Recent News & Updates
Shark drumlines inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park around Townsville will return to the water by mid-February, following a funding agreement between the Federal and State Governments. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said drumlines that were removed in September last year in areas including Picnic Bay, Alma Bay, Florence Bay, Nelly Bay, Pallarenda Beach and Radical Bay, will be redeployed.
Ten dedicated detox beds for sufferers of drug and alcohol addiction will soon become available in Townsville, after construction began on a new detox facility at the Salvation Army’s Recovery Services Centre. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson turned the sod on the $1.4-million project this morning, which is 50% funded by the Australian Government. He said the centre would free up beds in the existing residential centre.
Additional funding has been committed to improve the safety of a notorious section of the Bruce Highway at Black River. “For me, the most important aspect of these works is safety. This is an extremely important and busy road used by both locals and freight traffic,” Mr Thompson said.
OPINION: IT IS a worry when an eight-minute siege on-board a bus full of passengers, being held hostage by 10 youths, isn’t shocking anymore. That’s what happened in Townsville last week. The gang taunted those on board, throwing bottles at them and snatching at bags. On Monday a newsagent had to revive his martial arts skills in self-defence to ward off two young would-be pickpockets who attacked him on an early morning paper run.
The last remaining two lane section of the Townville Ring Road has just received a funding boost to duplicate six kilometres of the Bruce Highway and deliver a new interchange at Beck Drive. Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was delighted the project had reached the design stage.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has set the record straight on Federal Government recovery funding following last year’s monsoon. Mr Thompson said all Federal Government funding that had been promised has been delivered to the State Government’s Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
Cash boosts of up to $5,000 are on offer for volunteer groups Townsville. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said $66,000 of funding was available for groups and organisations in the electorate of Herbert, as part of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants program.
Eleven Townsville schools will share in $200,000 worth of funding for security upgrades, new playgrounds and technology. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the money would be spent on small projects which will make a big difference.
The redevelopment of Townsville Airport is ready for take off, with financial close reached on a $50 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan application and first drawdown of funds expected to happen before the end of the year. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said reaching financial close heralded an exciting new phase for North Queensland, and Townsville in particular.
Great Barrier Reef tourism and education have received an additional $26.9 million investment over four years with the upgrade of Townsville’s Reef HQ Aquarium announced in the Morrison Government’s 2019-20 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Australian Defence Force members and the local community will benefit from construction of a new Health Centre at RAAF Base Townsville, with work to begin within weeks. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, and Federal Member for Herbert, Mr Phillip Thompson OAM MP, announced St Hillier’s Property Pty Ltd had secured the $10.8 million contract with Defence.
Work on a $36 million environmental recovery program has started to help revitalise Northern Queensland’s rich natural habitat after February’s monsoon and flooding. The program is part of the $242 million Recovery Package funded under the joint Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.