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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    $10 million for Torres Strait communities to build new water infrastructure

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, March 08, 2018

    $10 million for Torres Strait communities to build new water infrastructure

    The first funding from a $120 million Palaszczuk Government program to improve the health and safety of indigenous communities is flowing to the Torres Strait Island Regional Council and 15 communities.

    Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said more than $10 million in funding from the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program will go to initial projects to upgrade vital wastewater and water treatment plants.

    “This program is ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Far North have infrastructure to suit their specific needs and the training to support the infrastructure over the long-term,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
     
    “The end result is safer, healthier drinking water with every community receiving vital infrastructure to provide for a sustainable future.”
     
    The wastewater treatment plant on Saibai Island will undergo a $3.75 million upgrade while almost $2 million will be spent on upgrading the Mer Island wastewater treatment plant.

    Erub, Badu and Hammond Islands will receive water treatment plant or mains upgrades with many other communities works to improve their water quality.

    The communities of Badu, Moa (St Pauls and Kubin), Boigu, lama, Masig, Ugar and Mabuiag will benefit from water supply chlorine monitoring and automated dosing at the water treatment plant.

    Meanwhile, the communities of Hammond, Warraber, and Poruma will receive new operating panels for previously installed chlorine monitoring equipment.

    Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said: “This funding is fantastic news for communities throughout the Torres Strait.

    “It will deliver these communities infrastructure to suit their specific needs and the training to support the infrastructure over the long-term. The Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver for the Torres Strait, and this is another great example of our commitment to the region.”

    Torres Strait Island Regional Council Mayor Fred Gela said the projects are tailored to meet the needs of the community.

    “These projects will directly benefit the community's health and wellbeing. They will also improve the surrounding environment and help make the region a better place to live,” Cr Gela said.

    He said a key to the program is training locals to operate and maintain the new equipment.

    “Having council operators properly trained to use and look after the equipment will ensure the facilities will be maintained and working efficiently for the community for many years to come. The training will also support employment opportunities through the operators learning new skills,” Cr Gela said.

    In the 2017-18 State Budget, the Queensland Government announced funding of $120 million over four years for the ICCIP, which delivers repairs and upgrades to critical water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure for 16 Indigenous councils.

    Funding of up to $97 million has been allocated to the Far North region’s 11 eligible councils, Aurukun, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait Island, Yarrabah and Wujal Wujal.
     
    For more information visit: https://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/iccip

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548