Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Queensland Cabinet to meet in Torres Strait

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has announced her Cabinet will meet in the Torres Strait next month.

The Premier told Parliament today the Cabinet would meet on Thursday Island on Tuesday 6 September.

“The Torres Strait is a unique and sacred part of our State,” the Premier said.

“Enriched by First Nations history and culture, there are 18 inhabited islands out of nearly 300 scattered over 48,000 square from the tip of Cape York up to the border of our nearest neighbour Papua New Guinea.

“From justice, equality and opportunity, health care, housing, education, water security, tourism, roads – my government’s commitment to this region is clear.

“We are committed to delivering better services right across Queensland, unlocking those good, secure jobs and protecting our great Queensland lifestyle.”

The Premier said the Torres Strait Island communities and Cape communities were important to Queensland.

“While Cabinet will on Thursday Island, Ministers will also visit outer islands and the Cape too over a couple of days, making sure they speak to as many communities as possible,” said Premier Palaszczuk.

“This is a great opportunity for the community and local government leaders to share ideas, priorities, challenges and opportunities.

“Whether it’s access to services, opportunities for job creation, Path to Treaty, native title, housing or environmental matters, my Cabinet wants to hear about those issues.”

Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui welcomed the opportunity for locals to meet directly with members of the Cabinet about local issues.

“Importantly, there will be an opportunity for locals and interested groups to register for deputations with Ministers,” Ms Lui said.

“This is a terrific chance for locals to speak directly with the Government and I’d encourage as many people as possible to take up opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to the Premier and her cabinet being here and thank the Premier for bringing her Cabinet to the Cape and to the Torres Strait,” she said.

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