Drop in funding will affect Gladstone Regional Council.
Drop in funding will affect Gladstone Regional Council. Allen Winter

Funding drops but council in for a fight

GLADSTONE's council is just as frustrated as its people in the lack of funding it receives from government grants.

Less than 5% of the Gladstone Regional Council's revenue came from grants and subsidies last financial year, compared to nearly 25% of the grants and subsidies revenue from the 2010-11 financial year.

With the trend continuing downwards and the council revising its long-term financial plans, it will be questioning how much of its spending will have to be restrained or whether a rate hike might be needed to keep services going.

The lack of grants and subsidies is not through a lack of trying either, according to CEO Stuart Randle.

Mr Randle said as the fastest growing local government in Queensland, and "a hot bed" of resource activity, we should expect to get more funding than we currently do from the state and federal governments. "Logic would expect that," he said. "Everything we've applied for is genuine need.

"When we see what has been funded, we certainly believe our applications are worthy but we're just not getting the tick of approval."

He said the council had applied for numerous water and sewerage projects around the region. "We've made many and varied applications and what we apply for depends largely on what the funding criteria are," he said.

He said sometimes it was a matter of finding the project that fits the grant. We won't stop trying because eventually we'll get our share."

GRANT APPLICATIONS

For the Boyne Island Hoddinott Bridge: Application made under the Queensland Government Royalties for the Regions Round 3 and was unsuccessful.

For park upgrades at Miriam Vale's Larson Park: Application made under the Queensland Government Royalties for the Regions Round 4, and is yet to be announced

For upgrades to the Seventeen Seventy boat ramp car park: Application made under the Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund program.

Successful projects will be announced in May next year.



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