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An autonomous, prosperous and sustainable community and council


Erub (Darnley) Island is an island formed by volcanic action and situated in the eastern section of the Torres Strait, near the Great Barrier Reef and just south of the Bligh entrance.

There is a single grocery store, school and health centre. Accommodation is available through the Guest House and demountable dongas near the airport.

The effective community language is Brokan (Torres Strait Creole), though many people still speak the traditional language, Meriam Mir.

Christianity was first introduced to Darnley and the Torres Strait region by the London Missionary Society on 1 July 1871.  Before this, pearlers and beche-de-mer gatherers visited the island.

These industries attracted an influx of sea men from the Pacific Islands, the Philippines and Malaya over many years. Many of these men married local women and settled on the island.

Early in the twentieth century, the Queensland Government installed various facilities such as a school, medical aid, post office and an Island Industries Board store.

Language group

The language of Erub is the Meriam Mer.


400 residents


  • Airport
  • Regional council office
  • State school (years pre-prep to 6)
  • Health centre with permanent nurse
  • One grocery store (IBIS)
  • Sporting facilities - very large indoor and outdoor multipurpose courts, rugby league oval
  • Demountable accommodation - 15 rooms, adjacent to airport
  • Guest house - 5 rooms
  • Council workshop / compound
  • Water plant reservoirs / filtration collection wells
  • Power station
  • Barge ramp
  • Pier (small craft and passengers only)
  • Sewer treatment plant


TSIRC operational hours

Monday to Friday, 9am – 12noon; 1pm - 4pm

Contact: Mr John Armitage


Phone: 07 4083 2300 / 07 4083 2311

Visitor approval


Council accommodation

  • Ocean View Lodge
  • Sunrise Lodge (Windsock Camp)
  • Trades Cottage

Contact: TSIRC Office

Miss Ethel Charlie / Ms Mary Waigana

Phone: 07 4083 2300

Non-council accommodation

Norah’s Ark

Contact: Mrs Norah Saylor

Phone: 07 4069 4032


Accommodation keys are to be collected and dropped off at the council office prior to departure from Erub Community.

All approved visiting guests are required to sign the Council’s visitor book to document the visit for record purposes.

Bookings can be made by contacting Erub Office.



Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5:30pm

Saturday, 9am - 12noon

Contact: Mr Telly Gela, Manager

Community social groups

  • Saamkarem Dance Team
  • Purple Spider Dance Team
  • PBC
  • Elder Group
  • Fishery Group


  • All Saints Church, Anglican
  • Goshen Ministry Church
  • Full Gospel Church
  • United Pentecostal Church

Gazetted holidays

Gazetted holidays for Erub Island Community:

  • 3 July 2017 - Coming of the Light
  • 7 July 2017 - The Ark of Transfiguration Church Day
  • 25 September 2017 - Native Title Determination Day
  • 1 November 2017 - All Saints Church Day

Public access facilities

Saamkarem Baizam Sports Complex, IKC Centre, Post Office

Phone: 07 4083 2300

Erub Arts Centre

Phone: 07 4090 0827

Ged Erub Trading (Daido Tavern)

Phone: 07 4069 4211

Erub Tagai Campus

Phone: 07 4069 4007