Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Torres Strait sea wall project starts

Heather Beck in Cairns.com (Australia): A project to upgrade failing sea walls on low-lying Torres Strait Islands is under way despite the regional council having no guarantee that the Federal Government will provide funding. Torres Strait Island Regional Council is applying for $5 million through round two of the Federal Government's Regional Development Australia Fund to rebuild the sea walls.

On January 11, the RDAF committee will announce the three projects in each region that will proceed to full application stage, but successful projects will not be announced until mid to late May. In the meantime, the TSIRC has received a small amount of funding through the Torres Strait Regional Authority which will enable it to start preparing the designs.

TSIRC engineering manager Patrick McGuire said it was a worthwhile project. "The points have been made that one of the most at-risk places in the world for sea level rise or climate change is the Torres Strait and the Government should be looking after its own backyard," he said....

Photo taken at Sesia Cape York Queensland Australia, shot by B51Seisia, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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