Crisafulli to get naked if southerners get cash
"I WILL address you in the raw".
That's the vow from Local Government Minister David Crisafulli if larger southern councils receive funding from the Royalties for the Regions program.
The Minister's promise to bare all came after he was asked to address concerns, raised by delegates at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference in Mackay, about the broadening of the R4R scheme to all councils.
"If Brisbane or Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast get money out of Royalties for the Regions, which has been some crazy statement... thrown about by some people, I will attend the next conference and I will address you in the raw."
The R4R scheme proved to be the hottest topic at the forum yesterday.
Up until Mt Isa's motion number 40, which was geared at getting the R4R program back to the original program structure, all motions had been carried and with little debate.
Mount Isa City Council Mayor Tony McGrady said it was essential funding from the program went directly to councils affected by the resources industry.
But Cloncurry councillor Keith Douglas opposed the motion.
Cr Douglas had his own motion for councils to receive 5% of royalty revenues generated within the area.
Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford and Isaac Mayor Anne Baker weighed in on the issue.
They were both in favour of the Mt Isa motion.
A few hours later, and on a united front, the two men tried again with their motion, which stated councils impacted by the resources industry should receive the funding.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Tony Ricciardi voted no. He said he was concerned with the wording of the motion.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones also voted no.