Royalties for the Regions
The Queensland Government is giving back to the communities that support resource projects through its Royalties for the Regions initiative. Over a four year period starting 2012, the program will invest $495 million in new and improved community infrastructure, roads and floodplain security projects that benefit those who live, work and invest in our resource regions. In future years there will be an ongoing commitment of $200 million each year.
In the first round, Royalties for the Regions is supported through three funds:
- Resource Community Building Fund ( 323 KB) - for improved community infrastructure
- Roads to Resources ( 390 KB) - to enhance safety, connectivity and capacity of roads servicing resource communities
- Floodplain Security Scheme ( 372 KB) - for flood mitigation through levees, flood bypasses, dams, and flood retention basins.
Applications for the first round have closed and distribution of funding has commenced.
The Queensland Government has announced $10 million in Royalties for the Regions funding for the Bowen Developmental Road upgrade.
The Whitsunday Regional Council is driving the project to ensure improved safety and better connection for the northern Bowen Basin. The project will deliver greater capacity by widening and rehabilitating a 7.1 kilometre stretch of road from Euri Creek to Bogie River.
The project will construct a sealed road of eight metres in width, comprising two 3.5 metre traffic lanes and half a metre sealed shoulders on each side which will be able to sustain the required tonnage for heavy vehicles.
The Bowen Developmental Road is a vital transport link for both industry and the community in the region and its upgrade will support continued resources sector growth.
The Queensland Government has committed $14 million to deliver critical road and sewerage system projects for communities in the Banana Shire.
The Royalties for the Regions projects are:
- Theodore Sewerage Treatment Plant will be a new plant to support residential and industrial growth in Theodore, the closest established township to Evolution Gold Mine. The state will provide $2 million to the project, which will deliver a sewerage system able to operate during a flood. The town will benefit from greater flood immunity
- a $12 million upgrade and sealing of 14km of the Eidsvold-Theodore Road immediately east of Cracow. The road links the Leichardt Highway to the Burnett Highway and provides access to rural and industry vehicles across neighbouring regions. The vital road project will support improved road safety for locals and industry.
The Royalties for the Region program will invest nearly $7.5 million for vital infrastructure for the Western Downs. The projects are:
- Miles Water, Sewerage and Recycled Water Scheme Stage 1 will increase the water and sewerage network capacity and the development of a recycled water scheme to alleviate potable water supplies in the township of Miles. The state and council will contribute $1.29 million each to the project. The infrastructure will help Miles address basic but critical water and sewerage needs while also supporting increased growth, prosperity and economic development of the town and surrounding areas
- A new washdown bay at Chinchilla for washing of weed seeds off resource industry and agricultural vehicles will gain $700,000 from the program's Resource Community Building Fund. The new facility will include a number of contemporary environmental controls such as water treatment and recycling
- Roads in the region will receive funding, through the program's Roads to Resources fund, for critical upgrades to improve safety and access for the community and industry:
- Fairymeadow Road Seal Widening - $1,200,000
- Goombi Fairymeadow Road Seal Widening - $1,200,000
- Bennetts School Road Sealing - $770,000
- Weranga North Road Upgrade - $750,000
- Mary Road Upgrade - $800,000
- Joseph Road Upgrade - $470,000
- Beelbee Road Sealing - $312,000
Maranoa Regional Council - four critical projects for community infrastructure, floodplain security and roads
The Queensland Government will invest over $12 million into four projects that will benefit communities across the Maranoa region including Roma, Injune and Wallumbilla. The projects are:
- Roma Sewerage Augmentation project will gain $2.18 million in program funding and will enable vital upgrades to the current facilities. In recent years, Roma's population has increased and the capacity of its sewerage system has become overloaded. The project will ensure the system continues to service the community and meets future demands due to growth associated with the resource sector
- Maranoa Water Augmentation project will involve upgrading the water supply in the towns of Injune and Surat. By upgrading the water supply in Injune, water trucks can supply water to camps without disruption to the town's supply. The state will invest $160,000 into the project
- Roma Flood Mitigation Levee Construction project will deliver a levee embankment, of approximately 6km long, adjacent to Bungil Creek. With the devastation Roma has experienced due to recent flood events, the project will provide the community with greater security to manage future floods. The program's Flood Plain Security Scheme will contribute $5 million to the project
- sealing of a 5.3km stretch of the Wallumbilla North Road to the boundary between Maranoa Regional Council and Western Downs Regional Council. The state will provide $5 million to the road project which will improve connectivity between these two areas in the Surat Basin for both locals and industry.
The Central Highlands' Nogoa River Rail Bridge Capacity Improvement and Upstream Levee Development project is one of the first projects to receive funding under the Royalties for the Region program. The state's Royalties for the Regions contribution of $5 million combined with a $1.25 million contribution from Central Highlands Regional Council will help protect Emerald against future flooding events. The scope of the project works will include the installation of culverts, the excavation of a larger opening under the rail bridge to improve the flow of water underneath, and the construction of levees upstream to protect against flood waters.
On 21 February 2013 the Queensland Government announced Isaac Regional Council will receive $750,000 funding for a new medical centre at Dysart.
The new project will help deliver a medical centre with three consulting rooms and two treatment rooms on Queensland Health land. The facility will house two GPs, two part-time practice nurses and visiting allied health specialists such as dentists, chiropractors and optometrists.
The project will be located on hospital grounds which will help with coordinating acute hospital and GP consultations, and allow wings to be added if needed in the future.
A number of shortlisted projects are still being considered:
- Winfields Road Landfill Upgrade – Western Downs Regional Council
- Moranbah High Flood Immunity Access Project – Isaac Regional Council
Eligible local governments
Fourteen local governments were eligible to apply for Royalties for the Regions funding as part of Round 1.
- Banana Shire Council
- Barcaldine Regional Council
- Central Highlands Regional Council
- Cloncurry Shire Council
- Gladstone Regional Council
- Isaac Regional Council
- Mackay Regional Council
- Maranoa Regional Council
- Mount Isa City Council
- Rockhampton Regional Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council
- Townsville City Council
- Western Downs Regional Council
- Whitsunday Regional Council.