Local Government Minister David Crisafulli.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli. Lee Constable

Mining royalites to help build strong future for rural towns

QUEENSLAND'S use of royalties to revitalise infrastructure in mining communities will draw even more resource investment to the regional towns in the future, the state's local government leader believes.

The Newman Government has allocated over the past few months millions of dollars to resource councils to build community, flood plain security and road infrastructure.

A new medical centre in Dysart, sewerage augmentation in Roma and rail bridge flood mitigation in Emerald are among the recipient projects.

In a keynote address at a Building Regional Australia summit in Armidale, Queensland Local Government Minister David Crisafulli outlined the recipient towns would be more attractive to investors in the future.

"First of all there is the obvious (reason) and that is retaining workers," he said following the event on Thursday.

"They want to know they can invest in somewhere and that town is going to be around for a long time.

"What programs like this do is it says to someone looking to invest in Queensland, 'I can do it on the knowledge these communities will get the infrastructure they need'."

Mr Crisafulli denied further resource activity was a State Government want rather than a community one.

"These communities want mining in their town but they want it on their terms," he said.

"They don't want to be treated like a giant sand pit while the government comes in to play, scratches around for the royalties and goes away."

Royalties for the Regions will roll out $495 million over four years with a commitment for $210 million each year thereafter.


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