State MP slams lack of royalties funds for mining regions
MP Rob Katter has called on the State Government to explain why resource-rich areas such as Gladstone weren't allocated any funds in the first distribution of Royalties to the Regions money.
The Katter's Australian Party state leader said the fact the government had allocated the first $60 million to councils not in resource regions "reeked of a slush fund for their LNP mates, leaving powerhouses like Gladstone and the entire North West Minerals Province without a red cent".
The attack follows Gladstone Mayor Gail Seller's slamming of the lack of funds allocated to the region.
"The State Government is quick to approve industrial projects for the Gladstone region, but is not interested in helping our community deal with the strain on existing infrastructure which comes as a result of these multi-million dollar investments," Cr Sellers said last week.
Mr Katter said the government had promised Queenslanders that royalties would be returned to the regions from where they were derived, to facilitate further industry development - "not to build another highway for commuters in the south-east corner".
"On November 6, 2012, Mr Seeney told the media Royalties for the Regions was about reinvesting a share of royalties in resource regions to help build new and improved community infrastructure," Mr Katter said.
"The Daigular Hwy is expected to receive about 17% of this first round of funding with no mining activity.
"This program should assist in providing housing, roads, energy and rail development in regional areas to facilitate further development - particularly for those mining regions whose infrastructure is heavily impacted by the pressures of growth due to the mining boom."