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Media Release: First GP-led respiratory clinic opens in Townsville to boost COVID-19 response

The first Australian Government-funded GP-led respiratory clinic in Townsville has opened to support local GPs with patients who require further assessment and testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Townsville Respiratory Clinic will assess, test, and diagnose community members experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or unusual fatigue). Community members will be directed back to their usual GP for ongoing care.

The Upper Ross Medical Centre will run the new clinic from its Rasmussen site, which will be staffed from Monday to Saturday by an expert medical team of doctors and nurses, supported by auxiliary practice support staff.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson welcomes extra interest-free loans for COVID-19-affected businesses

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the State Labor Government putting right a major blow to local businesses in need of financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Government’s Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) closed applications for its 12-month interest free loans on April 18, simply because the $500-million allocation dried up.

Mr Thompson said he took the fight up to the Premier after receiving a barrage of messages and phone calls from distressed business owners who had been hopeful of obtaining the financial lifeline, only to find out that they were too late.

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Media Release: Thompson welcomes Labor backflip on JobKeeper Payroll Tax

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the State Labor Government’s announcement not to slug struggling North Queensland businesses with Payroll Tax on JobKeeper Payments.

Mr Thompson said it’s disappointing the Queensland Labor Government dragged its heels on the issue for more than a month but praised the North Queensland business community for its lobbying efforts.

“I’ve been proud to join North Queensland business leaders in taking this important fight up to the Queensland Labor Government. We saw other jurisdictions across Australia act swiftly on this issue in early April- it’s a shame the Queensland Government had to be dragged kicking and screaming,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Townsville Company Secures Defence Training Contract

A local Townsville company whose workforce is primarily comprised of veterans, Cubic Defence Australia, has secured a $5 million contract to deliver training services for the Australian Defence Force.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was proud to see another Townsville company benefiting from the record investment in Australia’s defence industry.

“I congratulate Cubic Defence Australia on ensuring our ADF has the modern operational training they need to defend Australia’s national interests,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville Seniors to benefit from Aged Care Provider Payments

Residential aged care providers in Townsville will benefit from an additional COVID-19 specific support package under targeted measures announced by the Federal Government.

The $205 million package takes the total COVID-19 specific Federal Government funding for aged care to more than $850 million.

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck and Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson welcomed the latest injection of funds aimed at ensuring aged care providers in the Herbert electorate can offer reinforced levels of safety and care.

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Media Release: 24 Tonnes of Marine Debris Cleared from Great Barrier Reef

Over 24 tonnes of debris including plastics, discarded fishing gear, old cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have been removed from the beaches of the Great Barrier Reef in 2019, thanks to the Morrison Government’s partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation to deliver the ReefClean project.

A report released today reported that ReefClean, which is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust, ran 49 community clean-up activities and regularly monitored 33 beaches for marine debris during its first full year.

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Media Release: Growth Tipped for Northern Forestry Industry

Farmers and organisations across catchment areas from Cairns to Mackay are being offered a total of $12.6 million for innovations to improve water quality and reduce sediment reaching the Great Barrier Reef.

Funding is from the latest tranche of investments under the Reef Trust Partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation which is reducing threats to the health of sea-grass, coral and marine life such as turtles and dugongs by removing sediment, nutrients and pesticides.

Detailed technical assessments have identified the Upper Herbert, Upper & East Burdekin catchments and Bowen, Broken and Bogie catchments as key areas where farmers can create a positive impact.

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Media Release: $12.6 M for Farmers to Protect Reef Water Quality

Farmers and organisations across catchment areas from Cairns to Mackay are being offered a total of $12.6 million for innovations to improve water quality and reduce sediment reaching the Great Barrier Reef.

Funding is from the latest tranche of investments under the Reef Trust Partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation which is reducing threats to the health of sea-grass, coral and marine life such as turtles and dugongs by removing sediment, nutrients and pesticides.

Detailed technical assessments have identified the Upper Herbert, Upper & East Burdekin catchments and Bowen, Broken and Bogie catchments as key areas where farmers can create a positive impact.

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Media Release: JobKeeper Payment Extensions to Help Businesses

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the Australian Taxation Office announcement to extend the time available for businesses to pay their employees, and still be able to claim back the first JobKeeper payments.

Mr Thompson said businesses applying for JobKeeper would now have until
8 May 2020 to ensure all eligible employees have received the payments for the first two fortnights of the JobKeeper support period.

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Media Release: Funding lifeline to support zoos and aquariums

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the Federal Government’s
$94.6 million support package to help Australian zoos and aquariums get through the
COVID-19 crisis.

Mr Thompson said that the zoos and aquariums played a vital role in the conservation and protection of native and endangered species and in the local economy, acting as a tourism draw card for the city.

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Media Release: Alternative tests released for JobKeeper turnover calculations for flood-affected businesses

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the release of alternative tests which will help Townsville businesses who were affected by the 2019 floods as they apply for JobKeeper.

The Deputy Tax Commissioner has made a determination under the Coronavirus Economic Response Package legislation, outlining alternative decline in turnover tests for a range of situations where special circumstances may make it difficult to meet the 30% decline in turnover test when compared with a similar period in the year before.

Mr Thompson said businesses affected by drought or natural disaster will be able to use their turnover figures for the year before the flood.

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Media Release: Local Veteran and Herbert MP encourages Townsville to embrace #AnzacAtHome

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is urging Townsville locals to mark Anzac Day on their driveway after the cancellation of local commemorative activities in the Herbert electorate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Thompson, himself an Afghanistan Veteran, said it was important people still took the time out to remember the sacrifices that had been made for our freedoms.

“Anzac Day is one of the most important days on the calendar for our nation, especially for our Veterans and Defence members and their families. So it’s sad that things are going to be very different this year,” Mr Thompson said.

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