Andrew Powell MP
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It was great to start a Parliamentary sitting week by attending the Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League launch and to get within touching distance of the impressive State of Origin Shield.  It was also wonderful to celebration the eighth anniversary of my swearing in as a Member of Parliament and it continues to be an honour and a privilege to represent the amazing people of Glass House.

There were also some very late nights (or early mornings depending on how you look at it) in Parliament last week, however it was all worthwhile when groundbreaking Domestic Violence reforms were passed due to the LNP’s Private Member’s Bill.

Key reforms which were passed in the Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017 included:

•Reversing the presumption for bail in domestic violence-related crimes such as assault, grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, strangulation and kidnapping.
•DV Alert system to notify victims and families when someone with a DVO is being considered for parole, even if the reason they are in prison is not related to domestic violence.
•Introducing urgent appeal rights to the bail application process, meaning bail decisions will be stayed for up to three business days and referred to a higher court for urgent review.
•Allowing GPS trackers to be fitted to an alleged offender as a bail condition by the court to ensure that victims of crime are better protected throughout the trial process, which can be lengthy.

Our Bill also sought to introduce a DV Alert system to ensure victims and families are notified when someone charged with domestic violence crimes is being considered for or has been granted bail. Unfortunately, Labor Members voted against this provision so it did not pass.

After returning to the electorate on Friday, I held constituent meetings and then on Saturday attended the Woodford P-10 State School dual celebrations of 135 years of schooling and 50 years of senior schooling. My father, uncles and aunt actually attended Woodford school back in the 1960’s so it was an extra special celebration.

AP swearing in 8 years ago AP with State of Origin Shield Woodford School 135 year anniversary

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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

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6 December 2016
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, yesterday welcomed Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts and Major Events, to the Glass House electorate to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues Mr Powell is fighting for and to introduce Mr Nicholls to the locals.

The day began with a tour of the new Pumicestone State School which was approved and funded by the LNP Government as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) roll out of ten new schools and will open its doors to students in 2017.

“I am very impressed by the state of the art facilities that Pumicestone State School will provide to their new students and the many opportunities that will be presented to them”, Mr Nicholls said.

Mr Powell said that the school has already attracted nearly 300 new enrolments for 2017 and has the potential to grow rapidly in the coming years.

Mr Nicholls joined Mr Powell in his commitment to get out and about listening to locals and continued on to the Woodford region.

“In visiting Woodfordia and the Woodford Sale Yards I was able to highlight to Tim the diversity of our local communities – the artistic and creative excitement that is the Woodford Folk Festival and the honest, hardworking, salt of the earth cattlemen and women, one of our many local agricultural pursuits”, Mr Powell said.

“I certainly enjoyed catching up with Bill Hauritz in my capacity as the Shadow Minister for the Arts and discussing what goes in to running an annual, week long music and art festival that attracts so many visitors to the region”, added Mr Nicholls.

“It was great for us to catch up with many of the buyers, sellers, and the “tyre-kicker” – those just looking – at the Sale Yards in Woodford.  There’s no better place to meet the locals on a Monday morning”, Mr Powell concluded.

The morning concluded with a morning tea in Woodford where almost 40 locals had the opportunity to share their views with their local State Member and the Leader of the Opposition.

 [ENDS] 6 December 2016

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Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
25 August 2016

Vege Management Bill defeat to benefit Glass House

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plan to bring in extreme Vegetation Management Laws were defeated in Parliament last week following efforts by the LNP and minor parties.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, has repeatedly called for the proposed laws to be voted down based on feedback from locals within his electorate who were strongly opposed to the potential changes.

“Had these laws been passed, we would have seen Glass House’s agriculture sector and future economic growth come to a screaming halt,” he said.

Amendments moved by the LNP when in government restored a level of balance between strong vegetation laws and sustainable farming.  All remnant vegetation remained protected unless it was subject to a small list of exemptions, such as building a house, or was assessed and granted a permit such as for high-value agriculture or for routine management under a self-assessable code. A key element of our reforms was the new permit for high-value agriculture to sustainably grow Queensland’s agricultural sector.

“There are large portions of Glass House that are designated as rural and families have chosen to settle in these beautiful pockets for the subsequent lifestyle and to undertake agricultural pursuits.  To be told they couldn’t responsibly manage their own regrowth vegetation, located on their own property, was just outrageous.

“Jennifer Kellie from Woodford got in touch with my office many times regarding the devastating effect the proposed changes would have had on her ability to maintain her property in the way she has since the day she bought it.  Orchard owners in Mt Mee and Bellthorpe alone contacted me alarmed their avocado and macadamia farms were now being considered native remnant or regrowth vegetation,” Mr Powell commented.

“Under the proposed Palaszczuk Government laws too many Glass House constituents were told they could no longer manage vegetation on their property and yet what was being protected had either been mown on a weekly basis, was lantana, or was a previous or current orchard – not native vegetation.”

“This result in Parliament last week was brilliant – a true victory for balance.  It allows our farmers to continue to drive the economy by feeding the state and the nation and allows for the ongoing protection of our environment.” Mr Powell concluded.

[Ends – 25 August 2016]


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Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House

16 August 2016

Safety changes planned to benefit Woodford community

As the Woodford township continues to grow, so have the requests for the local Member to deliver a safe means for pedestrians to cross the D’Aguilar Highway.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, has been campaigning to secure Transport and Main Roads (TMR) funding for a crossing in town and recent advice suggest he’s been successful.  TMR advise that a signalised crossing will soon be installed across the Highway.

“Approval on these much need safety improvements has come at such a great time for the community.  It is growing and changing and this will allow residents a safe way of getting from one side of town to the other” Mr Powell stated.

“I recently met with Mrs Diana Davidson – a resident of Margaret Street – and she showed me firsthand the challenges that she has safely crossing the Highway to get to her Doctor and the shops.

“Diana is just one of many people who has expressed joy at the news she will finally have a safe way to get across town and has thanked TMR for taking her concerns seriously.”

TMR anticipates community consultation on the preliminary design for the crossing to commence in late 2016, with construction to follow in the next financial year (2017 – 2018).  Initial proposals are for a signalised crossing on the Highway and marked pedestrian crossings on Archer Street to either side.  Where the crossing should be located is a key part of the community consultation.

“I realise these changes will pose some challenges to motorists and truck operators in the short term, but I am confident as a community we will all see the benefits these safety improvements will deliver,” Mr Powell concluded.

[Ends – 16 August 2016]

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5 July 2016

Funding helps local community groups

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell has welcomed a recent announcement that will provide funding to several worthy community groups in the Glass House electorate.

Mr Powell has reported that four clubs have shared in just over $120,000 through Round 88 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to help them with the purchase of necessary equipment and perform upgrades to their club facilities.

“We know our community groups face a constant struggle to access funds to keep them viable so these sorts of funding injections really go a long way to helping them survive.

“Most of the recipients in Glass House are using the funds to purchase new equipment which will not only have a positive effect on their current members but also go a long way to attracting new membership.

“All of these community groups are run by volunteers and the application process is not an easy one to navigate so I congratulate those who have put in the effort and been successful this time around.

List of Glass House recipients in Round 88 includes –

• Glasshouse District Cricket Club – replace practice nets
• Wamuran Historical and Visitor Centre – upgrade facility
• Woodford Show Society – purchase a tractor
• Maleny Arts & Crafts Group – purchase a kiln and upgrade facility
[ENDS] 5 July 2016

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It was budget week in state Parliament and all in all it was disappointing for Queenslanders.

I have made a statement on my homepage about what the Budget meant for Glass House, but its pretty safe to say it didn’t deliver a whole lot.

Suffice to say it was a huge week in Parliament with most sessions finishing after midnight.

State Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls MP, made a sensational Budget Reply Speech, during which he announced the LNP policy to get Queensland Working. A plan that will provide up to 20,000 jobs for young Queenslanders, reduce the cost of working for young apprentices and incentivise businesses to train and retain young Queenslanders. One of the elements of the plan is “Tools for Tradies” – vouchers for tradies who complete their apprenticeships to buy the necessary tools they need.

I did duck home on the Wednesday morning to host a press conference with my colleague Jarrod Bleijie, MP for Kawana, regarding a lack of funding for the Bruce Highway.

It was Woodford Show weekend so unfortunately I was not able to be at the stall on Friday on account of Parliament but I was there on Saturday and able to participate in the plaque dedication to the late, great Bill Newton with his family.  I was also able to take part in the annual Woodford Show opening which is always a highlight of the day.

I ended my weekend at the Caboolture Sports Softball Association for their ‘Light switch on’ ceremony.  They picked up a grant recently to install lights to one of their fields so it was a great pleasure to be able to throw the first ball – even if it was one of the worst throws in history!

Parliament was in session all of last week so that made for a busy weekend catching up with community members at our local events.

Some of the things I participated in included –

A morning tea in my office for Volunteers Week 2016

The Maleny Show Dance

The Woodford Show Ball

And the family and I visited Rick’s Garage in Palmwoods to celebrate my birthday on Sunday!


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    Landowners in and around Woodford, Delaneys Creek and Wamuran have been left in the dark over the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s sneaky new Vegetation Management Laws.

    I have been inundated with enquiries from landowners in the Glass House electorate who have been ordered to comply with new Vegetation Laws that will completely transform the way they manage their own property.

    And to make matters worse, when they have made attempts to uncover the full impact these new laws will have on their land, they are left even more frustrated as there seems to be little to no information that explains what the changes will be.

    It really is hardly surprising that Labor have made no attempts and no effort to inform landholders on what these changes mean for them.

    While in government, the LNP introduced a vegetation management framework that allowed landholders and farmers to manage vegetation and particularly re-growth vegetation on their properties.

    I stand fully committed to the framework that the LNP introduced and, along with my LNP colleagues, will be voting against this Bill when it next comes before the House.

    Please visit my ‘Keep in Touch’ page to let me know if you are also impacted by these new laws.

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    It was such a delight to catch up with all four community organisations in the last week who were thrilled at the news they had won Round Two of my Local Heroes Grants.

    The next round closes on Monday 13 June – click on the link on my website home page to submit your application.

    Round Two Winners –

    Beerburrum School of Arts – will use funding for maintenance around the Beerburrum Hall

    Witta Rec Club – will use funding for the planning of WittaFest 2016

    Palmwoods Scouts – will use funding to assist in getting Cubs to the September Cuboree in Maryborough

    Woodford Bowls Club – will use funding to purchase some new bowls for their juniors

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