Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Royalties for Regions iT Matters

No Risk to Royalties for Regions: It's Here to Stay!

Greens for the Kimberley

Royalties for Regions is an Act of Parliament assented to on 3 December 2009. Each of the major political parties support it and it enjoys wide appeal across country WA. It is now the main government strategy for ensuring a percentage of all mining royalties are spent in regional WA.

There is a perception that the Royalties for Regions program belongs to the National Party. This is quite untrue and misleading.

When it comes to Royalties for Regions the only difference between the various political parties is the priorities for spending it. For example the Greens believe that the $80 million  the Liberal/National government spent on mining activities under the Royalties for Regions "Exploration Incentive Program" should have been redirected to providing more affordable housing and services to communities.

Take a look at The Greens priorities for Royalties for Regions in the Kimberley:

  • Promote the Kimberley as a special tourist destination of adventure, rich culture, natural beauty and relaxation.
  • Fund planning for new, healthy, locally driven economic development in our region.
  • Develop a low carbon economy in the Kimberley.
  • Build more and better public housing.
  • Ensure that all Kimberley people have access to good water.
  • Maintain and improve local roads.
  • Boost educational programs shown to be succeeding in our region.
  • Set up dialysis centres where they are needed.
  • Ensure that any remote community with a school has a functional store selling healthy food.

None of our priorities involve subsidising minining companies.  We believe the existing RFR Exploration Incentive Scheme should be scrapped.

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