$495 million for boom towns
BOOM towns across Queensland will share in $495 million as the State Government funnels mining cash into providing infrastructure for regional areas.
The Royalties to the Regions program will fund projects in 14 local government regions including Banana, Cloncurry, Barcaldine, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Isaac, Mackay, Maranoa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Western Downs and Whitsunday councils.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the regional areas would share in the benefits of the mining boom.
"Some councils are struggling to keep pace with the unprecedented demand for services and infrastructure. This fund will help them start to turn that around," he said.
The funds will only go to communities at the heart of the State's mining boom.
The councils will be able to apply for funding for road improvements and community infrastructure such as libraries and community centres.
The first grants will be included in this year's budget and be delivered over four years.