December 13, 2016

TSRA form MOA arrangement with TSIRC

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) commenced a three-year Memorandum of Agreement 2016-2018 (MOA) with the Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) on 2 December 2016.
The MOA provides a structure for both Parties to monitor and work in collaboration to improve the effectiveness of project delivery in the Torres Strait region.
TSRA Chairperson, Mr Pedro Stephen AM, said the objective of the MOA is to establish a collaborative relationship between the Parties to achieve their mutual objectives in the local government area.
“This will be achieved through a number of subsequent objectives, including developing and implementing agreed working arrangements on community needs and projects of common concern to address social, economic and environmental needs,” Mr Stephen said.
“Other objectives include co-operating in the planning for future regional service and infrastructure development, and collaborating in the development and implementation of a Regional Indigenous Land Use Agreement.”
TSIRC Mayor, Mr Fred Gela, said that both Parties acknowledge Ailan Kastom as the fundamental guiding principal to the delivery of localised services and programs in the Torres Strait.
“Both Parties have distinctively different roles, but share a commonality that is to strive to achieve the best outcomes for the community and our region,” Mr Gela said.
The TSRA looks forward to working with TSIRC over the next three years in improving project delivery throughout the region.