Australian Electoral Commission

Profile of the electoral division of Groom (Qld)

Updated: 27 September 2013
State/Territory:
Queensland
Status:
Current, boundary gazetted 15 December 2009
AEC Divisional Office:
Divisional Office contact details
Maps & GIS data:
A4 map of the Division of Groom (2009) [PDF 124KB]
Map of the Division of Groom (2009) [PDF 1.5MB]
Download GIS data
Name derivation:
Named after Sir Littleton Groom (1867–1936), Member of the House of Representatives 1901–29, 1931–36. Speaker of the House of Representatives 1926–29.
Area and Location Description:
Groom covers an area of 5 594 sq kms and is located on the Darling Downs region of south east Queensland. The major population centre is Toowoomba which is Australia's largest inland town. Other towns in the division include Oakey and Pittsworth.
Products/industries of the area:
This area is noted for its rich and diverse range of products and industries including agriculture, retailing and food processing as well as for the provision of educational and community services. Toowoomba is known as the Garden City. The University of Southern Queensland is located in Toowoomba while the Army Aviation Centre is based at Oakey.
First proclaimed/election:
1984
Demographic rating:
Provincial
Members:
Macfarlane, I (LNQ) 1998–
Taylor, W (LP) 1988–1998
McVeigh, T (NP) 1984–1988
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
Further information:
2013 federal election – House of Representatives results for Groom
2010 federal election – House of Representatives results for Groom
2007 federal election – House of Representatives results for Groom
2004 federal election – House of Representatives results for Groom
2013 divisional profile
For supporting information, see Party codes, demographic ratings and seat status.