Western councils share in Royalties for Regions spend
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.”