Millions to be pumped into Queensland's resource regions

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls talks to media before attending a luncheon held at The Waves.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls talks to media before attending a luncheon held at The Waves. Max Fleet

MILLIONS will be pumped into Queensland's resource regions eventually, but the state's mining industry wants it now..

Queensland Resource Council boss Michael Roche is calling for the Newman government to bring forward up to $200 million a year of spending tied up in its Royalties for the Regions program.

For the four years to mid-2016, the government has promised to spend $495 million - $123 million per year - with regional councils struggling to keep up with the demands of the resources industry.

Beyond that, the government has vowed to spend $200 million a year.

It is that figure that Mr Roche wants Treasurer Tim Nicholls to "accelerate" that spending so it arrives sooner.

Mr Roche said if workers are to be convinced to move into these regional communities - particularly those in Central Queensland's Bowen Basin - they need to have proper infrastructure and services.

"If we're going to position these communities as being places where people want to come and live, we need to be acting on that now," he said.

"Otherwise, they will keep voting with their feet and opting to live in coastal towns and cities."

Mr Roche said he was not demanding more funding for these areas, just that it should not be left until after 2016.

"That would mean lower allocations in later years."

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said he would not discuss budget speculation.

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