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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

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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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The Sunshine Coast Daily recently extended an invitation to Sunshine Coast MPs to join them on a train commute.  I was delighted to take up their offer as many of you know I have long campaigned for funds to complete the North Coast Rail Duplication. I even held my own MP  Train Day with Minister Scott Emerson in mid-2011 where we got to hear first-hand from our regular commuters.

I was well acquainted with this commute in my former career with the Government so this trip provided me with an opportunity to hear updated accounts from travellers on their experience using this service and changes they might like to see implemented down the track.

As the Member for Glass House, an electorate that has 5 of the 7 coast rail stations within its boundaries, I am passionate about the need to provide Sunshine Coast commuters with a more efficient rail service by way of the North Coast Rail Duplication project.  I have had regular discussions with Minister Emerson regarding this matter.

As a Minister in the Newman Government, I am equally committed to delivering projects on time and within a budget,  something Labor failed to do time and time again.  Labor committed to delivering the project in 2031 with no actual dollar commitment.

I have promised to do everything I can to deliver this project ahead of that time.  The first thing we need to do is improve the state’s financial position and pay off Labor’s debt.  I stand by my commitment, and I will continue to work with my cabinet colleagues to do that.

 

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The broke Bligh Labor Government was sacrificing public transport commuters’ safety for revenue raising, the State Opposition said today.

 Shadow Transport Minister Scott Emerson said reports today Queensland Rail staff were set to be removed from 16 train stations, including Palmwoods, was alarming.

 “The Bligh Labor government’s economic mismanagement has reached diabolical levels, so much so, they have been forced to remove staff from our train stations,” Mr Emerson said.

 Member for Glass House Andrew Powell demanded Bligh government Transport Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk guarantee that Palmwoods train station won’t have staff cut.

 “Passenger safety at Palmwoods train station is essential to increasing commuter patronage,” Mr Powell said.

 “Creating unease with train commuters will not drive up patronage, nor will untidy stations or dirty public toilets, because staff are not rostered on to clean them or sell tickets and assist passengers.

 “Our train line is the lifeline for local workers who rely on public transport to get to and from work.  Why is their safety being dismissed by Labor?

 “It’s no wonder local commuters want a change of government when they’re considered insignificant by the Bligh government.”

 Mr Emerson said Bligh government Transport Minister Anastasia Palaszczuk must explain why the Bligh government is punishing already-frustrated commuters yet again.

 “Under Labor our train fares keep going up – they’re set to jump15 per cent each year for the next three years, yet our train services aren’t improving.

 “Instead what we’re getting now is a public transport service where Palmwoods commuters will be made to feel unsafe.

 “An LNP government will work hard to improve our public transport system.

 “Only the CanDo team will invest in crucial infrastructure.”

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Even the rain couldn’t stop my mobile office from rolling into the towns of Palmwoods and Glasshouse Mountains in the first week of October.  Palmwoods started off early so thanks to those early bird risers who dropped by to say hello and raise some issues with me.  Not surprisingly one of  the main concerns raised was support for  the North Coast Rail Duplication.  Rest assured I continue to do what I can to bring this project forward.  Check out the speech section of my website for all of my speeches on the duplication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Many of you will be familiar with the announcement in November last year that there would be a new Sunshine Coast Rail timetable to commence sometime this year.  Frustrated, angry and disappointed Coast commuters, along with myself and other MP’s fought this announcement by appealing to the then Minister to step in and change what was being proposed.  The Minister ignored us and the timetable that started on 6 June was a disaster for all commuters.  Some small amendments have now been made but Coast commuters are still faced with longer trips and higher fares.  So where to from here?  The answer is simple – the North Coast Rail Duplication needs to be funded immediately.  The former Transport Minister stripped this project of funds and now we have a half completed project with a duplication that terminates at Beerburrum.  Funds have been put off until 2031 – this is simply not good enough!  In conjunction with John Connolly I have another petition running that will be presented to the Minister later this year.  We need as many signatures as possible so please add your name to the list.  The new timetable changes have further highlighted the urgent need to complete this project to offer the growing number of Coast commuters a viable public transport option.  To sign your name visit www.parliament.qld.gov.au and click on Petitions, otherwise use this link- http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=1712

Also – a date to add to your calendar – Mr Scott Emerson MP, Shadow Minister for Transport will be at a dinner in Glass House on Thursday 1 September.  This will be a great opportunity to ask Scott any questions about transport plans for the Sunshine Coast.  The dinner will be in Palmwoods – stay tuned for more details.

 

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