Tensions have emerged in the Liberal-Nationals alliance with the Nationals' Kalgoorlie branch president panning Colin Barnett over flagged changes to the $1 billion Royalties for Regions scheme.
Lisa Malicky accused the Premier yesterday of breaking an election promise to country voters less than a week after the election when he said funds would be targeted differently.
Ms Malicky said the Liberal Party had stressed during the campaign that Royalties for Regions would remain in its current form.
"With the ink still wet on the election results, Mr Barnett has said there will be major changes, with projects such as roads to be funded from Royalties for Regions rather than normal funding from consolidated revenue," she said.
Mr Barnett said this week that there would be more emphasis on regional-based projects rather than town-based or council projects - a view he believed Nationals leader Brendon Grylls shared.
However, Ms Malicky, who was elected branch president last month, said the Liberal Party was "unequivocal" that Royalties for Regions would not be changed.
"Mr Barnett is making a mockery of those promises," she said.
Ms Malicky, 25, who did not return calls yesterday, also criticised Mr Barnett for not guaranteeing Mr Grylls would remain Regional Development Minister, saying it was "confrontational in the least".
Newly elected Nationals Kalgoorlie MP Wendy Duncan distanced herself from the comments, saying the future direction of the fund was still "up for negotiation".
"She's newly elected president, she's a young National and I guess that's something she's decided to put out," Ms Duncan said.
The Premier's office said he had been consistent throughout the campaign about the fund.Mr Grylls' spokesman said he did not intend to meet the Premier until all election results were known.
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