Recent News & Updates
A major, long-awaited place-making project will finally become a reality after the proponents of The HIVE project and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reached agreement for new head office accommodation.
The first stage of the $250 million project, which will reinvigorate the area where Flinders Street meets The Strand, will become the new home for the Marine Park Authority’s head office.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the agreement would allow the world-leading marine management agency to do its job even better.
Townsville kindy kids will stretch out the sad and dive into downward dogs this month as part of the Townsville Disaster Recovery team’s Relaxing with Birdie initiative.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said helping children be more resilient amidst natural disasters was a priority.
“Late last year we announced $2 million for preventative mental health programs aimed at children so I’m looking forward to seeing more programs like this roll out in our region,” Mr Thompson said.
Townsville organisations have until the end of this week to express their interest in grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help support the important work of their volunteers.
Volunteer Grants can be used to purchase small equipment and contribute to the cost of training courses and fuel for volunteers.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he had already received a significant number of expressions of interest via his website.
A major federal government investment will help Umbrella Studio to grow Makerspace, creating income for artists and artworkers.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the $257,611 grant, provided under the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) program, would be a major boost for the sector which has been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a gamechanger for Umbrella Studio. The Makerspace is such an important facility for local artists and this investment will allow it to be used for digital workshops and onsite programs,” Mr Thompson said.
Townsville general practices (GPs) will receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination from next week.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said locals falling in the eligibility categories for Phase 1b will be able to make an appointment with a selected General Practice, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) or Respiratory Clinic to receive the vaccination.
“This is exciting news for our community as we work to protect as many people as possible from getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and get life back to normal again,” Mr Thompson said.
The cost of flights to Townsville will be cut in half, giving local businesses and the economy a significant boost.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he had been meeting with dozens of tourism, accommodation and hospitality business operators over the past year.
“This has been the toughest year these businesses have ever had to endure. The restrictions have resulted in a massive hit to visitation,” Mr Thompson said.
Townsville Flexible Learning Centre in West End will benefit from the construction of new classroom and administration facilities thanks to a Federal Government grant.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the Australian Government would provide $2.3m towards the project through the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.
“Students and staff at Townsville Flexible Learning Centre will benefit from the construction of new and refurbished administration and staff facilities, general learning areas, art rooms, enclosed walkways and student amenities,” Mr Thompson said.
The close combat warfighting capability of the Australian Army has been strengthened by a $31 million Morrison Government investment in the delivery of a new, three-storey Armoured Vehicle Simulation Centre in Townsville.
Townsville region businesses are set to play a major role in delivering the state-of-the-art facility, which is due to start this month and be finished in mid-2022.
Its construction workforce is expected to peak at about 110 people per day.
Media Release: Grants up to $500,000 available for local businesses to better weather future natural disasters
Applications for a new grant for local businesses to expand and diversify are now open as part of the Federal Government’s continued efforts to help the community recover from the 2019 monsoon trough flood event.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available for projects that diversify existing industries and start new ones.
“The North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants are a massive opportunity for local businesses to innovate and create more jobs for our local community,” he said.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has lodged a petition with the Townsville City Council to reverse yesterday’s decision to raise the general rate by 2%.
Townsville ratepayers, who are already suffering from the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, were caught off-guard by the announcement.
Mr Thompson said it was an extra expense that local residents shouldn’t have to fork out for.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on Queensland State Labor Roads Minister Mark Bailey to use his visit to Townsville for community cabinet to meet with Black River residents who are still unhappy with the design of the Townsville Northern Access Intersections Upgrade project.
The $107.65m project, 80% funded by the Federal Government, but designed and constructed by the Queensland Government, was intended to duplicate the Bruce Highway between Veales Road and Pope road and upgrade safety at local intersections.
Mr Thompson said he still hadn’t received a response to a letter he sent to the Minister in November on behalf of the community, after they raised concerns that the new design was unsafe. Hundreds of people have already signed a petition calling for an urgent pause on works.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is calling on locals to get out and celebrate Australia Day this coming Tuesday, with the Federal Government pitching in up to $1 million to help local celebrations meet COVID-safe requirements.
The COVIDSafe Australia Day Grant, administered through the National Australia Day Council, has provided support for the Northern Stories program of events including the HALO light show, the annual Flag Raising Ceremony and the Free Aussie Breakfast.
Mr Thompson said he hoped locals would make the most of the public holiday and take the opportunity to attend one of the many events.