Peter Holt

Seeney committed to Royalties for the Regions

THE Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Royalties for the Regions program was one the Queensland Government would remain fully committed to.

Mr Seeney told State Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 29) the program had seen some fantastic results in towns and cities across regional Queensland.

"The Royalties for the Regions program was a key election commitment of our government and it, for the first time, delivers some of the royalties that are earned from the resources industry to the regional communities of Queensland," he said.

"It is a very important program for country towns and country people, and our government was determined to ensure that the Royalties for the Regions program was in place from day one, despite the horrendous financial legacy that we inherited from the former Labor government."

Mr Seeney said the latest round of funding under the program saw $104 million allocated to regional councils across the state.

"Of the 64 local governments eligible to apply this round, 41 councils submitted 90 expressions of interest seeking funding for nearly $311 million towards projects that had a total cost of over $500 million," he said.

"The bids were assessed, and I am very pleased to announce that 32 projects from the 20 eligible councils have been approved for funding."

Mr Seeney said improvements to water supplies and water treatment plants have also been funded at Banana, Baralaba, Chillagoe, Kingaroy, Woorabinda, Mackay and Rockhampton under the program.