Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Shark drumlines return to waters around Townsville

Shark drumlines inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park around Townsville will return to the water by mid-February, following a funding agreement between the Federal and State Governments. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said drumlines that were removed in September last year in areas including Picnic Bay, Alma Bay, Florence Bay, Nelly Bay, Pallarenda Beach and Radical Bay, will be redeployed.

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Media Release: Construction begins on Salvation Army detox centre

Ten dedicated detox beds for sufferers of drug and alcohol addiction will soon become available in Townsville, after construction began on a new detox facility at the Salvation Army’s Recovery Services Centre. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson turned the sod on the $1.4-million project this morning, which is 50% funded by the Australian Government. He said the centre would free up beds in the existing residential centre.

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Community before criminals

OPINION: IT IS a worry when an eight-minute siege on-board a bus full of passengers, being held hostage by 10 youths, isn’t shocking anymore. That’s what happened in Townsville last week. The gang taunted those on board, throwing bottles at them and snatching at bags. On Monday a newsagent had to revive his martial arts skills in self-defence to ward off two young would-be pickpockets who attacked him on an early morning paper run.

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Media Release: Ringing In New Funding for Townsville

The last remaining two lane section of the Townville Ring Road has just received a funding boost to duplicate six kilometres of the Bruce Highway and deliver a new interchange at Beck Drive. Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was delighted the project had reached the design stage.

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Media Release: $50 million NAIF loan finalised to refurbish Townsville Airport Terminal

The redevelopment of Townsville Airport is ready for take off, with financial close reached on a $50 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan application and first drawdown of funds expected to happen before the end of the year. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said reaching financial close heralded an exciting new phase for North Queensland, and Townsville in particular.

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Media Release: Contract awarded to construct new health centre in Townsville

Australian Defence Force members and the local community will benefit from construction of a new Health Centre at RAAF Base Townsville, with work to begin within weeks. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, and Federal Member for Herbert, Mr Phillip Thompson OAM MP, announced St Hillier’s Property Pty Ltd had secured the $10.8 million contract with Defence.

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