MOUNT Isa and Cloncurry have joined forces to have the State Government’s Royalties for the Regions reverted back to its original model with only 14 councils eligible for funding.
The Mount Isa City and Cloncurry Shire councils submitted the composition motion, presenting a merged solution to the debate which was passed to general applause by attending delegates.
Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady admitted he was surprised the motion was carried with such overwhelming support given the move would rule out many councils from eligibility.
The funding program came under fire after it was changed from its original rules to allow all regional councils and state government agencies to apply.
LGAQ president Margaret de Wit said that councils rejected the watered down version recently introduced by the state which has made state government bodies eligible for the funding pool.
‘‘We’re sending a clear message to the state that councils support a program which supports those impacted by resource sector development,’’ she said.
Cr McGrady said the Cloncurry Shire Council had initially put forward a submission to have a set percentage of mining revenue returned back to resource-impacted councils.
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