Recent News & Updates
A $20 million-plus safety package for the Bruce Highway north of Townsville is nearing completion with the reopening of the Bluewater Drive intersection following a five-month closure. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said he was pleased to see progress being made on site to improve safety for motorists.
Registrations are closing soon for an Australia-wide roadshow which will visit Townsville to give local businesses the chance to be a part of Army’s biggest project. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Roadshow is a huge opportunity for local industry to pitch their capabilities to shortlisted tenderers
Programs supporting younger at-risk veterans and veterans transitioning to civilian employment are set to expand to hundreds more people as part of a significant funding boost from the Morrison Government.
An extra 170 young and vulnerable veterans leaving the Australian Defence Force annually will get guidance and a single point of contact with 10 additional case coordinators backed by a $4.8 million investment in the Coordinated Client Support program that already helps around 1,200 veterans facing difficult circumstances. The investment means the entire high-risk cohort of veterans leaving the ADF will now be covered under the Coordinated Client Support program.
Announcement with the Prime Minister of a permanent National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention
Shark drumlines inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park around Townsville will return to the water by mid-February, following a funding agreement between the Federal and State Governments. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said drumlines that were removed in September last year in areas including Picnic Bay, Alma Bay, Florence Bay, Nelly Bay, Pallarenda Beach and Radical Bay, will be redeployed.
Ten dedicated detox beds for sufferers of drug and alcohol addiction will soon become available in Townsville, after construction began on a new detox facility at the Salvation Army’s Recovery Services Centre. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson turned the sod on the $1.4-million project this morning, which is 50% funded by the Australian Government. He said the centre would free up beds in the existing residential centre.
Additional funding has been committed to improve the safety of a notorious section of the Bruce Highway at Black River. “For me, the most important aspect of these works is safety. This is an extremely important and busy road used by both locals and freight traffic,” Mr Thompson said.
OPINION: IT IS a worry when an eight-minute siege on-board a bus full of passengers, being held hostage by 10 youths, isn’t shocking anymore. That’s what happened in Townsville last week. The gang taunted those on board, throwing bottles at them and snatching at bags. On Monday a newsagent had to revive his martial arts skills in self-defence to ward off two young would-be pickpockets who attacked him on an early morning paper run.
The last remaining two lane section of the Townville Ring Road has just received a funding boost to duplicate six kilometres of the Bruce Highway and deliver a new interchange at Beck Drive. Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was delighted the project had reached the design stage.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has set the record straight on Federal Government recovery funding following last year’s monsoon. Mr Thompson said all Federal Government funding that had been promised has been delivered to the State Government’s Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
Cash boosts of up to $5,000 are on offer for volunteer groups Townsville. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said $66,000 of funding was available for groups and organisations in the electorate of Herbert, as part of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program.
Eleven Townsville schools will share in $200,000 worth of funding for security upgrades, new playgrounds and technology. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the money would be spent on small projects which will make a big difference.