I am proud to share the latest news from the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).
Firstly, I would like to congratulate Vonda Malone on her appointment as the TSRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
TSRA welcomes Ms Malone’s wealth of experience, advocacy and connections across all levels of government, most recently as the first female mayor for Torres Shire Council.
Her appointment by Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP in consultation with the TSRA Board followed an extensive recruitment process.
Local decision-making and self-determination includes having a say in the leaders who will advocate for the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area.
It also shows TSRA’s commitment to provide local leadership opportunities.
As the region’s lead federal agency and large local employer, we are proud to create a legacy for our own people to grow, develop and thrive as leaders.
We look forward to Ms Malone’s leadership bringing together the many government and non-government agencies represented in the area to advance the political and economic priorities of our people and region.
I would also like to thank former CEO Leilani Bin-Juda for her efforts and contributions.
We’ve had a busy start to the year delivering priorities and supporting the region’s COVID-19 response.
It has been just over 12 months since the first COVID-19 vaccinations, with more than 83 per cent of eligible residents in the Torres and Cape region now double vaccinated.
Eso to the TSRA Board, staff and communities for their understanding and willingness to ‘do things differently’ to keep communities COVID-safe.
There is plenty to be excited about in 2022, as we reconnect, re-energise and refocus as a region.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the historic Mabo decision and Torres Strait Islander flag.
These defining moments continue to shape our journey towards self-determination, truth-telling and healing.
The 2022 National NAIDOC Week theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! is also a call to push for change.
I hope the stories, achievements and opportunities in this newsletter provide hope and inspiration as we work towards empowering our people, in our decision, in our culture, for our future.