About Kubin


Kubin (Arkai) is a community on Moa Island, which is a part of the Torres Strait’s western island group and is the second largest island in the Torres Strait. Kubin is located on the southern side of the island, and the St Paul’s community is located to the north. The 2 communities are connected by a road.  


The main language spoken in Kubin is Kala Lagaw Ya [Ka-la Lug-ow Ya]. Other languages spoken are Torres Strait Creole and English. The use of an interpreter may be necessary to assist complainants, witnesses, victims and offenders who come before the courts.

History of Kubin

Kubin facts and figures

For 2011 and 2016 census information on education, employment, income, housing figures and more for Kubin, build a statistical profile on Know Your Community.

Native title information

Search for native title information on the National Native Title Tribunal website.

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Visiting Kubin

Kubin is part of the Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC). The TSIRC asks all visitors to St Paul's to register their visit before they arrive. It is also recommended that visitors read the TSIRC's information on culture, protocols and heritage.

Getting to Kubin

Kubin community is serviced by an airstrip located on the northern perimeter of Kubin village. The airstrip is operated by the TSIRC. Travel to Moa Island is via Horn Island Airport. Helicopter and fixed wing flights are available in this region.

Seasonal considerations

The Torres region is subject to seasonal cycles with heavy monsoon rains throughout summer (wet season) which may make access difficult. 

Quarantine restrictions

When visiting the Torres Strait you need to observe the quarantine regulations. It is against the law to move plant and animal material, including fruit, from the Torres Strait to the mainland.

For more information visit the Australian interstate quarantine website.  

Alcohol restrictions

There are no alcohol management plans for islands in the Torres Strait. However, please check with the local council as some island communities may have preferred protocols in relation to the consumption of alcohol.  

Local government

Search the local government directory for information about the Torres Strait Island Regional Council. 

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Sorry business

When a death occurs in the Kubin community, family members are notified to come together, where they are then informed together about the Bad News.

Generally, the community shuts down after being informed of the death. If a death happens outside of the community, the in-laws (both males and females), referred to as Marigeth [Mari-get], gather families together and it is the role of the in-laws to inform the families of the Bad News. The community gathers together daily to share comfort and support each other until the day of the funeral and a feast is held after the funeral to conclude the initial stage of the mourning period, from death until the burial.

During this time business does not generally take place in the community, however this does not apply to essential services such as policing, child safety, health, education and justice. For Torres Strait Islander cultures, ‘Tombstone Openings’ are a time for celebration and symbolise the point that brings closure for the family of the deceased through the celebration of the person’s life. There is a lengthy mourning process from the time of the person’s death, culminating with the unveiling of the tombstone ceremony, which is followed by feasting and dancing. This process usually takes place about 1 or 2 years after the funeral, however some families may take longer to prepare for this event.

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Community justice group

The role of the Community Justice Group (CJG) is to ensure that clients of the service are given appropriate cultural support for court matters. The CJG also provides cultural reports to the courts at sentencing and bail applications, assistance to the courts in managing community-based offences, and networking to implement crime prevention initiatives.

Members of the CJG work closely with a number of justice agencies including the Queensland Magistrates Court, Department of Corrective Services, Queensland Police Service, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. The CJG works to support the community’s understanding of and access to the justice system by working in conjunction with Shire Council by-laws and victim support agencies.

Key ways the CJG is able to assist the community and the courts include:

  • participation in community consultations relevant to the CJG’s role within the criminal justice sector
  • preparation and presentation of written and oral sentencing submissions to the court
  • defendant support and referral (including court support)
  • victim support and referral (including court support)
  • support for debtors wishing to access the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry.

For more information about your local Community Justice Group:

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Community services

Use the Queensland Government's one place service directory to find up-to-date contact information for local support services including:

  • legal advice and support services
  • youth justice and support groups
  • domestic and family violence support
  • drug and alcohol services
  • mens' and women's groups
  • accident, emergency and medical services

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More information

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