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Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the announcement that telehealth GP providers will be required to have an existing and continuous relationship with a patient in order to provide telehealth services.
Mr Thompson said this new requirement for Medicare-subsidised telehealth services was a key outcome that Townsville doctors who took part in last month’s GP forum had been advocating for.
“It’s very clear that the vast majority of Townsville GPs have embraced telehealth and the opportunities for improved primary healthcare it provides for our community,” Mr Thompson said, “but we need to make sure that we aren’t seeing call-centre clinics being set up outside our region.
The Federal Government has provided the final project agreement for Stage 2 of Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline to the Queensland Government for signing so work can begin.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was time for the State Government to do the right thing and sign the agreement.
“The ball is now firmly in the Queensland Government’s court. This is Federal Government money for the people of Townsville, for the Council to build a pipeline to secure our city’s water security – the State needs to do its bit and get out of the way,” Mr Thompson said.
A long-running stalemate between a local swim instructor and the Townsville City Council has been resolved with the help of Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson.
Chris Hanson from Hanson School of Swimming had been operating lessons at the Castle Hill PCYC pool in Belgian Gardens but was kicked out of the facility in January with no notice and no explanation.
Mr Thompson said Mr Hanson contacted him for assistance after he was being ignored by the State Government, Townsville City Council and PCYC Queensland.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to explain why it hasn’t consulted with the Mundingburra community about a planned high-density development on Ross River Road.
Mr Thompson said his office had been hit with an avalanche of correspondence from neighbours and property owners who say they weren’t told about the plans to build the 18-unit complex.
“This is yet another example of the State Labor Government putting its own priorities ahead of the people,” he said.
Ex-service organisations and veteran groups in Townsville have received a funding boost to help support veterans and their families.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the more than $71,000 in funding was part of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.
“Townsville is our nation’s last garrison city so it is incredibly important that our ESOs are well-supported to help look after our veteran community,” he said.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has called on Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill to stop playing politics and instead focus on the people and businesses of North Queensland.
It comes after the Mayor released an essay over the weekend outlining recommendations on how the Labor Party could win seats at upcoming elections.
“While Townsville is in the grip of one of the worst economic hits in living memory, we have our Mayor focused on how the Labor Party can win votes,” he said.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to support a crucial sector of the business community left out of its Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program.
To be eligible for the $2,000-$10,000 grant, which can be put towards a range of uses, business owners must employ staff – leaving sole traders and self-employed people locked out of the program.
Mr Thompson said it was very disappointing that sole traders weren’t being looked after by the State Labor Government.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has expressed his disappointment that local businesses have once again been let down by the State Labor Government after a grants application website failed this morning.
Round 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program went live this morning but was overwhelmed by demand leaving some small business owners unable to complete the application.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the State Labor Government should’ve learnt from their experience in Round 1.
Media Release: Mayor prefers political debate than deferring pedestal tax for struggling businesses and sporting clubs
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill would rather have a political debate than deliver rate relief for accommodation providers and local sporting clubs crippled by her council’s excessive pedestal tax.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson wrote to the mayor on behalf of the dozens of organisations slugged $945 per toilet despite coronavirus restrictions meaning most of them hadn’t been flushed for months.
“Many motel owners and sporting clubs have been in contact with me about this pedestal tax and the need for relief at a time when money just isn’t coming in,” Mr Thompson said.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the announcement of further flood recovery and resilience grants in Townsville.
Mr Thompson said Flexible Funding Grants will provide crucial infrastructure and support services funding for local organisations, while more funding has been announced for counselling, accommodation and emotional support providers.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has thanked local General Practitioners for their feedback as part of last night’s virtual forum discussing local doctors’ response to COVID-19 and their needs moving forward.
Northern Australia Primary Health Limited chair Dr Michael Clements and Mr Thompson were joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health for the online discussion last night.
Mr Thompson said the forum – attended by around 50 local GPs – was an important opportunity to listen.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson will meet with around 50 General Practitioners in a virtual forum to discuss local doctors’ response to COVID-19 and their needs moving forward.
Northern Australia Primary Health Limited chair Dr Michael Clements and Mr Thompson will be joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health for the online discussion tonight.
Mr Thompson said it was an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges of the past few months and highlight the needs as the community recovers from the coronavirus.