Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Volunteer Grants to Ease Cost Pressures for Community Organisations

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson is urging Townsville community organisations to express their interest in grants to help their volunteers.

Mr Thompson said his office was currently taking expressions of interest for grants of between $1,000 and $5,000.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of our community and this funding is about supporting them to do the important work they do,” he said.

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Media Release: One Year since ADF Deployment to Kabul

As we remember the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, today we mark a year since the deployment of a brave contingent of Australian Defence Force personnel for the evacuation operation.

This was no ordinary deployment. In the face of extreme danger, brave soldiers from Townsville’s 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, along with other attachments, put themselves in harm’s way to rescue others.

Despite the images of chaos being beamed around the world – pictures of men, women and children clinging to aircraft trying to escape the Taliban, and the ever-present threat of terrorist attack – our men and women answered the call to service without question.

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Media Release: Statement on the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

I welcome the findings of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

For far too long, this issue has been dealt with in the shadows. Today, we have shone a spotlight on the darkest corners of our Defence Force which will allow us to finally take the necessary action that I believe will start the decline of the national shame that is Defence and veteran suicide.

Today, I offer a heartfelt apology to every single Australian family that has lost a loved one to Defence or veteran suicide.

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Media Release: Hekmatullah Developments Disgusting and Disturbing

Afghanistan Veteran and Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Phillip Thompson has labelled reports Afghan soldier Hekmatullah is living it up as a Taliban hero disgusting and disturbing.

Mr Thompson said the infamous terrorist fighter, who killed three unarmed Australian soldiers, had reportedly returned to Kabul after being released from prison by the Taliban last year.

“It is very disturbing to hear reports that Hekmatullah has said explicitly that he would continue killing Australians when free,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Taxpayer-funded Adventure Program Must Not Reward Young Criminals

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has slammed the State Labor Government’s plans for a program which appears to reward young criminals with adventure activities.

The program is reportedly funded with $73,000 of taxpayers’ money and will involve activities like zip-lining, sports and abseiling.

“This appears to be nothing more than reward for bad behaviour,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Bright Future for Townsville Tennis after Lighting Upgrade

Players at Townsville Tennis are already seeing an improvement to their game after an LED lighting upgrade at their courts in North Ward.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he was pleased to be able to secure a grant of $12,000 for the upgrade, which will also help the club save on its power bills.

“These new lights aren’t just brighter, they’re cheaper to run, which is a win-win for everyone involved and allows the club to keep its costs down for its members,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Defence Strategic Review Must Not Equal Cuts

Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence and Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says the Labor Government’s Defence Strategic Review must not result in cuts to programs or spending.

Mr Thompson said he was concerned that the former Labor Defence Minister and former Chief of Defence Force who are to conduct the review presided over a period where Defence spending was cut to its lowest levels since 1938.

“We’re in a period of uncertainty the likes of which we’ve not seen for a long time, and the last thing we need is a repeat of the cuts we saw under Labor during Stephen Smith’s period as Defence Minister,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: ABCC Abolition will hurt Townsville Economy

Federal Herbert MP Phillip Thompson says the Labor Government’s plan to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) will hurt the Townsville economy.

Mr Thompson said the ABCC had been instrumental in fighting against union bullying and thuggery, including during the construction of the North Queensland Stadium in 2019 which caused work stoppages.

The CFMMEU was fined nearly $200,000 for organising unlawful industrial action on the site and trying to coerce workers into entering a building enterprise agreement with the Union.

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Media Release: Headspace Townsville snubbed for funding to cut wait list

A critical local service for young people experiencing mental health issues has been passed over in the latest round of grants designed to cut wait times and improve facilities.

Headspace Townsville, which provides mental health support for local teens and young adults aged between 12 and 25, have missed out on a critical funding injection to address staffing and space issues that are contributing to long wait lists.

In January 2022 the Coalition Government announced $44 million in funding for Primary Health Networks (PHNs) for Headspace services across the country under the Headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program.

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Media Release: Early intervention CBD youth precinct marks major milestone

Townsville CBD workers and residents may have noticed some changes to the landscape around the corner of Walker and Blackwood Streets this week.

Work is beginning to install large poles as part of the adventure-based learning high ropes course at YWAM’s new Youth Precinct which is currently under construction.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said it was an exciting milestone on a project which would help to address some of the city’s youth crime, youth disengagement and youth suicide issues.

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Media Release: $38.1M disaster relief election promise must be delivered now

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson says a $38.1M promise to help a veteran-run disaster recovery charity engage another 5,200 volunteers must be delivered upon immediately.

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) was promised the funding by both major political parties during the most recent federal election campaign, to expand its National Veteran Volunteer Service Program.

Mr Thompson said DRA had been instrumental in helping communities like Townsville recover from flooding in 2019, and most recently communities in NSW and Queensland following their natural disasters.

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Media Release: Big Bash draw highlights need for Riverway lighting upgrade

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson says today’s Big Bash League Cricket draw highlights the need for an upgrade to lighting at Riverway Stadium.

The draw shows Townsville missing out on a night-time BBL game to Cazalys Stadium in Cairns when the Brisbane Heat take on the Melbourne Renegades on December 15 at 7:15pm. Cricket Australia has previously said the lack of broadcast-standard lighting at Riverway meant night-time Townsville Big Bash fixtures weren’t an option.

Mr Thompson said it demonstrated the need for the $6-million upgrade, which was committed to by the Coalition during the federal election but was not matched by Labor.

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