Andrew Powell MP
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The last week of Parliament sitting last week brought some late nights with a lot to be finalised before the end of the year.

Highlights of the week were:
•The LNP announcing that a future LNP government will implement ‘No Body, No Parole’ laws in Queensland.  This means that convicted killers who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped a body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders.  The news was welcomed by Bruce and Denise Morcombe who said it was a huge win for victims and their families!
•The turning on of the Parliamentary Christmas Tree lights!
•Standing up against violence against women with my parliamentary colleagues – White Ribbon Day 2016.
•Debate on the Taxi Industry Assistance Package.  This bill is flawed and botched and is a real kick in the guts to taxi and limo operators.  The LNP also welcomes competition but there must be fair compensation and a fair and level playing field for the personalised transport industry and I am working with providers for a fairer go.

On returning to the electorate on Friday morning, I attended the Elimbah Excellence Parade and was honoured to present the award for Dux of the school to Emelia from year 6.  Then it was off to Beerburrum State School for a pizza party with the year two class.  The winner of my Christmas Artwork Competition this year was Andre De Clara who not only won a prize for himself, but he also won a pizza party for his whole class.  Well done Andre and thanks kids for the fun at lunch.

The Glasshouse Country RSL recently picked up $12,500 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels so it was great to catch up with them and discuss their plans.

Another school event to finish off my Friday and it was a huge night, full of brilliant kids, dance, drama and carols at the Peachester State School Awards Night.

Ironically on Saturday night a storm took out the power at the official turning on of the WoW – Windows of Woodford illuminated art boxes. Regardless, it’s a brilliant project and brain child of the Woodford Lions, ably supported by the Woodford Folk Festival and Cr Adrian Raedel.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go and take it look.  They look great.

Not even an almighty storm could stop Crystal and Fred Peters and the Stoney Creek Rural Fire Brigade from holding their Christmas bash on Saturday night too!

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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10 October 2016
Labor short-changes Sunshine Coast hinterland on rail duplication…again!

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has all but confirmed the Sunshine Coast rail line alignment will never be straightened and improved past Landsborough under a Labor government, with planned platform works locking in the current goat’s track route.

Glass House MP and Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said the limited details released to the community in a newsletter showed Labor’s stop-gap solution of station platform upgrades at Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods and Woombye would lock in the existing rail alignment which was inefficient and disrupted local roads.

“Why would a government spend millions of dollars upgrading platforms which would have to be moved when the rail line is straightened and duplicated?” Mr Powell said.

“It’s absurd and shows this government has no intention of delivering for the rail towns between Landsborough and Nambour.

“If Labor has no intention of fixing the rail line past Landsborough they should have to guts to come up here and tell the hinterland community personally.”

Mr Powell said the first stage of the duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough was no closer to being built either, with the Palaszczuk Labor Government hiding from locals as ‘consultation’ begins.

“Labor’s consultation process on yet another study into the Beerburrum to Landsborough duplication is a sham,” he said.

“With only three sessions in two locations and no local media coverage, it looks like the government is trying to hide from the community over a project that should be well underway by now.

“Labor always promises the world when it comes to duplicating the Sunshine Coast line but all locals ever get is another report to gather dust on the mantelpiece.”

The community information sessions to be held by the Department of Transport and Main Roads will be at:

Landsborough Sports Complex (15 Tunnel Ridge Road, Landsborough)
•Saturday 15 October 2016 10am–12.30pm
•Tuesday 18 October 2016 5.30pm–8pm

Glass House Mountains Community Hall (8 Coonowrin Road, Glass House Mountains)
•Wednesday 19 October 2016 5.30pm–8pm
#Powell4GlassHouse

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Glass House drivers will pay up to $600 a year for car registration (before CTP and other charges are added on) after the Palaszczuk-Gordon Labor Government voted to keep the unfair increase during a vote in Parliament last night.

The LNP moved a disallowance motion to stop the 3.5 per cent increase to car registration and tonight Labor has voted it down choosing to unfairly slug motorists.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell said Labor MP’s such as Rick Williams, Mark Ryan and Chris Whiting have let their constituents down.

“I know how tough it is for families in my electorate of Glass House trying to pay the bills due to the rising cost of living,” Mr Powell said.

“While every single LNP Member voted to stop this unfair increase to car registration, every single Labor Member voted for it.

“Every single Labor MP should be ashamed of themselves.”

Mr Emerson said the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government’s lack of a plan has seen a direct hit to the pockets of motorists.

“Labor is struggling to manage the budget and is using motorists as cash cows as they continue to make it up as they go,” he said.

“At a time when unemployment was up, jobs were scarce and families were struggling to pay their bills, Queenslanders deserved better.

“When the LNP came into Government we worked hard to keep costs as low as possible by freezing family car registration for three years.

“I don’t think Queenslanders voted for massive hikes in registration fees.”

CAR REGO COSTS TABLE:

Car type What it was (2014-15) If it had gone up by CPI (currently 1.4% in Brisbane) What it will be in 2015-16 under ALP
4-cylinder $280.05 $283.95 $289.95
6-cylinder $443.45 $449.65 $458.95
8-cylinder $620.95 $629.65 $642.70

NOTE – These costs exclude CTP and Traffic Improvement Levy, which also add to car registration bill

[ENDS] 4 June 2015

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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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At the start of November we announced the first ever state wide reduction to public transport fares in Queensland’s history. Passengers are now paying 5 per cent less for fares.

After a two week survey (31 Aug to 14 Sept) and feedback from local members, Queenslanders chose cheaper fares. Almost 22,000 Queenslanders voted – and 74 per cent of those wanted cheaper fares.

I popped into Palmwoods Train Station last week to share the good news amongst commuters and the feedback was excellent.

141107-Palmwoods Train Station Jeff Addison

 

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