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200325: Most events, activities and services cancelled, postponed or modified due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As most events, activities and services in Roma have now been cancelled, postponed or modified, please check with individual organisations.
For up to date information from the Australian Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19) – please click here.
For up to date information from the Queensland Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19) – please click here.


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200531: Ann Leahy’s May 2020 Funding Update and COVID-19 Information and Support

Ann Leahy’s May 2020 Funding Update


Coronavirus COVID-19


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Queensland Chief Health Officer public health directions: –


Queensland border pass

Important Notice: A separate application is required for each individual, including children, and all travellers in your party must be eligible for an exemption.


Other more specific and useful sites:


COVID-Safe Workplace

Provides Guidance to Employers, Small Businesses and workers to get back to work in a safer environment. 



The Australian Government is working to keep Agricultural Industries safe and strong. Find advice on how COID-19 affects you, your workforce and your activities.


The Queensland Government has announced Information developed for seasonal workers, including temporary visa holders, on their requirements at    These changes align with the National Cabinet decision to support agriculture and secure Australia’s food supplies.  The new framework does this by introducing measures for the workplace, accommodation and transport.  More information on these changes are available online for businesses, including templates for the health management plans at

ATO Customer Support Infoline

The Australian Tax Office  (ATO) is providing assistance to businesses experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, including deferred payments and monthly GST credits. These relief options will not be automatically applied, so you need to contact the ATO directly to discuss them. The ATO Emergency Support Infoline is available on 1800 806 218.


Australian Government Helpline

If your business has been affected by the coronavirus, the Government has a team of dedicated customer representatives who can help you on 13 28 46. Their dedicated team will be available to assist you with extended hours between 7am – 11pm across Australia, Monday to Sunday.


Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanded access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million). This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second‑hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe.  Further information:


Backing Business Investment

A time limited 15-month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth over the short term, by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021.  Further information:


Boosting cash flow for employers

The Government is providing temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations that employ staff and have been affected by the economic downturn associated with coronavirus.  Further information:


Supporting apprentices and trainees

If you employ an apprentice or trainee, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020.  Further information:


Payroll tax relief

JobKeeper payments are exempt from payroll tax.  You may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).  These include:-  refunds of payroll tax for 2 months, a payroll tax holiday for 3 months, deferral of paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year. As part of this relief package, the refund and payroll tax holiday do not have to be repaid.  Further information:


Ann Leahy’s May 2020 Regular Funding Update


Australian Government Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) – Round 2


– Completion date for this Round is 30 June 2020 –


Up to $3,000 per household is available to farmers, farm workers or farm suppliers/contractors; who derive their primary income from farming-related activities; are experiencing hardship as a result of the drought; are over 18 years of age; who live or work in an eligible Local Government Area; and are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. The application form takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.


Residents of Balonne, Bulloo, Maranoa Regional, Murweh, Paroo and Western Downs Regional Council areas apply to St Vincent de Paul Society via  For assistance with the application (if required) Ph 1300 846 643, email: or visit:


Residents of Quilpie Shire apply to The Salvation Army via   For assistance with the application (if required) Ph 1300 551 030.


QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund (PRCF)

The QCWA are currently assisting farmers and their families with household support in flood and drought affected areas, in every part of Queensland.  Assistance is limited to one successful application per calendar year. Support is given in the form of grocery vouchers, store credit or being able to pay some overdue accounts such as utility bills. For more information, Ph 07 3026 1220 email:; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Australian Government Support and National Services

Individuals, families, farms, and rural and regional communities can access a range of services and support to help them manage during times of hardship, including drought, and prepare for future conditions.   It is important that those in need of support do not self-assess their eligibility for assistance and instead seek advice from an expert, like a rural financial counsellor.  For more information on services and assistance available, please access the following link (below).


The Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland (RFCS-SQ)

Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland provides free, impartial, confidential and responsive rural financial counselling services, supporting and assisting primary producers, and small and medium businesses experiencing financial hardship.  For more information, Small and Medium Business call 1300 732 777, Primary Producers 07 4622 5500 or visit:  If you do not have internet access, please contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or; for assistance.

National Council of Women of Queensland Inc. 2020 Bursary Program

Applications close on Monday, 1st June 2020.  There are 40 bursaries on offer for Queensland females from Year 12 to PhD students, covering a wide range of studies.   Applicants are encouraged to apply for as many bursaries for which they are eligible.  Successful applicants will demonstrate qualities of leadership; community service; perseverance; and determination, often despite life’s obstacles, to follow their personal and professional passions.   As downloading of application forms and providing submissions are all done electronically, the Coronavirus restrictions will not affect the bursary program.  For more information and assistance please contact: Kathy Cavanagh, Bursary Program Coordinator by email:; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Applications to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Round 106 will close at 11.59pm on 30 June 2020.  The GCBF funding guidelines changed (in 2019) and those changes can be found at Grants from $500 and up to the value of $35,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community groups. New applicants are encouraged to watch the tutorials on the website. Further assistance with  registering or applying for a grant is available on Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm (excluding public holidays) via Ph 3247 4284 or 1800 633 619, email;  Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Arrow Energy Brighter Futures Program 2020 – Round 2  

Closes on Friday 5th June 2020. Preference is given to applications that address an identified area of need in the community, build skills or capacity in the local community and provide opportunities for community involvement.  Projects and initiatives which encourage sustainability and community empowerment are also prioritised. Applicants need to demonstrate in their submission, how their project or initiative aligns with at least one of the three focus areas – health and safety, education or environment.  Priority is given to applications from communities within Arrow Energy’s areas of operation.  For more information Ph 1800 038 856, email:; contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


RACQ Foundation – Round 2

Applications close on Friday, 19th June 2020.  The RACQ Foundation’s priorities are to help affected community organisations providing assistance to victims of drought, floods, cyclones and other natural disasters to rebuild with grants up to $50,000.  If you are a community organisation supporting drought efforts download the Drought Application Form.  If your community organisation is supporting those affected by all other natural disasters, download the general application form.   To be eligible for funding your organisation must meet each of the criteria:- Your organisation must be either a small to medium community organisation; or a charity or other organisation with a charitable purpose. The project must benefit Queenslanders who have been significantly affected by drought, flood, or other weather event or natural disaster or seek to prevent such events from negatively impacting on Queensland communities.  The project must be completed within 12 months of funding.  To apply, download the appropriate application form, complete and send to  For assistance or if you would like to discuss your application, please contact 07 3872 8603.  Applications and supporting documents can also be sent by mail to: Foundation Administrator, RACQ Foundation, PO Box 4,  Springwood QLD 4127


Queensland Destination Events Program – Round 16

Applications close in 10th June 2020.  Funding is available for Queensland events being staged between January 2021 to January 2022.  Events play a key role in fostering regional tourism and economic development. Tourism is an essential industry to many rural and regional centres, ensuring economic stability, and events can be a cost-effective way of promoting a region and its attractions – as an event grows, it attracts tourists in its own right.


The positive economic impact and interest in a community that a successful regional event can provide not only helps to build a sense of local pride but can also foster confidence and strengthen the community as a whole.   The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.


There are two streams of funding:

  • destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth

($10 000 to $25 000 per year)

  • significant event funding – single year or up to 3 years of funding for events that can demonstrate             a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 to $100,000 per year).


For more information on eligibility, funding uses, funding conditions, and the application process please check the QDEP Funding Guidelines   If you have any questions about the application process, please contact TEQ Ph 3535 3535, via email at or Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


FairPlay Voucher – Round 3 (replaces Get Started Vouchers program).

Round 3 opens in July 2020.  Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child/young person. Vouchers can be used towards the cost of membership, registration and/or participation fees for eligible activities with registered physical activity providers. Support will also be available for families who struggle with the cost of regular participation but have not previously met the eligibility criteria for a voucher.  As part of a limited trial, families with a combined household annual income of less than $55,000, who do not hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, can register an expression of interest for a FairPlay voucher.  For more information visit: Ph 137 468, email:; or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program with applications accepted at any time and assessed quarterly.  The program’s aim is to help communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.  Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.  Three tiers of grants are available:  Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;  Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;  Up to $150,000 – applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.  NOTE: Expressions of Interest close approximately 3 weeks before the quarterly due date for applications.   Projects in all tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven areas, with a further breakdown of what can be funded on the website.  1. Building community resilience; 2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity; 3. Enhancing environmental sustainability; 4. Fostering cultural vibrancy; 5. Lifelong learning and education; 6. Economic strength; 7. Improving community health and social wellbeing.  For more information Ph 1800 170 020, email; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


FRRR – Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) – Small & Vital Grants

This program is currently under review – Applications will re-open from mid-July 2020. Small & Vital grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including: Delivering activities, programs and services; Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials; Community infrastructure projects; and Operational and administrative costs associated with a project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.  Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. 1. Building community resilience; 2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity; 3. Enhancing environmental sustainability; 4. Fostering cultural vibrancy; 5. Lifelong learning and education; 6. Economic strength; and 7. Improving community health and social wellbeing.  Further detailed information of activities that will be considered for funding can be found on the website.;  Small & Vital is a rolling grants program, however the program is currently under review and applications will re-open from mid-July 2020.   The cut-off for submissions and outcome advisory dates of successful applicants are listed on the website.  If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project please contact FRRR on 1800 170 020, email:; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Other Grants and Assistance available to Businesses including COVID-19:

To find information and stay up-to-date on the Australian Government’s latest COVID-19 support for business visit:  or call 13 28 46.


For Queensland Government business grants and assistance including COVID-19 visit; Ph 13 74 68.


If you do not have internet access or you require assistance please contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or for further information regarding any of these grant programs.


Kind Regards


Ann Leahy MP — Member for Warrego

Shadow Minister for Local Government

Roma Office       T: 4570 1100 or 1800 814 479 PO Box 945 ROMA Q  4455

Dalby Office T: 4519 0700 or 1800 625 430 PO Box 262 DALBY Q 4405

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Act for Kids

Act for Kids

Act for Kids intensive Family Support program is a free service that helps families under pressure.

We can assist with many issues which some are:

  • Addressing issues such as domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse.
  • Developing stronger life skills such as setting routines, budgets and managing the household
  • Parenting support and strategies to build positive family relationships
  • Managing stress to copy with daily pressures
  • Providing child health and well-being resources
  • Linking into services that support your child development
  • Connecting you with local services, playgroups and other social networks
  • Supporting families with their cultural needs

For more information:

Phone: 07 4687 0200

Fax: 07 4613 5066

Office: 52 Hawthorne Street, Roma

Post: PO Box 256, Roma Qld 4455

Website:  Act for Kids

Facebook:  Act for Kids


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Al-anon is a group formed to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone with a drink problem.

Al-anon Roma is held every Saturday from 6-7pm in the Justin King Centre next to the Catholic Church.  To attend, it is asked that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

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Anglicare – Extended Hours Dementia Respite

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The program has been designed to assist family carers of a person with dementia to pursue activities such as  –

  1. Wishing to undertake an accredited course of study – can be online or blended delivery
  2. Looking for work through a job search agency
  3. In paid employment (including working from home) or
  4. Volunteering outside the home

The day respite services are provided at our facility at no cost to family carers who are working, looking for work, studying an accredited course or volunteering.

Eligible clients include people with a diagnosis of dementia, including younger onset dementia or other neurodegenerative condition.


For more information:

P:  (07) 4620 4000 or 1300 610 610.

W: Anglicare Southern Queensland

F: Anglicare Southern Queensland

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Information Submission

Below are PDF forms that you can download and fill out if you would like your information displayed on this site.

Activities and Events Form

Services and Business Form

Be sure to email them directly to and attach a photo of your activity, business or logo.

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