About Andrew

Your member for Glass House

Andrew is committed to the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions because, let’s face it, it’s the best place in Queensland to live and work. And Andrew is determined, with your help, to keep it that way. It’s why he lives here, in Palmwoods, with his wife Taryn and their five children and why he’s worked hard over the past eleven years as your member of parliament delivering for our amazing communities.

Andrew was born in Melbourne and spent his childhood moving between Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney until his family finally settled in Burpengary.  He completed secondary school at Redcliffe and gained degrees in Science and Arts at the University of Queensland.

He kicked off his career with the Defence Department in Canberra and, after a short time working overseas, returned to Queensland where he worked for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Child Safety. An increasing frustration with how our taxes were being spent, how government policy was being developed and delivered, and a sense that the Glass House electorate was missing out drove him to have a go at politics.

Andrew has had some fantastic roles since including a term as Minister for Environment, Shadow Minister for Transport, Main Roads and Local Government and Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, but nothing beats being the Member for Glass House. Together with the community Andrew has delivered improvements such as:

  • a new overtaking lane and safety improvements on the D’Aguilar Highway;
  • new traffic lights at Reed Street and Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains;
  • a new concrete bridge over the Mary River at Conondale;
  • increased financial support for local schools, sporting and community groups;
  • the installation of flashing school zone safety lights at almost all local schools; and
  • improved local frontline services including a new police station at Maleny, additional police on the beat in Woodford, Palmwoods and Maleny and reductions in dental and surgery waiting lists.
  • secured funding to upgrade Maleny-Kenilworth Road at Cambroon
  • delivered another overtaking lane on the D’Aguilar Highway at Woodford
  • signalised intersection at Beerwah State School – to commence soon
  • a pedestrian crossing in the main street of Woodford

But the job’s not done and Andrew’s as keen as ever to keep on delivering for our communities in the great Glass House electorate.

Being a member of Parliament is an extraordinary privilege. I have never forgotten that, I never take it for granted and will continue to serve you to the best of my ability.

Andrew’s achievements

Delivering for our communities

Woodford A, P & I Association

$33,199 for a new shed

Glasshouse Mountains State School

Flashing school lights at Glasshouse Mountains State School

Upgrades to Kilcoy-Beerwah Rd at Stanmore

Beerwah State School

Signalised intersection at Beerwah State School – to commence soon

Peachester State School

Flashing school lights at Peachester State School

Mooloolah Public Hall

$30,000 to paint hall

Maleny State High School P&C Association

$35,000 to upgrade their flooring

Maleny Rural Fire Brigade

New Maleny Rural Fire Brigade building – to start soon

Maleny Hydrotherapy Centre

$1 million committed by a future LNP Government

Maleny – Kenilworth Rd

Upgrades to Maleny – Kenilworth Rd at Cambroon. Construction to commence late 2020

Maleny Equestrian Group

$31,944 to upgrade arena surface

Pedestrian crossings in Montville