New measures to support regional media organisations

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has supported measures announced today to support regional and small publishers and create local jobs. The new measures which are in addition to the Government’s media reform package and subject to its passage through the Parliament include: A $50 million Regional and Small Publishers Innovation fund; a Regional and…

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Mally Road Culvert latest Groom project in Bridges Renewal Program

The Mally Road Culvert in Hodgson Vale will be replaced following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program. The project will receive $350 000 from the Australian Government and will be matched dollar for dollar by Toowoomba Regional Council. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said he…

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Optus to improve coverage across Groom

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has welcomed news that Optus will improve services across Groom as part of its $1 billion upgrade and expansion of its mobile network in regional Australia. Dr McVeigh said Optus has revealed that within the next 18 months residents in Toowoomba Highfields Haden and Hampton should receive better services…

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Southern Queensland bee industry buzzing over decision

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has welcomed the decision by the Coalition Government to strengthen the surveillance of Australia’s bee population for exotic pests. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce announced more than $587 000 for Plant Health Australia to enhance the successful National Bee Pest Surveillance Program.…

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Search on for community projects

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has formed a team of community leaders ready to assess applications for the next round of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme. The next step is for local not-for-profit community service or sporting groups across Groom to apply for a grant between $2500 and $20 000 for capital projects.…

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Queensland NAPLAN results support quality focus

The Turnbull Government is calling for Groom schools and families to work with a panel of leading educators and policy experts to boost student outcomes after this week’s mixed bag of NAPLAN results for Queensland. The 2017 preliminary NAPLAN results released earlier this week point to an increase in reading scores across Queensland of.50 per…

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McVeigh calls for submissions to regional education review

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has called on the Darling Downs community to have their say in a landmark review into regional rural and remote education initiated by the Turnbull-Joyce Government. “This marks an important milestone of the independent review with the release of a discussion paper and launch of an online platform for…

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McVeigh welcomes health ‘consultation’

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh today welcomed the “Better Health in Your Community” consultation project being run by the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network. Dr McVeigh said the Federal Government had tasked local Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to investigate and ensure that local health needs are being met in regional communities.…

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