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Blakey’s funding a victory for businesses and motorists

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones has today welcomed the news that Blakey’s Crossing will receive full funding under an LNP State Government.

“At last … someone in State politics gets it,” Mr Jones said.

“This Labor State Government has pulled more than $100m in land tax alone from the Bohle industrial state redevelopment.

“Flood-proofing the main industrial artery that links the Bohle with the rest of Townsville is long overdue and it’s about time we got our fair share.

“My biggest concern throughout this debate has been that the ratepayer should not have to pay for what was a federal highway.

“This is a win for everyone in Townsville.  A win for the people who have called radio stations

Uni students fight new tax

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones has launched a petition to fight a new tax on students studying at university.

As university returns for 2012, Townsville students are being slugged a new “student services and amenities fee” for facilities they are mostly unwilling or unable to use.

Mr Jones said the new tax, costing up to $263 a year, was an unwelcome burden on students already struggling to meet rising living costs.

Labor and the Greens late last year voted for a return to compulsory student services fees.

Dozens of students have contacted Mr Jones to voice their concerns about having to find more money to study at university when they are already struggling.

Mr Jones said it was grossly

Coalition recommits to fair indexation of military superannuation pensions

The Coalition has recommitted itself to the fair indexation of Defence Forces Retirement Benefit (DFRB) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) military superannuation pensions this week.

“I am determined that we keep faith with those who have served and protected Australia,” Mr Jones said.

“A future Coalition Government will ensure that DFRB and DFRDB superannuants aged 55 and over will have their superannuation pensions indexed in the same way as aged and service pensions.

“Across Australia 57,000 superannuants, and their families, will have access to fair, just and equitable indexation of their superannuation entitlements under a Coalition government.

“The plan is fully costed and fully funded.”

Mr Jones said Labor had led people to believe that they would

Disaster assistance for Townsville

Townsville residents impacted by Tuesday morning’s devastating tornado-like storm can seek personal hardship assistance from the Commonwealth and State governments through disaster relief programs.

Mr Jones said Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements were available to help residents meet a range of expenses incurred in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

The Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme (PHD) and the Essential Service Safety and Reconnection Scheme has been made available for the suburbs of Vincent, Aitkenvale and Garbutt.

The emergency assistance payments are administered by the Queensland Department of Communities and they can be contacted on 1800 173 349.

About 30 homes lost their roofs and several businesses suffered major damage in the terrifying storm that struck the Vincent, Aitkenvale, Pimlico

History essay competition for Year 9 and 10 students

In May this year, Australia will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Townsville played a major role in this naval battle, which significantly shaped our country’s involvement in World War II.

To highlight the importance of this occasion, Ewen Jones, Member for Herbert, is organising an Essay Competition open to students in Years 9 and 10 attending Townsville high schools.

The essay title is – “The Significance to Australia of the Battle of the Coral Sea in World War II” – and the limit is 1,000 words.

The first prize will be $400 for history resources to the winning student’s school. Additionally, the winning student will receive a $100 book voucher.

The closing date for

Mayoral candidates urged to include carbon tax cost on rates bill

Member for Herbert Ewen Jones is calling on the Townsville Mayoral candidates to support itemising the cost of the carbon tax to council on residents’ rates notices.

Mr Jones said the ratepayers of Townsville deserved to know how much the Labor Government’s carbon tax was costing them.

Townsville City Council has previously estimated the carbon tax will cost from $5 million per year, with retiring Mayor Les Tyrell stating the council would have to look at either cutting services or raising rates to meet the expense.

“Labor’s carbon tax will seep into every aspect of our everyday lives,” Mr Jones said.

“The ratepayers of Townsville have a right to know how much of their rates will go towards paying this