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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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Media Release: $850,000 on offer for local flood recovery and resilience projects

Grants of up to $850,000 per council are now on offer as part of the ‘Recovery and Resilience’ grants program for the 14 shires hardest hit by the 2019 North Queensland flood event.

The funding – which is one of two streams of the $20 million program – will give eligible councils the opportunity to invest in projects that local communities have decided are priorities for their futures.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he hoped the Townsville City Council would take full advantage of the funding.

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Media Release: State Labor must come clean on extent of bail house failures

Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to release the figures on how many crimes have been committed by young offenders living in its bail houses.

The failed scheme, which cost taxpayers $31 million, has been scrapped after an independent review found it was not effective, meaning the two houses in Townsville will shut down.

Mr Thompson said the Townsville community deserved to know just how many people the failed program had impacted on.

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Media Release: Local businesses cut down on energy use thanks to grants

Three Townsville small businesses will share in more than $41,000 worth of grants to help them cut down on their energy usage.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the successful applicants for the Federal Government’s Energy Efficient Communities – Small Business Grants program would soon be able to reap the benefits of cheaper power bills.

“E-static Powder Coating has received $20,000 to go towards replacing a compressor system with a more energy-efficient unit, while Coral Sea Property Services has received $8,937 and Lifestyle Constructions NQ $12,520 for energy efficient lighting,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Local volunteers to be recognised as groups receive pre-Christmas funding boost

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is once again calling for nominations for hard-working local volunteers to receive the recognition they deserve. It comes as three local organisations in Herbert received funding from the supplementary round of volunteer grants.

Mr Thompson said he was looking forward to hearing more of the fantastic work our local volunteers do in the community and providing them with a certificate of appreciation to mark International Volunteer Day this Saturday the 5th of December.

“Townsville just wouldn’t be the great place it is without our volunteers,” he said.

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Media Release: BBQ Brisket Breakfast to support Men’s Mental Health

Sharing experiences over a Texas barbecue breakfast cooked in a smoker named “Lil’ Bertha” will help put the spotlight on men’s mental health while also supporting a much-loved charity this weekend.

Calvary’s Men’s Movember Breakfast will feature a panel discussion with well-known local and Queensland identities who’ve come up against their own mental health battles.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson will be joined by celebrity chef Matt Golinski (via video), former North Queensland Cowboys winger Antonio Winterstein and Mentally Healthy City’s Brendon Marty at the event on Saturday morning.

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Media Release: State Government fails again on public consultation for major road upgrade

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has slammed the Queensland State Government for once again failing to listen to the community.

Mr Thompson said residents had made it clear to him at a mobile office at Black River this morning that the design for the Townsville Northern Access Intersection Upgrade was not what the community wanted.

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.

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