Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Veteran housing to be boosted under new initiative

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed a positive step forward in the fight against homelessness among the veteran community.

Mr Thompson said he had been working closely with Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester to find solutions for former serving personnel who don’t have permanent suitable accommodation. One of these has been the latest move to strengthen the relationship between housing providers, DVA, ex-service organisations (ESOs) and Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling.

“It’s a national disgrace that veterans who have served our country in the armed forces would fall into homelessness which is why it’s so important that we act,” he said.

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Media Release: Local veteran recognised for helping former serving personnel obtain work

Army Veteran Paul Warren has been presented with a Prime Minister’s Veteran’s Employment Award in Townsville after COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the Canberra ceremony in May.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson presented the Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large award to the Rheinmetall Defence Australia Workforce Development & Veterans Program Manager this morning.

“This is a fantastic achievement for not just Rheinmetall Defence Australia but Paul himself as the manager of the Veteran Engagement Program,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Grants to support ADF Families

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed over $70,000 in funding to support local Australian Defence Force families.

Mr Thompson said the Cowboys were successful in applying for Defence’s Family Support Funding Program grant and would be using funds to deliver programs to school aged Defence children.

Our community, better than any other, understands the impact that Defence life can have on families.

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Media Release: Loan guarantee to help Townsville businesses

Townsville’s small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) will have easier access to more funding as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said today’s announcement of the extension of the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme would be a lifeline for many owners and operators.

“We know business owners are doing it incredibly tough right now as there is so much to do when it comes to moving out of hibernation, becoming COVID-safe and investing for the future,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Magnetic Island health care takes positive step forward

A statement of intent for the future of primary health care for Magnetic Island has been welcomed by Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson following this afternoon’s community meeting, but the MP says there is still more work to be done.

Mr Thompson said news of negotiations between respected Townsville GP Dr Michael Clements and the owner of the Island’s private GP Practice, Latitude 19, was a positive step towards resolving a shortage of doctors.

“It is absolutely not good enough that the people of Magnetic Island have been suffering by not having the health care that they needed,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Positive step forward for GP telehealth

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the announcement that telehealth GP providers will be required to have an existing and continuous relationship with a patient in order to provide telehealth services.

Mr Thompson said this new requirement for Medicare-subsidised telehealth services was a key outcome that Townsville doctors who took part in last month’s GP forum had been advocating for.

“It’s very clear that the vast majority of Townsville GPs have embraced telehealth and the opportunities for improved primary healthcare it provides for our community,” Mr Thompson said, “but we need to make sure that we aren’t seeing call-centre clinics being set up outside our region.

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Media Release: Final Agreement for Haughton Pipeline Stage 2

The Federal Government has provided the final project agreement for Stage 2 of Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline to the Queensland Government for signing so work can begin.

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said it was time for the State Government to do the right thing and sign the agreement.

“The ball is now firmly in the Queensland Government’s court. This is Federal Government money for the people of Townsville, for the Council to build a pipeline to secure our city’s water security – the State needs to do its bit and get out of the way,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: PCYC pool swim instructor to resume lessons with help from Herbert MP

A long-running stalemate between a local swim instructor and the Townsville City Council has been resolved with the help of Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson.

Chris Hanson from Hanson School of Swimming had been operating lessons at the Castle Hill PCYC pool in Belgian Gardens but was kicked out of the facility in January with no notice and no explanation.

Mr Thompson said Mr Hanson contacted him for assistance after he was being ignored by the State Government, Townsville City Council and PCYC Queensland.

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Media Release: Call for clarity on Mundingburra social housing development

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to explain why it hasn’t consulted with the Mundingburra community about a planned high-density development on Ross River Road.

Mr Thompson said his office had been hit with an avalanche of correspondence from neighbours and property owners who say they weren’t told about the plans to build the 18-unit complex.

“This is yet another example of the State Labor Government putting its own priorities ahead of the people,” he said.

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Media Release: Townsville ex-service organisations share in $71,000 to help veterans

Ex-service organisations and veteran groups in Townsville have received a funding boost to help support veterans and their families.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the more than $71,000 in funding was part of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

“Townsville is our nation’s last garrison city so it is incredibly important that our ESOs are well-supported to help look after our veteran community,” he said.

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Media Release: Herbert MP calls on Mayor Hill to put politics aside and focus on Locals

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has called on Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill to stop playing politics and instead focus on the people and businesses of North Queensland.

It comes after the Mayor released an essay over the weekend outlining recommendations on how the Labor Party could win seats at upcoming elections.

“While Townsville is in the grip of one of the worst economic hits in living memory, we have our Mayor focused on how the Labor Party can win votes,” he said.

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Media Release: State Labor Government leaves sole traders out of COVID-19 assistance program

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to support a crucial sector of the business community left out of its Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program.

To be eligible for the $2,000-$10,000 grant, which can be put towards a range of uses, business owners must employ staff – leaving sole traders and self-employed people locked out of the program.

Mr Thompson said it was very disappointing that sole traders weren’t being looked after by the State Labor Government.

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