Posts tagged ‘climate change impacts’

October 17, 2013

What about our islands? Upcoming public forum in Brisbane

The GOODNESS Inc and the Friends of the Earth Brisbane Climate Frontlines are working with key organisations in the Torres Strait to advocate for culturally-appropriate, locally-based and timely responses to climate change issues.

The two non-governmental organisations are organising a forum on Tuesday 22nd of October in Brisbane to help raise public awareness and to strengthen the voice of island communities so their climate change messages are delivered to the wider community.

The forum will begin with the screening of ‘Dire Straits’, a photo documentary of Saibai Elder Mebai Warusam, produced by photo-journalist Zoe Reynolds during her visit to the islands early this year. This will be followed by a panel discussion involving Thomas Sebasio (Senior Elder from Erub/Darnley Island), Nancy Bamaga (descendant of Saibai Island and Cultural Advocate) and Stefan Armbruster from SBS News.

The forum will take place at Wesley House, 140 Ann Street in Brisbane CBD from 6pm.  Similar forums are being planned for Far North Queensland in early 2014.

For more information, please visit or contact kate(AT)


January 16, 2013

Queensland approves funding for sea walls, but at what cost?

The Queensland government has approved funding for sea walls to protect Torres Strait island communities from inundation by king tides.

(listen to the full podcast: Queensland funds Torres Strait sea walls)


The federal government says Queensland is robbing Torres Strait islanders of vital funds for sewage and fresh water projects to build sea walls.

(for more, listen here: Torres Strait ‘robbed’ with sea wall funding)

What do you think? Should MIP funding be used to build sea walls?


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