Andrew Powell MP
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Kashmiah Hair

20 April 2017

As part of his commitment to fight for the needs of the Glass House community, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP has lent his support to a petition calling on Council to provide additional disability parking in Maleny.

Mr Powell is working with Principal Petitioner, Kodi Hohn of Kashmiah Hair, in requesting the Council to provide more disability parking at the top end of Maple Street on the southern side.

“Maple Street currently has five disability parking spaces in the middle precinct that all have reasonable access to a pedestrian crossing allowing people with mobility issues quick access to businesses in the centre of the Maple Street business strip”, Mr Powell said.

“Unfortunately there is only one disability park at the top end of Maple Street and being on the northern side, makes it extremely difficult for people with mobility issues to get to the town centre”.

“I see firsthand every day out the front of my office the struggle people have trying to cross the road at the top end where there is no crossing, or trying to make their way to a crossing which is a considerable distance”, Mr Powell added.

Mr Powell said the old Maleny Police Station is an ideal location for disability parking now the existing loading zone is no longer required.  It would provide a safe, flat and accessible area to have dedicated disability parking on the southern side of Maple Street and this is what the petition is requesting from the Council.

“The petition will be available for signing at my office, at Kashmiah Hair (43 Maple Street) or at the Maleny Community Centre (23 Maple Street) until the end of May,” Mr Powell concluded.

 [ENDS]  20 April 2017
Photo attached – Andrew Powell with Kodi and Kyowa from Kashmiah Hair

After concluding last year attending lots of school graduation celebrations, the beginning of the school year now brings many leadership ceremonies which I have great pleasure in attending.  It’s exciting to meet our new leaders of the future and I wish all the kids well for a great year.

During this past week my movements included:

  • constituent appointments
  • on site meetings regarding road concerns
  • mobile offices in Glasshouse and Conondale
  • briefing by Maleny Bowls Club on their 80th year celebrations
  • meetings with Transport and Main Roads stakeholders and groups
  • attending Maleny State School leadership ceremony
  • launching a petition for improvements at the Landsborough-Maleny Road and Maleny-Montville Road intersection
  • meeting with Local Government representatives
  • attending the Maleny RSL Annual Reunion Luncheon
  • being special guest at an LNP meeting in Nanango



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    I am sponsoring a petition requesting the Minister for Main Roads to investigate and fund safety upgrades at the intersection of Landsborough-Maleny Road and Maleny-Montville Road. I would like to thank Rachel Fentiman of Maleny who has agreed to be Principal Petitioner.  The whole community seems to be in agreement that safety upgrades are certainly necessary at the intersection and after several unsuccessful representations to the Department of Transport and Main Roads requesting improvements to the intersection, it is time for the community to be heard by the Minister.

    The written petition is available for signing at my office (opposite the police station) or at Judy Coey Optometry (opposite the Primary School). You can also add your name to the online petition which can be found at:

    Please note you are allowed to sign both the written and e-petition. The petitions will close on Friday 10 March and I will present them to the Clerk of the Parliament the following week.


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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:


      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:

      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:

      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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      Andrew Powell MP

      Member for Glass House
      21 April 2016

      Glass House urged to send Labor a message on Vegetation management

      • LNP and agriculture groups stand together against Labor’s vegetation management reforms
      • Petition launched for Glass House community to speak out and have say
      • Palaszczuk Labor Government’s aggressive reforms set to cripple agriculture in Glass House

      The Glass House community is urged to join with rural industry groups and local MP Andrew Powell in the fight against Labor’s proposed anti-agriculture vegetation management reforms.

      Mr Powell said the petition, in response to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, was an opportunity for all Glass House landholders and the wider community to register their protest to Labor’s plans.

      “The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s rollback of the LNPs sensible vegetation management framework will remove property rights, reduce the productivity of the agricultural sector and threaten jobs in our region,” he said.

      Mr Powell said Labor’s proposed amendments were more extensive and aggressive than simply overturning the LNP’s 2013 changes.

      “The Palaszczuk Labor Government plans to completely repeal the important High Value Agriculture and High Value Irrigated Agriculture pathways to development. It also plans to extend incredibly restrictive laws to the Mary River catchment.  This combined threat will bring Glass House’s agriculture sector and future economic growth to a screaming halt,” he said.

      “Freehold and indigenous freehold landowners will be stripped of their rights to manage regrowth vegetation.

      “Landholders will also be considered guilty until proven innocent with the re-instatement of the reversal of the onus of proof and ‘mistake of fact’ will no longer be considered a defence for alleged offences involving vegetation management activities.”

      See this link to the petition-

      [ENDS] 21 April 2016

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      Today Tim Nicholls MP and I stood alongside the Master Electricians Australia and electrical contractors to launch “Save Our Sparkies”.

      Labor is planning to let their merged energy monolith to compete against mum and dad small business across the state.

      What next? State owned butchers? If you want to stand alongside the electrical contractors please sign the petition –


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      As part of his commitment to fight for the needs of the Glass House community, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP has lent his support to a petition demanding safer road conditions in Woodford.

      The petition is calling on the House to relocate the west bound 100km/h sign to west of the Mary Street intersection and the installation of a double white line (no overtaking) between Neurum Road and Mary Street in Woodford.

      “This really is a no brainer but unfortunately the Department of Transport and Main Roads have been reluctant to make these changes as they acknowledge most users of this road adhere to the conditions.

      “This petition is about taking a pre-emptive step to address the potential for future accidents in this vicinity and with support from locals, we can show that these changes will be a huge help to the community,” he said.

      Mr Powell will be joining Woodford local, Brenton Kelly in walking the streets of Woodford on Tuesday September 8 to gather signatures for the petition.  An ePetition has also been set up which can be accessed on the following link –

      Mr Powell will also be set up at Memorial Park, Archer Street in Woodford from 1.30pm to 3pm on Tuesday 8 September if you would like to drop by and sign the petition.

      “When you visit this area of Woodford and see firsthand the challenges that the existing speed presents, you can understand why this is a necessary step to preventing future road accidents.

      “By simply relocating the west bound 100km/h sign and installing double white lines, we can ensure that this thriving community maintains a safe environment for residents and tourists,” Mr Powell concluded.
      [ENDS] 26 August 2015

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      Add your support to the following local petitions –

      Peachester –

      • The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the need to install flashing lights at Peachester State School. Your petitioners therefore request the House to prioritise the installation of school flashing lights at Peachester State School.  We believe these flashing signs will provide safer conditions for the Peachester school community and act to remind motorists to slow down.
        Principal Petitioner:
        Mrs Margie Jennings
        P & C President Peachester State School
        966 Peachester Road
        PEACHESTER  QLD  4519

      Click on this link to sign


      Woodford –

      • Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House the need to provide safer road conditions in Woodford by relocating the west bound 100km/h sign to west of the Mary Street intersection and the installation of a double white line (no overtaking) between Neurum Road and Mary Street in Woodford.Your petitioners, therefore request the House to provide safer road conditions in Woodford between Neurum Road and Mary Street, Woodford by relocating the west bound 100km/h sign and installing double white lines.Principal Petitioner:
        Brenton Kelly
        101 Windsor Street
        WOODFORD  QLD  4514

      Click on this link to sign

      Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, has been campaigning for funds to upgrade the Maleny Pool into an indoor aquatic centre for the past six years and he is now asking for your support with a petition that is being presented to state parliament next month.

      “For as long as I can remember, the Maleny community have been calling out for an upgraded pool complex that will allow them to develop and grow their existing programs and cater for a more wide ranging group of community members with additional features and improved facilities.

      “There is certainly a large financial cost involved with a project of this nature so it has been slow going.  I’m thrilled to say that with the support of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Maleny Pool Steering Committee, we are now at the next stage of the project.

      “This phase now requires us to negotiate with Education Queensland around the land that they currently own next to the Maleny State School.  I have written to the Education Department and have a meeting coming up so this part of the project can be discussed and resolved to allow us to progress one step further in the development of this centre”, he said.

      A petition has been launched calling on the Government to prioritise the transfer of land either as freehold or as trust or lease, to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.  The e-petition can be found on the following link –  The petition closes on Friday 10 July 2015.

      “It is important that our community gets behind this petition so that we send very strong message to the Government that our community is behind this proposal.

      “Matthew Howard at the Maleny Newsagent has kindly offered to have a copy of the paper petition available for signatures or you can pop into my office at the top end of Maple Street.

      “It’s not just about a pool, this new aquatic centre will act as a community hub and offer year long swimming for excessive and also squad training.  The accompanying facilities like a gym room and café will also broaden its appeal to many other sectors of the community.

      “This project has my full support and I will continue to fight on behalf of our community to see it delivered”, Mr Powell concluded.
      [ENDS] 22 May 2015

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