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.

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.

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.

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Congratulations to outgoing and incoming Oakey QCWA Presidents

July 10th, 2020

Great to be present at the Oakey QCWA AGM today - the first 'in person" meeting for the group since the start of covid restrictions! My congratulations and best wishes to outgoing President Judith Sloss, and to new President Wendy Gordon. I am pictured below with Secretary Lois Speed OAM, Kara Grant, Treasurer and Wendy Gordon.

Pats’ recent interview with ABC re the death and mistreatment of horses at Charlton

July 8th, 2020

The Department clearly offers "A briefing on the matter for Mr Weir can be provided upon request."

 

On Tuesday July 7th I had already requested an update on the investigation and possible charges, and the welfare of the remaining horses.

New Hope has called on the State Government to pass Acland Stage 3

Apr 22nd, 2020

Looking for Job-ready Projects, I called on the Premier during the last sitting of Parliament to approve this project. The State Government has the power with this Job-ready Project able to assist with the present COVID-19 crisis, creating 487 direct jobs. The State Government used its appropriate power to approve Adani while still subject to court action - time to do the same for Acland Stage 3!

See link www.newhopegroup.com.au/content/new-acland

Geham State School awards presentation

Dec 13th, 2019

It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Geham State School awards presentation this morning, and to meet the recipient of my Enthusiasm Award - Archer Turner! Congratulations to all the students on a year of achievements.

Pat Weir Enthusiasm Award

Dec 10th, 2019

I congratulate Layla Kuehnemann from Wyreema State School who received the Pat Weir Enthusiasm Award for 2019, which I presented at their annual award ceremony yesterday evening.

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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.

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Young families need our support

Pat with Small Business - Percy's Fruit Market

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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 
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/…/rural-financial-counsel…/qld

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 
https://www.qff.org.au/b…/support-farmers-rural-communities/


The QCWA Queensland Country Women's Association offers assistance through the Public Rural Crisis Fund. Go to 
https://www.qcwa.org.au/what-we-do/public-rural-crisis-fund/

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.

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