Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Veterans’ Oasis opens in Townsville

A new one-stop support shop that has been years in the making has officially opened in Townsville today to provide ongoing support for veterans and their families.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was great to see this long-awaited project now realised and ready to start supporting the serving and ex-serving community in Australia’s largest garrison city.

“I transitioned from the ADF almost 10 years ago and I wish there had been something like this available for me back then. I’m proud of the increased support we’ve provided for veterans and their families, particularly during transition, and this is just another step in ensuring all veterans receive support when and where they need it,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Beachside bliss with boost to mobiles at Toolakea

Residents and visitors to the Toolakea area are benefiting from new and improved Telstra mobile coverage as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson, said it was important that people across the broader Townsville region had access to mobile communications.

“Communication is key not just for the local economy and business community, but for personal use and during natural disasters,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Federal Government grants available for crime prevention

Applications will open at 9am today for grants of between $200,000 and $1.5 million for early intervention programs for youths who are at high risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he hoped Townsville organisations would make the most of the opportunity to help address the city’s crime problems.

“Townsville has been battling a crime epidemic for far too long, and the root causes of it have not been addressed,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: New Jobs to come from NIAF Loan to James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) can push ahead with major works on its new Technology Innovation Complex that will create new jobs in the region, after the loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) reached financial close.

This means JCU can now draw on the $96 million NAIF loan to fund construction of the four-storey complex at the Bebegu Yumba campus in Townsville, which will be the centrepiece of a new innovation hub.

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Media Release: The HIVE to get off the ground with Marine Park Authority as major tenant

A major, long-awaited place-making project will finally become a reality after the proponents of The HIVE project and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reached agreement for new head office accommodation.

The first stage of the $250 million project, which will reinvigorate the area where Flinders Street meets The Strand, will become the new home for the Marine Park Authority’s head office.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the agreement would allow the world-leading marine management agency to do its job even better.

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Media Release: Relaxing with Birdie builds resilience in local kids

Townsville kindy kids will stretch out the sad and dive into downward dogs this month as part of the Townsville Disaster Recovery team’s Relaxing with Birdie initiative.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said helping children be more resilient amidst natural disasters was a priority.

“Late last year we announced $2 million for preventative mental health programs aimed at children so I’m looking forward to seeing more programs like this roll out in our region,” Mr Thompson said.

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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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