Call for sea rise defences in Torres Strait Islands

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SBS Radio – Call for sea rise defences in Torres Strait Islands

The mayor of the Torres Strait Island Regional Council has called for
the state and federal governments to finally fund sea defences for his
community.

The islands in far-north Queensland escaped serious inundation from
annual king tides this week, but had already been flooded during
cyclone Yasi.

Six of the inhabited islands are just over one metre above sea level
and flooding regularly damages infrastructure, homes and contaminates
fresh water supplies.

The mayor says a plea for funding to built protective sea walls has
been met with the federal government saying there needs to be more
research.

Fred Gela spoke with Queensland correspondent Stefan Armbruster.

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