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In addition to various roadside posts, I have spent some time at the Maleny Kiosk and the Pre-Poll or early voting centres around the Glass House electorate during the past week.  It was great to see how many people are now taking advantage of being able to cast their votes early.





While in the Southern part of the electorate this week I also dropped in to discuss the importance of growing the economy, creating jobs and boosting apprenticeships with Glass House constituents Richard and Paula Shilling – owners of Caboolture-based steel fabrication business Jaspa Engineering (check out


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Australia Day is always a busy time in the Glass House electorate with many activities and celebrations occurring all over the place.  It all kicked off at the Great Aussie Street Party in Palmwoods on Saturday night and I am pretty sure most of the community turned up for this great event.  I celebrated Australia Day dividing my time between the Caboolture Historical Village for their annual Open Day, the Maleny District Sport and Recreation Australia Day Expo at the Maleny Showgrounds, and ending with a visit to the Woodford Home Guard Cabaret performed by the Woodford Singers.  We really know how to celebrate in Glass House and seeing how our community comes together to celebrate all that is Australian makes me so proud to be the local Member.

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A re-elected Newman LNP Government will deliver additional car parking at the Caboolture Hospital, Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced today.

Mr Nicholls said local LNP Members had been fighting hard for better car parking facilities at the hospital, with Member for Pumicestone Lisa France constantly raising it as a major issue in her electorate.

“Local MPs Lisa France, Andrew Powell, Darren Grimwade and Reg Gulley have all raised this as a concern for their local communities,” he said.

“We’ve listened to their concerns and we’re pledging to provide an additional 100 car parks at the site if re-elected.

“The only way we can make this happen is if we have a strong local LNP team fighting to deliver for the Caboolture region as part of a strong LNP government.”

Member for Pumicestone Lisa France said she was proud of the improvements made at Caboolture Hospital in the last three years.

“Because of our strong financial management, we’ve been able to invest in 122 extra clinical health staff and better services at the hospital,” she said.

“I’ve been getting positive feedback about the improvement in services provided at the hospital, but the lack of appropriate car parking remains an ongoing concern.

“There is existing space available on the hospital grounds to help with this problem, and today’s commitment will mean an extra 100 sealed car parks for residents to use.0

“It will mean that patients can spend less time looking for a car park and more time being treated by the wonderful staff at Caboolture Hospital”

Member for Morayfield Darren Grimwade said this was important news for the thousands of locals from his electorate who used Caboolture Hospital.

“This will make it easier to visit the hospital, so families can spend more time together and less time on the road,” Mr Grimwade said.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said he was delighted to be part of a strong government delivering what the Caboolture region needed.

“It shows what can happen when you have strong local members all pulling in the same direction for the benefit of their communities,” Mr Powell said.

[ENDS] 23 January 2015

Media contact: Andrew Powell’s office – 5435 2013

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One of the best things about an election campaign is getting to enjoy lots of quality time with people in our community – from morning teas to mobile offices to roadside blitzes, I am thankful for everyone that has caught up with me so far to show their support for my re-election campaign.

This week the campaign team have booked several days at the Maleny Kiosk where they have been handing valuable information out to members of the public.  They will also be set up next Thursday and Friday so pop by if you need a new shopping list or want to ask any questions.  While I was there yesterday I got to chat to Maleny local Joan Benson who keeps me on my toes with her sharp wit – even at over 85 years of age.






Mid week I stopped in to visit the lads at the Glasshouse Country Menshed to have a cuppa and morning tea.  The team are looking forward to spending their nearly $20,000 from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund on making some improvements to their existing shed.  I am a big supporter of the Menshed concept as I think they add massive value to the life of many men in our community who are seeking friendship and something to occupy their time.  Well done gents.


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141205-MalenyHospitalFrontline health services across the Sunshine Coast are set to be boosted with the Newman LNP Government today committing to an additional 184 doctors, nurses and health practitioners throughout the region as a part of its strong plan for health.

Premier Campbell Newman said the LNP was focused on continuing to rebuild frontline health services across the region and generating skilled jobs for the future.

Mr Newman said the additional health jobs and services came on top of a record investment in public healthcare across the Sunshine Coast with funding having increased by $136.5 million, or 24.4%, since the change of government just three years ago.

“We all want a healthier Queensland and we’ve been working hard over the past three years to reduce every single waiting list across the Sunshine Coast. But there is more to be done,” Mr Newman said.

“Because of our disciplined management of the state’s finances, the Newman LNP Government can create an estimated 184 additional frontline health jobs.

“We will also boost the delivery of public health services across the region over the next three years.”

Mr Newman said the frontline health jobs on the Sunshine Coast alone would include:

  1. 34 additional doctors;
  2. 118 additional nurses; and
  3. 32 additional health practitioners

The additional 184 staff will cost $40.5 million over three years from 2015/16.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said while the Newman LNP Government had turned Queensland Health around over the past three years, there was still much more to be done.

“Under Labor, Queensland Health was plagued with waste and ballooning bureaucracy that prevented the recruitment and retention of frontline health workers,” he said.

“There were thousands of patients languishing on waiting lists, and the billion dollar health payroll debacle left local doctors and nurses underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.

“We’ve stabilised the Queensland Health payroll, local doctors and nurses are getting their proper pay and we’ve overseen across the board pay increases for all our health workers in the region.

“Despite these great achievements, we know there is more to be done. Only the strong LNP team has a strong plan to take Queensland Health into the future.

“And only the LNP team has the strong economic plan to ensure we can do it.”

Click here to see more information on the Health Plan- Health Plan Sunshine Coast




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Maleny Pre-poll voters will be delighted to learn that the ECQ are setting up a temporary Pre-poll centre at Shop 3, 15 Maple Street Maleny (opposite Maleny IGA) starting tomorrow.

Hours are as follows –

Wednesday 21 January to Friday 23 January 9am to 5pm.

From Tuesday 27 January the Pre-poll centre will revert to the QGAP office at the Maleny Police Station as previously advertised.

Hours are as follows –

Tuesday 27 January to Friday 30 January 9am to 2pm.


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Last Saturday I joined with many of my local LNP supporters and community members to officially launch the Glass House campaign for the State Election on 31 January.

With an electorate like Glass House that spreads across so many towns, our campaign launch was designed to visit as many of the main townships as possible in one day.  First stop on the ‘rolling’ campaign launch was Woodford for a BBQ breakfast, followed by Elimbah, Glasshouse Mountains, Montville and finally ending at 4pm in Palmwoods.

Thank you to those that came along, especially in the very hot conditions, to show their support to my re-election campaign.  Only the LNP can deliver a strong team for a strong Queensland future.


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IMG_2667Voters in the electorate of Glass House have been promised an upgrade to pool and tennis facilities, should Andrew Powell be re-elected at the election on 31 January.

LNP Member for Glass House Andrew Powell has pledged to continue the Newman LNP Government’s strong plan to support grassroots sport and recreation, and fight for better facilities, if re-elected.

“I’m fighting to be re-elected so that I can deliver the Palmwoods Tennis Club with a $100,000 grant to rebuild two courts, improve facilities for current members, and hopefully attract new members to the club,” Mr Powell said.

“If elected, I commit $50,000 towards improving the Conondale Swimming Pool, to ensure this well-loved community facility gets the safety and facility enhancements it needs to support the school children, swim squads, and recreational users that love it.

“Sport is such an important part of many people’s social and physical lives, and upgrades like this allow clubs to help even more people get fit and healthy”.

Mr Powell said the LNP was already delivering for Glass House under the flagship Get in the Game initiative.

“While clubs were neglected under Labor, our strong plan has already helped 14 clubs with activities to increase participation, and approved four facilities projects,” he said.

“Our local sport and recreation clubs bring our community together and promote fun and fitness, and thanks to the LNP’s strong plan, we’ve been able to boost facilities and services, and lower the cost for families, so that more Queenslanders can get active.”

Recreation and Sport Minister Steve Dickson said Get in the Game had been a huge success.

“We have seen some great results from our Get in the Game initiative since it kicked off in 2012, with more than 67,000 vouchers issued to assist kids who can least afford to participate in sport or recreation,” Mr Dickson said.

“We’ve also helped 1,330 clubs with activities to increase participation and approved 360 infrastructure and facilities projects,” he said.

“Only the LNP has a strong team with a strong plan for a stronger Queensland.”

[ENDS] 15 January 2015


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10606322_781087525306534_983657066286062683_nThe Glass House campaign is in full swing and I’m happy to report we’ve been holding plenty of roadside activity over the past week with much more to come.

I will be door knocking homes and walking the streets of our business districts for the entire duration of the campaign so make sure you keep an eye out for me.  In addition to this I will be setting up mobile office locations across the electorate so if you see me, make sure you pop in and say hi.



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Sunshine Coast passengers will spend less time travelling on trains and more time with their families under the LNP’s plan to reverse Labor’s broken promise and start work to duplicate the Sunshine Coast train line.

Premier Campbell Newman said under the LNP’s Strong Choices plan, the $532 million project will be delivered as part of the commitment for Public Transport Rail Infrastructure.

“We have a strong plan to improve frequency, reliability, safety and affordability of the public transport network and also deliver economic benefits for Queensland families,” Mr Newman said.

“Already our strong team has delivered 3000 additional weekly bus and train services, and slashed transport fares by five per cent saving families money. Trains are running on-time 96 per cent of the time, but there’s more to do.

“The upgrade will provide more than 150 extra weekly services, improved transport reliability for more than 330,000 residents from the Sunshine Coast and create more than 3000 new jobs during construction.

“We need a strong future-oriented transport system to support a strong economy. You cannot create jobs without a strong economy. You cannot create a strong economy without a strong plan. You cannot stick to a strong plan without a strong and stable government.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this project would put an end to a huge bottleneck on the single track line that restricted freight movement and frustrated passengers.

“While we are committed to funding this project under our Strong Choices plan, the former Labor government broke their promise to duplicate the Sunshine Coast line in 2009, at the same time they were hiking up fares by 15 per cent,” Mr Emerson said.

“If the Newman LNP Government is re-elected, we’ll get on with the job.

“We can only deliver the rail line duplication because of our strong economic management, and our work to fix the state’s finances through our Strong Choices plan that will reduce debt and invest in job-creating infrastructure like this project.”

Mr Newman said Labor had no plan to tackle the massive debt they left Queensland and broke their promise to fix serious capacity issues on the Sunshine Coast line.

“Only the LNP has a strong team with a strong plan to secure Queensland’s financial future and invest in the next wave of job-creating infrastructure,” he said

Ends – 13 January 2015


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