Labor promises to replace Royalties for Regions
AN incoming Labor Government would replace the Royalties for Regions program with a scheme to benefit all communities, leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has said.
Ms Palaszczuk said the new policy would make an additional $200 million available for critical infrastructure in regional Queensland over two years, with at least $55 million earmarked for mining communities.
Gladstone is one community that feels it has missed out on funding under the program.
"The Newman Government's Royalties for Regions has not delivered the investment into the mining communities the LNP promised," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"In fact Isaac and Central Highlands, the two local government areas which generate the most royalties, received only $14 million of the $300 million allocated under the first three rounds of Royalties for Regions."
Ms Palaszczuk said the LNP had broken its promise to regional communities and caused anger and resentment and failed to meet the basic needs of those communities.
Commitments made under round four of the existing Royalties for Region program for 2015-2016 financial year would be met, providing projects meet necessary planning and financial requirements.
Government departments would not be permitted to apply for funding under Labor's policy.