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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 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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Event 180831: Ann Leahy’s MP Member for Warrego – August 2018 Funding Update

Ann Leahy’s August 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 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.


In a Good Place – Round 1

Closing on Monday, 20th August, 2018, applications are invited from not-for-profit community-based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.  Successful projects will receive the funds in October 2018.  In a Good Place supports rural, regional and remote communities in their efforts to strengthen the mental health of at-risk and vulnerable members of their communities via projects, services or activities that are preventative or responsive in nature and which are designed to engage those less likely, unable due to distance and isolation, or ineligible to participate in mainstream mental health services.  The program will comprise of two open call grant rounds per annum, offering grants of up to $20,000 from an annual funding pool of $200,000. Priority will be given to initiatives that:  Are delivered via non-clinical first providers of mental health care, such as school counsellors and teachers, members of the clergy or pastoral care teams, neighbourhood or community groups, or via technological or other innovative methods;  Improve accessibility and availability of mental health services, tools or support to areas with limited or no access to the same;  Provide innovative responses that are inclusive, building social connections that lead to better mental health;  Confront stigma surrounding help-seeking behaviour.  Before applying, please review the Guidelines and Grants Gateway Application Form carefully at  The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) strongly suggest and encourage applicants to contact the Foundation to discuss the suitability of their project before applying.  Ph 1800 170 020, or email:  Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities

This program aims to help support local communities in cotton growing regions.  Cotton Farmers can nominate a community group or not-for-profit organisation to receive one of thirty $5,000 grants. This is a great opportunity for groups or initiatives that are important to the community to get a funding boost.  Applications will be accepted online or by mail up until 5pm on Friday, 31st August, 2018.  For further information contact Jacki Dimond or Kate Nolan Ph 1800 170 020 email:; contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit: and


Youngcare At Home Care Grants (AHCG)

Opening on 1st August 2018, grants of $2,000 to $10,000 to provide essential equipment, home modifications or services such as respite or in-home care, to prevent new admissions into aged care and enhance the quality of life for young people (aged 18-65 years) with high care needs living at home who are at risk of entering inappropriate housing.  Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 12th September 2018 and the online application form and information booklet can be accessed from; for further information please contact Youngcare Connect Team Ph 1800 844 727, email:;  or Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Connellan Airways Trust – Individual General Grants

Applications close on Wednesday, 15th August 2018 for small grants to assist people of all ages living in outback Australia for educational, health, communication and transport needs.  To view eligibility guidelines and the application process, please visit:   For more information contact Connellan Airways Trust Executive Officer, Kaye Clapin Ph 1800 733 810 or 0439 049 646, email; or Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


Country to Canberra 5th Annual Leadership Competition 

Expand your future and become a youth ambassador by winning an all-expenses paid trip that includes flights, leadership and public speaking training, mentorship, and a behind-the-scenes tour of parliament.  Winners will also meet trailblazing CEOs and politicians.  ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra is open to Grade 10 – 12 female rural, regional and remote students (excluding ACT).  Entries close 1st September 2018. Power Trip runs from 24th to 28th November 2018.  To enter: Just write 400 words or a 2-minute video addressing:  “Life is a road trip with twists and turns.  How can we support one another to navigate the road to gender equality?”   For more information email Catherine McGufficke at:; Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit:


Small Grants for Rural Communities – Round 34 

Applications open on Monday, 13th August close on Wednesday, 26th September 2018.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate.  The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is currently transitioning to an online grants administration system. Applications must be submitted via FRRR’s Grants Gateway online portal.  Please read the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to get started. Interested parties are encouraged to watch this introductory clip about the ‘Purpose Tree’ before applying.  For support with technical issues Ph 1800 170 020, or email:  Before applying, please review the Guidelines and Grants Gateway Application Form carefully by visiting:  or contact Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430.


The Looking after Country Grant program

Expressions of Interest applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups are invited up until 5pm on 10th August 2018.  Eligible groups can apply for grants of up to $75,000 for projects that build their capacity to conserve environmental and cultural resources on country. The program supports on-ground environmental and cultural heritage projects and encourages collaborative partnerships in looking after country.  Project activities funded through the program include (but are not limited to): cultural heritage site management protected species monitoring and conservation; habitat restoration; feral animal and weed management; fire management; erosion control; the development and implementation of country management plans.   Check eligibility guidelines at:  before completing the Expression of Interest application.    If you have questions about the grant program please contact the grants officer on (07) 3330 5553 or email  to apply visit:


The Sisters of Charity Foundation Grants

Providing charity grants of up to $10,000 to deliver practical, real world support to smaller grass-roots organisations that can’t find help from more traditional sources to fight poverty, loneliness, suffering or oppression, restore hope and build dignity. If you don’t qualify for assistance through other existing channels, the Sisters of Charity may be able to help.  Applications close on Sunday, 30th September 2018. To find out how to apply and check eligibility guidelines, or obtain more information, Ph 02 9367 1211, email:;  Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy

The travel subsidy aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events.  Subsidies are provided retrospectively under a tiered funding model, with applicants eligible once every 2 calendar years at each tier allowing up to a maximum of $1200 in financial assistance over the 3 event tiers. Athletes and officials can only apply after they have competed or officiated at an event and within 6 months of participating.  Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) attending eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.  The funding tier/events are: – State or state school event – $200; National or national school event – $400 and International event – $600. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process Ph 1300 656 191, email; Danny Nearhos Ph 4531 8526 (Maranoa, Balonne and Western Downs) or Dana Bradow Ph 4596 1006 (Bulloo, Murweh and Paroo), Ann Leahy’s Electorate Office Ph 1800 625 430 or visit


Tackling Tough Times Together – Round 11

Applications are open with a closing date of 14th January 2019, this grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of drought.  Grants of up to $15,000 are available to eligible organisations in local government areas that are drought declared.  A small number of grants valued up to $50,000 are also available 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 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 – Get Playing Places and Spaces – Round 7

Applications close on Friday, 28th September 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 are now open 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


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.


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

Applications close Tuesday 11th September 2018 for grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.  .  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

Applications close on Friday, 17th August 2018.  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 180918: Volunteer Grants – Open for Application

Community Grants

Volunteer Grants 2018 – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for funding to support volunteers under the Volunteer Grants Activity.

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers by:

  • providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers
  • forming part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.

Applications close at 2:00 pm AEST on 18 September 2018.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Funding Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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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

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Information Submission

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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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