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    Winners for round two of the Local Heroes Grants are:

    • Wamuran Earth Protectors at Wamuran State School – to assist with the cost of purchasing landfill crates as part of their mission to become a sustainable school;
    • Combined Glasshouse School Chaplaincies;
    • Josh Penfold from Palmwoods – who will represent Australia in the U15 Squash team touring Auckland this month; and
    • Obi Art Project by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre – to create an encouragement award for young children up to 10 years old in the Obi Art Prize.

    Closing dates for other rounds in 2017 are as follows:

    Round 3 – Monday 12 June
    Round 4 – Monday 14 August
    Round 5 – Monday 9 October
    Round 6 – Monday 11 December

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    19 April 2017

    Round two of Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes Grants for 2017 has been announced and four very worthy recipients in Glass House will be presented with a cheque for $250.

    Designed to provide a bit of a helping hand to community groups or individuals participating in local, state, national or international endeavours, Andrew Powell’s Local Heroes grants have proven very popular since the local Member announced the program in January 2016.  Andrew said he receives more and more applications with each round and saw a genuine need to continue the awards this year.

    “During my years representing this very special community, I have become acutely aware of how vital community groups are to our region and how tough they do it financially.

    “In the same way if I can make a contribution towards an individual pursuing sporting or academic ventures, then I am only too happy to oblige,” Andrew said.

    Winners for round two are:

    • Wamuran Earth Protectors at Wamuran State School – to assist with the cost of purchasing landfill crates as part of their mission to become a sustainable school;
    • the combined Glasshouse School Chaplaincies;
    • Josh Penfold from Palmwoods – who will represent Australia in the U15 Squash team touring Auckland this month; and
    • the Obi Art Project by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre – to create an encouragement award for young children up to 10 years old in the Obi Art Prize

    Andrew encourages anyone who fits the criteria for a Local Heroes Grant to apply.  Information can be found on his website www.andrewpowell.com.au.

    Closing dates for other rounds in 2017 are as follows:

    Round 3 – Monday 12 June
    Round 4 – Monday 14 August
    Round 5 – Monday 9 October
    Round 6 – Monday 11 December

     
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    Photo – Andrew Powell and Lynda Simpson from Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

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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.

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

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    I spent a good part of last week traveling to the regions that were effected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Local Government, Transport and Main Roads.  Queenslanders are a resilient lot and we are used to experiencing more than our fair share of natural disasters each and every year and Cyclone Debbie was no exception. Not only did she cause considerably damage in the north crossing the coast, she then continued to track south leaving further destruction and flooding in her wake. I visited Airlie Beach and Mackay and then south to Logan, Beaudesert and the Gold Coast. Restoring essential services, clearing debris and reopening roads are critical to communities getting back on their feet and I applaud the coordinated work of the Councils and other support services to provide such swift responses.

    It was great to finish off the week by attending a morning tea in honour of Joyce Newton who was recently awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the LNP.

     

    With Jon Krause With Taryn and Joyce

    Some of my activities from last week included:

    • hosting Tracy Davis, Shadow Minister for Education, in the Glass House electorate.  Tracy and I held a Principals’ Round Table and toured the Woodford P-10 school
    • attending the Woodford Swimming Club end of season breakup and trophy presentation
    • representing the Leader of the Opposition at the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Official Opening breakfast
    • constituent and stakeholder meetings
    • attending the QBIC Gala Dinner and Industry Awards in Toowoomba

    It was great to start a Parliamentary sitting week by attending the Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League launch and to get within touching distance of the impressive State of Origin Shield.  It was also wonderful to celebration the eighth anniversary of my swearing in as a Member of Parliament and it continues to be an honour and a privilege to represent the amazing people of Glass House.

    There were also some very late nights (or early mornings depending on how you look at it) in Parliament last week, however it was all worthwhile when groundbreaking Domestic Violence reforms were passed due to the LNP’s Private Member’s Bill.

    Key reforms which were passed in the Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017 included:

    •Reversing the presumption for bail in domestic violence-related crimes such as assault, grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, strangulation and kidnapping.
    •DV Alert system to notify victims and families when someone with a DVO is being considered for parole, even if the reason they are in prison is not related to domestic violence.
    •Introducing urgent appeal rights to the bail application process, meaning bail decisions will be stayed for up to three business days and referred to a higher court for urgent review.
    •Allowing GPS trackers to be fitted to an alleged offender as a bail condition by the court to ensure that victims of crime are better protected throughout the trial process, which can be lengthy.

    Our Bill also sought to introduce a DV Alert system to ensure victims and families are notified when someone charged with domestic violence crimes is being considered for or has been granted bail. Unfortunately, Labor Members voted against this provision so it did not pass.

    After returning to the electorate on Friday, I held constituent meetings and then on Saturday attended the Woodford P-10 State School dual celebrations of 135 years of schooling and 50 years of senior schooling. My father, uncles and aunt actually attended Woodford school back in the 1960’s so it was an extra special celebration.

    AP swearing in 8 years ago AP with State of Origin Shield Woodford School 135 year anniversary

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      Winners for round one of the Local Heroes Grants are:

      •Peachester State School P & C to purchase a microwave for their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
      •Elimbah Uniting Church to purchase a small zip hot water system for their kitchen
      •Palmwoods Netball Club towards a netball team building camp out
      •Pillowcases for Oncology Kids (based in Maleny) to purchase supplies for pillowcases which are distributed to children receiving oncology treatment

      Closing dates for other rounds in 2017 are as follows:

      Round 2 – Monday 10 April
      Round 3 – Monday 12 June
      Round 4 – Monday 14 August
      Round 5 – Monday 9 October
      Round 6 – Monday 11 December

      Some of last week’s activities……

      • As Patron of the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre – QLD it was great to attend a committee meeting and check out the progress on the Beaufort Bomber restoration.
      • Met with Caboolture Community Adult Literacy Group Inc
      • Caught up with Rachel Fentiman who was our sponsor on the Maleny-Montville/Maleny-Landsborough Roads intersection petition. Huge thanks to Rachel and everyone who took the time to sign the petition.  We have correlated the signatures and the petition is now tabled and waiting for a response from the Minister.
      • It was great to make it to the Maleny Commerce breakfast at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Wonderful bunch of small business operators – the economic powerhouse of the Sunny Coast Hinterland.
      • I caught up with a couple of Local Heroes Grant recipients.  Slade North was selected to play in the Softball Queensland Team having represented our region through the Redcliffe Leagues Softball Association and Sandy and Yvonne at the Elimbah Uniting Church who will be buying a new zip water boiler out of their Local Heroes Grant.
      • Meetings with constituents and Shadow portfolio stakeholders
      • Travelled to Cairns and caught up with Mayor Tom Gilmore of the Shire of Mareeba. Tom is also the Chair of the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils so fantastic opportunity to discuss the north’s priorities.

      To conclude the week I would like to pay tribute to someone who has had a great impact on me as a Member of Parliament.  Many people have influenced who I am and how I serve as the Member for Glass House, but Joyce Newton is someone very special. Her friendship and support of me over the past decade, her service to the electorate of Glass House and the people of Maleny for the past 43 years and her unending commitment to the values of the LNP – Liberal National Party has led to her receiving an Honorary Life Membership and I was privileged to be present and see Joyce receive her award.  From the depths of my heart, thank you Joyce.

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        Recently the Queensland Redistribution Commission released proposed changes to the State Electoral boundaries which will ultimately affect some of the Glass House electorate.

        In short the changes would include:

        •a proposed name change from Glass House to Tibrogargan;
        •Palmwoods, Chevallum, the small part of Landsborough that was in Glass House and Caboolture would be in neighbouring electorates; and
        •Mooloolah, Rocksberg, Upper Caboolture, Ocean View and Moorina would be added to the electorate.

        So what does that mean…

        The electorate is 90% the same as Glass House. I have eight years of connection, of success, of understanding the issues and of knowing what needs to be done in the electorate.  I simply could not leave it to anyone else to finish things like the D’Aguilar Highway upgrades, the Woodford High School, the Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre, the Maleny-Kenilworth Road, the Rail duplication…and the list goes on and on. It is therefore my intention to contest the seat of Tibrogargan if the proposed changes go through and I want to assure you of my ongoing commitment to this region.

        If you are interested in having a look at the maps or having a say about the new boundaries, further information is available on the ECQ website at http://boundaries.ecq.qld.gov.au/.

         

         

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