Roy­al­ties for Re­gions in spot­light

Great Southern Herald - - News -

Alan­nah MacTier­nan has con­firmed a ma­jor shake-up to the Roy­al­ties For Re­gions scheme, sug­gest­ing funds will be “re-pri­ori­tised” for gen­uine job and in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams such as so­lar power schemes rather than spend­ing on small town recre­ational cen­tres.

Ms MacTier­nan, who takes charge of con­tro­ver­sial $1 bil­liona-year scheme as Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter, said there had been a lack of rigour around RFR spend­ing and many projects had left coun­try shires sad­dled with fa­cil­i­ties they could not af­ford to main­tain.

The min­is­ter said there were a num­ber of projects com­ing up that were be­ing con­sid­ered for fund­ing, which might now get the chop un­der an in­creased level of scru­tiny.

La­bor went to the State elec­tion promis­ing to re­tain RFR but Premier Mark Mc­Gowan has pledged to “even out” the pro­gram and made re­gional elec­tion prom­ises funded with RFR money.

WA Na­tion­als leader Mia Davies said La­bor’s sug­ges­tion it would repri­ori­tise RFR fund­ing was code for slash­ing the pro­gram and putting the money into projects that should be funded out of gen­eral ex­pen­di­ture.

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