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Masig (Yorke) Island

It took the PV Conroy 3 hours to travel from Poruma to the next destination, Masig (Yorke) Island.  After anchoring up, police travelled by tender to Masig Island where they were met by Inspector Ned Mosby (aka Uncle Ned) and Sergeant Gabriel Nai.  After getting the final go ahead from the council to use their brand new Community Hall, 6 State & 2 Community Police split in three directions to spread the word that the Blue Light was on!

Three hours later 31 Masig kids and their families filled the hall, cheering on the kids doing the limbo, hokey pokey, Taba Naba and dance competitions.  Musical Chairs was the highlight for the kids when the Aunties, Uncles, Aka’s (Grandmothers) and Athe’s (Grandfathers) competed to be Last Person Sitting.  The hall was filled with roars of laughter as bodies and chairs flew everywhere.  DJ Crackles finished off the night with the community clapping, stomping and nodding to ‘If You’re Happy & You Know It’.

Some of the families stayed behind to help pack up and clean up the hall.  Uncle Ned and Gabe dropped the Blue Light crew off at the wharf, where they were met by Karl in the tender.  At around 11pm they were greeted back at the PV Conroy by a pod of 20 dolphins playing and chasing bait fish.  What a lovely end to a great night.

A big esso must go to the Water Police crew for their tender transfers on and off the islands at all hours, and preparing awesome meals for us to come back to at the end of the nights work and helping out at the discos.  A big thank you also to the police up here supporting the Boat Patrol from Brisbane Water Police (Scott Suffolk and Luke Kain) and Townsville CIB (Ryan Gregory).  Without their help, enthusiasm, crime prevention skills and awesome DJ’ing talent we would struggle to hold such successful events for our Island Communities.

Jane Tanswell,

Coordinator

Torres Strait Blue Light

Click to hear the Wiggles & Christine Anu sing Taba Naba on Youtube!


Click to read about Taba Naba Lyrics

September 2011 Disco . . March 2nd 2012 Disco . .

What better venue for a Blue Light Disco than the new Community Hall on Masig Island!  After travelling by tender to the Masig jetty we were lucky enough to be treated to a tour of the Island by Inspector Ned Mosby (known as Uncle Ned) who is very familiar with Masig’s points of interest and a natural tour guide & story teller!

We visited the school, where we got to watch the local kids playing traditional games (see video).  Afterwards Cross Cultural Liaison Officer Sergeant Jane Tanswell and PLO Thomas Pedro (who also happens to be the coolest DJ in town) gave the kids a demonstration of some dance moves they would be doing later that evening.  We handed out stickers and generally got the crowd revved up!

Limbo (under the checked Police Tape) and musical chairs were highlights of the night.  Digital cameras and DVD players were given out as prizes, along with footballs, water bottles & other gear.  

Full story coming soon . . . .

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The crew posing at Masig Island airport.

Left to right:  S/Const Steve Heemi, S/Const Mitch Gray, Senior PLO Thomas Pedro (kneeling), Jenny Monk, Sgt Steve Tillett.


The kids at Tagai College Masig Island Campus were having a sports afternoon when we arrived.  Despite the heat, they were running flat out playing a traditional game a bit like tiggy in reverse. Click on the link above to watch the video.

Inspector Ned Mosby (Uncle Ned) posing with a storyboard written by his namesake.

Did You Know

The Australian drama Series Remote Area Nurse was filmed entirely on Masig Island?  

Many of the extras seen on the show are Masig Island local residents.