It’s time for Labor to back jobs and approve New Acland Stage 3
Toowoomba Regional Council has one of the worst unemployment figures in Australia, and the Queensland Government is happy to see that increase as New Hope Group announces further redundancies. There is only one reason this has not been passed and it is green votes in the inner city.
COVID-19 - available support for community groups and not-for-profits
During this difficult time of change and hardship, I am thinking about all the community groups and not-for-profit, volunteer run organisations who are being financially impacted by closure.
These small organisations are vitally important to country communities. If your local, volunteer run entity still has to meet rental or lease obligations, maintenance costs for grounds and so on please refer to the following link to the Queensland Government website https://www.business.qld.gov.au/ which outlines the relief available for small business and commercial tenancies. In addition the Queensland State Hotline 1300 654687 and Federal Support Hotline 132846 are available to answer your queries.
Of course, please contact my office directly on 4570 4100 if you require assistance and my team will try to get the information you need.
Crows Nest Soft Drinks
Crows Nest Soft Drinks is an iconic local business, 117 years in the making. They are well known for fantastic flavours and an old-fashioned work ethic, and have survived many tough times before. It is great to be able to promote fantastic local businesses like Crows Nest Soft Drinks - please get behind our local businesses during this time and support local jobs.
Drought Relief Funding
I have had many constituents ask me how they can access drought relief funding. Assistance is available from many sources so I would like to provide an overview of where constituents can go to find out what they may be eligible to receive.
Federal Government drought support Farm Household Allowance go to http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-fo…/drought/assistance
Rural Financial Counsellors can assist with the process of applying for Farm Household Allowance. Find your nearest counsellor at
The Queensland Farmers' Federation website has several useful links for support including mental health services, Aussie Helpers, The Big Dry Drought Appeal, Rotary and Drought Angels. Go to
The QCWA Queensland Country Women's Association offers assistance through the Public Rural Crisis Fund. Go to
Pat Weir - Fighting for Farmers
I rose in Parliament last night to raise concerns on the Animal Activists intimidation of farmers.
I called upon the Palaszczuk government to strengthen the laws and penalities that apply to individuals or groups found to be trespassing on private property before there is a major breach of biosecurity protocols
that our state's economy can ill afford and to assure a safe environment for landholders, their families and staff who live and work there.
Pat is proud to serve in his second term as the Member for Condamine. (The electorate of Condamine electorate has changed as at the November 2017 election and now takes in areas up to Crows Nest, Goombungee to the north of Toowoomba)
Pat will also serve on the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee in this 2nd term.
Young families need our support
Pat with Small Business - Percy's Fruit Market