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An autonomous, prosperous and sustainable community and council


Yorke Island (traditionally known as Masig) is a coral cay situated in the Eastern area of the central island group in the Torres Strait, 2.7km in length and 800m at its widest point.

The people of Yorke Island are skilled navigators with a detailed knowledge of the reefs and have always occupied a central position in the Straits trading networks.

Since the grounding of the local commercial air service by CASA in 2007, access to Masig is by charter plane only. All goods and mail are delivered by a weekly barge service.

Masig has the following facilities:

  • medical centre staffed by two qualified nurses
  • campus of Tagai State College
  • IBIS store
  • two mini-marts.

Language group

The traditional language of Yorke Islands is a local dialect of Kalaw Lagaw Ya.


250 residents


  • Airport
  • Regional council office
  • State school (years pre-prep to year 7)
  • Health centre with permanent doctor and two nurses
  • Three grocery stores (IBIS and two Mini-marts)
  • Reef pilots station
  • Post Office agency
  • Centrelink agency
  • Motel Lowatta Lodge
  • Council workshop / compound
  • SES shed
  • Water plant reservoirs / filtration collection wells
  • Power station
  • Sewerage treatment plant
  • Barge ramp
  • Pier (small craft and passengers only)


TSIRC operational hours

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

Contact: Kimiko Mosby, CDM


Phone: 07 4083 2754

Visitor approval


No council accommodation


Lowatta Lodge

4 x self-contained cabins, 2 x motel rooms

Operated by Kailag Enterprises Ltd

Booking contact: Philippa Bauer, CEO


Phone: 0457 809 007



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

Saturday, 9am - 12noon

Kozan Shop

Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 10pm

Sunday, 1:30pm - 10pm

Community social groups

Men & Boys Group

Women & Girls Group

Facilitator: Collin Messa

Gudhmud ATSI Health Association

Chair: Gavin Mosby

Kailag Youth Sports Association

Chair: Helen Mosby



Address: Dans Road

Contact: Hon Inspector Ned Mosby, Snr

Phone: 07 4069 4747 / 0447 075 860

Masig Muisau Campus - Tagai College

(prep – Year 6)

Address: Williams Road

Principal: Dan Tonon

Admin: Cynthia Mabo

Phone: 07 4214 8555

Department of Agriculture & Water Resources

Contact: Patrick Nai

Phone: 0476 852 990.


Fishermen’s Association

Chair: Patrick Nai

Phone: 0499 525 203

Masig Muisau Campus P&C

President: Helen Mosby

Phone: 07 4214 8555

Masigalgal PBC

John Morris

Contact:  0457 419 781



Contact: Ned Mosby Snr

Phone: 0447 075 860

Rural Fire

First Officer: Blamey Mabo

Volunteer Marine Rescue

Contact: Francis Nai

Australian Reef Pilots

Phone: 07 4090 0052

Gudhmud Health Centre

Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 12noon; 1pm - 4pm

Saturday and Sunday, after hours on call*

Address: Aous Rd

Phone: 07 4069 4296

*After hours contact: Robyn White, RN

Phone: 0428 737 637


St John the Evangelist Anglican Church

Fr Ned Mosby

United Pentecostal Church

Ps Gabriel Nai

Tefillah Ministry

Ps Francis Nai

Living Waters

Ps Collin Messa

Gazetted holidays

Gazetted holidays for Masig Island Community includes:

  • 3 June - Mabo
  • 24 June - Parish of Ioane Independent Church of TS
  • 1 July - Coming of the Light
  • 7 July - NT Determination
  • 23 August - Anniversary of first Councillors Meeting (in 1937)
  • 16 September - TS Cultural Festival
  • 29 December – St John the Evangelist Church Day

Public access facilities

  • Community Hall - inside and outside (Fig Tree)
  • Basketball stadium - closed for upgrade works