Andrew Powell MP
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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

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.


    I started the week by travelling to the Gympie, Hervey Bay and Burnett electorates to discuss all things Transport, Main Roads and Local Government.  It was a great opportunity also to catch up with my good friend, and now Mayor of Bundaberg, Jack Dempsey over breakfast. He has a real vision and passion for where the Bundaberg Region can go.  Thanks to Tony Perrett, Ted Sorensen and Stephen Bennett for hosting me in your patches.

    My thanks to Andrew Wallace for the opportunity on Wednesday to brief Federal Minister Darren Chester MP on the importance of the North Coast Rail Duplication. Great having Ted O’Brien’s support too with both levels of government working together towards this vital service.

    On Thursday I presented a Queensland Flag to the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop in preparation for the grand opening of their Beersheba Living Museum which I attended on Saturday with my family.    It started with a Anzac Centenary Queensland grant but the 5th Light Horse Regiment and the Maleny District Sport and Rec Club have turned it in to something truly special.

    I was honoured to be a part of the Maleny State High School Awards Night on Thursday where I met one of our leaders of the future – Sholto Muir who collected several awards on the night.

    It was an absolute pleasure to host Ros Bates, Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Senior, in the Glass House electorate last week.  It was great to show Ros the amazing things that the Compass Institute are doing by taking her on a tour of the Compass farm with DJ as our host.  We met with Bruce and Denise Morcombe before taking part in the Walk for Daniel on Friday morning followed by a Community Morning Tea in my office.  Special thanks to John Pearce from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation for attending and sharing with us the wonderful things the Foundation is doing for victims of crime.

    On Friday afternoon it was great to introduce Ros Bates MP to Mal Thomson and the amazing team at the Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre.   They offer an impressive array of support programs and their work with the broader Caboolture community is irreplaceable.


    I began my week visiting the Aspley electorate in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads where I spent the morning with my good friend Tracy Davis MP inspecting road issues in the Aspley electorate.  Later that day I travelled to Canberra where I met with Ministers, including Senator Fiona Nash, ensuring that the  Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions are front and centre on the Federal Government’s agenda.

    On Wednesday I was on the Gold Coast to attend the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference.

    Needless to say I was glad to be back in Glass House later in the week in time to welcome and introduce Miss Rodeo America, Miss Rodeo Canada, Miss Rodeo Australia and Miss Rodeo Warwick to Wes and the team at Australia Zoo.

    Unfortunately it was necessary for me to head back to Brisbane on Friday to front a media conference and ask the Transport Minister to explain why one hundred train services were cancelled that day.  An incredible disruption and inconvenience for commuters and I fear there are more disruptions to come.

    It was my great pleasure to present grant certificates to the Maleny Men’s Shed and Maleny Girl Guides over the weekend who between them received over $65,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for construction and upgrades.  I finished off the week attending the Wamuran School Country Fair.




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    21 October 2016

    Powell takes Glass House priorities to Canberra

    Member for Glass House and Shadow Transport, Main Roads and Local Government Minister Andrew Powell this week travelled to Canberra to ensure Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay priorities are front and centre on the Federal Government’s agenda.

    Mr Powell said it was important for him to stand alongside Federal MP for Fisher Andrew Wallace and Federal MP for Fairfax Ted O’Brien to fight for the region and ensure locals received the investment they deserved from the Federal and State Governments.

    “Andrew, Ted and I plainly put the region’s priorities on the table with Federal Coalition Ministers including Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash and Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester,” he said.

    “It’s important that we are united as a team, alongside my state colleagues, to advocate for the region’s priorities.

    “We briefed the Ministers on the frustrations locals face as they sit in traffic on the Bruce Highway or wait for trains on the single-track North Coast Line.

    “I am confident they understood the need for real investment and hopefully we will have the opportunity to show them first-hand soon”, Mr Powell said.

    Mr Powell said while in Canberra he took the opportunity to talk to Ministers and national stakeholders such as NatRoads and the Australian Logistics Council about the state-wide issues facing his Local Government, Transport and Main Roads portfolios.

    “It was encouraging to talk to Coalition Ministers and other stakeholders about the infrastructure Queensland needs to get moving”, Mr Powell concluded.


    [ENDS] 21 October 2016


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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.




      It was a very full week of mobile offices this week and a variety of issues were raised by constituents from all over the Glass House electorate.  I thoroughly enjoy being out in your different communities and listening to your concerns.  I will be following up on many of your enquiries in the coming weeks.

      In between mobile offices I was also briefed by representatives from the Department of Transport and Main Roads on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.  A copy of the design layout is available for viewing in my office.

      I was out in Maleny on Wednesday to promote the Annual Charity Cricket Match between my Celebrity XI and the Maleny Maulers at Aub Cork Oval in Maleny which will take place on Saturday the 15th of October from 12 pm.  The competition is always fierce and the Maulers will be keen to try and reclaim the trophy after their loss last year. This annual match started many years ago to fundraise for the Pyjama Foundation (therefore explaining the team uniform). It was decided in the third year, after losing a Maleny local identity Dr Peter Oliver to lung cancer, that all fundraising efforts for future matches would be directed to Lung Foundation Australia.  Everyone is welcome so please come along and support this worthy cause and have a few laughs (probably at my expense).

      I was happy to announce this week that the D’Aguilar Highway between Caboolture and Kilcoy is set to become even safer and more efficient with another major project about to begin, right on the back of the recent upgrades being completed.  Following the completion of the new eastbound overtaking lane between the Gamgee Road (intersections west of Wamuran) the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, approved another new overtaking lane to be built at Woodford between Chambers and Petersen roads.  This project is fully funded as part of the Australian Government’s $16 million Road Safety Improvement project and was the direct result of lobbying by then Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and myself.  A great result for those who travel on the D’Aguilar Highway.

      On Friday night I attended the Fairways International Food Festival at the Woodford Golf Club and then went on to the Leukaemia Foundation ‘Light up the Lakes’ evening which is always a very moving event.  On Saturday I finished off the week by attending the Palmwoods RSL Reunion Lunch and joined the Polished Man Campaign along with my friend Andrew Wallace, Member for Fisher, to help end violence towards children.   We both painted one of our nails to bring awareness to the campaign.





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