Victory for seawall funding

On the 26th of February, the Australian Government confirmed it will invest a total of $12 million for the Torres Strait Islands Seawalls Project to protect six low-lying islands from the impacts of king tides and coastal erosion.

Of the total funding announced, $5 million will come from the Community Development Grants Program, $6 million from the Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program and $1 million has already been provided for the preliminary design stage.  The Queensland Government will match the funding dollar for dollar.

The Torres Strait Climate Advocacy Team would like to thank everyone who supported the seawalls campaign by signing the petition.  Big eso!!!

While there will be celebrations across the islands, there is more work ahead.  Seawalls will not make the problem of climate change go away.  We have to look beyond the seawalls to make sure the Torres Strait Islands are here to stay for our current and future generations.

The need for a long term approach will be discussed at a community meeting on Thursday Island on Monday 3 March.  Everyone is invited to come to the PKA Hall at 3pm to find out the latest update on the Seawalls Project and to share their ideas and thoughts on the future of the islands.

The details of the community meeting are as follows:

Date: Monday 3 March

Time: 3 pm –  5 pm

Venue: PKA Hall, Thursday Island

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