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Media Release: $4.46 million for local projects in Townsville

More road and playground upgrades are on the way in Townsville thanks to another federal funding injection.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said Townsville City Council has been allocated $4.46 million under Phase 3 of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

“This is a great program which funds important road safety upgrades and projects to improve local community assets,” he said.

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Media Release: Jobs on offer at Townsville Jobs Fair

Job seekers in Townsville will be able to access a one-stop employment shop at the Morrison Government’s Jobs Fair to be held at the Entertainment and Convention Centre on Monday 15 November.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson OAM said he hoped as many Townsville job seekers as possible would register for the event.

‘It’s the right time to be in the market for a job, and if you’re looking for one the Jobs Fair is a one stop shop,’ Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Organisations to expand and diversify thanks to federal grants

Four organisations in the Herbert electorate will share in more than $1.2 million worth of funding to expand and diversify as part of ongoing recovery support programs following the 2019 floods.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the Economic Diversification Grants program would support a sporting club, two tourism operators and a food processing plant in Townsville.

“We know our city is still feeling the effects of the 2019 flood event which is why we’re investing in local small businesses and organisations to help them grow and thrive, and create local jobs,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Supporting Hydrogen in North Queensland Heavy Transport

The Morrison Government is supporting the development of the first clean hydrogen-powered trucking solution in Australia through new hydrogen infrastructure investment in North Queensland.

This infrastructure will be used to support the deployment of the largest hydrogen fuel-cell heavy haul trucks in the world.

The significant joint project is being undertaken with Ark Energy H2 Pty Ltd, Sun Metals Corporation and the Queensland Government, and seeks to reduce emissions in the trucking sector and grow the hydrogen industry in Townsville.

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Media Release: Defence Procurement Advisory Committee holds first meeting

The first meeting of the Defence Procurement Advisory Committee convened by Herbert MP Phillip Thompson and chaired by Townsville Chamber of Commerce CEO Ross McLennan has been held this afternoon.

The Committee is working to bring together representatives from Defence, industry and advocacy bodies to discuss opportunities and challenges in relation to defence procurement in the context of works progressing on the Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative project in Greenvale.

The meeting was attended by four regional mayors, Defence and defence industry representatives, and representatives from the local small and medium business community.

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Media Release: Convention Centre expansion brings community boost

Families in need of emergency accommodation will be among those who will benefit from an expansion to facilities at the Riverside Convention Centre in Aitkenvale.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said a $434,500 grant under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) would see the centre reach more people in the community.

Works include the replacement of a substandard amenities block to include disabled and family facilities as well as an outdoor camp kitchen, the expansion of the commercial kitchen space to include a dry storage space, new larger cool room and outdoor eating area, as well as the installation of a lift and all weather access to the second storey community hall.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson to establish Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative advisory committee

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson will establish a community committee to ensure Townsville businesses are able to make the most of opportunities arising from the Australia Signapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI).

The Defence Procurement Advisory Committee will work to bring together representatives from Defence, industry and advocacy bodies to discuss opportunities and challenges in relation to defence procurement in the context of works progressing on the ASMTI.

Mr Thompson said it was an important step in ensuring small and medium businesses in the region could collaborate and create as many local jobs as possible during the construction period.

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Media Release: New centre keeping ADF personnel healthy

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says a new health centre at RAAF Base Townsville is beginning to deliver for both local serving personnel and the local economy.

The $10.8 million build was recently completed by St Hillier’s, supporting 397 local jobs during the construction period.

Touring the new building today, Mr Thompson said the project was a massive investment to ensure Defence can continue to look after its people well into the future.

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Media Release: Injury black spot shining bright after federally funded upgrade

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says drivers are already benefiting from a safety upgrade at an injury-prone intersection in Townsville with as a major upgrade nears completion.

A roundabout and street lights are being installed at the intersection of Angus Avenue and Dalrymple Service Road thanks to $735,000 worth of funding through the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

Mr Thompson said the project was identified as a priority after five crashes causing injury occurred at the location in one year.

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Media Release: CBD youth precinct to take early intervention to new heights

An old warehouse in the Townsville CBD will be transformed into a vibrant youth precinct which will become home to programs to distract and divert local youth from crime, thanks to federal funding secured by Herbert MP Phillip Thompson.

YWAM Townsville will receive $778,500 under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to build the multi-purpose youth precinct, which will include an adventure-based learning high ropes course, multi-purpose space and café.

The facility on the corner of Walker and Blackwood Streets will be used to offer vocational training and skills for job readiness, as well as partner with key stakeholders to assist with preventative, intervention and rehabilitation programs for youth, helping to address North Queensland’s youth crime, youth disengagement and youth suicide issues.

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Media Release: DriveIT project races ahead with start of track construction

Construction of the race track at the DriveIt motorsport and driver education complex is beginning, with the release of the next tranche of Federal Government funding.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson committed $7 million for this next stage of the project which will go towards the 2.75km circuit, following the initial $5 million which has already seen the driver education and general facilities come to fruition.

“This is an amazing milestone for our community, and I know a lot of motorsport enthusiasts have been itching to get out here and try out the new track,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Concert Hall takes major step forward

A further three projects have been announced under the Townsville City Deal, which will help further industry and the arts.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said $2 million would fully fund a detailed business case for a concert hall, to help guide further funding for the project.

A further $12 million would be allocated to enabling infrastructure to support the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct – matching the Queensland State Government’s commitment, while $2 million would fund a feasibility study into the supply of re-used water for the growing green hydrogen industry in Townsville.

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