Campaign launched for promised funds

An online campaign has been launched to mobilise national and international support for the delivery of seawall funding for the Torres Strait.

The campaign calls on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to honour the funding commitment made by the former federal government towards the construction and repair of the seawalls in Boigu and Saibai Islands.

People can show their support by signing the petition available at: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/prime-minister-tony-abbott-deliver-promised-funding-for-seawalls-in-the-torres-strait

The target is to reach 2,000 signatures by the end of November so everyone is encouraged to let their family, friends and colleagues know about the importance of signing the petition.

The details of the campaign will be published in today’s Torres News and broadcasted on Radio 4MW 1260AM, also today at 11.30am.

Background on Promised Seawall Funding

In June 2012, the Gillard Government pledged a total of $12 million for the construction and repair of seawalls and related sand nourishment works for the worst affected islands. This funding was matched by the Queensland Government earlier this year.

While $3.2 million has been signed off between the Torres Strait Regional Authority and Torres Strait Islands Regional Council for the preliminary design and planning stage of the Torres Strait Coastal Protection Works (Seawalls) Project so far, this is far short of the $26 million needed.

Each year, communities in the Torres Strait are severely affected by inundation from king tides and cyclonic weather.  Flooding of homes, schools, roads and other major infrastructure are a common occurrence in low lying islands of Boigu and Saibai, and the central coral cay islands of Iama, Warraber, Masig and Poruma.
 

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