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North Coast Rail Duplication

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17 January 2017

 

  •  Existing rail line to reach capacity by 2023 which would result in increased road based transport
  • Time for the Palaszczuk Government to commit the funding to the North Coast Rail Duplication

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, is less than impressed that Building Queensland has only now come to the same conclusion that Sunshine Coast residents have known for decades – that the North Coast Rail duplication needs to happen as a matter of priority.

Mr Powell said that the Palaszczuk Labor Government seemed content to present report after report, but continues to fail to make any type of funding commitment to commence the duplication.

“The North Coast Rail duplication is a vital piece of infrastructure and this government has shown little to no interest in making it a priority”, Mr Powell said.

The business case states that the freight train paths that meet supply chain needs are expected to reach capacity by 2023 and, without the duplication, will likely be required to switch to road based transport beyond this time to meet requirements.

“The Premier must realise we are running out of time for this project to commence and putting more pressure on our highways is certainly not the answer”, Mr Powell said.

“There is no cash on the table from Annastacia Palaszczuk for this much-needed infrastructure project, rather the Government will undoubtedly continue to blame the federal government for not funding it.

“With a commitment already given from my Federal Colleagues, Andrew Wallace, Member for Fairfax, and Ted O’Brien, Member for Fisher, to fight hard for support from the Federal Government to contribute to this vital infrastructure, the Premier is running out of time and excuses.

“The Government has wasted enough money on reports, studies and consultation processes and let’s not forget the millions of dollars they have committed to upgrade platforms which will have to be moved when the rail line is duplicated”, Mr Powell added.

Mr Powell said his constituents are no longer prepared to accept the Premier’s excuses and buck passing and is calling on the Labor Government to make the same commitment the LNP Government made in 2014, when it allocated $540M to fund this project as a matter of urgency.

“Let’s hope that this business case does not become another report gathering dust on the mantelpiece and that instead the Government will give a genuine funding commitment,” Mr Powell concluded.

 

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 [ENDS] 17 January 2017

I started the week by travelling to the Gympie, Hervey Bay and Burnett electorates to discuss all things Transport, Main Roads and Local Government.  It was a great opportunity also to catch up with my good friend, and now Mayor of Bundaberg, Jack Dempsey over breakfast. He has a real vision and passion for where the Bundaberg Region can go.  Thanks to Tony Perrett, Ted Sorensen and Stephen Bennett for hosting me in your patches.

My thanks to Andrew Wallace for the opportunity on Wednesday to brief Federal Minister Darren Chester MP on the importance of the North Coast Rail Duplication. Great having Ted O’Brien’s support too with both levels of government working together towards this vital service.

On Thursday I presented a Queensland Flag to the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop in preparation for the grand opening of their Beersheba Living Museum which I attended on Saturday with my family.    It started with a Anzac Centenary Queensland grant but the 5th Light Horse Regiment and the Maleny District Sport and Rec Club have turned it in to something truly special.

I was honoured to be a part of the Maleny State High School Awards Night on Thursday where I met one of our leaders of the future – Sholto Muir who collected several awards on the night.

It was an absolute pleasure to host Ros Bates, Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Senior, in the Glass House electorate last week.  It was great to show Ros the amazing things that the Compass Institute are doing by taking her on a tour of the Compass farm with DJ as our host.  We met with Bruce and Denise Morcombe before taking part in the Walk for Daniel on Friday morning followed by a Community Morning Tea in my office.  Special thanks to John Pearce from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for attending and sharing with us the wonderful things the Foundation is doing for victims of crime.

On Friday afternoon it was great to introduce Ros Bates MP to Mal Thomson and the amazing team at the Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre.   They offer an impressive array of support programs and their work with the broader Caboolture community is irreplaceable.

 

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21 October 2016

Powell takes Glass House priorities to Canberra

Member for Glass House and Shadow Transport, Main Roads and Local Government Minister Andrew Powell this week travelled to Canberra to ensure Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay priorities are front and centre on the Federal Government’s agenda.

Mr Powell said it was important for him to stand alongside Federal MP for Fisher Andrew Wallace and Federal MP for Fairfax Ted O’Brien to fight for the region and ensure locals received the investment they deserved from the Federal and State Governments.

“Andrew, Ted and I plainly put the region’s priorities on the table with Federal Coalition Ministers including Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash and Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester,” he said.

“It’s important that we are united as a team, alongside my state colleagues, to advocate for the region’s priorities.

“We briefed the Ministers on the frustrations locals face as they sit in traffic on the Bruce Highway or wait for trains on the single-track North Coast Line.

“I am confident they understood the need for real investment and hopefully we will have the opportunity to show them first-hand soon”, Mr Powell said.

Mr Powell said while in Canberra he took the opportunity to talk to Ministers and national stakeholders such as NatRoads and the Australian Logistics Council about the state-wide issues facing his Local Government, Transport and Main Roads portfolios.

“It was encouraging to talk to Coalition Ministers and other stakeholders about the infrastructure Queensland needs to get moving”, Mr Powell concluded.

 

[ENDS] 21 October 2016

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I was back in Parliament last week and was fortunate to be a part of two very important bills being passed through the House.  The first was the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 and the second was the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.  I have been approached regularly by constituents who have an interest in both these issues and I know they will be overjoyed by these Bills being passed.  If you would like to read my contribution to the debates, please go to my facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/andrewpowellmp/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

We celebrated Yellow Ribbon Day on Tuesday where we thanked our amazing volunteers in the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades. We are fortunate to have many Rural Fire Brigades in the Glass House electorate and our communities are safer because of them.   I would like to again thank the Elimbah/ Donnybrook RFS, Wamuran Rural Fire Brigade, Mt Mee Rural Fire Service, Delaneys Creek RFSQ, Woodford Rural Fire Brigade, Stony Creek RFB, Stanmore Rural Fire Brigade, Peachester Rural Fire Brigade, Glasshouse Rural Fire Brigade, Beerwah Rural Fire Brigade, Landsborough Rural Fire Brigade, Maleny RFB, Conondale RFB, Montville Rural Fire Brigade, Palmwoods Rural Fire Brigade, and Eudlo Rural Fire Brigade.

Back in the electorate on Friday, I did some doorknocking in the Glasshouse / Beerwah area encouraging people to sign our petition calling on the Minister for Main Roads to commission immediate planning, funding and construction of safety upgrades to the intersection of Kilcoy-Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road at Beerwah.  People power certainly worked at the Reed Street and Bowen Road intersections, so we are hopeful of another great result for this intersection.  Thanks to everyone who has signed so far!  You can also sign the online petition by going to the following link:  http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

The Maleny State School Country Fair never disappoints and on Friday night I was able to take some of my tribe along to share the festivities (and fairy floss).

On Saturday I attended one of the community consultations for the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Duplication. Unfortunately the first stage of the duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough is no closer to being built and Labor’s consultation process on yet another study into the Beerburrum to Landsborough duplication is a sham.  The fact that the Government has planned to spend millions of dollars on upgrading platforms indicates that they never intend to straighten or improve the line past Landsborough.   The fight for the duplication continues……..

Sadly my Celebrity XI were not triumphant this year against the Maleny Maulers at the Annual Charity Cricket match but we did manage to raise a decent wad of cash for the Lung Foundation of Australia and had a blast along the way.   Thanks to everyone’s support on the day, over $1200 will be passed along to the Lung Foundation.

On Sunday morning I emceed the Lions Mountain View Challenge where there was a great turnout of those eager to participate in a 10km run or a half marathon early on a Sunday morning.   All in support of the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). Well done to everyone who competed.

As Unit Patron it was an honour to be present at the National Inspection of TS Centaur at Maleny on Sunday afternoon. They are one of five finalists for the Navy League’s Most Efficient Training Ship in Australia Trophy and are a truly inspirational group of young leaders.  Outstanding achievement.

 

 

 

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10 October 2016
Labor short-changes Sunshine Coast hinterland on rail duplication…again!

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has all but confirmed the Sunshine Coast rail line alignment will never be straightened and improved past Landsborough under a Labor government, with planned platform works locking in the current goat’s track route.

Glass House MP and Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said the limited details released to the community in a newsletter showed Labor’s stop-gap solution of station platform upgrades at Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods and Woombye would lock in the existing rail alignment which was inefficient and disrupted local roads.

“Why would a government spend millions of dollars upgrading platforms which would have to be moved when the rail line is straightened and duplicated?” Mr Powell said.

“It’s absurd and shows this government has no intention of delivering for the rail towns between Landsborough and Nambour.

“If Labor has no intention of fixing the rail line past Landsborough they should have to guts to come up here and tell the hinterland community personally.”

Mr Powell said the first stage of the duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough was no closer to being built either, with the Palaszczuk Labor Government hiding from locals as ‘consultation’ begins.

“Labor’s consultation process on yet another study into the Beerburrum to Landsborough duplication is a sham,” he said.

“With only three sessions in two locations and no local media coverage, it looks like the government is trying to hide from the community over a project that should be well underway by now.

“Labor always promises the world when it comes to duplicating the Sunshine Coast line but all locals ever get is another report to gather dust on the mantelpiece.”

The community information sessions to be held by the Department of Transport and Main Roads will be at:

Landsborough Sports Complex (15 Tunnel Ridge Road, Landsborough)
•Saturday 15 October 2016 10am–12.30pm
•Tuesday 18 October 2016 5.30pm–8pm

Glass House Mountains Community Hall (8 Coonowrin Road, Glass House Mountains)
•Wednesday 19 October 2016 5.30pm–8pm
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[ENDS] 10 October 2016

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4 August 2016

LNP Leaders tour Coast MP priority projects

The united LNP team of local MPs came together again yesterday to tour the top infrastructure priorities for the Sunshine Coast region and demonstrate what they are fighting for to make this region the best it can be.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, has worked alongside his colleagues to show Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls and Deputy Leader, Deb Frecklington firsthand the projects that each Member was making a priority.

“The Sunshine Coast MP’s have worked together to identify major projects across the Sunshine Coast that they are fighting for to ensure we continue to deliver for our communities,” Mr Powell said.

“The community have spoken and we are all listening and understand what we need to do to deliver for the Coast. From Beckmans Road upgrade in the North to the North Coast Rail Duplication, there are a range of projects that we have identified need our united effort to provide for the community.

The tour commenced on Tuesday 2 August with a visit to the Noosa electorate and continued with tours through all other five LNP-held state electorates on Wednesday 3 August.

“As a united team, this was an opportunity to show our leadership team and the Sunshine Coast that we need to deliver improvements to ensure we continue to enjoy better infrastructure, lifestyle and employment opportunities long into the future.

“In my own patch of Glass House, we desperately need funding for the North Coast Rail Duplication, not only to keep up with the commuters that use the rail network today, but to accommodate all of those that will demand this service as part of future growth on the Coast.

“The LNP took a commitment to the last election of over $500 million to recommence construction of the North Coast rail duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government said they could build it without raising taxes, cutting services or leasing assets. All we’ve seen since is that they lied to the people of Queensland.”

“This tour really did highlight to Tim and Deb that the Coast MP’s are a strong team and that we are fully committed to working together to deliver the best outcomes for the Sunshine Coast.” Mr Powell concluded.

[Ends – 4 August 2016]
#Powell4GlassHouse

 

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A united LNP team of local MPs came together again yesterday to tour the top infrastructure priorities for the Sunshine Coast region and demonstrate what we are fighting for to make this region the best it can be.

I am proud to say that I have worked alongside my colleagues to show Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls and Deputy Leader, Deb Frecklington firsthand the projects that each Member was making a priority.

The Sunshine Coast MP’s have worked together to identify major projects across the Sunshine Coast that they are fighting for to ensure we continue to deliver for our communities.

The community have spoken and we are all listening and understand what we need to do to deliver for the Coast. From Beckmans Road upgrade in the North to the North Coast Rail Duplication, there are a range of projects that we have identified need our united effort to provide for the community.

The tour commenced on Tuesday 2 August with a visit to the Noosa electorate and continued with tours through all other five LNP-held state electorates on Wednesday 3 August.

As a united team, this was an opportunity to show our leadership team and the Sunshine Coast that we need to deliver improvements to ensure we continue to enjoy better infrastructure, lifestyle and employment opportunities long into the future.

In my own patch of Glass House, we desperately need funding for the North Coast Rail Duplication, not only to keep up with the commuters that use the rail network today, but to accommodate all of those that will demand this service as part of future growth on the Coast.

The LNP took a commitment to the last election of over $500 million to recommence construction of the North Coast rail duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government said they could build it without raising taxes, cutting services or leasing assets. All we’ve seen since is that they lied to the people of Queensland.

This tour really did highlight to Tim and Deb that the Coast MP’s are a strong team and that we are fully committed to working together to deliver the best outcomes for the Sunshine Coast.

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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

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