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Last week’s activities included:

•Visiting the new Pumicestone State School where I had the pleasure of donating a reading chair to the school and I was thrilled to be asked to come along and read a book to the kids

•Attending the Delaneys Creek State School Leader’s ceremony.  Great to meet the 2017 leaders

•Attended a breakfast with Scott Emerson at the Maleny Hotel where Scott spoke about the economy and small business

•Received a briefing with Tim Nicholls from Commissioner Phillip Strachan on the state of Queensland Rail

•Presented a JP service certificate to Ruth Osberger for 36 years of service as a JP in Queensland

•Attended the Maleny Singers AGM

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In case you missed the story in last week’s Glasshouse Country & Maleny News, the new Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new school “Drop N Go” took a huge step in the right direction recently. The Education Department has agreed to a new aquatic centre being built on the school’s lower oval. Plenty still to do – my immediate focus is to get detailed traffic designs prepared for the new intersection and “Drop N Go”. Great partnership to date with Cr Jenny McKay and Greg and Kim from Maleny District Sport and Rec Club.

Click on the link to see the full media release:

Powell and McKay Media Release – New Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and School ‘Drop n Go’ take huge step forward

 

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    Pumicestone State School will open its doors at the start of 2017 catering for Prep through to Year 6 and already has more than 100 students registered with plenty more enrolments rolling in daily.

    Robyn Conlin who will be the founding Principal has been an educator for 25 years and has been working hard behind the scenes in the lead-up to the school’s opening, organising public meetings and spreading the word through the community that the school will be open for classes in January 2017 in time for the first day of school.

    Funding for Pumicestone State School was initially allocated by the LNP Government and will provide everything the students need to begin their education.  They will have all the latest facilities and will also make available to parents a Resource Scheme to help with the costs associated with sending kids to school.

    As a result of the community consultation, the school colours of navy with lime and purple have been chosen for the formal uniform and the school’s motto will be “Shaping Our Tomorrows”.

    The school will initially cater for some 450 students with stage one opening next year and stage two a couple of years later.  Any parents who wish to secure a spot for their child or children are encouraged to contact Robin Conlin on 0472 844 761 or at https://newprimaryschoolincaboolture.eq.edu.au.

     

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      It was a thrill to catch up with these eager students again last week – this time in Parliament where I could give them a personal tour around some of the exciting features of the House!

      I went and had a chat with the students ahead of their visit a few weeks ago and was able to prepare them for what they were going to encounter.

      They are such a great bunch of kids and I congratulate their teacher for the wonderful job she is doing in educating them about the Queensland Parliament.

       

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        How great it was to visit with the Peachester State School kids earlier this week.

        My visit was to acknowledge and celebrate their participation in this year’s state reading challenge.

        Well done to the kids who read so many great books and their parents and teachers for supporting them!

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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 flashing school warning lights for Peachester State School.

        “The former LNP Government had a firm commitment to roll out flashing lights across Queensland as we were acutely aware of how important they are to maintaining safety in school zones.  Over the course of the last three years we installed flashing lights at Beerburrum, Chevallum, Woodford, Wamuran and Elimbah state schools.

        “These lights are particularly important for an area like Peachester that has a lot of ‘just passing through’ tourist traffic.  It is these motorists that are not aware of the school zone and therefore may not be as vigilant in slowing down,” Mr Powell said.

        Mr Powell is working with the Peachester P & C to gather signatures for a petition that will show the Government how much community support exists to see these lights delivered.

        “Flashing lights act as a reminder to drivers that they need to be on alert.  We know children are by nature unpredictable and may not be concentrating when they approach the streets or roads next to school areas,” he said.

        “As the father of five young children, I am passionate about the safety of our young people and if we can make the wider community realise how important this sort of precaution is, we will be ensuring our school zones are safer for everybody.”

        Mr Powell will have a stall set up at the Peachester Family Fun Day on September 5 so come along and add your name to the petition.  You can also support the online petition by visiting the Parliament website – www.parliament.qld.gov.au and click on Get Involved.

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        Andrew Powell MP
        Member for Glass House

        13 March 2015

         

        Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP is proud to announce today that he has kept his promise to the Montville community by successfully delivering a 40km/hr school speed zone for Montville State School.

        “The absence of a dedicated 40km/hr school speed zone has been the focus of concern for the Montville school community for many, many years.  Well, no more, with new signs designating the school zone being erected by the end of the month.

        “It took a concerted effort in conjunction with the Montville P&C, the school principal and the broader community to convince the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) but we have finally achieved a positive outcome and that’s welcome news,” Mr Powell said.

        Mr Powell has worked with the school community over his six years as the Member for Glass House to gain this result and understandably the school Principal and P & C President are thrilled with the news.

        “The safety of our school kids is paramount for any community.  But for a community like Montville, where it is a tight knit group that experience a lot of tourist traffic, it’s even more so.

        “We know children are by nature unpredictable and may not be concentrating when they approach the streets or roads next to school areas so by giving drivers in the Montville community a reminder to be on guard by designating a special school zone, we will go a long way to preventing any unnecessary accidents.

        “This is such a great achievement and I am proud to have done my bit to deliver this positive outcome,” Mr Powell concluded.
        [ENDS] 13 March 2015

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        It has been a pleasure this week to visit several schools, including Eudlo, Chevallum and Wamuran to celebrate the start of a new school year and to formally introduce the new school captains to their peers.

        I always get a thrill to see the excitement on the kids faces when they are offered this great responsibility and it is fabulous to see how proud they are to have been acknowledged in this way.

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        It’s an honour to again serve as the Member for Glass House and to welcome School Captain Rani and a new generation of school leaders at Eudlo State School.
        I sincerely thank those of you that have put your trust in me again. I realise many of you wish to see things change and I am confident we can work together to achieve great results for Glass House over the next three years and beyond.

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