Erubam Le Traditional Land and Sea Owners
(Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation
The Erubam Le Traditional Land and Sea Owners (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation, administers the native title rights and interests recognised in the determination Erubam Le (Darnley Islanders) #1 over Erub (Darnley) Island. The Erubam Le (Darnley Islanders) #1 determination arose out of an application made by Mr George Mye, a traditional Erub elder. He filed an application for native title in the Federal Court in June 1996 and continued to act as the named applicant on behalf of the people of Erub Island throughout the proceedings.
This claim was affected by the Federal Court’s decision in October 2003 in Erubam Le v State of Queensland which established that public works which had been constructed on the islands before December 1996 would extinguish native title. This decision motivated the parties to negotiate in order to recognise exclusive native title rights. The claim was mediated. All parties recognised the Erub people’s right to:
- Exclusive possession of land, and
- Non-exclusive use of water and things within the water for personal, non-commercial or domestic uses.
Erub Island, the land over which the claim was recognised, is a part of the Eastern cluster of the Torres Strait, at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a high island with numerous volcanic rock outcrops, thickly vegetated areas and rich deep soils. The Erubam Le Traditional Land and Sea Owners (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation also administers Indigenous Land Use Agreements with both Ergon Energy and Telstra.