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Remote Area Boards (RABs) have flexibility to use funding for a wide range of projects and activities. Assessment of proposed projects is based on how the project meets the following funding objectives:

  • support Queensland Government priorities
  • deliver regional economic outcomes
  • grow regional investment and economic development opportunities
  • support regional employment and skills opportunities
  • foster greater regional economic coordination and capability.

To date, funding has been used for a range of initiatives such as those related to developing tourism products, attracting and retaining regional business and investment and improving industry services.

Current projects with funding support

Cape York Sustainable Futures

  • Destination Cape York – building a tourism industry future

Gulf Savannah Development

  • Enhancing digital resilience and digital capability in the Gulf
  • Lower Gulf marine (and Riverine) Infrastructure and Economic Development Project

Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone

  • Assess alternatives to SWER lines at McKinlay Shire, consider renewables
  • Commercial and industrial transport and logistics facility for regional NWQ
  • Work to establish Stage 1 Cloncurry bio-fuels and waste treatment precinct
  • Develop new outback Queensland tourism routes

Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board

  • Digital strategy implementation South West Regional Economic Development

South West Regional Economic Development

  • Supplying premium meat products from outback Queensland
  • South West Queensland Tourism Industry Development Program

Previous projects

Cape York Sustainable Futures

  • An enterprising tourism future for Cape York Peninsula
  • A journey of discovery – overland telegraph drive tourism experiences
  • Growing ecotourism on Cape York
  • Business and economic opportunities for Cape York Peninsula communities

Gulf Savannah Development

  • Developing the Gulf – raising tourism enterprise capability and providing regional leadership in tourism development
  • Gilbert River infrastructure investment profile
  • Regional investment and migration project – three stages
  • Gilbert River irrigation area crop trials
  • Gulf Savannah skills survey

Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone

  • Assessment of possible solutions for Mt Isa/Cloncurry water security
  • Regional promotion and participation in Regional Queensland showcase
  • Overlanders Way tourism education
  • Investigate potential investment opportunities in North West Queensland
  • Cloncurry bulk load-out facility master plan
  • Flinders River agricultural precinct
  • White Mountain National Park northern access
  • 50 Year Plan – port, rail and transport (Mount Isa to Townsville)
  • Implementation of North West regional plan outcomes to grow Western Queensland
  • Flinders River agricultural forum and industry field day
  • North West Queensland strategic development study

Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board

  • Mobile coverage assessment
  • Far West Queensland tourism development action plan implementation
  • Participation in Regional Queensland showcase
  • ICT blueprint for regionally coordinated infrastructure across the Central West
  • Digital evolution stage 2 – NBN attraction and digital awareness
  • Central West Queensland tourism development action plan implementation

South West Regional Economic Development

  • The Cooper Basin and South West resources sector supply chain capability development
  • Our product, growing our industry - tourism on the Natural Sciences Loop
  • Regional Queensland Showcase presentation - SWRED 2015
  • Economic Investment Potential of the Kangaroo Industry in Queensland project
  • Revitalising the Western Rail line project
  • Maximising the tourism opportunity for “The home of the natural sciences” in South West Queensland
  • Natural Sciences Loop Stage II: interactive web portal and other digital technology to promote tourism
  • South West Queensland digital communication and conferencing facilities project
  • South West Queensland livestock transportation, “Which track road or rail” project
  • Natural Sciences Loop Stage III: strategy development and improvements to the Natural Sciences Loop and greater tourism products