Premier Anna Bligh in the media spotlight yesterday.
Premier Anna Bligh in the media spotlight yesterday. Chris Ison

Region to get royalties: Bligh

THE Rockhampton region will get its share of Queensland mining royalties if Labor is returned to power, Anna Bligh said yesterday.

Expanding on Monday's announcement that Labor would set aside $300 million for a Royalties for our Regions program, Ms Bligh said Rockhampton was one of the towns that would benefit from it.

She stressed the program would take cash generated by the mining boom to invest in social infrastructure, liveability and sense of community.

"It's not for things like bridges and roads - our vital infrastructure needs will continue to be met from core taxation.

"This program will concentrate on things that make a difference to our daily lives, things like having a picnic in the park and having a place to walk the dog."

It could be used to support community groups and upgrade sporting facilities.

In places like Rockhampton and Yeppoon, she said it would be up to local councils to come up with projects that could benefit from the funding and suggested it might be used to further develop Rocky's riverside redevelopment.

She said the only locations in Queensland that would be frozen out of the program were Brisbane and the south-east corner.

"This is our way of giving the dividend back to those regions experiencing growing pains that come with the resources boom," she said.

 

ROYALTIES PLEDGE

  • Labor to spend $300 million from resources royalties on regional projects.
  • Councils would bid for funding for schemes.
  • All regions outside Brisbane and south-east corner eligible.
  • Funding for non-core infrastructure.
  • Schemes such as Rockhampton riverside redevelopment could benefit.



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