Recent News & Updates
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has set the record straight on Federal Government recovery funding following last year’s monsoon. Mr Thompson said all Federal Government funding that had been promised has been delivered to the State Government’s Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
Cash boosts of up to $5,000 are on offer for volunteer groups Townsville. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said $66,000 of funding was available for groups and organisations in the electorate of Herbert, as part of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program.
Eleven Townsville schools will share in $200,000 worth of funding for security upgrades, new playgrounds and technology. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the money would be spent on small projects which will make a big difference.
The redevelopment of Townsville Airport is ready for take off, with financial close reached on a $50 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan application and first drawdown of funds expected to happen before the end of the year. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said reaching financial close heralded an exciting new phase for North Queensland, and Townsville in particular.
Great Barrier Reef tourism and education have received an additional $26.9 million investment over four years with the upgrade of Townsville’s Reef HQ Aquarium announced in the Morrison Government’s 2019-20 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Australian Defence Force members and the local community will benefit from construction of a new Health Centre at RAAF Base Townsville, with work to begin within weeks. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, and Federal Member for Herbert, Mr Phillip Thompson OAM MP, announced St Hillier’s Property Pty Ltd had secured the $10.8 million contract with Defence.
Work on a $36 million environmental recovery program has started to help revitalise Northern Queensland’s rich natural habitat after February’s monsoon and flooding. The program is part of the $242 million Recovery Package funded under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
A young girl from Townsville will be supported to pursue her passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) thanks to the Morrison Government.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Hon Matt Canavan has confirmed a $20 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan for the North Queensland Cowboys to build a Community, Training and High Performance Centre in Townsville.
$60 million worth of grants are now available to assist local organisations expand emergency accommodation. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the grant could help local women and children in Townsville experiencing domestic violence to find a safe and secure place to stay.
The Morrison Government’s $18.4 million Regional Employment Trials (RET) program is helping job seekers in Townsville find meaningful work.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said RET is another way the Government is actively addressing the needs of regional Australia and creating more job opportunities for locals.