Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Territories Minister to visit Christmas and Cocos Islands

Media Release

PF057/2015

14 December 2015

The Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher will travel to Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands from Sunday 13 December to Wednesday 16 December.

As the first visit by the new Territories Minister in the Turnbull Government to the Indian Ocean Territories, Mr Fletcher said the visit will provide an opportunity to view key industries and infrastructure on the islands and discuss the future needs of the local communities.

“During my first official visit to the Indian Ocean Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island as Minister for Territories, I am looking forward to meeting with local communities and discussing the key issues that are important on each of the islands,” Mr Fletcher said.

“I have been in contact with the Administrator Barry Haase regarding future priorities and the importance of economic growth for these island communities. It will be informative to be able to speak to locals and hear first-hand accounts of the challenges they face, and see for myself the scale of economic activity and options to improve it.”

The visit will include a tour of key infrastructure on the West Island of Cocos (Keeling) Islands including the erosion mitigation works, quarantine station, port, power station, health centre and community resource centre.

On Home Island the Territories Minister will meet with representatives of the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the local Malay community and community organisations to gain an understanding of the lifestyles and distinctive cultures on Islands.

On Christmas Island the Minister will meet with Phosphate Resources Limited and representatives of the Mining to Plant Enterprise to discuss the value of the mine to the local economy, as well as inspect key infrastructure and discuss eco-tourism opportunities on Christmas Island.