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20 Royalties for Regions projects get the nod

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney visited Gladstone to discuss the LNG industry developments with the council.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney visited Gladstone to discuss the LNG industry developments with the council. Brenda Strong

TWENTY councils across regional Queensland can commence work on Royalties for the Regions projects after their detailed business cases were successful in the latest round of funding.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said on Sunday (Mar 03) more than $100 million would go to better roads, water treatment and supply facilities and important services like childcare centres in regional Queensland.

"The final endorsement of these projects demonstrates the government commitment to delivering better infrastructure and giving a fair share of royalties back to the regional communities that support resource projects," he said.

"Royalties for the Regions is successful because of its collaboration and partnership with industry and local government.

"Almost $135 million has been provided in co-contributions for round two projects consisting of $48 million from local government, $51 million from industry and the remainder from state and federal government agencies and the not-for-profit sector."

Mr Seeney said applications had closed for round three with 43 regional councils submitting a total of 88 expressions of interest.

He said the successful applications will be notified in April.

ROYALTIES FOR THE REGIONS PROJECTS (SINCE 2012)

  • 23 road projects totalling 215km of upgrades.
  • Risk of flooding reduced for 98 homes and 37 businesses in Toowoomba.
  • Protection of 500 businesses and residences in Roma.
  • Increase in waste recycling from 5% to 45% in Western Downs.
  • Connecting five remote communities with 700km of fibre optics.
  • Long daycare places increased by 22 in Blackall-Tambo.
  • Increase in sewerage treatment capacity by 3400 equivalent persons in Miles.
  • Increase in airport security screening and seating capacity from 34 to 140 in Cloncurry.

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