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Out and about with Andrew – week ending 11 December

It was schools, schools and more schools last week with lots of ceremonies taking place in the last school week for 2016.  It was great to share in the celebrations at seven different schools for the end of year award ceremonies and to wish the graduating students all the best for their journeys into high school.  Congratulations to kids from Palmwoods State School, Maleny Primary School, Mt Mee State School, Beerburrum State School, Wamuran State School, Eudlo State School and Delaneys Creek State School.

The merriment continued as I hosted my two annual Christmas Community events in Maleny on Tuesday and Woodford on Friday.  Thanks to everyone who came along to share in the festivities.

It was a pleasure to host Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events, in the Glass House electorate during last week to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues I am still fighting for and allow Tim to spend some time with locals from all corners of the electorate.  Almost 100 community members were able to talk to Tim at a morning tea in Woodford and an afternoon tea at Montville and the rest of our tour included:

• Inspection of the new Pumicestone State School which is opening in 2017 and was approved and funded by the LNP government
• Visits to Woodfordia and the Woodford Sale Yards which highlighted 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
• Briefing at the site of the proposed Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new Drop ‘n Go at the Maleny State School
• Inspection of the intersection at Jubilee Drive, Chevallum Road and Woombye Palmwoods Road which is a nightmare for those who use it on a regular basis and while the rail duplication would ultimately solve the issue we all know that is a long way off under the current Government.

On Wednesday I popped in to see Neil and Wendy Crane, proprietors of the Elimbah store who sadly will be closing their doors after over 20 years due to their lease not being renewed. It’s just not going to be the same without Neil and Wendy at the helm and we will miss you  (and your dim sims) so much. Thank you for your years of serving our community.

In between schools I also had the opportunity to catch up with Malcolm Holst of Ilkley and say thank you for more than 40 years of service to this state as a Justice of the Peace.  Outstanding!

I attended the annual Maleny Christmas Street Carnival on Friday night and this year I also got to help judge the ‘best decorate beard’ competition.  Congratulations to Ray – very impressive.

In amongst all the Christmas cheer, I dropped in on the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club “Save Our Club” update. I’d like to pay special tribute to both the past and present committees as it’s only because of their efforts that the lights are still on!

My office will be closing on Friday 16 December and will reopen on Monday 9th of January 2017.  I look forward to sharing with you again in 2017.

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