2004 Profile of the division of Groom

Updated: 29 September 2011



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 6 452 sq km and is located in 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.

Map of Division:

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 throughout Australia as the Garden City and is generally considered to be one of the most attractive places to live in Australia. The University of Southern Queensland is located in Toowoomba while the Army Aviation Centre is based at Oakey.

First Proclaimed/Election:


Demographic Rating:



  • MACFARLANE, I (LP) 1998–
  • TAYLOR, W (LP) 1988–1998
  • MCVEIGH, T (NP) 1984–1988

Current Member Details:

See the Parliament of Australia website

AEC Divisional Office Address:

See Divisional Office Contact Details

2004 Federal Election Results:

  • Enrolment: 89 546
  • Informal Vote: 4.00%
  • Turnout: 94.69%
  • Seat Status: Safe Liberal
  • Two Party Preferred: LP: 68.95% | ALP: 31.05%

Further information:

For supporting information, see Party Codes, Demographic Ratings and Seat Status.