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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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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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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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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Monster Super T’s line up for TSRC upgrade

A major engineering challenge has been accomplished with the installation of the first span of Super T girders on the viaduct of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project linking Toowoomba with the Lockyer Valley. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the TSRC was one of the most exciting infrastructure projects in…

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93% of Groom now covered by NBN

The electorate of Groom is leading the way as the National Broadband Network (NBN) this week passing a significant milestone with half of all Australian homes and businesses connected to the network. Minister for Communications Senator Mitch Fifield visted Toowoomba on July 12 to monitor the roll-out of the network locally. With 93% of premises…

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