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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

Maranoa Council logo
  • 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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Event 180601: Youngcare Home Soon Grants – closing 1st June

Youngcare Home Soon Grants
Home Soon Grants provide between $5,000-$20,000 (up to $50,000 in exceptional circumstances) for funding of eligible equipment, home modifications and services such as respite or in-home care for individuals aged between 18 and 65 who are currently living in residential aged care, hospital or a rehabilitation centre and who wish to return home or to supported accommodation.  Applicants must be residing in Queensland and must be supported by an eligible organisation. More information.

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Event 180614: Traffic Signal Upgrade – Roma

Traffic signal upgrade – Roma

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will be undertaking works on the traffic signals in Roma, to install turning arrows from the Carnarvon Highway (Quintin Street), between 12 and 14 June 2018.

These works are being undertaken to improve pedestrian safety and to ensure the continued efficiency of traffic flow along the highway.

The works will be undertaken at night between 6 pm and 6 am.

We will try to minimise traffic delays as much as possible by using traffic control and speed restrictions. Motorists should slow down, drive carefully and follow the instructions of traffic controllers and construction signage and allow up to an additional 15 minutes for their journey.

For the latest traffic and travel information visit or call 13 14 90. For any other enquires please contact 13QGOV.

Please don’t hesitate to call 4622 9511 during business hours, (8.30 am to 5 pm), or email if you have any questions, concerns or feedback.

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Event 180625: Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Grants – closing 26th June

Two open grants for the Department of Social Services

Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) is an early intervention program that equips and empowers eligible clients and communities to address their identified settlement needs in order to improve social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and community connectedness. The SETS program consists of two components: 

  •  SETS-Client Services
  • SETS-Community Capacity Building.

Further information on these grants is below.

Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) – Client Services – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) – Client Services

The objective of SETS-Client Services is to equip humanitarian entrants and other vulnerable migrants in their first five years in Australia with the knowledge and skills to identify, understand and take action to address their identified settlement needs. Services will be delivered in accordance with a needs-based approach. Clients will be provided with settlement-related information, advice, advocacy and assistance to access mainstream and other relevant services.

Applications close at 2:00 pm AEST on 26 June 2018.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Community Grants Hub website.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) – Community Capacity Building – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) – Community Capacity Building

The objective of SETS-Community Capacity Building is to empower new and emerging community groups and organisations to support their specific communities towards collectively increasing the social participation, economic and personal wellbeing of community members, to ensure that positive settlement outcomes are sustained in the long term. Support may include development of leadership and governance skills, linkages to the broader community, interaction with government and local stakeholders and access to resources and facilities.

Applications close at 2:00 pm AEST on 26 June 2018.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Community Grants Hub website.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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Event 180630: Ann Leahy’s MP Member for Warrego – June 2018 Funding Update

Ann Leahy’s June 2018 Funding Update


Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Silver Anniversary Grants Round – Expressions of Interest

Queensland community-based not-for-profit groups are invited to submit an Expression of Interest.  To be eligible your organisation must be: a legal entity, a sponsored entity applying through a legal entity or a local Ambulance Committee, Rural Fire Brigade or State Emergency Service group sponsored by their relevant government department.  There are 10 x $100,000 grants 1 x $250,000 grant available for major capital works, major equipment items, wider community events or festivals; and transportation – boats, cars, buses etcetera. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the downloadable form before 11.59pm on 31st August 2018.  Those successful in their expressions of interest will then be invited to submit a full application.  Further assistance is available, 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:


Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Round 98 opens in mid-July 2018 and closes on 31st August 2018.  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:  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications to each round as unsuccessful applications from previous rounds do not roll over.


Zanda McDonald Award – 2019

The Zanda McDonald Award aims to recognise and support the future career development of a young person who is aged 35 years or under, living and working in the agri-business sectors in either Australia or New Zealand and a resident of either Australia or New Zealand.  Applicants must display strong leadership and visionary characteristics and a desire to improve their industry.   All applicants are required to complete and submit an application form by on Friday, 24th August 2018. For more information visit or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Easternwell Community Grants

Applications can be submitted by 29th June 2018 for funding assistance of up to $2,000 per applicant, per round in support of activities or opportunities which provide lasting community benefit in the areas of Community, Education, Health, Indigenous, Safety and Youth, demonstrating long lasting benefits to the community, enhancing community operations through programs, infrastructure or equipment and located within key areas in close proximity of Easternwell operations.  The online application form is available at:  and can be emailed to: or sent by post Community Grants, PO Box 6367, Toowoomba QLD 4350. For more information contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Get in the Game – Get Playing Places and Spaces – Round 7

Opens on 2nd July 2018 and applications must be submitted by Friday, 31st August 2018.  The program aims to assist incorporated, not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with the development of places and spaces which will encourage involvement in sport and recreation activities.  Grants of up to $150,000 (GST exclusive) are available to create and develop amenities or improve existing places and spaces to sustain and increase participation. Organisations will need to contribute a minimum of 20 per cent to the total eligible project costs. For further information Ph 1300 656 191, email; Danny Nearhos Ph 4531 8526 (Maranoa, Balonne and Western Downs) or Penny Pike Ph 4596 1006 (Bulloo, Murweh, Paroo and Quilpie), Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Holden Home Ground Advantage Grants Program 2018

Providing grants to sporting clubs who embrace and promote the participation of girls. If your sporting club is looking for funding for projects like facility upgrades, new uniforms or equipment to enable more girls to get involved, submit an application by 5pm on Friday, 31st August 2018.  For more information visit:; Ph 03 9647 1111 email; or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Get Started Vouchers – Round 12 

Voucher applications open on 25th July 2018 and provide up to $150 to those who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club. The predominate eligibility criteria for the program is for the child/young person, or the parent, guardian or carer, to hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child/young person’s name on it.  If there are significant issues that prevent the parent/carer/guardian from applying, a referral agent may apply on their behalf. Voucher applications will close on if not fully allocated as expected prior.  For more information visit: or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or if acting as a referral agent, visit


Arrow Energy Brighter Futures Community Program – Round 2

Closing on Friday, 7th September 2018, local organisations that are dedicated to developing stronger Queensland communities are encouraged to apply. The program supports three areas of community interest:  health and safety, education and the environment, placing significant importance on the inclusion of Indigenous projects and initiatives. From book clubs and childcare facilities to tertiary scholarships and conservation projects.  For more information Ph 1800 038 856 email; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


2019 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program

Applications are now being accepted and close on Monday, 10th September 2018 for sponsorship of up to $15,000 (exclusive of GST) for events celebrating Queensland Day in 2019. It is preferred that events are held on Queensland Day, 6th June, however events held between 1st to 9th June 2019 will be considered.  Community events should celebrate Queensland’s culture, heritage, people and industry.  For more information contact Program Coordinator Ph 3003 9200, email; contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:;


Ian Potter Cultural Trust – Round 3

Opening on 9th July 2018 the Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.  Applications close Tuesday 11th September 2018.  The Trust primarily provides support for structured professional development and networking opportunities usually overseas such as: Residencies or study tours which have a clear skills development focus, mentoring or private lessons, internships, workshops and conferences, postgraduate study with a focus on professional development and artistic practice.  The Trust may also consider supporting: the purchase of non-standard musical instruments or equipment, costs of film-making for final year or post-grad film students or the professional development opportunities within Australia where no equivalent opportunities exist overseas.  For more information Telephone 03 9650 3188, visit  or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Incubator Support

This initiative provides grant funding of up to $500,000 to new and existing incubators to deliver support services to Australian start-ups with an international focus in order to develop the capabilities required to succeed in international markets. To find out more about the initiative, visit:  or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


ANZ Seeds of Renewal

This program opens on 2nd July 2018 when closing date will be confirmed.  Grants of up to $10,000 are made to not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Consideration will be given to projects contributing to the development of education and employment opportunities that benefit communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer in rural, regional and remote areas.  For further information contact Program Manager, Jacki Dimond Ph 1800 170 020, Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


The QGC Communities Fund

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018 for grants between $10,000 and $40,000 to not-for profit organisations based in the Western Downs Regional Council area to deliver community projects. Focusing on activities that contribute to one or more of the following areas of Sport and Recreation, Education, Environment, and Arts and Culture.   For more information Ph 1800 030 443, email:  Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or 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: free call 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

Shadow Minister for Local Government

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 180817: Roma Recreation Expo – Friday 17th August

Roma Recreation Expo -17th August 2018 -Roma State College.

We would like to invite your service, club or group to showcase what you offer young people (age 10 -18)  in the community by bringing a stall (preferable with something interactive) to Roma State College Senior Campus on the 17th August 2018. We expect all surrounding schools including Mitchell, Injune, Surat, Wallumbilla & Roma State College (middle) to also attend.

You will need to bring marketing material containing information that young people and their families can read to learn more about what you offer, times, prices etc.

The more interactive and fun you can make your stall the better!

Our goals for the Roma Recreation Expo are to introduce as many contemporary research based protective factors for young people in our community that include:

Increasing their community connectedness.

  • Introducing a special talent, hobby, recreation activity in their life.
  • Increase school connectedness
  • Increasing physical activity and healthy behaviours.

Participation will require a current blue card.

If you are able to arrive at the school at around approximately 8.30am on the day at student admin you will be greeted and accompanied to the venue. We expect to finish by around lunchtime, but if you are able commit to the entire day (3pm) in case we encounter any unforeseen demand.

Your RSVP to attend is required ASAP to assist with planning.

This can be done by emailing Tim at








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Flexible Financial Hardship Support – Maranoa Regional Council

Maranoa Regional Council has received funding from the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to provide support to residents affected by drought within the Maranoa region. Part of this funding is to provide opportunities for social interaction, and another portion is for Flexible Financial Hardship.


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.


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 2018

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.
If you have any questions please contact Council on 1300 007 662.


Application Form for Flexible Financial Hardship Support


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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