Queensland Cabinet to meet in Torres Strait

Premier and Minister for the Olympics The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Premier has announced her Cabinet will meet in the Torres Strait next month.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament today the Cabinet would meet on Thursday Island on Tuesday September 6, 2022.

“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 Torres Strait Island communities and Cape communities and the people who live and work there are important to Queensland, and we want to hear directly from them.

“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.

“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.”

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