An Albanese Labor Government will partner with Torres Strait Island Regional Council to plan and deliver much needed marine and access infrastructure across Torres Strait.
Marine infrastructure like jetties, wharfs and barges underpin life in the Torres Strait. It is the only way that many communities can access essential supplies like food and water and critical services like medical care and education.
Despite this reliance, infrastructure across the islands has fallen into disrepair after years of neglect under the Morrison-Joyce Government.
Wharfs in some communities have become unusable, while the communities of Mabuiag and Mer have no jetties at all.
This is having a detrimental impact on the health of communities across the region.
That is why an Albanese Labor Government will invest $40m in identifying and starting needed works across the Torres Strait Islands, including dredging, construction and repair works.
In determining works, we will collaborate closely with the Torres Strait Island Regional Council to ensure that our investments deliver the greatest benefits to communities across the region.
Labor’s investment will mean that Torres Strait Island communities can better access essential services, including health and education, as well as to better connect with one another.
Only an Albanese Labor Government will partner with local communities to plan and deliver the investments they need for a better future.
Attributable to Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development:
“These communities are dependent on marine infrastructure, but the Morrison-Joyce Government has stood by as wharfs and jetties fell into disrepair.
“We wouldn’t let this happen in a capital city and we shouldn’t let it happen here.
“I’m proud that an Albanese Labor Government will work with these communities to plan and deliver the investments that they really need.
Attributable to Elida Faith, Labor Candidate for Leichhardt:
“The Torres Strait is such a special part of Australia and it’s why I’m proud to have secured this significant injection of funds for the region.
“I’m excited about what an Albanese Labor Government can do for the Torres Strait, including the outer islands, which are home to some of our most remote constituents.”
“This announcement is all about improving the lives of locals – it will mean better access to food and medical supplies, staying connected with family and friends across the region and even the simple things like making.
WEDNESDAY, 16 MARCH 2022