Out and about with Andrew – week ending 16th October 2016

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I was back in Parliament last week and was fortunate to be a part of two very important bills being passed through the House.  The first was the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 and the second was the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.  I have been approached regularly by constituents who have an interest in both these issues and I know they will be overjoyed by these Bills being passed.  If you would like to read my contribution to the debates, please go to my facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/andrewpowellmp/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

We celebrated Yellow Ribbon Day on Tuesday where we thanked our amazing volunteers in the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades. We are fortunate to have many Rural Fire Brigades in the Glass House electorate and our communities are safer because of them.   I would like to again thank the Elimbah/ Donnybrook RFS, Wamuran Rural Fire Brigade, Mt Mee Rural Fire Service, Delaneys Creek RFSQ, Woodford Rural Fire Brigade, Stony Creek RFB, Stanmore Rural Fire Brigade, Peachester Rural Fire Brigade, Glasshouse Rural Fire Brigade, Beerwah Rural Fire Brigade, Landsborough Rural Fire Brigade, Maleny RFB, Conondale RFB, Montville Rural Fire Brigade, Palmwoods Rural Fire Brigade, and Eudlo Rural Fire Brigade.

Back in the electorate on Friday, I did some doorknocking in the Glasshouse / Beerwah area encouraging people to sign our petition calling on the Minister for Main Roads to commission immediate planning, funding and construction of safety upgrades to the intersection of Kilcoy-Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road at Beerwah.  People power certainly worked at the Reed Street and Bowen Road intersections, so we are hopeful of another great result for this intersection.  Thanks to everyone who has signed so far!  You can also sign the online petition by going to the following link:  http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

The Maleny State School Country Fair never disappoints and on Friday night I was able to take some of my tribe along to share the festivities (and fairy floss).

On Saturday I attended one of the community consultations for the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Duplication. Unfortunately the first stage of the duplication from Beerburrum to Landsborough is no closer to being built and Labor’s consultation process on yet another study into the Beerburrum to Landsborough duplication is a sham.  The fact that the Government has planned to spend millions of dollars on upgrading platforms indicates that they never intend to straighten or improve the line past Landsborough.   The fight for the duplication continues……..

Sadly my Celebrity XI were not triumphant this year against the Maleny Maulers at the Annual Charity Cricket match but we did manage to raise a decent wad of cash for the Lung Foundation of Australia and had a blast along the way.   Thanks to everyone’s support on the day, over $1200 will be passed along to the Lung Foundation.

On Sunday morning I emceed the Lions Mountain View Challenge where there was a great turnout of those eager to participate in a 10km run or a half marathon early on a Sunday morning.   All in support of the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). Well done to everyone who competed.

As Unit Patron it was an honour to be present at the National Inspection of TS Centaur at Maleny on Sunday afternoon. They are one of five finalists for the Navy League’s Most Efficient Training Ship in Australia Trophy and are a truly inspirational group of young leaders.  Outstanding achievement.