Projects still in the pipeline despite round one rejection
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is "confident" key projects in Rockhampton and Livingstone will get the green light.
Yesterday, he indicated the projects could receive funding in subsequent rounds of the Stronger Regions Fund.
On Wednesday it was announced four projects in the region put forward for round one funding had not been successful.
The projects included Rockhampton Regional Council's riverbank development, the Rockhampton convention centre project and the Livingstone Shire Council foreshore development.
Talking to media at Beef Australia, Mr Abbott said he recognised "there's a bit of disappointment that some projects missed out". But, he said it was only the first of several funding rounds.
"I'm confident that this part of Central Queensland, particularly because of the impact of the cyclone, will come back in subsequent rounds," Mr Abbott said.
"I know it's frustrating, if it's not necessarily happening today it might have to happen in a few months' time, but what always happens in a situation like this is that the extra time can be used to further refine the proposal to make sure that we really do get the best possible bang for our buck."
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said a taskforce would meet with unsuccessful applicants to refine their proposals.
Both the Livingstone Shire and Rockhampton Region mayors confirmed they would re-apply for funding under Category D natural disaster assistance, which is being negotiated between the State and Federal governments.
But Ms Landry said she believed the Stronger Regions Fund was "the way we're going to get these projects off the ground".
She said Category D funding was aimed at repairing existing infrastructure rather than creating new projects.
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne yesterday disagreed, saying the terms of Category D funding were far broader and would negate the need for local governments to invest in the projects.
Mr Byrne said the projects put forward by the councils met the broader terms of "revitalising communities" hit by disasters.
He said there was a precedent for similar funding following a natural disaster in Townsville.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga yesterday said the Stronger Regions funding result would not interfere with the commencement of construction of the Yeppoon Water Play Park.
The construction contract for that project, funded by the Palaszczuk government and Livingstone Shire Council, was awarded on Thursday and work is expected to start soon.