Andrew Powell MP
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It was such a delight to catch up with all four community organisations in the last week who were thrilled at the news they had won Round Two of my Local Heroes Grants.

The next round closes on Monday 13 June – click on the link on my website home page to submit your application.

Round Two Winners –

Beerburrum School of Arts – will use funding for maintenance around the Beerburrum Hall

Witta Rec Club – will use funding for the planning of WittaFest 2016

Palmwoods Scouts – will use funding to assist in getting Cubs to the September Cuboree in Maryborough

Woodford Bowls Club – will use funding to purchase some new bowls for their juniors

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Back from leave and straight into Parliament last week which was an incredibly busy one.

On Friday, I spent the day at two local schools who held their ANZAC services, Conondale and Palmwoods.  It was great to see the kids participate in the tribute to our ANZAC’s and wonderful to see so many of them express their emotions on how the day made them feel.

On Saturday night I also attended the annual MDSRC Sportsman’s dinner which is always very enjoyable!

Well done to the organisers on a fantastic event.

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While attending the 93rd Anniversary Lunch for the Palmwoods RSL Sub Branch, I took the opportunity to present President Peter Murray with a gift to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.  The frame included copies of the telegram exchange between Prime Minister Cook and Premier Denham at the outbreak of World War I.


When Andrew Powell MP, Member for Glass House, launched his ‘Fighting for Glass House’ campaign earlier this year, one of the first items on the agenda were improvements at the Jubilee Drive intersection in Palmwoods.

“The Palmwoods community have been seeking improvements at this intersection for years and it really is a no-brainer.  This intersection is just plain dangerous even outside of peak traffic times.

“Essentially this community is in a holding pattern until the North Coast Rail Duplication is completed but with the current government refusing to take responsibility for the duplication and cough up any money I suggested they consider looking at improvements to this intersection as a standalone project,” Mr Powell said.

After writing to the Minister in May, Mr Powell finally got a reply in late August that advised – due to a lack of accidents at this intersection – it was not high on the priority list.

“To be honest, I’m outraged.  I am shocked they apply this sort of approach and can’t understand why they don’t take preventative measures in these sorts of cases so that we can avoid any tragic accidents occurring in the future.

“I recently discussed the intersection with the Palmwoods Business and Community Association. As I said then, I’m open to community suggestions. Some relief will come with the Sunshine Coast Council’s place making upgrades and a subsequent speed reduction but I am interested in knowing what other ideas exist out there.

“I’m encouraging community members in Palmwoods and surrounds to get in touch with my office to show your support for and make suggestions on changes at Jubilee Drive.  If we can gather enough community momentum, I know we can show the government how desperately we need these safety improvements.

Mr Powell can be emailed at

[ENDS] 3September 2015

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    Palmwoods is having a Bush Dance on Saturday 29 August from 5pm.

    Music by the Barley Shakes

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Family tickets $25.

    Food and Drinks available for purchase on the night.  Contact 0414 888 184 for more information.

    Flyer here – Palmwoods Bush Dance flyer

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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–

    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



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    This week I was kept very busy with many events on in the electorate and also a few mobile offices in North Caboolture, Beerburrum and Beerwah.

    Some of the activities I got up to include –

    Post Budget lunch in Bribie Island with former Member for Pumicestone, Lisa France and also Deputy Leader of the Opposition, John-Paul Langbroek.

    Attended a public meeting at Conondale to discuss the Conondale Memorial Park

    Presented a new flag to the Mt Mee State School.

    Attended the Maleny CWA meeting

    Dropped into Nungeena to support the Sunshine Girls in their quest to raise money for the Glasshouse Mountains Rural Fire Brigade

    Helped cook the BBQ with Palmwoods Warriors Football Club

    Beerwah mobile office Maleny CWA Nungeena - Fundraising fpr Glasshouse Mountains Rural Fire Brigade Palmwoods Warriors Football Club



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    I kicked off my next round of mobile offices this past weekend in Palmwoods and it was great to catch up with locals in my own home town.

    I also had a busy week with local events such as the official opening of the Maleny Golf Course, the 20 year celebrations for Tony and Jane who own Art on Cairncross, a visit to the Muscle and the Mountain Car Show in Maleny and also got to spend some quality time with the kids while they are on school holidays!  And by ‘quality’ I mean that I made them come letterboxing with me throughout Palmwoods!

    Jane from Art on Cairncross and hinterland artist Rex Backhaus Letterboxing in Palmwoods Maleny Golf Club






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