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Glasshouse Country News article – “Where to now…Andrew Powell”

Although I have been given the honour of representing the wonderful Sunshine Coast Hinterland again, the recent election sent me a pretty clear message – it’s not just a case of “doing” but also “listening”. As such, whilst I go about continuing to deliver the outcomes you want, the community needs to know I am listening – my ears and eyes are open.

So I am pleased to announce the launch of my new #Powell4GlassHouse campaign.   You will see this slogan pop up on my Facebook page and on my website to show the things I am working on for the Glass House community.   You can even use it to communicate with me anything in your patch that needs my attention.   We only need to reflect on the incredibly successful campaign run late last year calling for traffic lights at Reed Street.   The feedback I was able to compile from you forced the Department of Main Roads to take notice and allocate the much needed funds for these improvements. As an aside, I am pleased to say all is moving well on this project with preliminary designs now completed and installation still due to commence this year.

The Glass House electorate is made up of nearly 20 individual townships and I am always conscious of balancing the needs of each community as what is important in one area may not be a priority for another. Over the coming months I want to hear from you about what you want to see me fight for in your patch of Glass House.   Of course there are many things I am already aware of like the need to upgrade Maleny-Kenilworth Road and Steve Irwin Way, the future upgrade of the Maleny Pool and flashing school zone lights at Peachester.   The area also needs to have a full range accommodation facilities for the increasing tourist market so reopening the Glasshouse Mountains Holiday Park (owned by the State Government) is critical. And I know the Glasshouse Mountains State School are keen to get more air-conditioning for their classrooms.   The list is certainly a work in progress so when you identify something you are passionate about let me know!

I have always had an open door approach to my role as the Member for Glass House but perhaps the strongest message out of the election results was that people wanted more.   I understand that you want to know exactly what I am delivering and what I am working towards to achieve the best results for our community.   So along with my new #Powell4GlassHouse campaign I’ll also be sharing where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing around our communities via my Facebook and website –

I’m fired up about what we need to achieve to make Glass House an even better place to live, raise a family, work and, for those of you lucky enough, retire!   Thanks again for the privilege of representing you in the State Parliament. I look forward to seeing you around the traps and hearing from you about what matters to you.

Ends – 20 March 2015

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