CANDIDATES in the seat of Gladstone give their opinions on the Royalties for Regions program, in the next of our 'big question' election features.
Glenn Butcher, ALP
THERE is no fudging the issue here. The LNP government and independents have failed to provide a decent distribution of royalty funding to Gladstone over a number of years.
If elected, Queensland Labor will scrap the flawed Royalties for Regions policy and replace it with a new equitable model that will support Gladstone and the surrounding regions.
Labor's new Building our Regions scheme will benefit all communities in regional Queensland and will make an additional $200 million available for critical infrastructure in regional Queensland over two years with at least $55 million earmarked for mining communities.
The LNP have already refused to support previous ALP commitments such as the Fisherman's Landing boat ramp and additional committed spending to the East Shores precinct.
Craig Butler, independent
THE Gladstone region contributes considerable revenue to the state coffers through royalties and taxes, yet to date has been largely overlooked when funding from Royalties for Regions has been allocated.
This program supports local government to ensure regional communities receive long term royalty benefits to fund projects such as community infrastructure.
There are projects in our region that include: Gladstone to Benaraby Rd duplication; re-development/new facilities for PCYC, gymnastics, basketball and softball; strategic road infrastructure from the port through the GSDA and connecting to the Dawson Hwy; Gladstone Hospital development - all of which could be eligible for funding.
Only an independent member can speak freely on behalf of the community.
Michael Duggan, LNP
THE LNP committed $495 million over four years to fund the projects that regional Queenslanders needed and we have delivered on that.
The $12.7 million for the major Kin Kora roundabout upgrade in Gladstone is an example of this.
There is no clearer demonstration of the LNP's pledge to Queensland's regions than our Royalties for the Regions program.
The Labor Party has already shown its absolute disregard for rural and regional Queenslanders by confirming it will scrap the program if elected.
The LNP, on the other hand, have announced that we will provide a further $500 million to this critical program if re-elected.
As a community member, I am concerned the Gladstone region generated $8.4 billion for the state in 2014 and didn't receive its fair share in regional investment in return.
Craig Tomsett, Greens
THERE can be no greater shame on the LNP that after three rounds of the Royalty for Regions funding, totalling $60 million, this community hasn't received one single cent.
Gladstone Regional Council was continually led to believe if it applied, it would receive funding.
When all funding decisions are determined by agenda-driven politicians, the outcomes are short-sighted and political.
For instance, the property infrastructure charges implemented by Labor, determined the costs of applicable charges the GRC could charge, not accounting for the varying costs associated with regional development.
Forcing the GRC to accept developments knowing it would cost $11,000 more for each houseblock than they were allowed to charge the property developers.
Result: $6 million cost to ratepayers.
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