Royalties for Regions in spotlight
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.