10 Dec 2009

Torres Strait Islanders concerned Australia gives support to Pacific nations

12:21 pm on 10 December 2009

Many Torres Strait Islanders are believed to be concerned that Australia is giving climate change support to Pacific nations, before looking after them.

The islands are located between Australia and Papua New Guinea, and are mostly part of Queensland.

A coastal erosion expert at the James Cook University, Dr Kevin Parnell, says the communities are concerned about sea level rise and other climate change effects.

Dr Parnell says they need help.

"There have been recent announcements about Australia supporting Pacific Island nations with respect to adaptation to climate change and the communities of Torres Strait have certainly expressed concern that such a large amount of money has been promise to other nations when there are parts of Australia, such as the Torres Straits, that still have issues."

Dr Kevin Parnell says the government is currently considering an adaptation package of more than 20 million US dollars for the Torres Straits.