$5.5 million to treat ice addiction across region

The Turnbull Government has provided $5.5 million in funding to support drug and alcohol treatment services across the Darling Downs and West Moreton regions. As part of the National Ice Action Strategy the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network has engaged and commissioned six local providers to fight alcohol and drug misuse. “There…

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Revitalising education in Groom

The Coalition Government has launched a comprehensive review to boost outcomes for regional rural and remote students not just at school but also as they go on to further study training and employment. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the review would hear stories and feedback about regional and rural education from across the…

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Charlton to Kingsthorpe highway upgrade to start

Construction of the $160 million Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 project between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will begin shortly with civil construction company the Georgiou Group awarded the contract for the project. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was expected to take around 15 months to complete. “This…

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Ministers learn from Toowoomba success story

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher is the latest Federal Minister to visit the Toowoomba region. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said Toowoomba’s current infrastructure surge economic diversity and innovative spirit was piquing the interest of Ministers who were keen to learn more about the city. “Minister Fletcher is the sixth Minister to visit…

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McVeigh wants united push for more tourists

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh wants the Darling Downs region to unite in sparking a tourism boom in the region. Since his election Dr McVeigh has continued to advocate that the region must capitalise on its current growth spurt and begin planning for the next wave of innovation and infrastructure investment. He says now…

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Apply now for Round 1 of the Building Better Regions Fund

Community groups and local councils are encourage to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund which is available for community and infrastructure projects in Groom. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fund is dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural regional and remote Australia. “The Coalition Government’s Building Better…

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McVeigh calls for flags to fly high on Australia Day

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh is calling on all Toowoomba residents who have a flagpole to fly the National Flag with pride this Australia Day. Dr McVeigh has made the call to stimulate conversation about the Australian Flag and is seeking community feedback on the best way to retire existing flags in the electorate…

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Government seeks input on smart technology program

Toowoomba residents are invited to help shape a flagship Australian Government smart technology program for Australian cities and regions. The $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will support projects that apply innovative technology and data solutions to fix local problems and make cities suburbs and towns more liveable. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh…

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Australian Christian Lobby attack

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh: “I was shocked to learn overnight that a van containing gas cylinders was reportedly detonated at the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) offices in Canberra. “As a former Toowoomba Councillor and resident with close ties to this community I extend my thoughts to ACL managing director Lyle Shelton and I…

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Productivity Commission to study transition of regional economies following the resources boom

Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s commitment to addressing the impacts of the transitioning economy on local communities. The Government has directed the Productivity Commission to investigate the impact of the economic transition following the resources boom on regional economies including the electorate of Groom and provide evidence for…

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