$5 million boost delivered in Torres Strait through Community Development Grants Programme

Media Release


30 May 2014

Joint release with:

Warren Entsch

Federal Member for Leichhardt

The Australian Government is delivering community infrastructure to the electorate of Leichhardt through the newly established Community Development Grants Programme.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch today announced that the Australian Government has delivered

$5 million towards critical seawalls in the Torres Strait.

“The islands of Boigu and Saibai will benefit from the seawalls due to be completed in December 2016,” Mr Entsch said.

“These works will provide a sustainable coastal protection system for the Torres Strait communities, through the installation of new seawalls or upgrade and extension of those already there, along with drainage improvements.

“Meanwhile, works to stabilise the sands and prepare for floods on Iama, Poruma, Warraber and Masig islands are also being carried out.”

Mr Briggs said the funding to the Torres Strait islands was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to providing long term improvements in productive community infrastructure for regions across Australia.

“Added to the $7 million we committed to the Torres Strait through Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure in February, this $5 million package brings the Australian Government commitment to more than $12 million.

“We are getting on with the job of providing up to $314 million toward around 300 community projects across Australia to support regions, build a stronger economy and create jobs.”

This announcement will be welcome news for the islands, who were promised this funding by Labor some time ago, but never received it. Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition is getting on with the job of cleaning up Labor's mess and promptly delivering these important projects instead of just talking about them.

The programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which undertakes a value for money assessment of each project against the programme guidelines to ensure the efficient, effective, ethical, and economical use of public money.