Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Expert Panel Formed to Help Shape Future of Townsville

An expert panel of Townsville business leaders has been formed to advise the Federal Government on projects which could be funded by the $195 million now available after the State Labor Government rejected the Stage 2 Haughton Pipeline funds.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said Townsville has a unique opportunity to invest in projects and infrastructure that will support and grow the region for generations to come.

“As our City looks to economic recovery following COVID shutdowns and the 2019 flood event, we must invest in projects that attract private investment, create jobs and grow our economy. It is vitally important that we get this right,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Big Rocks Weir can Unlock North Queensland’s Potential – if Labor Commits

It’s time for Queensland Labor to finally commit to the construction of the Big Rocks Weir after today’s public release of the business case showed how important the project was.

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government directed the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority to immediately release the business case and urged Queensland Labor to finally get on board.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the business case clearly demonstrated the construction of the Big Rocks Weir will deliver strong benefits to the Charters Towers region and to Queensland as a whole.

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Media Release: Airport access improved after completion of Meenan Street upgrade

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has joined the Townsville Airport team to celebrate the completion of a major road upgrade to enhance safety, access and appearance for residents and visitors driving to and from the terminal.

The project created a new entry and exit point to the Townsville Airport precinct by extending Meenan Street to meet John Melton Black Drive and closing off Halifax Street.

Mr Thompson said the works, which were made possible with $1.1 million in Federal funding, would provide a much more appropriate entry for the major gateway for business travellers and tourists.

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Media Release: Industry Training Hub Now Open for Townsville Youth

Senior secondary school students in Townsville will have new opportunities to develop skills and learn about local in-demand occupations with the opening of an Industry Training Hub.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, today announced the opening of the Townsville Industry Training Hub which will assist young people in Year 11 and 12 to build skills and enter the workforce.

“Training Hubs will tackle areas with persistently high youth unemployment by delivering one-to-one mentoring services and skills development to ensure young Australians are well placed to find employment,” Minster Cash said.

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Media Release: Palm Island Youth Get Back to the Bush

The Morrison Government is providing $405,000 over two years to support the design and delivery of the ‘Back to the Bush’ youth engagement program on Palm Island, Queensland.

Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson OAM, MP, said the initial project was designed by local Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Councillor and Community Justice Group member, Deniece Geia.

“This is a great example of the Palm Island community working closely with Government to develop a program that directly addresses the needs identified by community leaders,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Labor trades mining jobs and cheaper power for North Queenslanders for Greens preferences

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says Labor should be ashamed of itself after teaming up with the Greens to block funding for a feasibility study for a new coal-fired power station in North Queensland.

NSW Labor Senator Jenny McAllister gave notice of a disallowance motion in the Senate for the $3.3 million study into Shine Energy’s proposed 1GW high efficiency, low emissions plant at Collinsville.

Mr Thompson said it proved once again that Labor cared more about its political prospects than the people of North Queensland.

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Media Release: Palaszczuk moves local youth detention guards into south-east COVID cluster

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says he’s disgusted at news the State Labor Government will be transferring 15 Cleveland Youth Detention Centre guards to a Brisbane centre where there has been a cluster of COVID-19.

Mr Thompson said not only was it a risk for the health of the affected workers and the local community, it would leave those left behind working at the Townsville centre at increased risk of being hurt.

“The safety of youth justice workers at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre is one of the biggest issues that is raised with me on a regular basis,” he said.

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Media Release: Business Case Backs Big Rocks Weir to Unlock North Queensland’s Potential

The Big Rocks Weir business case was released to the Australian and Queensland Governments today, marking an important milestone in delivering more irrigation and water security for North Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government stood ready to deliver its commitment of up to $30 million for half the construction costs of the Big Rocks Weir.

“The Big Rocks Weir business case demonstrates just how important this project will be for the Charters Towers region and for Queensland,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

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Media Release: NAIF funds flow to Cowboys for High-Performance Centre

A major economic and jobs boost for the North Queensland economy is on the way with the final sign off on a $20 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan to the North Queensland Cowboys for a new training and high-performance centre in Townsville.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the $20 million concessional NAIF loan was ready to reach financial close, meaning the Townsville club could draw on the funds from next week.

Minister Pitt said the NAIF finance meant the Cowboys and Townsville community would have world-class training and sports-medicine facilities which would attract athletes, teams and researchers to Australia’s tropical north.

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Media Release: Major new resource corridor starts in Queensland’s north

A new resource corridor starting in Queensland’s north will be a focus of the Coalition Government’s $125 million expansion of the Exploring for the Future program.

Running for more than 2000 kilometres from the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria through Mount Isa and down the borders of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, the corridor has been identified by scientific experts at Geoscience Australia as one of two in Australia with high potential for new energy, minerals and groundwater resource discoveries.

The second corridor, which starts just south of Darwin and straddles the borders of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia finishing at the edge of the Great Australian Bight, will also be included in the expansion of the program.

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Media Release: Statement on possible release of Hekmatullah

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has expressed his disgust at the possibility that Afghan soldier Hekmatullah, who murdered three Australian soldiers in 2012, may be released under a prisoner swap negotiated by the United States of America.

“This is a kick in the guts for every person who has put on the uniform, more-so for the families of those murdered by Hekmatullah,” Mr Thompson said.

“This terrorist was sentenced to death for the murder of three Australian soldiers who were serving their country, training the Afghan Army in 2012.

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Media Release: DriveIT NQ Construction underway creating 50 jobs

The heavy machinery has moved in and work is underway on a long-awaited driver education and motorsport precinct for Townsville.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said construction on Stage 1 of DriveIT NQ in Calcium was excellent news for the region.

“This is much-needed construction activity supporting 50 jobs at a time when our community really needs them,” Mr Thompson said.

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