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Should the Respite Centre in Cairns be funded by Royalties for REGIONS ——— advocates to defy cash snub from government to go it alone to build $9million cancer centre | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post—————-Across Queensland, 14 councils will have access to a new $495 million Royalties for Regions fund. The four-year program is based on an arrangement in Western Australia, where mining royalties are allocated to regional centres affected by the resources boom.

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HE proponents of a $9 million cancer respite centre in Cairns have given up hope of government funding and are going it alone.

Committee for Oncology Unit Cairns Hospital chairman Charlie Woodward said the aim was to start the first stage of the COUCH Cancer Health and Wellness Centre at Manoora in March next year.

He said the cost was estimated at $1 million which would involve fundraising, loans and guarantees.

 

 

 

Respite advocates to defy cash snub from government to go it alone to build $9million cancer centre | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post.

 

Western councils share in Royalties for Regions spend

Posted Wed 4 Jul 2012, 11:28am AEST

Several western Queensland councils will get State Government funding to improve infrastructure including roads and libraries.

The councils include Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Barcaldine, the Central Highlands, the Maranoa and the Western Downs.

Across Queensland, 14 councils will have access to a new $495 million Royalties for Regions fund.

The four-year program is based on an arrangement in Western Australia, where mining royalties are allocated to regional centres affected by the resources boom.

Central Highland’s Mayor Peter Maguire says he is unsure how the funding will be allocated.

“I’m not aware of any promises made to councils about where amounts would be spent,” he said.

“I’m assuming it’s all in the mix, if people apply for projects and they assess them on their merits but they may well have some idea of … breaking the money up to a particular council and if that’s the case then we’ll make the money fit.”

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