Recent News & Updates
Townsville’s $193 million port upgrade is underway with the first rocks laid today for its new protective wall. Start of construction on the 2.2km protective rock wall will ultimately pave the way for up to six new berths.
The Prime Minister has announced a number of temporary, targeted and proportionate measures to stimulate the economy, in response to the Coronavirus. They have four parts: Supporting business investment Providing cash flow assistance to help small and medium sized business to stay in business and keep their employees in jobs Targeted support for the most severely affected sectors, regions and communities; Household stimulus payments that will benefit the wider economy Delivering support for business investment $700 million to increase the instant asset write off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and expand access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million) until 30 June 2020. For example, assets that may be able to be immediately written off are
Townsville-based academics will lead research to underpin the next generation of Australia’s mining industry, creating more jobs and business opportunities. The Morrison Government is providing $573,068 to fund research led by James Cook University to improve our knowledge of Australia’s endowment of rare earth element resources, which are used for clean energy and high-tech applications. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the James Cook University academics would lead a team of experts from local and international universities and organisations, like Geoscience Australia and Northern Minerals.
Regional Australia boasts some of this country’s most beautiful landscapes, tourist attractions and it is home to millions of people, which is why the Australian Government is seeking views on how to improve connectivity and innovation in regional aviation. The Government has today released an Issues Paper, the first step in preparing the Regional Aviation Policy Statement. “Aviation is such an important industry for Townsville and North Queensland, and we need to make sure we have the input of locals to help shape its future and ensure it delivers the best outcomes for our economy,” Mr Thompson said.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is encouraging Townsville locals who are hoping to take on an apprenticeship to take advantage of $5,000 scholarships available from this week. BUSY at Work will administer the Commonwealth Scholarship Program for Young Australians in the city, as part of another positive plan to help address youth unemployment. Mr Thompson said while Vocational Education and Training (VET) had suffered under the administration of the Queensland State Labor Government, this was an example of how the Federal Government is playing its part.
Media Release: Statement on the Productivity Commission’s Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments Report
I do not support the recommendations of this report to Government, which was clearly written by people outside the regions. The regions like Townsville are the backbone of the nation. I will not stand idle and let some southern bureaucrats pen a report which will put more strain on the people of Townsville. The Zone Tax Offset should not be abolished. It is an important measure that helps people living in regional areas like North Queensland.
Arts and culture organisations in Herbert are invited to apply for a share of more than $500,000 available in funding across Australia for arts projects at festivals and significant one-off community celebrations. Festivals Australia funds arts projects including parades, performances, workshops and installations to promote community engagement at local festivals in regional and remote Australia.
It was so exciting to be a part of the People’s Day as we officially launched the Queensland Country Bank Stadium. A Federal Government commitment of $100-million combined with the state and local cash and in-kind funding to build this amazing facility as part of the Townsville City Deal.
The great unveiling of the Queensland Country Bank Stadium will take place tomorrow, with the gates unlocked for Open Day – the first opportunity for locals to take a look inside the brand-new home of the beloved North Queensland Cowboys.
The Open Day represents a once-only chance to enjoy a sneak peek of the stadium before its first major events, going behind the scenes to access the team change rooms, inspect the commentary and coaches boxes, and check out the view from one of 25,000 seats.
The Townsville City Deal continues to shape a bold new future for Townsville with significant progress on major infrastructure projects that create jobs and improve liveability, according to the third annual report on the Deal released today. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said progress over the past 12 months on Australia’s first City Deal showed the power of the Deals to change the face of a city.
Palm Island locals are set to benefit from improved retail offerings with the opening of Stage 2 of the Bwgcolman Retail and Business Precinct today, which received nearly $10-million of Federal Government Funding. Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the project, which will provide 570m2 of retail space and 570m2 of commercial space, would bring major economic benefits to Palm Island.
A $20 million-plus safety package for the Bruce Highway north of Townsville is nearing completion with the reopening of the Bluewater Drive intersection following a five-month closure. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said he was pleased to see progress being made on site to improve safety for motorists.