New Chair for RDA Darling Downs and South West

In great news for Darling Downs and South West region Professor Jim Cavaye has been appointed as Chair of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Darling Downs and South West Committee – a key advisory body to government in driving investment and job creation. Minister for Regional Development Territories and Local Government John McVeigh congratulated Professor…

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Search for top scientists and STEM teachers begins in Groom

The hunt is on for Australia’s top scientists innovators and science technology engineering and maths (STEM) teachers and Groom residents are being encouraged to nominate for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash announced the annual call for nominations for Australia’s most prestigious science awards last week. “These awards…

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Ground-breaking flu vaccines to protect seniors in Groom

The Turnbull Government will provide two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to over 3 million Australians aged 65 years and over – free of charge. These new vaccines will help provide stronger protection for over 65s in Groom. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the vaccines have been fast-tracked to ensure lives are saved and…

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Darling Downs students get head start in STEM

Applications opened this week for a new program to make access to science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) easier for 1200 students living in regional and remote areas of Australia. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh encouraged local students to apply for the scholarships of up to $18 000 made possible by a $24 million…

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Jobs growth continues under Coalition Government

Labour force figures released last week by the ABS show the number of jobs in Australia has increased for the 13th straight month – the longest consecutive run of jobs growth since 1994. In October the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% nationally and Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said Toowoomba had played a role…

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Veterans’ Employment Program nominations open

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has encouraged local businesses to nominate for a new national awards program recognising veterans and their employers. Dr McVeigh said the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards would celebrate Australian businesses that were employing veterans as well as veterans who were making a significant contribution to their workplace. “Our…

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Government delivering new mobile coverage in Groom

Minister for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield and Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh have welcomed improved coverage being delivered to Hampton ahead of schedule under the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Hampton was nominated under the Priority Location round of the program but has been addressed ahead of schedule under round 2.…

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Statement on Marriage Law Postal Survey result

From the Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh. “The people of Groom have spoken with 80% of constituents taking part in the Marriage Law Postal Survey. The result is a very slim 50.8% majority voting “no” on the question of same sex marriage which is in contrast to the emphatic 61.6% “yes” result at the…

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Inquiry to focus on global competition for local business

The impacts on local Australian businesses from global internet-based competition will be the focus of a new inquiry by the Industry Innovation Science and Resources Committee. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh is a member of this committee and said the timing of the inquiry is very important with the continued speculation that global mega-store…

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Working together on the Downs to farm smarter not harder

The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships will provide multi-year grants of between $250 000 and $4 million across the Darling Downs to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices which protect and improve the condition of soils vegetation and biodiversity. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh called for innovative and…

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