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Media Release: Queensland Government keeps HomeBuilder applicants waiting up to 17 weeks

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Government to put more resources into processing HomeBuilder grant applications, with some Townsville locals waiting up to 17 weeks to find out whether they have been successful.

The $25,000 grant was meant to boost construction during the economic comeback from COVID-19 while helping people build a home, but the application process has been handled by the states.

Mr Thompson said while Victoria and Queensland were reportedly processing applications within 3-4 weeks, several Townsville locals had contacted him for help after having waited for more than 4 months.

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Media Release: $150,000 on offer for community organisations in the Herbert electorate

Townsville community organisations now have the chance to share in $150,000 worth of funding for projects which will help them reach more people and improve their offering.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling for expressions of interest in the Stronger Communities Grants, worth between $2,500 and $20,000.

“Townsville has a fantastic community and thousands of organisations which do an amazing job keeping us connected, active, engaged and helping one another out,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: $850,000 on offer for local flood recovery and resilience projects

Grants of up to $850,000 per council are now on offer as part of the ‘Recovery and Resilience’ grants program for the 14 shires hardest hit by the 2019 North Queensland flood event.

The funding – which is one of two streams of the $20 million program – will give eligible councils the opportunity to invest in projects that local communities have decided are priorities for their futures.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he hoped the Townsville City Council would take full advantage of the funding.

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Media Release: State Labor must come clean on extent of bail house failures

Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to release the figures on how many crimes have been committed by young offenders living in its bail houses.

The failed scheme, which cost taxpayers $31 million, has been scrapped after an independent review found it was not effective, meaning the two houses in Townsville will shut down.

Mr Thompson said the Townsville community deserved to know just how many people the failed program had impacted on.

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Media Release: Local businesses cut down on energy use thanks to grants

Three Townsville small businesses will share in more than $41,000 worth of grants to help them cut down on their energy usage.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the successful applicants for the Federal Government’s Energy Efficient Communities – Small Business Grants program would soon be able to reap the benefits of cheaper power bills.

“E-static Powder Coating has received $20,000 to go towards replacing a compressor system with a more energy-efficient unit, while Coral Sea Property Services has received $8,937 and Lifestyle Constructions NQ $12,520 for energy efficient lighting,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Local volunteers to be recognised as groups receive pre-Christmas funding boost

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is once again calling for nominations for hard-working local volunteers to receive the recognition they deserve. It comes as three local organisations in Herbert received funding from the supplementary round of volunteer grants.

Mr Thompson said he was looking forward to hearing more of the fantastic work our local volunteers do in the community and providing them with a certificate of appreciation to mark International Volunteer Day this Saturday the 5th of December.

“Townsville just wouldn’t be the great place it is without our volunteers,” he said.

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Media Release: BBQ Brisket Breakfast to support Men’s Mental Health

Sharing experiences over a Texas barbecue breakfast cooked in a smoker named “Lil’ Bertha” will help put the spotlight on men’s mental health while also supporting a much-loved charity this weekend.

Calvary’s Men’s Movember Breakfast will feature a panel discussion with well-known local and Queensland identities who’ve come up against their own mental health battles.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson will be joined by celebrity chef Matt Golinski (via video), former North Queensland Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein and Mentally Healthy City’s Brendon Marty at the event on Saturday morning.

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Media Release: State Government fails again on public consultation for major road upgrade

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has slammed the Queensland State Government for once again failing to listen to the community.

Mr Thompson said residents had made it clear to him at a mobile office at Black River this morning that the design for the Townsville Northern Access Intersection Upgrade was not what the community wanted.

The $107.65m project, 80% funded by the Federal Government, but designed and constructed by the Queensland Government, was intended to duplicate the Bruce Highway between Veales Road and Pope road and upgrade safety at local intersections.

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Media Release: Petition launched to abolish crippling toilet tax

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson will lodge a petition with Townsville City Council after months of inaction to ease the financial burden of pedestal tax on accommodation providers and local community groups.

Dozens of organisations are slugged $945 per toilet despite state government restrictions on travel and gatherings.

“The silence from Council has been deafening,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Local Recovery Fund Open in Townsville for Local Jobs Pathways

Local and tailored projects aimed at helping Townsville recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 will be supported through the Morrison Government’s Local Recovery Fund.
Applications are now open for local groups and organisations to apply to receive funding ranging from $10,000 to $200,000, to develop projects, including mentoring, training and reskilling, in line with local employment needs.
The Local Recovery Fund is a key component of the Local Jobs Program and will fund projects, or parts of larger projects, that are not being supported through existing programs or activities.

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Media Release: Opportunities Boosted for Townsville Defence Industry

Townsville’s small and medium businesses are set to benefit from greater government co-contributions for defence industry grants as well as bigger maximum grant values.

Under the changes to take effect from 12 November, new applicants for a Capability Improvement Grant or a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant will only be required to fund 20 per cent of the value of their eligible project, and new applicants for a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant will only be required to fund 30 per cent of the value of their eligible project. Previously a 50:50 co-contribution was required.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was great news for local businesses looking to work with Defence.

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