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

Each of the five RABs have access to $200,000 (GST exclusive) for approved projects to be 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.