months, this Government must act now to ensure the road infrastructure is completed before the Hospital opens to improve safety, efficiency and road capacity by delivering the Mooloolah River Interchange project,” said Steve Dickson.

“With massive population increases due in the Caloundra region we will see more and more congestion on our road and rail systems. Caloundra Road congestion can only get worse. The short sightedness of the Palaszczuk Government will ensure this is a certainty. The LNP proposed road and rail works and now this decision by the ALP has doomed the Sunshine Coast,” Mr McArdle said.

“It is well and truly time the Sunshine Coast Region got its fair share of infrastructure planning and in Noosa, the urgent priority is what is known as the Beckmans Road duplication/Tewantin Bypass.  The total cost is estimated to be in the region of $60 million, probably to be done in three stages over a period of time.  The urgent first stage that needs to be fast tracked would be near the Noosaville State School,” said Glen Elmes.

[ENDS] 14 March 2016

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During the last few months I have had countless people in Glass House contact me with projects they would like to see delivered in our community. There is no shortage of projects we can work on together and my challenge as the local Member will be to ensure I work as hard as I can to accommodate the needs of people in all 20 of the individual townships that make up the Glass House electorate.

The Glass House ‘Fighting For’ wishlist will continue to be a work in progress and anything you identify in your community can be added to the list. All suggestions are welcome at any time so feel free to email my office as you identify something– glass.house@parliament.qld.gov.au.

Some of the local issues we have compiled so far – .

  • Palmwoods/Eudlo – the North Coast Rail Duplication, more funding for sporting groups including cricket, soccer and tennis, upgrades to the Jubilee Drive intersection
  • Chevallum – a permanent school crossing supervisor
  • Montville – pedestrian crossing at the Info Centre, roundabout at the Western Avenue
  • Maleny – upgrades to Maleny-Kenilworth Road, new indoor Aquatic Centre, ‘kiss and go’ for Maleny State School, upgraded police station, pedestrian crossing at Maleny-Stanley River Road
  • Witta – funding for sports development
  • Conondale – upgrade to Maleny-Kenilworth Road, pool upgrades
  • Peachester – flashing lights at Peachester School
  • Beerwah – traffic signals at the Beerwah State School intersection
  • Glasshouse Mountains – re-opening the Glasshouse Mountains Holiday Park
  • Beerburrum – increased funding for community groups like the Beerburrum School of Arts
  • Elimbah – upgrades to King John Creek Bridge,
  • Caboolture – parking at Caboolture Hospital, ongoing support for the Caboolture Historical Village, Wamuran – speed reduction near County Drive
  • Mount Mee – funding for community groups
  • Woodford – pedestrian crossing across the D’Aguilar Highway, speed reduction near the Mary Street intersection

Glasshouse Country News1

 

 

It’s not every day the Leader of the Opposition comes to Glass House, so the local Member made sure he maximised the opportunity by showing Lawrence Springborg MP some of the main issues affecting the region.

Over the past six months, Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP has been compiling his ‘Fighting for Glass House’ wishlist and has already announced several of the projects that he is working on for the community.

“The community knows I am dedicated to fighting for the best interests of our region, so asking Mr Springborg to tour the electorate was another way of demonstrating to residents just how serious I am about achieving great things for our region.

“One such project was my pledge to fight the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government to re-allocate $1.5 million in funds for additional car parking at the Caboolture Hospital.

“Along with my former colleagues Lisa France and Darren Grimwade, we announced in January this year that we would be providing an additional 100 car spaces.  The funds had been allocated in the budget but now they have mysteriously disappeared into a Labor black hole,” Mr Powell stated.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg praised Mr Powell for his strong advocacy for Glass House projects that desperately need government support.

“Voters shouldn’t be punished by a Labor government that has no plan and has even put a freeze on infrastructure for a year.” Mr Springborg said.

“The Sunshine Coast and hinterland is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government should be looking ahead instead of stalling and navel gazing.” he said

While in Glass House, Mr Springborg was also taken on a tour of the Palmwoods Rail Station which will eventually be upgraded as part of the future North Coast Rail Duplication and was also shown the dangerous Jubilee Drive intersection in Palmwoods, both of which form part of Mr Powell’s ‘Fighting for Glass House’ wishlist. Mr Powell has also been fighting for an upgrade to Maleny-Kenilworth Road so the day’s trip included a tour along this notorious stretch of road.

“I have been very clear with the Glass House people that I am dedicated to working on the best outcomes for their future and have encouraged them to communicate with me wherever possible on what they want to see to improve their patch of Glass House.

“Now that Mr Springborg has seen firsthand some of the projects that I am fighting for, I know he will be working with us to deliver for the residents of Glass House.”

 [ENDS] 25 June 2015

Inspecting Caboolture Hospital Inspecting Jubilee Drive in Palmwoods Inspecting Palmwoods Rail Station

 

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Sunshine Coast passengers will spend less time travelling on trains and more time with their families under the LNP’s plan to reverse Labor’s broken promise and start work to duplicate the Sunshine Coast train line.

Premier Campbell Newman said under the LNP’s Strong Choices plan, the $532 million project will be delivered as part of the commitment for Public Transport Rail Infrastructure.

“We have a strong plan to improve frequency, reliability, safety and affordability of the public transport network and also deliver economic benefits for Queensland families,” Mr Newman said.

“Already our strong team has delivered 3000 additional weekly bus and train services, and slashed transport fares by five per cent saving families money. Trains are running on-time 96 per cent of the time, but there’s more to do.

“The upgrade will provide more than 150 extra weekly services, improved transport reliability for more than 330,000 residents from the Sunshine Coast and create more than 3000 new jobs during construction.

“We need a strong future-oriented transport system to support a strong economy. You cannot create jobs without a strong economy. You cannot create a strong economy without a strong plan. You cannot stick to a strong plan without a strong and stable government.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this project would put an end to a huge bottleneck on the single track line that restricted freight movement and frustrated passengers.

“While we are committed to funding this project under our Strong Choices plan, the former Labor government broke their promise to duplicate the Sunshine Coast line in 2009, at the same time they were hiking up fares by 15 per cent,” Mr Emerson said.

“If the Newman LNP Government is re-elected, we’ll get on with the job.

“We can only deliver the rail line duplication because of our strong economic management, and our work to fix the state’s finances through our Strong Choices plan that will reduce debt and invest in job-creating infrastructure like this project.”

Mr Newman said Labor had no plan to tackle the massive debt they left Queensland and broke their promise to fix serious capacity issues on the Sunshine Coast line.

“Only the LNP has a strong team with a strong plan to secure Queensland’s financial future and invest in the next wave of job-creating infrastructure,” he said

Ends – 13 January 2015

 

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Sunshine Coast passengers will spend less time travelling on trains and more time with their families under the LNP’s plan to reverse Labor’s broken promise and start work to duplicate the Sunshine Coast train line.

Premier Campbell Newman said under the LNP’s Strong Choices plan, the $532 million project will be delivered as part of the commitment for Public Transport Rail Infrastructure.

“We have a strong plan to improve frequency, reliability, safety and affordability of the public transport network and also deliver economic benefits for Queensland families,” Mr Newman said.

“Already our strong team has delivered 3000 additional weekly bus and train services, and slashed transport fares by five per cent saving families money. Trains are running on-time 96 per cent of the time, but there’s more to do.

“The upgrade will provide more than 150 extra weekly services, improved transport reliability for more than 330,000 residents from the Sunshine Coast and create more than 3000 new jobs during construction.

“We need a strong future-oriented transport system to support a strong economy. You cannot create jobs without a strong economy. You cannot create a strong economy without a strong plan. You cannot stick to a strong plan without a strong and stable government.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this project would put an end to a huge bottleneck on the single track line that restricted freight movement and frustrated passengers.

“While we are committed to funding this project under our Strong Choices plan, the former Labor government broke their promise to duplicate the Sunshine Coast line in 2009, at the same time they were hiking up fares by 15 per cent,” Mr Emerson said.

“If the Newman LNP Government is re-elected, we’ll get on with the job.

“We can only deliver the rail line duplication because of our strong economic management, and our work to fix the state’s finances through our Strong Choices plan that will reduce debt and invest in job-creating infrastructure like this project.”

Mr Newman said Labor had no plan to tackle the massive debt they left Queensland and broke their promise to fix serious capacity issues on the Sunshine Coast line.

“Only the LNP has a strong team with a strong plan to secure Queensland’s financial future and invest in the next wave of job-creating infrastructure,” he said.

[ENDS] 13 January 2015

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More than 200 additional train services a day will be added to the south-east Queensland network from January 20 next year.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said residents in the Glass House electorate would benefit as part of the major timetable overhaul across south-east Queensland.

“This is a great result for local commuters with the addition of two new express services between Nambour and Brisbane,” he said.

“The new timetable will boost frequency and extend current Sunshine Coast services, with more than 234 train services to be provided between Nambour and Brisbane’s CBD each week.

“There will be a new inbound morning service to depart Nambour station at 5.07am and arrive at Central station at 6.53am, and a new afternoon outbound service to depart Central station at 4.22pm and arrive at Nambour station at 6.10pm,” Mr Powell said.

The new services will run express between Caboolture and Northgate, with the afternoon peak service also running express between Bowen Hills and Northgate and will commence on Monday 20 January, 2014.

“Public transport users can expect improved connections, better reliability and more frequent services.

“The Newman Government has work had to find the saving across Queensland Rail to deliver more frequent services and from January next year we will be delivering.”

Some of the other changes across the network include:

  • More peak Gold Coast services – nine to 12 for AM and 10 to 14 for PM
  • Altandi will replace Coopers Plains as the express stop on the Gold Coast line
  • More peak Shorncliffe line services – eight to 11 for AM and eight to 12 for PM
  • 50 per cent peak service increase at some of the Cleveland line’s busiest stations
  • 15 minute day-time off-peak CBD to Cannon Hill on the Cleveland line
  • More peak service for Beenleigh station – 19 to 24 for AM and 18 to 25 for PM
  • 15 minute day-time off-peak CBD and Coopers Plains on the Beenleigh line
  • 70 per cent peak service increase at some of the Ferny Grove line’s busiest stations
  • Express services on the Ferny Grove line will become all station services – an increased trip time of four-to-five minutes each.
  • 15 minute day-time off-peak CBD and Northgate on the Caboolture line
  • An additional peak AM and PM Sunshine Coast service.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the new timetable gets the maximum use out of the network’s existing rollingstock and infrastructure in both the peak and weekday off-peak.

“This timetable is for the future, as it will allow additional services to be added once trains start being delivered as part of our New Generation Rollingstock project,” Mr Emerson said.

“This is also important in our efforts to increase the capacity on the network beyond the current 2016 deadline.”

Queensland Rail and TransLink will be hosting information sessions at stations over the coming months. For more information visit www.translink.com.au

 [ENDS] 22 October 2013

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 Dear Editor,

Many of your readers would know that I have long campaigned for funds to complete the North Coast Rail Duplication and even held my own MP Train Day with Minister Scott Emerson in mid-2011 to highlight the need for this project and to hear feedback firsthand from regular commuters.  Last month I did the trip again in order to get an update from travellers on their experiences and suggestions for improvements.

Whilst the North Coast Rail Duplication was raised by commuters, most people understand the message that our Government is focused on rebuilding the state’s finances before committing to definite dates for construction projects of this scale.  I gave them my commitment however that I will continue to work with the Minister and his Department to do whatever I can to deliver this project before the estimated 2031 timeline. 

 There are some targets that I believe are more achievable in the short term one of which is better communication methods with passengers regarding on-train delays.  Feedback from commuters was that much angst could be avoided if delays could be explained in transit.  This did not occur while on my trip where we did experience delays, and I can appreciate the frustration this causes.  Perhaps the most obvious and important factors for commuters utilising the Sunshine Coast line is the need to provide better am and pm peak hour express services.  The last timetable review was implemented in 2011 and since then commuters have been voicing their disappointment at the removal of several express services from this timetable.

I have provided the Minister with a formal submission on behalf of the Glass House community seeking assistance with timetable issues in the first instance.  The community can be assured this is next on my agenda however it is possible that changes could still be sometime ahead due to the ramifications such timetable alterations will have on the rail network as whole.

I will continue to provide feedback on this ongoing issue via my website – www.andrewpowell.com.au and would encourage those interested to sign up to my monthly eNewsletter.

Andrew Powell MP

Member for Glass House

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection

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