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Baby Change Facilities

I have list of the places in Roma with baby change facilities in the Places and Facilities section. If you have a place to add or a correction to make to this list please email

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Be Healthy and Safe Maranoa – Maranoa Regional Council

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  • Want to find a fun way to get active?
  • Want to learn more about food and cooking for a healthier lifestyle?
  • Are you simply looking for a way to get healthy but don’t know where to start?

Council’s Be Healthy & Safe Maranoa initiative exists to motivate and support residents of the Maranoa to live happier and healthier lives. With a range of programs, activity and events on offer throughout the region, Be Healthy & Safe Maranoa has a vision to see an exciting well-being culture emerge in our community.

Residents are encouraged to get involved in the free or affordable programs and activities in their area today!


For more information, please click the links below:

Be Healthy Maranoa

Be Healthy Maranoa – Getting Active

Be Healthy Maranoa – Food and Nutrition

Be Healthy Maranoa – General Well- Being

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Christian School

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Kym Brock would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in starting a Christian School in Roma.  Please contact her via email at

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Event 170927: Get Started Sport and Recreation Vouchers for Children

The next round (Round 10) of the Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) Get Started Vouchers program is due to open on 12 July 2017.

What is Get Started Vouchers?

Under the Get Started Vouchers program, vouchers of up to $150 are available to eligible children and young people, which can help pay for the cost of sport or recreation club membership, and/or participation fees through registered Get Started Vouchers clubs.

If the child/young person or their parent/carer/guardian holds a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, they can apply straight away online. In this case, there is no need to worry about having a recommendation from referral agents.

Alternatively, children who do not fall into the above category can still apply by being nominated by a registered referral agent. The full details of referral agent information and eligibility requirements are outlined online.

Please note:

  • The vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis. Once they have been allocated for the round, then the round closes. It is recommended to submit referral applications as quickly as possible to avoid missing out.
  • Applications close when fully allocated or, at latest, 27 September 2017.


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Event 171130: Ann Leahy’s November Funding Update

Ann Leahy’s November Funding Update


Ann Leahy’s Scholarships Guide

The Guide is a summary of contact numbers and website addresses for scholarships at major universities, agricultural colleges, training and apprenticeship information, and a listing of scholarships in a range of areas such as rural industry, veterinary, medicine, pharmacy, teaching, sport, engineering and the arts. Year 12 students in the Warrego Electorate have been sent a copy of the 2017/18 Guide, however should any other students, teachers or mature age students require a copy it will be made available upon request from my Electorate Offices Ph 1800 814 479 or Ph 1800 625 430 or email


Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) – Round 95

Gambling Community Benefit Fund Round 95 will open in mid-October and close at 11:59pm on Thursday 30th November 2016. Grants up to the value of $35,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community groups. Please review the guidelines for the complete list of eligible applicants. For further assistance email:  Ph 1800 633 619 contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit: 


Deafness Foundation 2018 National Encouragement Awards

Applications close on Tuesday, 31st October for projects that support the deaf and hard of hearing which address the Deafness Foundation’s Strategic Priorities.  To assist in determining eligibility, view grant guidelines and obtain further information, email:  Ph (03) 9738 2909, contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Rural Education Australia Program – REAPing Rewards

Applications open and guidelines will become available from Monday, 23rd October and close Friday, 1st December 2017.  A national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities, REAPing Rewards supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit people up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants up to $10,000. For more information: Ph 1800 170 020, contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Queensland Young Achiever Awards

The Queensland Young Achiever Awards are now open. The purpose of the Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to the age of 29 years from throughout Queensland. The Award categories are: Regional Achiever; Arts and Fashion; Online Achievement; Leadership; Aboriginal Achievement; Community Volunteer; Create Change;  and Small Business Achiever.  All category winners receive $2,000 each, while one of the seven category winners will be chosen Overall Queensland Young Achiever of the Year, winning an additional $2,000. Nominations close on Friday 15th December 2017. For further information contact or the Awards office on 1300 735 445, email:; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph. 1800 625 430 or visit the website;


The SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative Grant Scheme

Designed to assist organisations who have limited funds to increase sun protection. The scheme provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations and schools. Details of the grant scheme for 2018 are yet to be finalised, however it is expected to open at the beginning of the 2018 school year when there will be an application period of approximately 6 – 8 weeks. Guidelines for 2017 initiative are available at


Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environmental Grants Scheme 

The November 2017 round offers varying amounts in support of groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Projects meeting eligibility criteria around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education will be favourably received and should involve any of the following:-  monitoring, recording and sharing data;  delivering community education;  providing community capacity building (e.g. skills training, organisation);   research and science. For more information Ph 03 5472 1316 email  contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants – Lasting Legacies Round 6

Applications close at 9pm, Sunday 28th January 2018 for amounts from $20,001 to $80,000.  Grants acknowledging the First World War or significant Queensland military milestones in the past 100 years are available for, but not limited to historical research and educational projects, preservation and conservation, interpretation and/or display of First World War history, stories, memorabilia and artefacts, the acquisition of First World War memorabilia, the restoration or enhancement of existing memorials and honour boards and public commemorative events.  For further information Ph 3003 9173 email: contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Queensland Anzac Centenary Grant – Spirit of Service – Round 5

Online applications will open on 16th October 2017 for projects under $20,000 commemorating the Australian centenary of the First World War, and the outstanding service and sacrifice of Queensland’s men and women. The program prioritises projects that are focused on the First World War, however funding may be available for projects or activities that commemorate other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.  Eligible local councils, universities, parents and citizens or parents and friends associations, incorporated associations or bodies (e.g. RSL, church or club) corporations operating on a not-for-profit basis are encouraged to submit applications by the closing date of Sunday 4th March 2018 at 9pm.  For more information Ph 3003 9173 email:; contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Tackling Tough Times Together – Round 9

Applications close on 5th January 2018.  This grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of drought.  Grants of up to $20,000 are available to eligible organisations in local government areas that are drought declared.  Expressions of interest are invited for a small number of higher valued grants for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact.  Funding will support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.  Funds could also support activities that engage people in being active, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.  For more information contact Jacki Dimond at the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal by email:; Ph 1800 170 020, Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit;


Get in the Game – Female Facilities Program Round 1 

Opening on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 eligible organisations can apply for up to $500,000 (GST exclusive) to assist sport and recreation organisations and local governments to develop functional and inclusive female change rooms and amenities that meet the current and future needs of sport and recreation participants.  Applications will close on Friday, 1st December 2017 for projects commencing from April 2018.  For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process Ph 1300 656 191, email; contact Danny Nearhos Ph 4531 8526 (Maranoa and Western Downs), Anna Barrett Ph 4596 1006 (Balonne), Dana Bradow Ph 4596 1006 (Bulloo, Murweh, Paroo and Quilpie), Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


The Courier Mail Children’s Fund

Offering financial support to charitable organisations throughout Queensland to help them meet the needs of children with special needs, matching funds raised by successful applicants. Eligible organisations must be registered Australian charities endorsed as deductible gift recipients (but not another ancillary fund).  Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1of the Table in Section 30.15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936.  Eligible activities include financial assistance for:   – Mobility and learning aids.  – Recreational and respite programs.  –  New technologies. – Medical equipment.  – Educational equipment and assistance.  There are no minimum or maximum funding amounts specified.  This program is open on an ongoing basis: – .For more information, contact Program administrator at The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund T: 07 3666 6073 E:; contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


The Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation Small Grants Program

Supports initiatives targeting the following groups: communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians, asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia, children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing. The program supports small, discreet projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects. Open on an ongoing basis for further information contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or the Myer Foundation E:; or visit:


Regional Arts Fund – Quick Response Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 for individuals and organisations are available and applications must be received at least 4 weeks before activity start date.  Round 2 funding applications will be accepted from 1st July 2017 and close on Thursday 30th November 2017 or sooner if funds are expended.  For more information Ph 3034 4016 or 1800 175 531, email  contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or to register and/or login to submit an application visit:


Farm Management Grants – Succession Planning Rebates

Access to rebates of up to $2500 are now available to help tackle family business and succession planning costs.   Professional advice in relation to succession planning, or a family member wanting to acquire an interest in the family business, can apply for a rebate of up to 50% of fees paid for the advice, with a maximum of $2500 per applicant, per financial year.  Advice must come from a suitably qualified professional adviser such as an accountant, financial planner or solicitor. For further information on how eligible applicants in receipt of professional advice can apply for a rebate on fees paid for the service, visit: freecall 1800 623 946 or Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


If you do not have internet access 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

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

St George Office T: 4519 0700 or 1800 625 430 PO Box 503 ST GEORGE Q 4487

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Event 171130: Maranoa Regional Council – Flexible Financial Hardship Support

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Flexible Financial Hardship Support funding of up to $500 per household is available for drought affected community members.  Residents are encouraged to apply by submitting the form and providing supporting documentation as required.
Note: a copy of a rates notice is required to confirm residency in the Maranoa local government region.

(Until funding allocation exhausted or 30/11/17)

There are two options for receiving the assistance:

Option 1: $500 in $50 vouchers to be used at selected stores in the Maranoa region

Option 2: Financial assistance up to $500 with a specific bill/account (bill to be provided with application)


Ø  Funding is limited so please apply early to avoid disappointment

Ø  All claims are subject to assessment and approval by Maranoa Regional Council

Ø  Applicants must reside within the Maranoa Regional Council area

Ø  All vouchers and bill payments must be redeemed by 30 November 2017

Ø  Vouchers may only be redeemed at the stores listed

Ø  Eligible bills in Option 2 include, but are not limited to, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, farm insurance, accountants’ fees, machinery repairs, grocery store accounts, and training.  Residents are encouraged to talk to Council (Grants Officer) if their bill does not fit under these headings to see if it is eligible for claim.

Application Form Flexible Financial Hardship Support 2017

For further information:

Maranoa Regional Council
38-44 Hawthorne Street Roma QLD 4455
Postal Address: P.O Box 42 MITCHELL QLD 4465
P: 1300 007 662
D: (07) 4624 0200 M: 0417 908 461  F: (07) 4624 0590


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Event 171225: Queen’s Baton Relay – Nominations

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The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to the Maranoa and you can be a part of its journey to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!

During its time in Queensland, the Queen’s Baton will visit Roma and Mitchell, giving local people in these communities and the surrounds an opportunity to be involved in the Relay. Starting in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days visiting communities across all states and territories, showcasing Australia’s history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.

For the full article, visit Maranoa Regional Council

Queen’s Baton Relay

–          The QBR will be coming through Roma in the afternoon of 7 March, and Mitchell in the morning of 8 March 2018.


Nomination Criteria – the nominee must meet one of more of the following

–          Must have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary

–          Made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community

–          Have excelled or aspires to  excel athletically or personally

–          Contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.

–          Minimum age must be 10 years old as of 25 December 2017 (start date of relay in Australia)

–          Must be an Australian Citizen

–          Nominator must explain in 100 words or less how the nominee meets the criteria and why they should be a Batonbearer.

Nominations can be made online at by the closing date of 15 May.

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Event 173011: 2018 Australia Day Awards Nominations closing on 30th November 2017

2018 Australia Day Awards nominations are now open!


If there is a person, group or event in the Maranoa Region that you think deserves acknowledgement and celebration, please fill out the attached form and email to or return to your local Customer Service Centre by Thursday, 30 November 2017.  Nomination forms are also available from all Customer Service Centres around the region, or can be downloaded from the Maranoa Regional Council website. Please include a separate page with your nomination form describing why you think the person, group or event you are nominating deserves recognition.


Award Categories:

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award
  • Community Event of the Year Award
  • Cultural Award
  • Sports Award
  • Junior Sports Award
  • Member Contribution Award
  • Achievement Award
  • Andrea Murray Memorial Award


For more information please contact Council on 1300 007 662.


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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