Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Petition launched to abolish crippling toilet tax

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson will lodge a petition with Townsville City Council after months of inaction to ease the financial burden of pedestal tax on accommodation providers and local community groups.

Dozens of organisations are slugged $945 per toilet despite state government restrictions on travel and gatherings.

“The silence from Council has been deafening,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Local Recovery Fund Open in Townsville for Local Jobs Pathways

Local and tailored projects aimed at helping Townsville recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 will be supported through the Morrison Government’s Local Recovery Fund.
Applications are now open for local groups and organisations to apply to receive funding ranging from $10,000 to $200,000, to develop projects, including mentoring, training and reskilling, in line with local employment needs.
The Local Recovery Fund is a key component of the Local Jobs Program and will fund projects, or parts of larger projects, that are not being supported through existing programs or activities.

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Media Release: Opportunities Boosted for Townsville Defence Industry

Townsville’s small and medium businesses are set to benefit from greater government co-contributions for defence industry grants as well as bigger maximum grant values.

Under the changes to take effect from 12 November, new applicants for a Capability Improvement Grant or a Defence Global Competitiveness Grant will only be required to fund 20 per cent of the value of their eligible project, and new applicants for a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant will only be required to fund 30 per cent of the value of their eligible project. Previously a 50:50 co-contribution was required.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was great news for local businesses looking to work with Defence.

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Media Release: Queensland Business to Go Online to Get Defence Ready

Central and North Queensland businesses competing for work will be able to put their best foot forward using Defence’s new online tutorial series Getting Defence Ready.

Defence has developed the online tutorial series to help local businesses pursue contracts under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI).

The series has been developed in response to social distancing requirements and travel restrictions in place because of COVID-19.

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Media Release: Further Support for Copperstring 2.0

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.

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Media Release: Major Local Road Upgrades to Drive 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.

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Media Release: Herbert MP welcomes National Commissioner Appointment

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.

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Media Release: Townsville Pistol Club’s best shot at recovery

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.

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Media Release: NAIF Supporting North Qld as Cowboys Construction Continues

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.

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Media Release: State Labor’s ‘job-creating’ COVID-recovery plan will actually delay 200 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.

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