Concerns over lost funding

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council Roads portfolio spokesman Damien Tessmann wants answers as to why the council keeps losing government funding.

The council recently lost a further $890,000 from the 2012/13 Budget which was to be used for capital works projects.

The grants are given to Queensland from the Federal Government and distributed across the state by the independent Grants Commission.

"(The council is) quite annoyed about it because we had budgeted for the $890,000," Cr Tessmann said.

"We had allowed for the money because that's what we had been given the previous year and there was no doubt we wouldn't receive the same amount of money."

Cr Tessmann said there needed to be an overhaul of how the funds were distributed because at the moment it was more like a "ouija board" as to who got what.

"What I don't understand is how a region like the South Burnett loses $890,000 from our $58 million budget compared to the Maranoa Regional Council which has lost only $76,260 from its budget of $173million," he said.

What the other regions get:

South Burnett Regional Council: Budget $58 million, lost $890,000 in funding

Maranoa Regional Council: Budget $173 million, lost $76,260 in funding

Western Downs Regional Council: Budget $112.8 million, lost $208,030 in funding

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