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9 - 15 May 2012 • Thursday Island • www.torresnews.com.au • firstname.lastname@example.org • Edition No. 1013 • $2.00 inc. GST
New developments on the table for Torres Shire
Torres Shire Council Mayor Pedro Stephen with the council’s acting chief executive Dalassa Yorkston after his re-election. By MARK ROY THE newly re-elected mayor of the Torres Shire Council, Napau Pedro Stephen, says he will highlight local infrastructure promises with the new state Liberal government as a matter of urgency. He said home ownership was a major priority, with the shire investigating future housing and business subdivisions. “We need security of land tenure around home ownership, and also for the development of future small businesses,” he said. Part of good planning for development was ensuring the proper infrastructure was in place, he said. “For example, the drainage system in the Torres Shire is from
the 1900s and does not cater for the development of the hills,” he said. The development of Horn Island Airport to an international standard was also a priority for the shire, he said. “Many of the local infrastructure projects were initiated by the Liberal government,” Mr Stephen said. He said he hoped to have a meeting with Member for Cook David Kempton and Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli as early as May 14. “My intention is to bring those priorities to them,” he said. Mayor Stephen said it was important the state government not lose sight of its commitments. “We must have a balance,” he said. “While the focus of state and
federal governments in the Torres Strait is on security, we need to balance those concerns with social and economic benefits for the community.” Speaking with the Torres News on Wednesday, May 2, just moments after being declared mayor by the Queensland Electoral Commission, Mr Stephen said he was looking forward to working with the four elected councillors, Yen Loban, William Wigness, John Abednego and Allan Ketchell. “We have a new, balanced council, with two new councillors and two experienced councillors, and I look forward to working with them over the next four years,” Mr Stephen said. At the time of going to press, Mr Stephen had 118 votes more
than the second closest contender, Vonda Moar-Malone, who polled 331 votes to Mr Stephen’s 449. Ms Moar-Malone said she was not discouraged by the election results, and was very pleased with the response from the community. “It is humbling to know that a large percentage of the community wanted change and had entrusted in me their vote for new leadership,” she said. “I intend to continue to advocate and be the voice for community in all my representations and will run for office in the future. “My sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who supported me through my election campaign.” A councillor since 1991 and mayor since 1994, Mr Stephen said it was his track record that helped
him across the line. “People said they supported me because they wanted two things - stability, and experience,” Mr Stephen said. “I am committed to serving the whole of the community, not just those people who supported me. “I acknowledge the other candidates who contested the mayoral seat, and look forward to working with them to take on the initiatives they have raised. “One of the best forums to see what the community needs is through an election, where candidates are putting forward the voice of the people. “While some of the ideas raised by other candidates are commonsense things that we are working on already, there are key indicators from the broader community on what is required for us to move forward together.” Mr Stephen said he was committed to seeing growth during his next four-year term. “While continuing our core business of delivering local government services, we want to embrace new initiatives such as tourism, and encourage development of the Torres Strait as a hub - a strategic location that can deliver services on international sea and air routes. “In terms of tourism, we need to promote the historic milestones of this region, from native title to pre-colonial and colonial history and into the future. “Along with the Department of Defence, we are working with historian Vanessa Seekee on a World War II heritage restoration plan.” He said other future works would include the establishment of a Torres Strait cultural village, a community garden project for Frog Gully, a historical walking track to the Lions Lookout, safe access for water transport to Muralug (Prince of Wales Island) and the establishment of a construction consortium in the Torres Strait.
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Heads roll in local elections THERE were some surprises in the recent Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) elections, with the latest count showing Wayne Guivarra (Badu), Willie Lui (Warraber), Ron Day (Mer), and Walter Mackie (Iama) all beaten, with Kenny Bedford (Erub) also likely to lose his seat. In Kubin, on Moa Island, it was neck-and-neck, with David Bosun and Saila Savage each with 44 votes at the time of going to press. In St Pauls, councillor and Torres Strait Regional Authority chair John â€œToshieâ€? Kris looks like he may just scrape home, and is currently polling 39.84 per cent ahead of Kiwat C Lui on 32.81 per cent. In the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC), new candidate Bernard Charlie is ahead in the mayoral race with 39.51 per cent of the vote with the remainder split fairly evenly between Jeffrey Aniba and former mayor Joseph Elu on around 30 per cent each. In the Torres Shire Council (TSC) Mayor Pedro Stephen was re-elected ahead of Vonda Moar-Malone, Napcia Bin Tahal and Abigail Harry, in that order. Yen N Loban polled highest of the four elected councillors, with 639 votes, followed by Allan Ketchell (567), John Abednego (560) and new candidate William Wigness (528) with 5 of 7 booths counted. Candidates who didnâ€™t make the cut were Ned David (474), Ilario Sabatino (421), Ron Laifoo (396), Liberty Seekee (357) and Elizah Wasaga (219).
Elected TSIRC councillors, by division: Boigu, Division 1: Unopposed: Dimas Toby Dauan, Division 2: Unopposed: Joel Gaiden Saibai, Division 3: Ron Enosa Mabuiag, Division 4: Keith Fell Badu, Division 5: Horace Baira Kubin, Moa Island, Division 6: Undecided: David Bosun/Saila Savage St Pauls, Moa Island, Division 7: John â€œToshieâ€? Kris Iama (Yam Island), Division 9: Getano Lui Jnr Warraber, Division 10: Ted J Billy Poruma (Coconut Island), Division 11: Phillemon Mosby Masig (Yorke Island), Division 12: Unopposed: Ted Nai Ugar (Stephen Island), Division 13: Jerry D. Stephen Erub (Darnley Island), Division 14: Undecided: Jimmy Joe Gela/Kenny Bedford Mer (Murray Island), Division 15: Aven Noah. Elected NPARC councillors, by division: Injinoo, Division 1: Anthony Mara Umagico, Division 2: Unopposed: Dennis Getawan Bamaga, Division 3: Edward Newman New Mapoon, Division 4: Trevor Lifu Seisia, Division 5: Benjamin Gebadi The latest election results are available at the Electoral Commission Queensland website at http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/
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