Fraser Coast gets its fair share: MPs

SINCE the National Stronger Regions Fund began at the beginning of last year the Fraser Coast has secured just $1.2 million in grants.

But Hinkler MP Keith Pitt said the Fraser Coast's two successful projects in round one was an impressive average.

"I think that's a pretty good strike rate considering there were 513 eligible applications worth $1.5 billion submitted," he said.

"While I encourage local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply, I can't force them to.

"I'm always advocating for Hinkler when I'm in Canberra and fighting to get a share of funding, but there is a process which needs to be followed.

"I, like other politicians, have no influence over the success of NSRF applications."

Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the region was getting its fair share of the program's funding.

"We haven't done too badly really because there's been two successful ones on the Fraser Coast," he said.

"It's about addressing disadvantage."

He said groups seeking funding should address the economic benefit of their proposal.

When asked why 10% of Queensland's successful grants went to city areas, Mr Truss said they were eligible to apply.

"One of them, might I add, was Ronald McDonald house which is specifically there to provide places for country families to stay when they have to go to Brisbane for medical treatment," he said.

For round three of the program the Fraser Coast Regional Council has asked for $8.1 million for the Fraser Coast Sport Precinct.

Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft said the council would continue to submit applications to the program in a bid to get a fair share of funding for the region.



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