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Media Release: Statement on the Productivity Commission’s Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments Report

I do not support the recommendations of this report to Government, which was clearly written by people outside the regions. The regions like Townsville are the backbone of the nation. I will not stand idle and let some southern bureaucrats pen a report which will put more strain on the people of Townsville. The Zone Tax Offset should not be abolished. It is an important measure that helps people living in regional areas like North Queensland.

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Media Release: Applications open for Festivals Australia funding

Arts and culture organisations in Herbert are invited to apply for a share of more than $500,000 available in funding across Australia for arts projects at festivals and significant one-off community celebrations. Festivals Australia funds arts projects including parades, performances, workshops and installations to promote community engagement at local festivals in regional and remote Australia.

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Queensland Country Bank Stadium Opening

It was so exciting to be a part of the People’s Day as we officially launched the Queensland Country Bank Stadium. A Federal Government commitment of $100-million combined with the state and local cash and in-kind funding to build this amazing facility as part of the Townsville City Deal.

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Media Release: Locals to take First Look at New Queensland Country Bank Stadium

The great unveiling of the Queensland Country Bank Stadium will take place tomorrow, with the gates unlocked for Open Day – the first opportunity for locals to take a look inside the brand-new home of the beloved North Queensland Cowboys.
The Open Day represents a once-only chance to enjoy a sneak peek of the stadium before its first major events, going behind the scenes to access the team change rooms, inspect the commentary and coaches boxes, and check out the view from one of 25,000 seats.

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Media Release: Australia’s First City Deal Continues to Deliver for Townsville

The Townsville City Deal continues to shape a bold new future for Townsville with significant progress on major infrastructure projects that create jobs and improve liveability, according to the third annual report on the Deal released today. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said progress over the past 12 months on Australia’s first City Deal showed the power of the Deals to change the face of a city.

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Media Release: $10m Bwgcolman Retail Centre Open for Business

Palm Island locals are set to benefit from improved retail offerings with the opening of Stage 2 of the Bwgcolman Retail and Business Precinct today, which received nearly $10-million of Federal Government Funding. Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the project, which will provide 570m2 of retail space and 570m2 of commercial space, would bring major economic benefits to Palm Island.

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Media Release: Bruce Safety Upgrades at Bluewater Take Shape

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.

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Flood Anniversary and Insurance

Today I paid tribute to the Townsville community, one year on from our record-breaking floods in 2019. Unfortunately, the effects are still being felt, with an unacceptable rise in the cost of insurance.

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Media Release: Supporting At Risk Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

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.

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