Recent News & Updates

Media Release: New centre keeping ADF personnel healthy

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says a new health centre at RAAF Base Townsville is beginning to deliver for both local serving personnel and the local economy.

The $10.8 million build was recently completed by St Hillier’s, supporting 397 local jobs during the construction period.

Touring the new building today, Mr Thompson said the project was a massive investment to ensure Defence can continue to look after its people well into the future.

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Media Release: Injury black spot shining bright after federally funded upgrade

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says drivers are already benefiting from a safety upgrade at an injury-prone intersection in Townsville with as a major upgrade nears completion.

A roundabout and street lights are being installed at the intersection of Angus Avenue and Dalrymple Service Road thanks to $735,000 worth of funding through the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

Mr Thompson said the project was identified as a priority after five crashes causing injury occurred at the location in one year.

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Media Release: CBD youth precinct to take early intervention to new heights

An old warehouse in the Townsville CBD will be transformed into a vibrant youth precinct which will become home to programs to distract and divert local youth from crime, thanks to federal funding secured by Herbert MP Phillip Thompson.

YWAM Townsville will receive $778,500 under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to build the multi-purpose youth precinct, which will include an adventure-based learning high ropes course, multi-purpose space and café.

The facility on the corner of Walker and Blackwood Streets will be used to offer vocational training and skills for job readiness, as well as partner with key stakeholders to assist with preventative, intervention and rehabilitation programs for youth, helping to address North Queensland’s youth crime, youth disengagement and youth suicide issues.

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Media Release: DriveIT project races ahead with start of track construction

Construction of the race track at the DriveIt motorsport and driver education complex is beginning, with the release of the next tranche of Federal Government funding.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson committed $7 million for this next stage of the project which will go towards the 2.75km circuit, following the initial $5 million which has already seen the driver education and general facilities come to fruition.

“This is an amazing milestone for our community, and I know a lot of motorsport enthusiasts have been itching to get out here and try out the new track,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Concert Hall takes major step forward

A further three projects have been announced under the Townsville City Deal, which will help further industry and the arts.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said $2 million would fully fund a detailed business case for a concert hall, to help guide further funding for the project.

A further $12 million would be allocated to enabling infrastructure to support the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct – matching the Queensland State Government’s commitment, while $2 million would fund a feasibility study into the supply of re-used water for the growing green hydrogen industry in Townsville.

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Media Release: Paynters to lead Townsville’s Reef HQ Aquarium refurbishment

An $80.1 million refurbishment of the Australian Government’s global education centre for the Great Barrier Reef is one step closer, with the appointment of the project’s principal contractor.

Paynters has been appointed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to oversee the renewal of its 34-year-old facility Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, Queensland.

The contract between Paynters and GBRMPA will cover all works under the now fully funded Reef HQ 20-year Master Plan.

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Media Release: Terminal Works Taking Off at Townsville Airport

Key upgrades at Townsville Airport terminal are moving forward – despite the ongoing impacts of travel restrictions.

The first project – involving the security screening zone, check-in areas and adjoining retail space – has been awarded to local company Core Developments NQ following an extensive tender process.

Thanks to a $9.15 million Federal Government grant, this project will create 17 construction jobs directly and take about six months to complete. The project includes a reconfiguration of the security screening area to make it about three times larger and accommodate the Federal Government’s enhanced security screening requirements.

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Media Release: Federal funding for Townsville City Council

More than $4.68 million worth of federal funding to boost services and facilities for locals has been paid to Townsville City Council in just the last three months.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said $3.68 million of this financial year’s $7.68 million allocation of Financial Assistance Grants had already been paid to the Council in June, with the first quarterly payment of the remainder, worth just under $1 million, made last month.

Mr Thompson said the funding showed the Federal Government was focussed on making Townsville an even better place to live and work.

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Media Release: New delivery vehicle keeps school students fuelled

A local charity ensuring school students are well-fed before a day of learning has a new delivery vehicle, thanks to federal funding.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson helped unload donated breakfast goods from the new car, purchased with the assistance of a $19,990 grant through the Stronger Communities Program, at Northern Beaches State High School today.

Mr Thompson said the vehicle would help local charity Fuel for Schools reach more of the 1 in 7 kids in our community who don’t eat breakfast.

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Media Release: Haughton Pipeline Stage 2 not started 12 months on

Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson says the community has been let down by the State Labor Government which has broken its promise to build Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline within 18 months.

Mr Thompson said today marked one year since Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick handed back $195 million of federal funding for the critical project, based on a farcical argument about GST.

“One year ago, the State Labor Government put politics ahead of our community by rejecting $195 million of locked-and-loaded funding for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Construction completed on patient accommodation facility

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people visiting Townsville for medical treatment will have a comfortable place to stay, after the opening of the Yumba-Meta Supported Transitional Health Accommodation in Rasmussen today.

The centre was partly funded through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, which contributed $2.9 million of the $5.4 million project.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said it was important that people who visit from outlying remote communities for medical treatment had a safe place to stay.

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Media Release: Funding to help people experiencing mental illness into work

Headspace Townsville will continue to help locals experiencing mental illness into work following the extension of funding for the Individual Placement and Support Program.

The Townsville headspace site will continue to run the successful program to address barriers preventing people with mental illness from finding and keeping a job.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the program integrates educational and workforce support with clinical mental health services, helping young people secure employment opportunities.

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