MP demands clarity on R4R future

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Member for Warren-Blackwood Terry Redman has voiced concerns running through the WA Nationals that Royalties for Regions is being wound up by the State Government.

The Royalties for Regions logo has been officially discontinued, with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website stating it “should not be used for new projects”.

Mr Redman indicated his support for the regional fund, which allocates 25¢ per dollar of mining royalties to a reserve that funds regional projects.

“I am immensely proud of the range of Royalties for Regions projects ... that have significantly contributed to the economic and social infrastructure of our communities,” he said.

Premier Mark McGowan needed to provide details of the future of the fund, Mr Redman said.

“Mr McGowan prides himself on being accountable and transparent, so now is the time for him to explain his actions to the people of regional Western Australia who deserve to know the likely future funding opportunities for their towns and region,” he said

Member for Albany Peter Watson said the fund would continue, but there would be changes to the allocation of money. “Royalties for Regions is law and WA Labor is committed to it,” he said.

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