Remembrance Day 2016

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the Armistice ending the First World War came into effect and the fighting on the Western Front stopped.

This year is the 98th anniversary.

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Grants available to support volunteers in Longman

Community organisations in the Longman electorate have until late December to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volunteers.

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath said the funding is being provided under a $10 million Volunteer Grant funding round, announced by the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter.

“This is a great opportunity for community organisations in Longman to apply for a grant of between $1,000 and $5,000 to support the important work of their volunteers,” Senator McGrath said.

“Last year, 18 local organisations across the Longman electorate received a grant under this highly valued program.

“For example, in 2015 the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre at Caboolture received $5,000 for equipment and furniture, and the Bribie Island and District Neighbourhood Centre received $4,850 to support volunteer training, and some appliances.

“In fact, successful volunteer organisations in the region ranged from meals on wheels, to sporting clubs, youth centres, historical societies and more.

“These grants can be used by organisations for anything that helps with costs incurred by their volunteers such as first aid training, background security checks or transport costs. It can also go towards much-needed equipment, such as iPads or printers.”

In opening the Volunteer Grants 2016, Minister Porter said this funding is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $28 million over 2016-17 for the Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues.

“Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters,” Minister Porter said.

“I particularly encourage regional and Indigenous organisations to apply,” he said.

Applications for Volunteer Grants close 20 December 2016. For further information go to dss.gov.au/grants 

Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au 

Media contact: Clare Siddins (07) 5441 1800

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Hungry for hotcakes – McDonald’s boss asked to show us the sugar, sugar

The origins of McDonald’s famous hotcake syrup has come under fire from the nation’s capital today, with Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath compelled to question the company’s use of American syrup on Australian hotcakes.

Speaking from Canberra, Senator McGrath said he was a huge fan of the iconic breakfast dish, but was disappointed to recently discover the sugary goodness was made in the USA.

“I have a sweet tooth and like a good dose of syrup with my hotcakes. However I was rather dismayed during a recent visit, when I noticed that the hotcake syrup was not produced locally,” Senator McGrath said.

“What could possibly be so magical about this imported American syrup?”

Senator McGrath has quickly penned a letter to McDonald’s Australia CEO Andrew Gregory asking for an explanation.

“McDonald’s has a strong history of using Australian-grown ingredients in its menu options,” he said.

“So, as a proud Australian, I ask quite seriously: can McDonald’s please use Australian syrup instead?

Senator McGrath said Queensland had some of the finest sugar producers in the world and it only seemed fitting that companies like McDonald’s supported local industries where possible.

Media contact: Clare Siddins (07) 5441 1800

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School Leavers' Guide

Click here to download your copy of the 2016 School Leavers' Guide.

Dear school leaver......

Congratulations on your impending graduation!

This is a challenging, but nonetheless exciting time to be completing school. The future requires all of us to be adaptable and prepared. Exploring your options means accessing current information on a range of pathways, talking to your parents, friends, teachers and career advisers. The School Leavers’ Guide is a great starting point.

When deciding what you might do after school, consider your interests, your likes and dislikes, your experiences at school, at home and within your community. Think about hopes and visions for your future and where you want to study, train or work.

In this guide there are sections about career development, further education and training options, financial assistance available to young people as well as useful contact details for more detailed information.

I trust you will find this information helpful. Please contact my office on (07) 5441 1800 if I can be of any further assistance. I also encourage you to enrol to vote if you have not yet done so – simply call my office and I will send you an enrolment form.

Good luck as you make the transition from school and I wish you every success in your future endeavours.

Yours sincerely,

James McGrath
LNP Senator for Queensland
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister

Click here to download your copy of the 2016 School Leavers' Guide.

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Seniors’ Guide

I am pleased to provide you with the Seniors’ Guide

Our local community depends on the wisdom and experience that seniors positively contribute each and every day. The guidance provided to current and future generations is vital to the continued development of our communities. Stories of hard work and sacrifice remind us that we must equally work hard to build upon the foundations set by older generations to continue to help make Australia a great, prosperous nation.

It is vital that our nation gives back to our seniors through the provision of health care, respite and rehabilitation facilities, aged support and employment services; together with advice and assistance for self-funded retirees.

I am proud to represent you and your interests in Federal Parliament.

I hope the Seniors’ Guide is of assistance in providing important details on available services in our local community and their contact information. If you require any additional information or any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

James McGrath
LNP Senator for Queensland
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister

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Speech to the Whitsunday Mayor’s Business and Commerce Forum

Whitsunday Mayor’s Business and Commerce Forum

It is my pleasure to be invited to speak at this inaugural Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor’s Business and Commerce Forum.

Today, I will touch on the role of regions as part of Australia’s economic future, how regional communities can thrive and ensure success, and the role of business and community organisations in supporting development and growth.

As a Senator for Queensland, and Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, I have the opportunity to travel widely and get a sense of the opportunities and challenges that communities across Queensland are facing.

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