Councils offered $130 million in Royalties for Regions

REGIONAL councils have the chance to cut themselves a slice of $130 million as the Queensland Government launches its latest round of Royalties for the Regions today.

Since its launch, the plan to return some of the cash generated from the state's mining and gas sectors has supplied $153 million that 28 councils spent on 64 projects.

It is open to any local government outside of south-east Queensland.

This third round is better timed to fit in with council budgets and will be open for applications until February 17 next year.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the last round of funding helped pay for road upgrades from Queensland's south, all the way to Cape York, plus the building and upgrading of water facilities in eight communities.

Outlying regions of Barcaldine and Blackall in the state's mid-west were both given funding for childcare centres.

Mr Seeney said it would also be a chance for the now-independent councils of Mareeba, Livingstone and Douglas to apply.

The second set of funding applications include 32 short-listed projects, which are expected to be confirmed before the end of the year.



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