Andrew Powell MP
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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



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      15 March 2017

      Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, is thrilled to announce that safety improvement works planned on the D’Aguilar Highway at Woodford are set to begin in mid-2017. Following the Australian Government’s announcement in October last year to allocate $16 million to improve highway safety between Caboolture and Kilcoy, a new eastbound overtaking lane will be built on the D’Aguilar Highway at Woodford. Road safety improvements at Wamuran will also be completed.

      “It’s great to hear that the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have finalised the design for the overtaking lane in Woodford and I know the community will be excited to see the work commence on this latest project”, Mr Powell said.

      “Key features will include an eastbound overtaking lane, 1km in length, between Chambers Road and Peterson Road, left-turn treatment (southbound) into Chambers Road, right-turn treatment (northbound) into Chambers Road and a dedicated right-turn lane from the D’Aguilar Highway into Ironbark Drive”.

      Mr Powell said that these improvements will certainly improve safety along this stretch of the Highway and he would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Government for their commitment to ensuring further improvements on the D’Aguilar Highway.

      “On the back of improvements already completed at the two Gamgee Road intersections which included construction of an overtaking lane (eastbound) and resealing of the road surface between Neurum Road and Canando Street, these improvements will go a long way in making the journey between Caboolture and Kilcoy a much safer alternative”, Mr Powell concluded.



      [ENDS] 15 March 2017

      Some of my activities during the last week included:

      •  Presenting an Australian Flag to the Maleny Historical Society on behalf of Senator James McGrath and a Queensland flag to Gail at the Maleny Swimming Club
      •  Presenting Justice of the Peace Service Certificates to Maleny local Lyn Edwards for 36 years of service and to Vivienne Nelson of Palmwoods for 29 years of service.  Thank you ladies for your service to Queensland
      •  Catching up with Cr Jenny McKay at one of our regular brekky catch ups to ensure the two tiers of government continue working together
      •  Speaking to students at Mt Mee State School about all things “Government”
      •  Constituent meetings
      •  Attending a Women in Road Transport breakfast on International Women’s Day
      •  Presenting a Local Heroes Grant to the Palmwoods Netball Club
      •  Doorknocking in Glasshouse Mountains
      •  Getting behind the BBQ at the Palmwoods Warriors Football Club on Saturday morning
      •  Co-hosting the Woodford Pool Party to raise funds for the local Chappys

      I was back in parliament last week where we were due to debate two abortion bills that were introduced by the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and were being strongly pushed by Labor’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.  The LNP made a public commitment to oppose both of these Bills after allowing Members a conscience vote, given the well-established convention for conscience votes for matters that go to the start and end of life.  It was a unanimous resolution that every member of the LNP indicated that they could not, in good conscience, support either of the Bills.  The Bills have now been withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament and referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for further advice and analysis.

      I would like to provide some insight into my consideration of the Bills.

      These Bills were unsatisfactory and the withdrawal of these Bills vindicates this position.  The first Bill left the entire area of abortion unregulated and this was clearly untenable.  The second Bill attempted to correct the failures of the first Bill but fell well short. It created further risk and uncertainty as shown in the Parliamentary Committee report. In fact, the second Bill sought to make it legal for a woman to secure her own abortion without medical supervision – including by the use of illicitly obtained drugs.  It also created additional legal uncertainty and an ongoing legislative conflict between the Criminal Code and the Health Act.

      This is often a very personal issue and people have strong views on both sides of the argument and I thank Glass House constituents for passing on their comments.

      Parliament can sometimes be fun and there was plenty to smile about at the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the AFL.

      It is always good to return to the electorate and on Friday I met with representatives from the Department of Transport and Main roads to be briefed about projects in Glass House and met with constituents.  I also dropped in to the new Maleny Police Station.

      The weekend was taken up with Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg.

      Looking forward to spending the coming week in the beautiful Glass House electorate.

      AP with AFL mascots Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg


      Great to be back in the electorate this week and to also travel to other regions as part of my Shadow Ministry role.

      Here is the week that was:

      • meetings with constituents and transport industry representatives in the Glass House electorate
      • attended school leadership ceremony at Woodford State School
      • attended Celebrate Glasshouse Country Tourism Launch
      • attended Maleny Hospital Auxiliary AGM
      • attended Glasshouse Chamber of Commerce meeting
      • attended Maleny Lions Youth of the Year event
      • attended school leadership ceremony at Chevallum State School
      • along with Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, announced our Get Queensland Working policy – incentives for businesses that take on apprentices and job-seekers (including Work Cover premium discounts) and Tools for Tradies vouchers
      • attended Montville Village Association information session on the South East Queensland Regional Plan
      • meetings with residents, stakeholders and council representatives in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport, Main Roads and Local Government in the Condamine, Toowoomba North and Toowoomba South electorates
      • attended the presentation of Queen’s Scout Award to Alex Colvin
      • presented certificate and cheque to Peachester State School P & C as a recipient of a Local Heroes Grant


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      21 February 2017

      Round one 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 this program in January 2016. Mr Powell 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,” Mr Powell said.

      Winners for round one 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

      Mr Powell encourages anyone who fits the criteria for a Local Heroes Grant to apply.   Information can be found on his website

      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


      [ENDS] 21 February 2017

      Photo – Andrew Powell MP with representatives from Peachester State School P & C and children

      It was back to Parliament this week where the LNP has put into the Parliament strong reforms to tackle the growing scourge of domestic violence in Queensland.

      These include:

      1.     Bail is not a right – Reversing the onus of proof for bail, forcing those charged with domestic violence crimes to prove why they deserve bail.

      2.     DV Alert System – Issuing a notification if an offender has applied or been granted bail or parole to give victims and their families time to mentally and physically prepare.

      3.     GPS Monitoring – Monitoring high-risk offenders by GPS tracking to ensure the safety of victims and their families through the court process, which can often be lengthy.

      4.     Urgent Appeal Rights – Introducing an urgent appeal right for bail decisions​ and ensure they are finalised within three business days. The alleged offender will stay in custody during the appeal – not out in the community – giving police the tools they need to better protect the community through the bail process.

      Help make these laws a reality by taking the pledge to end domestic and family violence at the link on my homepage.
      On returning to the electorate it was an honour to join the amazing team at Act for Mason, and some of my colleagues along with hundreds of others as we ‘Walked for Mason’ to call on the Government to ensure no other child has to go through what 21 month old Mason Jet Lee endured.

      On Saturday I went to the Big Pineapple Renewal Open Day to see the plans the new owners have to renew and sustain the future of this famous icon.  There are exciting times ahead and more information is available on their website at

      On Sunday I finished off the week by attending the Peachester Community Church Service of Celebration.  After 95 years, the much loved and utilised Peachester Uniting Church transitions to community ownership, managed by the Peachester Hall Committee.



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