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Australia : R4R delivers $100 million for regional communities.

Royalties for the Regions Round 2 will deliver better roads, water treatment and supply facilities and services like childcare centres to regional Queensland.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney told Parliament today that Royalties for the Regions was delivering a share of royalties earned from the resources industry in regional Queensland back to the people of regional Queensland.

It is a very important program for country towns and country people, and our government was determined to ensure that the Royalties for the Regions program was in place from day one, despite the horrendous financial legacy that we inherited from the former Labor government, Mr Seeney said.

Mr Seeney said 32 projects across 20 regional and shire councils would receive funding.

These projects have a total cost of almost $230 million, of which Royalties for the Regions will provide just over $100 million, he said.

We will fund road upgrades from the far south west to the tip of Cape York, and water supply and treatment facilities will be built or upgraded in eight communities.

Significantly this round of R4R funding will support the provision of childcare centres in Barcaldine and Blackall, communities that have not had access to these types of facilities in the past.

That s what this program is all about adding to the liveability of towns and communities in regional and remote Queensland.

Councils now have to submit detailed business cases for each project by November 29 for their funding to be confirmed by the end of the year.

Mr Seeney said the R4R program was a success because of its partnership approach.

Royalties for the Regions was designed to encourage collaboration and partnership, and that is exactly what has happened, he said.

For the 32 shortlisted projects, co-contributions have been received from local government ($45m), from industry ($51m), from other state and federal government sources ($26m) and from the not-for-profit sector ($185k).

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Date:Oct 29, 2013
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