WAKING A SLEEPING GIANT

Leaders of 14 local governing authorities from across the Torres Strait, Cape York and Gulf region have likened the growing strength and presence of the Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance (TCICA) Inc to the awakening of a sleeping giant.

Last week the alliance met for the second time this year to discuss progress on a range of matters identified as key priorities for the TCICA, as well as commitments made by major parties in the lead up to last Saturday’s federal election.

TCICA Chair and Mayor of Torres Shire Council Vonda Malone, today said that more than $310 million in commitments* will now flow to the region as a direct result of the TCICA’s strong and coordinated approach to advocacy.

“While we appreciate the commitments made by Labor and congratulate Elida Faith on running a strong campaign, we look forward to working with the Morrison Government and Warren Entsch as they deliver on their commitments.

During the TCICA meeting, Mayor Malone and other Mayors acknowledged the origins of the alliance, which was born out of the passion and love for their communities by founding Mayors Dereck Walpo (Aurukun) and Wayne Butcher (Lockhart River), among others.

“The TCICA is becoming a real force for change; we know that our strength is in collaboration and that by working together we will achieve greater outcomes for our region.

“In the words of Mayor Dereck Walpo, it is time that the sleeping giant of the TCICA has awakened,” said Mayor Malone.

During the meeting, Mayors also discussed the Queensland Government’s Local Thriving Communities initiative, regional aviation services, ongoing disaster recovery, and Indigenous-led tourism development.
More information on the meeting can be found in the TCICA Communique (attached).

Contact: 0436 819 001

* Coalition plans for Leichhardt, as reported in The Cairns Post on Friday 17 May 2019:
$190 million for the Peninsula Development Road
$105 million to direct fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils to deliver housing
$10 million for the Lakeland Irrigation Area dam project
$5 million for seawalls in the Torres Strait

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