Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said the program supported critical community needs tied to the resource activity.
Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said the program supported critical community needs tied to the resource activity. Brenda Strong

Eligibility criteria widened for Royalties for the Regions

ALL councils outside the populated south-east corner will now be able to apply for a slice of the Royalties for the Regions funding pie after the eligibility criteria was widened.

The Queensland Government will welcome submissions later this month from 64 local governments across the state to share in $50 million to fund infrastructure and roads projects.

About $95 million was allocated to round two of the program this year but $46 million has already been committed to Blakey's Crossing in Townsville and Toowoomba's CBD ring-road and West Creek Rail Bridge, leaving about $50 million for councils to vye for.

The pilot round of Royalties for the Regions was restricted to 14 councils but now the applicant pool has widened.

Councils will be able to submit expressions of interests from July 15.

Acting Premier Jeff Seeney said the program supported critical community needs tied to the resource activity.

"My department will be going out to brief eligible councils on funding priorities and eligibility criteria for this next round over the coming weeks to help ensure councils submit priority projects with the best chance of success," he said.

Last year's Royalties for the Regions projects gained $9.7 million in funding from industry, $6.7 million from councils and $12.4 million from state and federal governments.

Eighteen projects were awarded funding.

Isaac Regional Council received $750,000 to go towards the $800,000 Dysart Medical Centre while Maranoa Regional Council secured $5 million to build a levee in Roma.

A review of the first round of funding found many neighbouring councils worked side by side to put forward the most critical projects needing a funding boost.

Mackay Regional Council opted not to apply for funding in round one and supported projects put forward by Isaac and Whitsunday's Regional Council.

The second round of successful Royalties for the Regions projects will be finalised by the end of the year.



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