Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown at a workers' camp at Dalby.
Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown at a workers' camp at Dalby. Dalby Herald

Mayor questions community funding for resource projects

WESTERN Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown has questioned whether government bodies should seek more funding for communities when approving resource projects.

Councillor Brown said in his area, near Toowoomba, mining camps held up to 10,000 workers.

Cr Brown said with funding from the companies, water, sewerage and waste pipelines could be constructed in towns to draw the miners into the community.

"Here is a great opportunity to partner... to actually build our communities," he said.

"Remember the companies coming into our regions are also part of our community."

Cr Brown asked Queensland co-ordinator general Barry Broe's views during a question and answer session at the Queensland Government-organised Major Projects Conference in Brisbane on Thursday.

Mr Broe described determining what proponents "could and should do" as strategic.

He said it included determining the direct and indirect impacts of the project and what the companies should do socially.

Mr Broe said they had been trying to find the right balance between communities and proponents.

He said in his experience, companies did their best in developing relationships with communities and councils.

But he said they were also restricted as commercial enterprises with budgets.

- APN NEWSDESK


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