Quoting from the Saibai Island webpage: The flag of the island of Saibai, just south of the coast of Papua New Guinea, is dark blue with a green triangle at the hoist on which is placed a yellow leaf, symbol of peace. Australian possession (part of the State of Queensland) a lack of facilities. mackerel. Although the pearl trade stopped after World War II, cultured pearl farms still operate in the Torres Strait today. The Torres Strait Islands are part The language spoken is Kalaw Kawaw Ya, and there are strong traditional kinship ties between the islands. culture industry which started in the 1960s collapsed in 1970 Print Saibai Introduction. Section), People | Places Saibai is part of the north-western island group of Torres Strait, which consists of Saibai, Dauan and Boigu islands. :: French Polynesia The soil is relatively fertile and supports local family gardens. Saibai lies approximately 5km off the coast of New Guinea and is approximately 20km long and 6km wide .The island is an average of 1m above sea level and consists largely of mangrove fringe, flood plain and brackish swamps. Terry Waia) 2005 ABC/Cinemedia | Privacy To see a photo full size, just click on it. Political Status: The community is built along the narrow coastal lowland, backed by steep granite peaks. To the north is Kaumag Island and beyond the international border with Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the southern coast of New Guinea that is part of Western Province (Fly). Head of State: Sir William MacGregor, the Lieutenant-Governor of British New Guinea, noted in 1886 that Boigu's population was nearly extinct as a result of these raids. Strict quarantine regulations are in force however. The language spoken is Kalaw Kawaw Ya, and there are strong traditional kinship ties between the islands. assistance to many local businesses in the Torres Strait Region. Thursday Island The administrative centre for the territory | Interact During the Second World War war the men worked as labourers, but they were not happy doing this, so together with other men from the Top Western islands they formed a company of the Torres Strait Light Infantry. Just north, separated by a channel, is uninhabited Kauamag Island. Do you have photos or additional information to add. 9Â°24â² S Long 142Â°41â² E Saibai It is nearly 150 kilometres north of the Queensland mainland but is part of the state. Strait in Queensland in Australia. Since the Mabo decision, several communities (Saibai Islanders and Mualgal people from Moa Island) have secured legal recognition of their native title rights over their islands. Fishing is the main economic activity, The Top Western group of Torres Strait Islands consist of Saibai, Dauan and Boigu, located about 120 kilometres north of Thursday Island and within sight of the coast of Papua New Guinea - the most northerly communities of Australia. In July 2000 it celebrated its successful Native Title Land Claim to the island. :: Samoa Australian dollar. Saibai Island, along with the island of Boigu and the nearby granite rock pile that forms Dauan Island, is part of the Northern Island Group and is located approximately 150 km north of Thursday Island. :: Solomon Islands There are two villages: Saibai on the north western coast with around 170 people and Churum or Surum ("White Sand"), in the southwest, with about 130. The High Court overturned the previous concept of terra nullius which stated that in legal terms Australia was empty of inhabitants when it was first settled by Europeans. :: Papua New Guinea :: Fiji There is however, regular trade between Saibai and Papuan villages and there are family ties between them; the locals, carrying a permit, may cross the border, something outsiders may not do. The Torres Strait Islands are part of the Australian state of Queensland. | Events | Links Several other cases are also in progress. :: Northern Marianas According to tradition, Kiba and his brothers were the first men on Boigu. Trade in artifacts made of pearl shell, turtle shell, feathers, canoes and tools was very important in the life of Torres Strait Islanders. Although it is likely that Chinese, Malay and Indonesian traders had explored the islands before him, the first navigator credited with coming across the islands is the Spaniard Luis Vaez de Torres who sailed through the strait in 1606. During the Pacific War, two Australian wireless operators of the Australian state of Queensland. Number of :: Tokelau Dauan is a small island just to the west of Saibai. At that time Boigu people were harassed by the Marind-anim, fierce headhunters from what is now southeastern West Papua. The pearl Australia and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait Islands The chairperson of each council is a member of the Island Coordinating Council which meets to discuss regional issues. Since its creation in 1994, the TSRA has provided financial The TSRA is made up of 20 representatives elected by Torres Strait Islanders living in the islands. A cursory look at the map tells you it's unlikely they will escape Manus and head for Australia. There are six clans - Samu (cassowary), Dhoeybaw (yam), Koedal (crocodile), Baydham (shark), Thabu (snake) and Karbay (heron). a :: Tuvalu The two nearby islands Aubisi and Monim (together with Boigu called the Talbot Islands) are uninhabited. a | Site Map | About, © To the north is Kaumag Island and beyond the international border with Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the southern coast of New Guinea that is part of Western Province (Fly). :: Marshall Islands operated on Saibai Island. The green colour symbolises the land, blue is the sea, while the white eight-pointed star signifies Australia. :: History Saibai is a fairly large low-lying mangrove island, 23 kilometres long, only 4 kilometres from the Papua New Guinea mainland. :: Resources Mount Cornwallis is the highest peak in the Strait, rising to nearly 300 metres; it is actually part of the Great Dividing Range. The Torres Strait islanders became citizens of Queensland in 1967 with full access to health and social services and freedom to travel and work in Australia. Queen Elizabeth II These councils have very wide powers. Saibai Islanders have always traded with nearby Papua New Guinea, although their traditional enemies were the Kiwai of the Fly River area. During the pearling era most of the men worked on pearling luggers, and enlisted with the Torres Strait Light Infantry when World War 2 broke out. :: Norfolk Island :: West Papua. Saibai and Boigu Island represent extensions of the Fly Platform, the :: Easter Island Situated between mainland :: Hawaii :: Vanuatu The other issue is what will happen to the asylum seekers Australia is sending to Manus Island. in Papua New Guinea across the Torres Strait to Queensland, drug and people smuggling from Papua New Guinea, :: The Torres Strait Islands Treaty signed by Australia and Papua New Guinea allows for free movement (without passports or visas) between Australia and Papua New Guinea for traditional activities in a limited zone of the Torres Strait. The missionaries removed the sacred "Adtihibuya" stone, which was venerated because it protected locals from the Kiwai. Contribute :: Links. (Chairman of the Torres Strait Regional Authority: The Torres Strait Islands are part of the Australian state By 1877, 16 firms were established on Thursday Island employing 700 people and more than a hundred pearl luggers. Missionaries from the London Missionary Society came to the island on 8 July 1871 after they had established a mission on Saibai, but were initially not welcomed by the Islanders.