Council tries again for royalties funding

THEY'VE lowered their expectations, but Gladstone region councillors have decided to put their hand up for Royalties for the Regions funding, for the fourth time.

Only one project, the Kin Kora roundabout, has been funded by the program so far.

But Gladstone Regional Council is hopeful applications will this time be successful, after Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning officials helped identify projects in Calliope, Miriam Vale and central Gladstone as suitable.

Last month APN reported that 14 councils hit by the impact on infrastructure and services from the mining industry were missing out on millions of dollars in funding, as money initially earmarked for them was doled out to other regional councils and government agencies.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney clarified the following week that funds would still only go to regional councils and not to "all councils and state government agencies", as his media release had suggested.

He faced criticism and multiple questions on the topic in parliament.

At the council's general meeting on Tuesday, CEO Stuart Randle said the council's chances of having another large project like the Kin Kora roundabout approved was unlikely.

"They're starting with a relatively small pool, but on the advice of the officers we believe it's likely a project could be approved," he said.

The council was divided on the issue.

Councillor Karen Porter voted against the motion for applications to be submitted, in opposition to the Philip St community precinct project.

"I have asked publicly for that project to be taken off," she said.

Funding is being sought for the Philip St community precinct, Gladstone; Liz Cunningham Park, Calliope; and Alf Larson Park, Miriam Vale.



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