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The department is providing $1 million project funding for Remote Area Boards (RABs) to boost economic activities in the remote far north and western Queensland.

Each of the five RABs will have access to $200,000 (GST exclusive) for approved projects delivered by June 2018.

Because of their locations, the regions that RABs represent face economic constraints. Local governments in these regions have limited rate bases, and the stock of commercial enterprises is small compared to more populated areas. This means that opportunities for RABs to generate income from membership are limited.

This limited resource base means that government support is critical for RABs to be able to function effectively and deliver projects for their regions.