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Powell Media Release – Join the Maleny-Kenilworth Road fight (26 April 2016)

Andrew Powell
Member for Glass House
26 April 2016

Join the Maleny-Kenilworth Road fight – Friday 20 May

It is approaching that time of year again where Andrew Powell, Member for Glass House, will strap on his walking shoes and make the 35 kilometre journey from Little Yabba Creek to Maleny to reaffirm his ongoing fight for funds to upgrade the road.

“After having to call on the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to immediately fix large hazardous pot holes ahead of Easter, I’m particularly fired up about this year’s walk and our need to send a very strong and clear message to the Minister.

“I’m calling on locals from all over the Hinterland to join me this year so we can show our united focus to improve safety on the road.  You can walk the whole journey or even just a kilometre, every little bit will help.”

Mr Powell recently asked the Minister for Main Roads a question in Parliament regarding the completion of a planning project into the cost of widening and re-surfacing a 2.9km section of the road, south of the Cambroon Bridge.  The Minister confirmed the full upgrade of this section would cost $5.5 million – funding that currently doesn’t exist.

“I know my job as the local Member is to continue to demonstrate to the Minister how desperately we need this road upgraded and why our safety is at risk every time we use the road.

“This annual walk may be seen as a political stunt by some, but if that’s the only way we can show the Government how serious we are, then I make no apologies for this.”

Mr Powell also uses this annual walk to raise funds for Chappy Tressa from Conondale State School and Chappy Becky from Maleny State School.

“Our Chappy’s are a vital part of our school community and deserve every bit of our support.  Please consider making a donation to Scripture Union (SU) and nominate either of these Chappy’s in your donation so they can continue to help our kids.

“If you would like to join me on this year’s walk or would like to make a donation to SU, please get in contact with my office or send me a message via my website,” Mr Powell concluded.

[ENDS] 26 April 2016


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