Recent News & Updates
The JobKeeper payment has been announced to help employers keep paying their employees, during the downturn in business due to the coronavirus. Eligible employers will make flat rate payments of $1,500 a fortnight to their employees, and will be reimbursed by the tax office.
Extended support has been announced for those battling the devastating impacts of coronavirus, providing better and safer access to the doctor, mental health services, help for people suffering domestic violence and those front-line organisations supporting our most vulnerable with basic needs.
A seawall will be constructed, and culverts upgraded on Palm Island, after $1.6 million in funding was announced as part of the recovery from last year’s unprecedented monsoon. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the repairs were made possible under the $242 million exceptional circumstances package under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). “Palm Island was hit hard by last year’s natural disaster, and it’s made life that little bit more difficult,” Mr Thompson said.
Just over one million dollars in funding has been allocated to seal four roads in Townsville, which were left damaged by last year’s monsoonal flooding. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the repairs were made possible under the $242 million exceptional circumstances package under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). “Our local infrastructure suffered significant damage as a result of the unprecedented monsoonal flooding just over a year ago,” Mr Thompson said.
The latest on the Government’s economic response to the coronavirus has been released. This information is current as at 9am AEST Monday 23rd March 2020. Visit treasury.gov.au/coronavirus for more detail and the latest information. Support for individuals and households Temporary Coronavirus supplement to those on income support payments of $550 per fortnight for 6 months Who gets it? Recipients of Jobseeker Payment, Youth Allowance Jobseeker, Youth Allowance (Student), AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit. It’s now easier to apply for these benefits, with: Expanded access – permanent employees who are stood down or lose their employment; sole traders; the self-employed; casual workers; and contract workers who meet the income tests as a result of the economic downturn due to
The Prime Minister has released information on the latest Coronavirus Measures. This information is current as at 12pm AEST Wednesday 18th March 2020. Visit health.gov.au for the latest information. The focus for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments is the health and wellbeing of Australians and their livelihoods, ensuring that Australia is positioned to emerge strong and resilient from this global pandemic crisis. Leaders met last night for the second National Cabinet meeting and agreed to further actions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). General Population – Indoor Gatherings As part of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, the National Cabinet has accepted further restrictions on gatherings. The National Cabinet has accepted the Australian Health Protection
This information is current as at 2pm AEST Monday 16th March 2020. For the most up-to-date advice visit health.gov.au As the Coronavirus challenge continues I want to make sure our community is armed with the most accurate information. It’s important we all do our bit to help stop the spread. That’s why mass gatherings of more than 500 people have been banned, and anyone travelling to Australia from overseas will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. At this stage, these measures do not include schools, universities and workplaces, or prevent the operation of public transport. We should all try to avoid close contact with other (avoid handshakes, kissing and keep a 1.5-metre distance). If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or
Townsville’s $193 million port upgrade is underway with the first rocks laid today for its new protective wall. Start of construction on the 2.2km protective rock wall will ultimately pave the way for up to six new berths.
The Prime Minister has announced a number of temporary, targeted and proportionate measures to stimulate the economy, in response to the Coronavirus. They have four parts: Supporting business investment Providing cash flow assistance to help small and medium sized business to stay in business and keep their employees in jobs Targeted support for the most severely affected sectors, regions and communities; Household stimulus payments that will benefit the wider economy Delivering support for business investment $700 million to increase the instant asset write off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and expand access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million) until 30 June 2020. For example, assets that may be able to be immediately written off are
Townsville-based academics will lead research to underpin the next generation of Australia’s mining industry, creating more jobs and business opportunities. The Morrison Government is providing $573,068 to fund research led by James Cook University to improve our knowledge of Australia’s endowment of rare earth element resources, which are used for clean energy and high-tech applications. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the James Cook University academics would lead a team of experts from local and international universities and organisations, like Geoscience Australia and Northern Minerals.
Regional Australia boasts some of this country’s most beautiful landscapes, tourist attractions and it is home to millions of people, which is why the Australian Government is seeking views on how to improve connectivity and innovation in regional aviation. The Government has today released an Issues Paper, the first step in preparing the Regional Aviation Policy Statement. “Aviation is such an important industry for Townsville and North Queensland, and we need to make sure we have the input of locals to help shape its future and ensure it delivers the best outcomes for our economy,” Mr Thompson said.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is encouraging Townsville locals who are hoping to take on an apprenticeship to take advantage of $5,000 scholarships available from this week. BUSY at Work will administer the Commonwealth Scholarship Program for Young Australians in the city, as part of another positive plan to help address youth unemployment. Mr Thompson said while Vocational Education and Training (VET) had suffered under the administration of the Queensland State Labor Government, this was an example of how the Federal Government is playing its part.