MEDIA RELEASE: LABOR COMMITS $3 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND INNOVATION CENTRE IN TOWNSVILLE - THURSDAY, 18 APRIL 2019

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 
CATHY O’TOOLE MP
MEMBER FOR HERBERT
 
LABOR COMMITS $3 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND INNOVATION CENTRE IN TOWNSVILLE

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $3 million towards an Emergency Response and Innovation Centre in Townsville. 
 
The Centre, to be established by CQUniversity Australia, will improve management of natural disasters and emergencies, and work closely with government, the Defence Force, community organisations and industry.
 
Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, was in Townville today to announce the $3 million commitment with the Member for Herbert, Cathy O’Toole.
 
"In the last ten years, Queensland has experienced more than 50 significant natural disasters – all too recently we saw floods ravage Townsville at the same time as bushfires were burning in Tasmania,” Ms Plibersek said.
 
“CQUniversity’s new Centre will make a significant contribution to improving our national response to natural disasters and emergencies.
 
“It will use state-of-the-art augmented reality technology to create realistic simulations to support vital research and training.
 
“I’m proud of Labor’s efforts to help communities better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Today’s announcement builds on our $12.3 million investment towards a National Institute for Flood Resilience in Lismore,” Ms Plibersek said.
 
The Member for Herbert, Cathy O’Toole, spoke about the recent floods in Townsville.
 
“This is my local community – I’ve seen first-hand the devastation caused by natural disasters, and the spirit of resilience and cooperation that follows. Labor’s investment is welcomed by the people of Townsville.
 
“Not only will the Centre help improve our management of natural disasters, it will create new training opportunities for over 250 students a year,” Ms O’Toole said.
 
This $3 million investment is part of Labor’s $300 million University Future Fund.
 
This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better universities, hospitals and schools versus bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals. 
 
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.  

THURSDAY, 18 APRIL 2019