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Media Release: PCYC pool swim instructor to resume lessons with help from Herbert MP

A long-running stalemate between a local swim instructor and the Townsville City Council has been resolved with the help of Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson.

Chris Hanson from Hanson School of Swimming had been operating lessons at the Castle Hill PCYC pool in Belgian Gardens but was kicked out of the facility in January with no notice and no explanation.

Mr Thompson said Mr Hanson contacted him for assistance after he was being ignored by the State Government, Townsville City Council and PCYC Queensland.

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Media Release: Call for clarity on Mundingburra social housing development

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to explain why it hasn’t consulted with the Mundingburra community about a planned high-density development on Ross River Road.

Mr Thompson said his office had been hit with an avalanche of correspondence from neighbours and property owners who say they weren’t told about the plans to build the 18-unit complex.

“This is yet another example of the State Labor Government putting its own priorities ahead of the people,” he said.

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Media Release: Townsville ex-service organisations share in $71,000 to help veterans

Ex-service organisations and veteran groups in Townsville have received a funding boost to help support veterans and their families.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the more than $71,000 in funding was part of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

“Townsville is our nation’s last garrison city so it is incredibly important that our ESOs are well-supported to help look after our veteran community,” he said.

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Media Release: Herbert MP calls on Mayor Hill to put politics aside and focus on Locals

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has called on Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill to stop playing politics and instead focus on the people and businesses of North Queensland.

It comes after the Mayor released an essay over the weekend outlining recommendations on how the Labor Party could win seats at upcoming elections.

“While Townsville is in the grip of one of the worst economic hits in living memory, we have our Mayor focused on how the Labor Party can win votes,” he said.

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Media Release: State Labor Government leaves sole traders out of COVID-19 assistance program

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to support a crucial sector of the business community left out of its Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program.

To be eligible for the $2,000-$10,000 grant, which can be put towards a range of uses, business owners must employ staff – leaving sole traders and self-employed people locked out of the program.

Mr Thompson said it was very disappointing that sole traders weren’t being looked after by the State Labor Government.

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Media Release: State Labor’s grant portal failure sparks small business distress

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has expressed his disappointment that local businesses have once again been let down by the State Labor Government after a grants application website failed this morning.

Round 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program went live this morning but was overwhelmed by demand leaving some small business owners unable to complete the application.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the State Labor Government should’ve learnt from their experience in Round 1.

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Media Release: Mayor prefers political debate than deferring pedestal tax for struggling businesses and sporting clubs

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill would rather have a political debate than deliver rate relief for accommodation providers and local sporting clubs crippled by her council’s excessive pedestal tax.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson wrote to the mayor on behalf of the dozens of organisations slugged $945 per toilet despite coronavirus restrictions meaning most of them hadn’t been flushed for months.

“Many motel owners and sporting clubs have been in contact with me about this pedestal tax and the need for relief at a time when money just isn’t coming in,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Flood recovery funding still flowing for Townsville

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the announcement of further flood recovery and resilience grants in Townsville.

Mr Thompson said Flexible Funding Grants will provide crucial infrastructure and support services funding for local organisations, while more funding has been announced for counselling, accommodation and emotional support providers.

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Media Release: Feedback from Townsville GPs to help shape future direction

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has thanked local General Practitioners for their feedback as part of last night’s virtual forum discussing local doctors’ response to COVID-19 and their needs moving forward.

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited chair Dr Michael Clements and Mr Thompson were joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health for the online discussion last night.

Mr Thompson said the forum – attended by around 50 local GPs – was an important opportunity to listen.

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Media Release: Virtual forum to provide healthy feedback from Townsville’s GPs

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson will meet with around 50 General Practitioners in a virtual forum to discuss local doctors’ response to COVID-19 and their needs moving forward.

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited chair Dr Michael Clements and Mr Thompson will be joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health for the online discussion tonight.

Mr Thompson said it was an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges of the past few months and highlight the needs as the community recovers from the coronavirus.

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Media Release: Making Veterans Count on the 2021 Census

Member for Herbert and Army Veteran Phillip Thompson has welcomed today’s announcement that next year’s census will include a question regarding service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Mr Thompson said it was a major step forward for the Defence and Veteran community to be asked about their service on the 10th of August 2021.

“This is something I’ve been advocating for since before I got into politics because census data is what’s used to make important decisions on government funding and programs in many different areas,” he said.

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