Concession Card reinstated for Groom part-pensioners

Many former part-pensioners in Groom will have their Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) reinstated this week. These former part-pensioners lost the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test which were designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the future. “Those reforms provided increased pension for people…

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St Ursula’s College claims Anzac Day Award

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh today congratulated St Ursula’s College for winning the Queensland Secondary Schools Category of the 2017 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards. The Anzac Day School Awards is a nationwide schools competition that encourages the study of Australia’s wartime history and the commemoration of Australian service men and women on Anzac Day.…

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10 000 young Australians off welfare and into work

The Turnbull Government has assisted 10 000 long-term unemployed young Australians get off welfare and into work through the Youth Bonus Wage subsidy component of the Youth Jobs PaTH program. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the Youth Jobs PaTH program is delivering significant outcomes by getting young people off welfare into work and…

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McVeigh calls for more women in STEM

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has used the International Day of the Girl Child to encourage local businesses not-for-profits education and research organisations to apply for grants to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science technology engineering and maths (STEM). Dr McVeigh said the Federal Government earlier this week announced the…

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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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