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Media Release: Major police training failure highlights need for driver education precinct

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has condemned the State Labor Government for fast-tracking the graduation of 38 police officers who weren’t taught to drive under lights and sirens, urging it to fund a Townsville driver education precinct.

The State Government made the decision to reduce the length of training of recruits at the Townsville Police Academy to boost numbers needed for the COVID-19 response, but reports have emerged one of the aspects of training that was largely left out was urgent duty driving because of the requirement to send officers to Brisbane to undertake it.

Mr Thompson said it was a ridiculous situation which once again showed the State Labor Government was out of touch.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson calls for further easing of restrictions in North Queensland

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is urging the State Labor Premier to listen to North Queenslanders after this morning’s announcement of the easing of restrictions.

Annastacia Palaszcuk has announced unlimited travel within Queensland from midday tomorrow, while restrictions in cafes, restaurants and other businesses will be relaxed to allow up to 20 patrons.

Mr Thompson said the easing of restrictions is a good start but doesn’t go far enough.

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Media Release: Shortlist Announcement Brings New Jobs One Step Closer for North Queensland

The Morrison Government is moving forward with important works for the development of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) facility, announcing the shortlist of managing contractors competing for the $800 million contract for facilities at the new training area located near Greenvale in North Queensland.

The shortlisted companies are CPB Contractors Pty Limited, Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd and Lendlease Building Pty Ltd.

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Media Release: North Queensland businesses to be big winners out of 21 new Defence contracts

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is encouraging local businesses to get ready to tender for 21 new Defence contracts foreshadowed as part of Defence’s newly established Forward Release Program.

The projects – one worth more than $8-million – have been listed in the Defence Estate Works Program Update Procurement Activities document, allowing potential tenderers to plan to make a bid for the works.

Another project falls within the $4-million to $8-million budget band, while 10 are worth between $1-million and $4-million and another nine are worth up to $1-million.

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Media Release: New Facility for the Oasis One Step Closer to Completion

Veterans and their families in north Queensland are a step closer to easier access to services and support with the successful contractor to build the next stage of the Oasis Townsville announced today.

Federal Member for Herbert Mr Phillip Thompson OAM MP said the announcement was an important milestone for a long-awaited project.

“This facility and the services that will come with it are going to benefit not only veterans, but current serving defence members,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Last chance to register for JobKeeper Telephone Town Hall with Assistant Treasurer

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is urging the Townsville business community to register for a massive telephone hook-up with one of the key Government decision makers regarding the JobKeeper payment.

Mr Thompson has invited Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar to answer questions about JobKeeper and discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on local businesses as part of a Telephone Town Hall this coming Monday the 18th of May at 5:30pm.

Mr Thompson said it was an unmissable opportunity to speak directly with one of the ministers responsible for the $1500 per fortnight per employee wage subsidy.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson calls for urgent co-operation to ease Palm Island restrictions

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and Queensland State Labor Government to work together to allow Palm Island residents back to Townsville to obtain essential supplies.

Under current Biosecurity Act restrictions for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities implemented due to COVID-19, residents cannot re-enter Palm Island unless they have self-quarantined for 14 days.

Mr Thompson said the restrictions meant residents couldn’t travel to Townsville to go shopping for items not available on the island and couldn’t even leave the island’s shores to go fishing for food without the 14-day quarantine rule kicking in.

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Media Release: $2.6m in extra funding for tourism infrastructure at Reef HQ

Tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef will receive much needed additional support from the Morrison-McCormack Government.

An estimated $3 million in further fee relief from the Minister for Environment’s portfolio will be provided to local tourism businesses, as well as an additional $2.6 million from the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund to upgrade Reef HQ’s tourism infrastructure, helping one of the regional economies hit hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Media Release: First GP-led respiratory clinic opens in Townsville to boost COVID-19 response

The first Australian Government-funded GP-led respiratory clinic in Townsville has opened to support local GPs with patients who require further assessment and testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Townsville Respiratory Clinic will assess, test, and diagnose community members experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or unusual fatigue). Community members will be directed back to their usual GP for ongoing care.

The Upper Ross Medical Centre will run the new clinic from its Rasmussen site, which will be staffed from Monday to Saturday by an expert medical team of doctors and nurses, supported by auxiliary practice support staff.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson welcomes extra interest-free loans for COVID-19-affected businesses

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the State Labor Government putting right a major blow to local businesses in need of financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Government’s Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) closed applications for its 12-month interest free loans on April 18, simply because the $500-million allocation dried up.

Mr Thompson said he took the fight up to the Premier after receiving a barrage of messages and phone calls from distressed business owners who had been hopeful of obtaining the financial lifeline, only to find out that they were too late.

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Media Release: Thompson welcomes Labor backflip on JobKeeper Payroll Tax

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the State Labor Government’s announcement not to slug struggling North Queensland businesses with Payroll Tax on JobKeeper Payments.

Mr Thompson said it’s disappointing the Queensland Labor Government dragged its heels on the issue for more than a month but praised the North Queensland business community for its lobbying efforts.

“I’ve been proud to join North Queensland business leaders in taking this important fight up to the Queensland Labor Government. We saw other jurisdictions across Australia act swiftly on this issue in early April- it’s a shame the Queensland Government had to be dragged kicking and screaming,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Townsville Company Secures Defence Training Contract

A local Townsville company whose workforce is primarily comprised of veterans, Cubic Defence Australia, has secured a $5 million contract to deliver training services for the Australian Defence Force.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was proud to see another Townsville company benefiting from the record investment in Australia’s defence industry.

“I congratulate Cubic Defence Australia on ensuring our ADF has the modern operational training they need to defend Australia’s national interests,” Mr Thompson said.

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