Media release

Palmer makes jobs a priority for Townsville

It was time to draw a line in the sand and fight for more jobs for Townsville, Clive Palmer said today.

“The region is suffering from the loss of Tiger Airlines’ Melbourne to Townsville service, accounting for some 23,000 visitors on top of losing weekly international flights to Bali,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government have no idea how to create or save jobs.

“It is time to draw a line in the sand and fight back,’’ he said.

Mr Palmer confirmed he had purchased a home in Townsville and was devoting all the time he had available to get the Yabulu Refinery back in operation.

He said he wanted to thank the people of Townsville for their strong support and has urged business leaders and the public to demand that State Labor members and Cathy O’Toole support the reopening of the refinery.

“This will welcome the tens of millions of dollars of investment into Townsville needed to create over 2,500 jobs for Northern Queensland,’’ Mr Palmer said.