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Media Release: Townsville’s economic prosperity bolstered by signing of Designated Area Migration Agreement
Townsville will benefit from access to more skilled workers following the signing of the landmark Townsville Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke said the Australian Government is committed to the success of Townsville and the North Queensland region.
“This agreement responds to regional economic challenges by opening the door to attract and settle more skilled workers into the region,” Minister Hawke said.
Six Townsville community groups will share in more than $51,000 of funding to help cut down on their energy use and save money on electricity bills.
Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said the small-scale projects to install solar panels, energy-efficient lighting or replace old air conditioners would make a big difference.
“These sporting and recreational organisations are at the grass roots of our community, meaning any savings to the bottom line are incredibly important,” Mr Thompson said.
Dermatology trainees in Townsville will take part in a hybrid face-to-face and remote model of supervision, thanks to the Federal Government’s Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES) program.
The Australian College of Dermatologists has been awarded $455,731 to implement and evaluate the model, which will test the feasibility and effectiveness of a networked model of supervision linking dermatology services at Townsville University Hospital (TUH) with the Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA; Sydney, NSW).
Trainee dermatologists will have access to both remote telehealth-based supervision and local on-site supervisors with critical expertise to deliver improved detection and diagnostic and patient management approaches.
Defence members and local businesses are set to benefit from 20 projects to upgrade and maintain Townsville’s Defence bases, worth $80 million.
The upgrades at Lavarack Barracks, RAAF Base Townsville and Ross Island will take place over the next year.
The combined mess facilities at Third Brigade will be refurbished, including roof and flooring replacements and upgrades, electrical upgrades including switchboards and generators, as well internal and external painting.
The Morrison-Joyce Government has locked in $5.4 billion to build the Hells Gate Dam in North Queensland that will create thousands of jobs while delivering water security for the region, particularly for the agriculture sector.
Through the 2022–23 Budget, the Government will guarantee funding to build the dam, subject to the completion of the final stage of the business case, expected in June this year.
Hells Gates is anticipated to open up as much as 60,000 hectares of irrigation across three agricultural zones in the Burdekin, supported through a 2,100-gigalitre dam and bolstered by three downstream irrigation weirs.
A $1.5 million government program will help create new export opportunities in India for Australia’s mining equipment and services companies, Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said today.
“The Global Mining Challenge – India will identify key challenges within Indian mining companies and connect them with Australian METS companies which can provide solutions, including technical and operational support,” Minister Pitt said.
“The program will deliver a greater understanding of the Indian mining sector, enabling greater market penetration by Australian METS businesses.
Major improvements to the NBN announced today will boost connectivity for Magnetic Island and Palm Island residents and businesses, while homes in a number of Townsville suburbs will be able to access faster connections.
Under the improvements, communities connected to the NBN via Sky Muster satellite – which include Magnetic and Palm Islands – will be able to access unmetered data for 16 hours of the day (12am-4pm), a vast improvement on the current 6-hour window of 1am-7am, by mid this year.
Average monthly data allowance will also increase from 55GB to 90GB once an upgrade to other technology frees up bandwidth on the satellite system in around two-and-a-half years’ time.
A new, federally-funded program will help local youth at risk of committing crimes break the cycle, giving them experience as a race team mechanic, skills in carpentry or helping them engaging with culture on country.
Queensland Youth Services will partner with Pitstop Karting and indigenous elders to deliver “Project Overhaul”, aiming to prevent recidivist behaviour by engaging at risk youth in hands-on skills development and providing them a supportive pathway for transition into the work force.
Participants will be referred to the program through youth justice agencies, and take part in one of three “gateways”.
North Queensland musicians will have the chance to take to the stage and showcase their talents at a family-friendly event in the first half of this year.
Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said the Neighbourhood Sessions Music Festival would be made possible with more than $56,000 worth of funding through the Federal Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, awarded to Townsville production company Neighbourhood Productions.
“Our local arts community has been doing it really tough through the pandemic with opportunities to stage events and play to live audiences few and far between,” Mr Thompson said.
Locals and visitors to Townsville are benefiting from enhanced security measures at the city’s airport, with works almost completed thanks to Federal Government funding.
Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said the security screening area had been tripled in size and check-in area upgraded as part of the $14.11 million project funded under Federal Government programs.
“Our priority is always to keep Australians safe and secure and we’re continually updating and enhancing our requirements when it comes to aviation security,” Mr Thompson said.
The Morrison Government has finalised the design of the reinsurance pool for cyclone and related flood damage, following consultation on the draft legislation.
The reinsurance pool will be backed by a $10 billion annually reinstated Commonwealth guarantee and be administered by the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation from 1 July 2022.
Over 880,000 residential, strata and small business property insurance policies in northern Australia are expected to be eligible to be covered by the reinsurance pool for the risk of cyclone and related flood damage.
Three new regional hydrogen technology clusters have been identified to further support the development of Australia’s future clean hydrogen industry.
The new clusters will operate under the Hydrogen Technology Cluster Australia project, an initiative of independent National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), which is funded by the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres.
The hydrogen clusters, in Townsville in Queensland and in the Gascoyne and Midwest regions of Western Australia, aim to bring together local players to build the regions’ skills and advance commercialisation opportunities.