Recent News & Updates
The Liberal National Government’s continued support for the important CopperString 2.0 project, included in the 2020-21 Budget, is a commitment to regional jobs, industry development and affordable reliable power.
Building on the Government’s 2019 grant of $5.17 million to support preparatory work on CopperString, further Government support through this budget will help the project progress to final investment decision in 2021.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said as Australia recovers from COVID-19, it is critical that we invest in that recovery.
A $95 million upgrade to Riverway Drive and a major study to identify priority sections of the Bruce Highway for duplication are two major announcements as part of tomorrow night’s Federal Budget to help drive Townsville’s recovery from COVID-19.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said duplication and safety upgrade works to Riverway Drive between Allambie Lane and Dunlop Street would be a major catalyst for economic activity.
“This commitment is so important not only for the residents of the Upper Ross but also our economy,” Mr Thompson said.
Herbert MP and veteran Phillip Thompson has welcomed the appointment of an interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.
Attorney-General Christian Porter has announced Dr Bernadette Boss CSC will soon begin the task of identifying the causes of, and means to address, the incidence of suicide among the ADF and veteran community.
Mr Thompson said Dr Boss was an appropriate choice for interim National Commissioner.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has welcomed the completion of major upgrades to flood-damaged infrastructure at the Townsville Pistol Club.
The Club received funding of more than $365,000 after last February’s monsoon caused significant damage to the pistol ranges, footbridges and access road at Roseneath.
Mr Thompson said the repairs were an important part of the community’s recovery.
Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt has demonstrated ongoing Government support for projects in Townsville after inspecting construction work at the North Queensland Cowboys NRL club.
The North Queensland Cowboys’ Community, Training and High-Performance Centre is a key project for the region and has been supported by a $20 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), and a $15 million grant from the Commonwealth Government.
Minister Pitt said NAIF has backed five major projects in Townsville with loans worth more than $230 million, helping to stimulate the north Queensland economy and support more than 1,300 jobs.
The State Labor Government’s ‘Recovery Action Plan’ which is supposed to create jobs will actually delay 200 of them by funding another business case for a major project that already has one, Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has said.
Mr Thompson said the Labor Premier’s announcement yesterday that she would only fund Big Rocks Weir if her own additional business case stacked up showed she doesn’t have the money and doesn’t trust Townsville Enterprise, who administered the first business case, funded by the Federal Government.
“We’ve put $30 million up, if they put $30 million up we get on with the job,” Mr Thompson said.
Expressions of interest are now open for membership of the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce in Townsville.
As part of the $62.8 million Local Jobs Program, taskforces are a “go local” scheme designed to get Australians in 25 locations back to work and help the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said tailoring solutions specific to local areas was vital to helping regions recover.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says the State Labor Government is attempting to deceive the people of Townsville 38 days out from the State Election with the release of what Premier Palaszczuk is calling a ‘Recovery Action Plan’.
Mr Thompson said the plan failed to address the critical question of how the Government would pay for its promises and feared Queenslanders would spend decades paying off debt under another four years of Labor.
“It’s disappointing but not surprising to see the State Labor Government splashing cash ahead of the election in order to score political points with no plan to pay down the debt that it will incur,” Mr Thompson said.
The families of ill and injured children now have access to upgraded and safer cooking facilities while staying at Townsville’s Ronald McDonald House thanks to the assistance of a Federal Government grant.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson joined Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia CEO Denise Lumsden this morning for the official opening of the Douglas facility’s new family kitchen.
Mr Thompson said the upgrade was extremely important for the more than 400 families a year who call the facility home while enduring a difficult time.
Adults and young people across Townsville and the region will have increased access to drug and alcohol treatment services as a result of an Australian Government investment of more than $6 million in the Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson joined Divisional Commander for Queensland of The Salvation Army, Lieutenant Col David Godkin and Townsville Recovery Centre manager Capt Brad Whillte for the opening of the 10-bed withdrawal management service this morning.
Mr Thompson said alcohol, cannabis and methamphetamine use in North Queensland was a problem not only for the person affected, but for their family, friends and the wider community.
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.
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.