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Media Release: Riverway Stadium lighting upgrade to lure national broadcast night fixtures to Townsville under Phillip Thompson commitment

Riverway Stadium could play host to regular Big Bash League cricket and Australian Football League matches under an election commitment made by Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson.

A re-elected Coalition Government would provide up to $5-million in federal funding to upgrade the lights at the city’s premier sporting oval to a standard high enough for the broadcast of national sporting fixtures.

It comes at a time Cricket Australia is looking for additional facilities to host major competitions while the Gabba is closed for redevelopment for the 2032 Olympics.

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Media Release: Early Intervention Program to help skill at-risk youth

Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has committed to a further early intervention program for at-risk youth if the Coalition is re-elected.

Mr Thompson said In-Step Industry would receive $1.29M in Federal Government funding to run its Brighter Days program, helping 12-17 year-olds to build life and vocational skills and divert them from offending.

“One of the most effective ways to help young people thrive is to get them into jobs, and giving those young people who are most at-risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system a head start to be able to do that is a good thing,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Early Intervention Program to boost employment prospects

A further early intervention programs for at-risk youth will be delivered under a re-elected Coalition Government, Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has committed.

Mr Thompson said Queensland Youth Connections would receive $904,000 to run its Get Connected program.

“If we can connect with at-risk youth at an early stage and give them a positive influence and education, we’ll have a better chance of them getting jobs and contributing to the community,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Nine local crime prevention projects funded under Phillip Thompson commitment

Nine local organisations will receive Federal Government funding to install CCTV, bollards, lighting and alarm systems under an election commitment made by Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson today.

Mr Thompson said more than $560,000 would go towards sporting clubs, a school and other community organisations to help protect their facilities against crime, if the Coalition is re-elected.

“Almost everyone I speak to has felt the effect of Townsville’s out-of-control crime, and community groups like these are often hit hard,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Baseball to shine bright with new lighting

Townsville’s three baseball clubs are set for further growth under a re-elected Coalition Government, with Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson securing a commitment of $700,000 to go towards lights for Jabiru Park, Condon.

The project would see both diamonds at the city’s only baseball fields lit up to allow night fixtures as well as evening training for players in the fast-growing sport.

Phillip Thompson said the project would be a massive boost for the 10 seniors teams – including two women’s teams – as well as the strong complement of juniors.

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Media Release: New war memorial to salute the service of local veterans

A new war memorial will be installed at the Townsville Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicepersons Association to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service personnel in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The Association has been awarded a Federal Government grant of $9,920 to complete the project under the Saluting Their Service program.

Federal Member for Herbert and veteran Phillip Thompson said the installation at the Rooney Street Centre in South Townsville would be a place for members and visitors to stop and reflect.

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Media Release: Indigenous manufacturer to set up shop in Townsville

Indigenous-owned and operated business Bridgeman will establish a new manufacturing facility in Townsville creating 20 new full-time jobs, thanks to a $935,000 grant from the Federal Government through the Northern Australia Development Program.

The plant will focus on precision machining and welding, based on the company’s existing facility in Brendale, Brisbane. Defence Primes in the maritime, land and air domain have expressed interest in the project’s offering.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Bridgeman team in Townsville today and discuss the project’s benefits.

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Media Release: Townsville unemployment drops to 13-year low

Townsville’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.5%, down from a high of 11.6% in February 2017, and significantly lower than the 8.1% rate experienced when the pandemic hit.

The last time the city’s unemployment rate was this low was almost 13 years ago, in June 2009.

The ‘annual average of the previous 12 months’ figure was released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in its detailed Labour Force data.

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Media Release: Youth Hub to get kids off Townsville streets

A youth hub has been funded by the Federal Government to provide at-risk youth a place to drop in, connect with culture and support services, and stay off the streets.

Community Gro has been awarded $1.49 million under the Safer Communities Program to deliver the hub in Garbutt for at least the next two years, operating five nights a week between 3pm and 10pm.

Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said the service would provide a safe place, a nutritious meal, the chance to build positive relationships and access support.

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Media Release: Cowboys Community Foundation kicking goals for employment prospects

Cowboys Community Foundation will help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women into the workforce with a new program to prepare them for life after school.

The Education for Purpose & Empowerment Project has been made possible with a $70,200 Federal Government grant, and will be run for students at the NRL Cowboys House Girls Campus by the Foundation in partnership with BNI North Queensland.

The aim is to prepare the year 10-12 students for work, build their knowledge of employment opportunities, develop knowledge and skills about work and workplaces and bring together community and local businesses.

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Media Release: Two black spot intersections in Garbutt to be upgraded

Two intersections in Garbutt which experience a high rate of crashes will be upgraded under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program, bringing total investment under the program in Townsville since 2019 to $3.94 million.

$655,500 will go towards a new central median island, pavement repair and resurfacing, and cycle lanes at the intersection of Ingham Road, Crowder and Langton Streets.

$287,000 will see the installation of pedestrian refuge islands on both legs of Peel Street at the intersection with Dearness Street, as well as resurfacing and cycle lanes.

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Media Release: Townsville’s economic prosperity bolstered by signing of Designated Area Migration Agreement

Townsville will benefit from access to more skilled workers following the signing of the landmark Townsville Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke said the Australian Government is committed to the success of Townsville and the North Queensland region.

“This agreement responds to regional economic challenges by opening the door to attract and settle more skilled workers into the region,” Minister Hawke said.

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