Australian Government promises at least $5 million for sea walls on Saibai and Boigu

Breached sea wall on Saibai Island during king tides

The Australian Government announced that up to $12 million will be made available to the Torres Strait Island Regional Council and the Torres Strait Regional Authority to support much-needed coastal infrastructure upgrades. $5 million in funding will come from the Regional Development Australia Fund, with the possibility of an additional $7 million if the Queensland Government will match the funding.

The Australian Government initially promised $22 million to support this work, but they backflipped on this promise only months later.

Related media coverage:

SBS (listen): Funds for Torres Strait Sea Walls

ABC News: Crean urges seawalls fund partnership

SMH: Federal government to fund Torres Strait sea walls

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