A windmill out in far South Queensland

The Queensland Government has announced a $120 million investment to better the lives of the resources communities that fuel much of the state’s economy. 

The funding is part of the third round of the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund (RCIF) and has a special focus on the coal producing regions of Isaac, Central Highlands, Banana, Western Downs and the Whitsunday local government areas.

RCIF assists eligible organisations with the construction of community infrastructure, including new infrastructure or the upgrade, extension, or replacement of existing buildings.

Previous rounds of RCIF were voluntary partnerships between the Queensland Government and the resources industry, with the resources industry contributing $70 million and the state contributing $30 million.

Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick, said, “The $120 million RCIF round three will deliver infrastructure to meet each community’s needs, maximise its potential and enhance community wellbeing.

“It’s imperative that we put back into those coal producing communities that have played such an important role in Queensland’s economic strength for so long.

“They deserve their fair share, and through $120 million fully funded by the State Government, the lives of those communities will be further enhanced.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the projects put forward for funding and to see them being enjoyed by the communities when they are delivered.”

Queensland Deputy Premier, Steven Miles, said RCIF is an acknowledgement of the importance of the resource communities and the work they carry out for Queensland.

“Our coal producing communities have been the backbone of our economy for generations, and it is only right that we do all we can to ensure they are as liveable as possible.

“Previous rounds of the program have funded affordable housing in Moranbah, a clinical training facility in Chinchilla, and a football club upgrade in Collinsville.

“The State Government is absolutely committed to giving back to the Queensland communities that give us so much.”

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