Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Time running out to express interest in Volunteer Grants

Townsville organisations have until the end of this week to express their interest in grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help support the important work of their volunteers.

Volunteer Grants can be used to purchase small equipment and contribute to the cost of training courses and fuel for volunteers.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he had already received a significant number of expressions of interest via his website.

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Media Release: Grant to boost local arts scene and drive employment

A major federal government investment will help Umbrella Studio to grow Makerspace, creating income for artists and artworkers.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the $257,611 grant, provided under the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) program, would be a major boost for the sector which has been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a gamechanger for Umbrella Studio. The Makerspace is such an important facility for local artists and this investment will allow it to be used for digital workshops and onsite programs,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville general practices to receive COVID-19 jab next week

Townsville general practices (GPs) will receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination from next week.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said locals falling in the eligibility categories for Phase 1b will be able to make an appointment with a selected General Practice, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) or Respiratory Clinic to receive the vaccination.

“This is exciting news for our community as we work to protect as many people as possible from getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and get life back to normal again,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Becomes Cheap Flight Destination

The cost of flights to Townsville will be cut in half, giving local businesses and the economy a significant boost.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he had been meeting with dozens of tourism, accommodation and hospitality business operators over the past year.

“This has been the toughest year these businesses have ever had to endure. The restrictions have resulted in a massive hit to visitation,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: New Simulation Centre Boosts Warfighting Capability – and Townsville Economy

The close combat warfighting capability of the Australian Army has been strengthened by a $31 million Morrison Government investment in the delivery of a new, three-storey Armoured Vehicle Simulation Centre in Townsville.

Townsville region businesses are set to play a major role in delivering the state-of-the-art facility, which is due to start this month and be finished in mid-2022.

Its construction workforce is expected to peak at about 110 people per day.

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Media Release: Grants up to $500,000 available for local businesses to better weather future natural disasters

Applications for a new grant for local businesses to expand and diversify are now open as part of the Federal Government’s continued efforts to help the community recover from the 2019 monsoon trough flood event.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available for projects that diversify existing industries and start new ones.

“The North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants are a massive opportunity for local businesses to innovate and create more jobs for our local community,” he said.

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Media Release: Petition lodged to reverse crippling 2% rate rise

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has lodged a petition with the Townsville City Council to reverse yesterday’s decision to raise the general rate by 2%.

Townsville ratepayers, who are already suffering from the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, were caught off-guard by the announcement.

Mr Thompson said it was an extra expense that local residents shouldn’t have to fork out for.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson calls on Mark Bailey to meet with Black River Residents

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on Queensland State Labor Roads Minister Mark Bailey to use his visit to Townsville for community cabinet to meet with Black River residents who are still unhappy with the design of the Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project.

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.

Mr Thompson said he still hadn’t received a response to a letter he sent to the Minister in November on behalf of the community, after they raised concerns that the new design was unsafe. Hundreds of people have already signed a petition calling for an urgent pause on works.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson calls on locals to get out and celebrate on Australia Day

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on locals to get out and celebrate Australia Day this coming Tuesday, with the Federal Government pitching in up to $1 million to help local celebrations meet COVID-safe requirements.

The COVIDSafe Australia Day Grant, administered through the National Australia Day Council, has provided support for the Northern Stories program of events including the HALO light show, the annual Flag Raising Ceremony and the Free Aussie Breakfast.

Mr Thompson said he hoped locals would make the most of the public holiday and take the opportunity to attend one of the many events.

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Media Release: Burdekin Street and Ross River Road intersection to receive safety upgrade

The intersection of Burdekin Street and Ross River Road in Mundingburra will receive a safety upgrade as part of the latest round of funding through the Road Safety Program.

The location had been identified as posing a danger for pedestrians, so a new crossing will be installed at the traffic lights.

The funding will be subject to the “use it or lose it” provisions which require States and Territories to use their allocated funds within a timeframe, or those funds can be reallocated to projects in other regions.

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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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