It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

As Australians begin to spend an estimated $50 billion in the six-week lead-up to Christmas Day Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh urged residents to shop in the local community. “The coming month is when many local businesses take risks make investments and employ more locals in a bid to capitalise on the upswing in…

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Coalition delivers new mobile coverage to Groom

The electorate of Groom will receive new mobile base stations to improve mobile coverage under round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program the Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh announced today. “I’m so pleased to announce new coverage for the rural areas of Haden and Mount Tyson ” Dr McVeigh said.…

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$3 million to improve natural disaster resilience in Toowoomba

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of $3 million for two projects to assist communities on the Darling Downs build resilience to natural disasters. Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience. Dr…

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McVeigh welcomes crackdown on multinational tax avoidance

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh today welcomed the release of draft legislation to give increased powers to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to crack down on tax avoidance by multinational companies. Dr McVeigh said this was one of the most-often issues raised at meetings in the Groom electorate. “It may surprise many but I…

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McVeigh meets with study grant recipients

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh last night (November 28) had the opportunity to meet with two outstanding recipients under the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program. Toowoomba’s Sophie Ryan and University of Southern Queensland’s Callie Urquhart will both receive an Australian Government grant to undertake intensive language and cultural immersion programs next year.…

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Men’s Shed support men’s health

Two Men’s Sheds within the electorate of Groom will receive funding from the Turnbull Government to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing in the Toowoomba region. The Oakey Men’s Shed received $4998 and the Highfields Men’s Shed received $4715 and are part of $400 000 in national funding which will be distributed to 93…

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Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport now a regional international gateway

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport now classified as a regional international gateway under Australia’s international air services arrangements The decision will allow international airlines to operate with unrestricted frequency The delivery of this 2016 election commitment will improve local business opportunities for tourism manufacturing and other business operators Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester…

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Tailored support for Indigenous university students

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has welcomed the passing of amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 by Parliament last week. The amendments introduced into the chamber by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion will deliver significant benefits to Indigenous students including those who study at the University of Southern Queensland. Developed…

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Grants available to support volunteers in Groom

Community organisations in Groom are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to assist the work of their volunteers. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round announced by the Minister for Social Services Christian Porter. “This funding is a…

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