The Isaac Regional Council in Queensland's Bowen Basin says the money from the State Government's royalties for regions projects should be invested back into the regions from where it was taken.
The State Government has announced the Belyando Estate Bridge and the Dysart Medical Centre as two of the short-listed projects for the funding.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker says the Isaac council's applications should be given priority.
"The Isaac Regional Council is the engine room of the royalties money that goes to the state," she said.
"We're very aware of the money that comes out of this region and the money that comes back into it." She says the region has 29 of the 56 active coal mines.
"We produce a very high percentage of the coal royalties for the Government," she said.
"Our view of the world is that we should be right at the top of the list for the green light on these applications."