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Glass House families will be able to enjoy a safe night out following the Government’s introduction of a comprehensive package of reforms designed to end alcohol and drug-related violence.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Government was delivering on its strong plan to end senseless deaths and violence.

“The community told me and the Government that they’d had enough. The violence has to stop,” Mr Powell said.

“The Safe Night Out Strategy is the most comprehensive plan of its kind in the country and it is about getting our community involved in changing the drinking culture in Queensland.

“The Government promised Queenslanders that it would revitalise frontline services, build a four pillar economy and make this state the safest place to raise a family and these reforms are our strong plan to ensure our area is a fun and safe place to live and visit for families.”

Key elements of the strategy include:

•               Compulsory drug and alcohol education in Queensland schools from Years 7 to 12.

•               A new offence of “unlawful striking causing death”, which will carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and require the offender to serve 80 per cent of his or her prison sentence

•               Increased penalties for other violent and antisocial offences such as serious assault of public officers, public nuisance, refusing to leave a licensed premises, obstructing police, failing to obey a move-on order and urinating in public

•               Empowering police to issue banning orders and ensuring police have the resources to have a presence and ability to respond quickly to alcohol and drug related violence

•               Stronger and better co-ordinated action to ensure licensees provide a safe environment and comply with liquor licensing rules, including ‘mystery shopper’ style tests

•               An awareness campaign, including advertising, to promote clear standards of responsible behaviour for patrons, licensees and police

•               An extension of the moratorium on decisions about late night trading hours to 31 August 2014 to allow the measures in the action plan to be established and take effect.

•               Giving local Councils the right to veto Adult Entertainment license applications

Mr Powell said that the Sunshine Coast would also be home to one of 15 Safe Night Precincts.

“The new Night Safe Precinct will ensure our popular nightspots have coordinated prevention and support initiatives in place to keep patrons safe.

“Venues trading after midnight in the precinct will be required to have ID scanners, which will allow them to effectively ban unruly patrons from any venue in the area.”

Mr Powell said the Strategy had been backed by $44.5 million funding injection in this year’s State Budget.

“The Government is committed to the preservation of our diverse and vibrant nightlife. The overwhelming majority of Queenslanders do the right thing when they go out and the Government wants people to be safe and enjoy themselves,” he said.

“The Safe Night Out Strategy is all about protecting Queenslanders and all that is great in our wonderful nightlife.”

ENDS- 11 June 2014

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Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP and Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay today joined with Palmwoods Police Officer, Sgt Kevin Crowley, in encouraging all road users to help achieve the Queensland goal of no deaths on Fatality Free Friday.

Mr Powell said Fatality Free Friday put road safety back into the hands of the community by encouraging all road users to ensure safety was top of mind while travelling.

“I have taken the pledge to stay safe on the road and I encourage everyone to get involved in this important campaign because it is the responsibility of all road users to ensure that our roads are safe for other motorists and pedestrians,” Mr Powell said.

“Today Sgt Crowley and I want to remind Glass House road users to be mindful of their own safety and that of others in our community.

Mr Powell said that while we currently had one of the lowest road tolls on record, any death on the roads was a tragedy.

Cr McKay urged locals to support the cause.

“This day is about helping people re-think their driving habits on that day and hopefully set up even better habits every time they get behind the wheel,” Cr McKay said.

The Fatality Free Friday campaign supports the Newman Government’sJoin the Drive to Save Lives strategy, which is focused on encouraging community involvement and participation, revitalising frontline services in road safety.

To add your voice to the growing number of Queenslanders who have Joined the Drive to Save Lives, visit www.jointhedrive.qld.gov.au

ENDS- 30 May 2014

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Drunk or drug affected people in the Sunshine Coast‘s party precinct who start fights or break the law will face firmer penalties under the Safe Night Out Strategy released by the State LNP Government over the weekend. 

The Sunshine Coast is one of fifteen areas that has been named a ‘Safe Night Precinct’ under the 12 month trial by the Newman Government aimed at reducing drug and alcohol fuelled violence.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Safe Night Out Strategy will focus on those who commit the crime rather than those out to have a great safe night out in the Sunshine Coast’s entertainment precincts.

“Most Queenslanders drink responsibly, but the actions of an irresponsible minority who are behaving badly means that alcohol and drug-related violence is ruining things for everyone,” Mr Powell said.

“We have put together the most comprehensive plan in Australia to tackle alcohol-related violence, and we want to hear what Queenslanders think about what is being proposed, to make sure we have it right.

“The draft Action Plan is being released for public consultation for one month until Monday, 21 April 2014.” 

Key elements of the draft Safe Night Out Strategy include:

  •  The establishment of 15 Safe Night Precincts with local boards to safely and effectively manage key entertainment areas across Queensland and continued funding of existing support services
  • Compulsory alcohol and drug education would be introduced in all Queensland schools from Years 7 to 12
  • Tougher penalties for people behaving badly or violently around licensed premises including increased on the spot fines for causing a public nuisance, refusing to leave licensed premises and obstructing police
  • ‘Coward punch’ deaths will be punishable through a new offence of unlawful striking causing death with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and offenders required to serve 80% of their sentence before being able to apply for parole
  •  A 12 month trial of ‘sober safe centres’ in the Brisbane CBD where police can detain severely intoxicated people in a secure, supervised centre for up to eight hours
  • Empowering police to issue banning orders and ensuring police have the resources to have a presence and ability to respond quickly to alcohol and drug related violence
  • Stronger and better coordinated action to ensure licensees provide a safe environment and comply with liquor licensing rules, including ‘mystery shopper’ style tests
  • Mandatory ID scanners in venues trading after midnight in ‘Safe Night Precincts’
  • An awareness campaign, including advertising, to promote clear standards of responsible behaviour for patrons, licensees and police
  • An extension of the moratorium on decisions about late night trading hours to 31 August 2014 to allow the measures in the action plan to be established and take effect.

Premier Campbell Newman said education and awareness campaigns both within schools and the wider community were crucial to promote the importance of responsible behaviour.

“Young people need to know what sort of behaviour is expected of them when they reach drinking age,” Mr Newman said.

“Just as the culture around drink driving has changed, so too must community attitudes to excessive drinking and drug use.”

The draft Safe Night Out Strategy was developed following months of consultation with Queenslanders including an online survey that attracted more than 12,000 responses.

“Rather than having a knee jerk reaction to this complex issue, we have taken the time to listen to Queenslanders’ views,” Mr Newman said.

“We now want to hear from the community about their thoughts on the draft Safe Night Out Strategy.”

A copy of the strategy is available at www.qld.gov.au/safenightout and will be open for public comment for four weeks, with the final plan subject to review in 12 months.

ENDS- 24 March 2014

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I recently had the opportunity to meet with the two newly appointed Police Officers at the Woodford Police Station.

We have been working on getting extra police in Woodford for sometime now so it was great to see this finally happen.

Congratulations to the new officers on their postions – I have every confidence they will make a positive impact in our community.

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Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell welcomed the recruitment and commencement of two new officers for the Woodford community.

The two new officers will assist with various policing tasks from the Woodford station, and work proactively to patrol local streets and assist residents.

“These two new officers form part of the Government’s commitment to increase police on the beat right across the State,” Mr Dempsey said.

“I am happy to see two new officers arrive in Woodford and wish them all the best for their careers in the Queensland Police Service.”

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell welcomed the new officers to the local community during a meeting at the Woodford Police Station.

“I had the pleasure of welcoming both officers to the Woodford station on behalf of the community, and I know they are eager to get to work,” Mr Powell said.

“Both officers will perform various duties right across Woodford, including local patrols, working with nearby schools, Neighbourhood Watch groups, and road safety activities.”

“As the Member for Glass House, I have always been a proud advocate for my community, and I am happy to be part of this great local win today.” 

-ENDS 3 April 2013

 

 

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THE LNP has pledged an extra $275 million to put 1100 extra new police on the front line to fight crime in Queensland.

LNP Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP, said the LNP was strongly committed to making Queensland communities safer by delivering the 1100 extra new police where they were needed to fight crime – in our suburbs and on our city streets.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP understands that policing is complex and demanding and we will provide the real support and resources that our police need to do their jobs,” Mr Powell said.

“Labor has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been spent on revitalising frontline services including police resources.  The LNP will cut Labor’s waste and ensure local residents have the police resourcing on the ground they deserve.

Mr Powell said the LNP would recruit an extra 1100 new police over four years, at an additional cost of up to $275 million over four years.

“Three hundred will be delivered in a surge in the next year and an LNP Government will move up to 200 existing police (around 50 a year over four years) from behind office desks back to the front.

I will fight for the Glass House electorate’s fair share of police to redress Labor’s 20 years of appalling neglect and waste. 

“Our commitment of 1100 extra new front line police is a key plank in the LNP’s Safer Streets Crime Action Plan to restore Queensland Police as a force to keep our families safe,” Mr Powell said.

“This commitment for more front line police is part of our plan keep families and communities safe and revitalising front line services, which also will:

  • Smash organised crime by implementing strong unexplained wealth orders,
  • Major Crime Squad for the Gold Coast,
  • Crackdown on graffiti crime and its offenders,
  • An additional $2 million a year to Local Councils to help clean up graffiti
  • Boost community crime fighting with an additional $1 million a year to revitalise Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers, and
    • Increased penalties for murder.

“Only the LNP has a vision to change things inQueenslandfor the better by making our streets safer, cutting unemployment to 4 per cent, reducing payroll tax and slashing red tape. But there won’t be real action to increase police numbers without a change of government.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track,” Mr Powell said.

More information can be found at lnp.org.au

 

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Mr POWELL (Glass House—LNP) (2.57 pm): I want to start today by putting on the public record my ongoing support for the great work of our Queensland police officers. I take very seriously my role in terms of advocating that my local police officers are appropriately resourced and lodged, and that includes having enough officers in any given location.
I acknowledge again the extra officers posted to Maleny. They are a welcome addition to the community and have lifted the burden that was on this previous two-officer station. But it is long overdue that a similar increase in staffing be afforded Woodford Police Station. Like the Maleny station before it, this station operates with two officers. A quick analysis of current and projected population data, compiled by the QPS, supports this call.
By 2016 it is anticipated that the Woodford police catchment will be home to 10,392 people. Comparisons across Queensland suggest a staffing increase is desperately needed. Bargara, with a projected population of a little more—at 11,150—already has six officers. Proserpine, with a significantly smaller population—6,565—has eight officers. Similarly, Nanango, with a population of 6,514, has six officers. Even Pomona in the Noosa hinterland, with a projected population of 5,989, has four officers.
If population and growth data is not sufficient to plead the case, let me throw in a few on-theground realities. Members know that I speak often about the D’Aguilar Highway and the ongoing road deaths and accidents that occur along it. More often than not, it is the officer from Woodford who attends. Woodford is home to the Woodford Correctional Centre. While that facility sits relatively comfortably with the community now, it continues to bring associated challenges for the local police
officers.
Woodford is also home to the Woodford Folk Festival and currently Splendour in the Grass. Because of the shortfall in local officers, the team needs to be constantly increased to meet the road and related duties that come with hosting these fantastic events. I believe there is a strong and compelling case to see Woodford Police Station staffed with at least four, if not six, officers. I will be writing to the Minister for Police seeking his support and action in this matter.

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Mr POWELL (Glass House–LNP) (3.56 pm): I rise to contribute to the debate on the Police Legislation Amendment Bill. It appears that the government may be starting to get the picture. Under its watch, public disorder and public nuisance have increasingly consumed the time and efforts of not only our tireless police officers but also our court system. Therefore, a ticketing approach to public nuisance associated offences is a step in the right direction. The rationale underlying the provision of on-the-spot fines as an alternative method of dealing with relatively minor offences committed predominantly in the course of non-criminal behaviour is a sound one.
 
This bill will allow police to allocate their resources and, most importantly, their time to more pertinent and onerous matters. Exposing those who commit these offences to the criminal justice system is unnecessary and unjustified both on economic grounds and on the grounds that those who have early exposure to the criminal justice system have a greater propensity to engage in other criminal activity, especially if they are part of a vulnerable demographic. Here the bill seeks to initiate a more proportionate response to this degree of offending. In relation to the amendments to the Police Service Administration Act 1999, the new use of CrimTrac will undoubtedly make the screening process more efficient by doing away with physical handling. I note that the bill also amends the Prostitution Act particularly with respect to the disciplinary processes within the Prostitution Licensing Authority.
 
Before I conclude this short contribution I want to reiterate comments made by members on both sides of the House confirming the fantastic work that police officers do throughout our state and certainly echo that for the electorate of Glass House. However, I would like to take this opportunity to ask the Minister for Police to fast-track the upgrade of the Maleny Police Station. He would be well aware that I have asked a question on notice on this matter and eagerly await his reply to that. As he also would be aware after having recently visited Maleny, the residents of Maleny were very successful in their call to have the number of officers servicing that great community increased. Where once we had two, we now have four. I and the community are extremely grateful for that, but we are concerned about the substandard accommodation. At present it is a couple of modified Queenslanders that barely catered for the two officers that we had there in the past and which are far from suitable for the increased police presence that we now have. I would ask the minister for police to reconsider the priority rating for any upgrade to the Maleny Police Station on these grounds and to bring forward the construction of a new facility within the community as a matter of some urgency.

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