Archive for ‘Torres Strait’

February 3, 2014

Community forum 28 Feb 2014: What about our Islands?

 The Friends of the Earth Brisbane Climate Frontlines and The GOODNESS Inc will be hosting a community forum on Torres Strait Islands and Climate Change:

Date: Friday 28 February

Time: 5pm for 5.30pm Start

Venue: Junior Eisteddfod Hall, 76 Greenslopes St, Cairns

RSVP by Monday 24 Feb to [email protected] or 0439 771 692

Please see the attached flier for more details. 

This is a great opportunity for Torres Strait Islanders and their family and friends to share information and stories on the cultural, health, economic and environmental impacts of king tides, coastal erosion, sea level rise and other climate-related threats.

What About Our Islands Poster

January 12, 2012

Federal Government backflips on promise to rebuild sea walls in the Torres Strait

In December 2011 the Federal Government back-flipped on its promise to rebuild sea walls in the Torres Strait. Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, announced that the Federal Government would no longer provide the funds to rebuild dilapidated sea walls in the Torres Strait. Instead he passed the buck to the Queensland Government and the Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC). The Queensland Government has consistently ignored the issue of inundation in the Torres Strait Islands and the TSIRC does not have sufficient resources or funds to foot the bill.

The passing of the ‘Torres Strait Islands Sea Wall Bill’ with bipartisan support in August 2011 raised hopes that, after at least five years of tireless campaigning by Torres Strait Islanders, something was going to be done to address the issues of inundation and coastal erosion on the Islands.

The Government’s back-flip is callous, gutless and extremely disappointing.

For related media coverage, see:

‘TSIRC seeks $5 million to shore up sea walls’ (Torres News)

‘Torres Strait sea walls dissolving’ (The Cairns Post)

‘Council makes bid for $5 million sea wall revamp’ (ABC News)

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