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Media Release: Community groups to receive crime-prevention boost

Applications are now open for grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 for infrastructure to prevent crime at community organisations and public facilities under the Infrastructure Grants round of the Safer Communities program.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said Townsville’s crime problem affected everyone in the city, including local community groups and organisations

“Unfortunately criminals often see clubhouses and community buildings as soft targets, because these volunteer-run organisations just can’t afford the lighting and CCTV they need to protect their property,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Road safety upgrade to reduce crashes in Kirwan

Drivers will soon have a safer trip to work or school, particularly in wet conditions, thanks to a federally-funded project to upgrade a local road with a high number of serious crashes.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said Charles Street in Kirwan would be upgraded, south east of Sabadall Street, under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

“There is nothing more important when it comes to our roads than safety, which is why we’re putting in $261,000 for this local project,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Palm Island to benefit from $1m telecommunications boost

Palm Island residents will soon benefit from faster and more reliable mobile phone coverage thanks to federal funding through the Regional Connectivity Program.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson announced just over $1 million would go towards upgrading Telstra’s existing 4GX macro base station at Palm Island North, increasing the bandwidth of the connection with the mainland.

“It doesn’t matter whether you live on the mainland or an island, everyone should have access to reliable communications,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Veterans’ Oasis opens in Townsville

A new one-stop support shop that has been years in the making has officially opened in Townsville today to provide ongoing support for veterans and their families.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was great to see this long-awaited project now realised and ready to start supporting the serving and ex-serving community in Australia’s largest garrison city.

“I transitioned from the ADF almost 10 years ago and I wish there had been something like this available for me back then. I’m proud of the increased support we’ve provided for veterans and their families, particularly during transition, and this is just another step in ensuring all veterans receive support when and where they need it,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Beachside bliss with boost to mobiles at Toolakea

Residents and visitors to the Toolakea area are benefiting from new and improved Telstra mobile coverage as part of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson, said it was important that people across the broader Townsville region had access to mobile communications.

“Communication is key not just for the local economy and business community, but for personal use and during natural disasters,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Federal Government grants available for crime prevention

Applications will open at 9am today for grants of between $200,000 and $1.5 million for early intervention programs for youths who are at high risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he hoped Townsville organisations would make the most of the opportunity to help address the city’s crime problems.

“Townsville has been battling a crime epidemic for far too long, and the root causes of it have not been addressed,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: New Jobs to come from NAIF Loan to James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) can push ahead with major works on its new Technology Innovation Complex that will create new jobs in the region, after the loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) reached financial close.

This means JCU can now draw on the $96 million NAIF loan to fund construction of the four-storey complex at the Bebegu Yumba campus in Townsville, which will be the centrepiece of a new innovation hub.

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Media Release: The HIVE to get off the ground with Marine Park Authority as major tenant

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.

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Media Release: Relaxing with Birdie builds resilience in local kids

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.

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Media Release: Time running out to express interest in Volunteer Grants

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.

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Media Release: Grant to boost local arts scene and drive employment

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.

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Media Release: Townsville general practices to receive COVID-19 jab next week

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.

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