The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has reached a significant milestone today, holding its 100th board meeting at the organisation’s headquarters on Thursday Island.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, attended today’s historic meeting and congratulated Pedro Stephen on being elected Chair, Jerry Stephen on being elected Deputy Chair and Eric Peter on being elected Alternate Deputy Chair at the new board’s inaugural meeting on Monday.
“The Torres Strait Regional Authority’s 100th board meeting is a great achievement for the organisation and I was delighted to be able to attend it,” Minister Scullion said.
“I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all members elected to the new board of the TSRA and look forward to working closely with them over the next four years.
“The TSRA performs vital work administering programmes that support individuals, councils and community organisations within the Torres Strait region.
“The board of the TSRA also provides important leadership across the Torres Strait region, including as the region’s native title representative body.”
The TSRA board determines policies and budget allocations, and is the political arm of the organisation. It consists of 20 elected members who are all Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal people living in the region. They are elected every four years by their individual communities.
With 3703 eligible voters in the region, 1941 votes were taken by the Australian Electoral Commission during the conduct of this year’s election, which was completed on 30 July.
“This year, 40 candidates were nominated for election to the TSRA board, and I am pleased to say that 10 of these were women,” Minister Scullion said.
“The new TSRA board consists of three women and 17 men. Of the 20 members, 11 are returning members, seven are new and two are past members of the board.
“It was very encouraging to see local communities taking an interest in the development and decision-making of their region. This year, we saw 63 percent of people living in the community come out and vote for their local representative, an increase of 6 percent from the previous election four years ago.”
A list of the new TSRA board membership is below.
2016 TSRA BOARD MEMBER’S ELECTION OUTCOMES AND ELECTED OFFICEHOLDERS
WARD – NAME – MEMBERSHIP – OFFICEHOLDER
1 Badu – Horace Baira – New Member
2 Bamaga – Patricia Yusia – New Member
3 Boigu – Eric Peter – Returning Member – ALTERNATE DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON
4 Dauan – Joel Gaidan – Uncontested/New Member
5 Erub – Kenny Bedford – Returning Member
6 Hammond – Seriako Dorante – New Member
7 Ngurapai Muralag – Yen Loban – Uncontested/Returning Member
8 lama – Getano Lui – Returning Member
9 Kubin – David Bosun – Past Member (2008-2012)
10 Mabuiag – Cygnet Repu – New Member
11 Masig – Hilda Mosby – Uncontested/Returning Member
12 Mer – Aven Noah – Returning Member
13 Port Kennedy – Pedro Stephen – Past Member (2000-2004) – CHAIRPERSON
14 Poruma – Frank Fauid – New Member
15 Seisia – Joseph Elu – Uncontested/Returning Member
16 Saibai – Chelsea Aniba – Uncontested/Returning Member
17 St Pauls – John Paiwan – New Member
18 TRAWQ – John Abednego – Returning Member
19 Ugar – Jerry Stephen – Uncontested/Returning Member – DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON
20 Warraber – Willie Lui – Returning Member