A message from Poruma

Imagine what it would be like to have the sea encroach into your home and slowly wash away your island.  Imagine a coconut tree that stood on the beach yesterday is gone today.

This is the situation being faced by residents of Poruma (Coconut) Island, a low-lying coral cay in the Central Islands group of the Torres Strait.

The community is calling for urgent action to help protect their island from coastal flooding and erosion, which have caused significant damage across the islands. On the island’s southwest, erosion has led to the direct loss of coastal land.

Their message to the government is simple: We are part of Australia and our people are Australian citizens so please help us.

Earlier this year the Poruma community organised a protest to demand all levels of government to promptly act on their funding commitment towards the Torres Strait Seawalls Project. While the Abbott Government confirmed $12 million in funding for the Seawalls Project in February, work is yet to begin on the construction and repair of seawalls in the affected islands.

Residents are concerned about their island’s future if immediate action is not taken to protect their homeland.  Please support the Poruma community by sharing the above video link with your family, friends and the wider community.

For more information, please contact the Member for Poruma.

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