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Media Release: Statement on possible release of Hekmatullah

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has expressed his disgust at the possibility that Afghan soldier Hekmatullah, who murdered three Australian soldiers in 2012, may be released under a prisoner swap negotiated by the United States of America.

“This is a kick in the guts for every person who has put on the uniform, more-so for the families of those murdered by Hekmatullah,” Mr Thompson said.

“This terrorist was sentenced to death for the murder of three Australian soldiers who were serving their country, training the Afghan Army in 2012.

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Media Release: DriveIT NQ Construction underway creating 50 jobs

The heavy machinery has moved in and work is underway on a long-awaited driver education and motorsport precinct for Townsville.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said construction on Stage 1 of DriveIT NQ in Calcium was excellent news for the region.

“This is much-needed construction activity supporting 50 jobs at a time when our community really needs them,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Herbert MP calls for urgent clarity on ‘localised lockdowns’

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on State Labor MP Scott Stewart to stop treating Townsville business owners like mugs and clarify his government’s plan if COVID-19 was to return to North Queensland.

Mr Stewart told the Townsville Bulletin that, “If an outbreak were to occur, more restrictions would be applied to that community to help contain the outbreak, not a blanket approach to Townsville or North Queensland.”

Mr Thompson said he was pleased to see the State Labor Government had backflipped and was moving towards a regional management zone style policy but too many details remained unclear.

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Media Release: Townsville Labor MPs delay 700 local jobs

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says the State Labor Government has put 700 jobs in jeopardy at a critical time by rejecting the Federal Government’s $195m funding for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline.

Mr Thompson said it was disappointing to see the incompetent State Members in Townsville continue to play silly buggers and put politics before people.

“At a time when so many in our community are desperate to put food on the table for their families, you have to ask why the State Labor MPs are playing with people’s lives and livelihoods,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Veteran housing to be boosted under new initiative

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed a positive step forward in the fight against homelessness among the veteran community.

Mr Thompson said he had been working closely with Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester to find solutions for former serving personnel who don’t have permanent suitable accommodation. One of these has been the latest move to strengthen the relationship between housing providers, DVA, ex-service organisations (ESOs) and Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling.

“It’s a national disgrace that veterans who have served our country in the armed forces would fall into homelessness which is why it’s so important that we act,” he said.

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Media Release: Local veteran recognised for helping former serving personnel obtain work

Army Veteran Paul Warren has been presented with a Prime Minister’s Veteran’s Employment Award in Townsville after COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the Canberra ceremony in May.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson presented the Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large award to the Rheinmetall Defence Australia Workforce Development & Veterans Program Manager this morning.

“This is a fantastic achievement for not just Rheinmetall Defence Australia but Paul himself as the manager of the Veteran Engagement Program,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Grants to support ADF Families

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed over $70,000 in funding to support local Australian Defence Force families.

Mr Thompson said the Cowboys were successful in applying for Defence’s Family Support Funding Program grant and would be using funds to deliver programs to school aged Defence children.

Our community, better than any other, understands the impact that Defence life can have on families.

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Media Release: Loan guarantee to help Townsville businesses

Townsville’s small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) will have easier access to more funding as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said today’s announcement of the extension of the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme would be a lifeline for many owners and operators.

“We know business owners are doing it incredibly tough right now as there is so much to do when it comes to moving out of hibernation, becoming COVID-safe and investing for the future,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Magnetic Island health care takes positive step forward

A statement of intent for the future of primary health care for Magnetic Island has been welcomed by Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson following this afternoon’s community meeting, but the MP says there is still more work to be done.

Mr Thompson said news of negotiations between respected Townsville GP Dr Michael Clements and the owner of the Island’s private GP Practice, Latitude 19, was a positive step towards resolving a shortage of doctors.

“It is absolutely not good enough that the people of Magnetic Island have been suffering by not having the health care that they needed,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Positive step forward for GP telehealth

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the announcement that telehealth GP providers will be required to have an existing and continuous relationship with a patient in order to provide telehealth services.

Mr Thompson said this new requirement for Medicare-subsidised telehealth services was a key outcome that Townsville doctors who took part in last month’s GP forum had been advocating for.

“It’s very clear that the vast majority of Townsville GPs have embraced telehealth and the opportunities for improved primary healthcare it provides for our community,” Mr Thompson said, “but we need to make sure that we aren’t seeing call-centre clinics being set up outside our region.

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Media Release: Final Agreement for Haughton Pipeline Stage 2

The Federal Government has provided the final project agreement for Stage 2 of Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline to the Queensland Government for signing so work can begin.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was time for the State Government to do the right thing and sign the agreement.

“The ball is now firmly in the Queensland Government’s court. This is Federal Government money for the people of Townsville, for the Council to build a pipeline to secure our city’s water security – the State needs to do its bit and get out of the way,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: PCYC pool swim instructor to resume lessons with help from Herbert MP

A long-running stalemate between a local swim instructor and the Townsville City Council has been resolved with the help of Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson.

Chris Hanson from Hanson School of Swimming had been operating lessons at the Castle Hill PCYC pool in Belgian Gardens but was kicked out of the facility in January with no notice and no explanation.

Mr Thompson said Mr Hanson contacted him for assistance after he was being ignored by the State Government, Townsville City Council and PCYC Queensland.

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