Labor’s disloyalty to the regions exposed

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor’s disloyalty to the regions exposed

The Labor Party has already shown its absolute disregard for rural and regional Queenslanders by confirming it will scrap the successful Royalties for the Regions program.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said Labor’s announcement is clear evidence that Queensland’s regions would be neglected if Labor is re-elected.

“If you live in regional Queensland you will lose under Labor,” Mr Seeney said.  “This announcement is a slap in the face for regional Queenslanders who remember only too well Labor’s neglect and lack of recognition of the importance of Queensland’s regions to the state economy.

“Soon after the Newman LNP government was elected, we created the Royalties for the Region program to fund the roads, bridges, water infrastructure and flood mitigation works that regional communities desperately needed after 20 years of Labor neglect.

“At a time when Queensland’s budget was stretched to the limit, we committed $495 million over four years to fund the projects that regional Queenslanders needed in their local areas and we have delivered on that commitment.

“There is no clearer demonstration of the LNP’s pledge to Queensland’s regions than our Royalties for the Regions program.

“We have announced we will provide another $500 million to this critical program if we are re-elected.”

Since the LNP was elected in 2012, Royalties for the Regions has funded important projects including:

  • $24 million for the flood-proofing of Blakey’s Crossing in Townsville
  • $12.7 million for the major Kin-Kora Roundabout upgrade in Gladstone
  • $5 million for a flood levee bank that will protect Roma from future flood events
  • $3.5 million to revitalise the Cooktown Foreshore
  • $1.2 million for childcare and long daycare centres in Blackall and Barcaldine
  • $750 000 for a medical centre in the mining community of Dysart
  • $500,000 for a new natural history museum at Eromanga
  • $1 million for a brand new swimming pool for Karumba

“Residents of remote, rural and regional Queensland will already be thinking ‘here we go again’, as Labor’s shows its true colours and lack of commitment to anyone who lives outside the south-east corner,” Mr Seeney said.

“Under Labor, regional Queenslanders would again be treated as second-class citizens.  Only the LNP has a strong plan to create strong and vibrant regional communities.”

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