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Maiem, Sew Ngapa!

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. 

Au Esoau, Koeyma Eso, Many Thanks 

Napau Pedro Stephen AM 
Chairperson – Torres Strait Regional Authority

Opportunities
Common Funding Round
Funding is available for activities taking place between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023:
🎨 Culture Art and Heritage Programme - grants of $5,000 up to $25,000
🍎 Healthy Communities Programme - grants of $5,000 or more
💛 Safe Communities Programme - grants of $5,000 or more.

Apply by 5pm on 21 April 2022.

Who can apply for the Common Funding Round?
Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal organisations, or individuals, based in the:
  • Torres Strait
  • Bamaga
  • Seisia

To be eligible you must:​

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)​ - if you do not have an ABN, you will need to use an auspice ​
  • ​be a permanent resident of Australia; based in or resident of the Torres Strait, including Northern Peninsula Area communities of Bamaga and Seisia​
  • not be insolvent or bankrupt​
  • be an eligible entity 
  • not have any grants in breach with the TSRA or other government agencies​

How do I access TSRA-funded grant support services?
TSRA has funded grant support services to help with applications.
For information and to check if you are eligible for this support, contact:
💻 www.tsra.gov.au/opportunities/grant-funding
📞 (07) 4069 0700
📧 grant.applications@tsra.gov.au

News

Local leader appointed top role in Torres Strait

Torres Strait Islander leader, Vonda Malone, has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).
Learn more.

Meet Madeina David, a young Torres Strait Islander woman connecting culture and science
Legacy of firsts for trailblazing
Torres Strait ranger
Breaking bias:
Balancing boardroom and motherhood in Bamaga
Moa women creating
bright futures in business

Native Title Services transition from TSRA to GBK

Traditional Owners and Prescribed Body Corporates (PBCs) will take control in delivering all Native Title services in the Torres Strait from 1 July 2022, when Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council (GBK) is recognised as the Native Title Service Provider (NTSP). 
Learn more.

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