Our Story

Gur A Baradharaw Kod Sea and Land Council Torres Strait Islander Corporation (“GBK”) is the peak body of all Registered Native Title Bodies Corporates (“PBCs”) across the Torres and Endeavour Straits – representing the collective interests of the regions’ Traditional Owners, and providing an avenue to respond and have input into policy and program development.

GBK is a not-for-profit organisation that was registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (“ORIC”) in 2012. GBK is also registered as a charitable organisation.

All 21 PBCs within the five nation groups Kemer Kemer Meriam, Gudamaluialgal, Maluilgal, Kulkalgal and Kaiwalagal are a member of GBK. Torres Strait and Aboriginal Land trusts are also eligible to become members.

Our organisation is driven by traditional owners. Our aim is to drive initiatives in a strengths-based, community-led approach to enable positive change, improve national statistics of inequality and build sustainable communities.

Yumi Strategic Direction

Keriba Gesep; Ngalpun Mabaygal; Yumi Time.
Our Homeland; Our People; Our Time.
Papek; Minalai Wak.

Working together to keep and safeguard the identity of the peoples of the four winds.


Respect: We respect the Ailan Kastoms and Aboriginal Lores of our people and respect the cultural diversity, values, and beliefs of others.

Culture: Yumi Culture is the core of our business. Our decisions and our actions will be guided by our Aboriginal Lore and Ailan Kastoms.

Honesty: We provide a professional and ethical service in accordance with our responsibilities and always demonstrate honesty and integrity.

Unity: We provide a strong and unified voice for traditional owners and our region.


Accountability and transparency: We promote accountability and transparency as a standard of strong governance and good practice for NGOs and peak bodies representing PBCs and native title holders.

Innovation: We are creative in problem solving by putting people and culture at the centre and demonstrate excellence.

Responsiveness: We are responsive to the changing operating environment we work in and the needs of our communities

Environment: We embrace sustainable business practices and promote environmentally sustainable development solutions to minimise our carbon footprint and we operate in a manner to protect our land and sea resources.

Collaboration & Partnership: We have respectful partnerships with our stakeholders and collaborate effectively with our employees, members, and communities to be innovative.

Truth-telling: Sharing our story, history, and culture by having honest conversations and restoring relationships and harmony.


Strategic Plan

GBK aligns resources to the goals and priorities of its Strategic Plan and is accountable to members for performance.

OWNERS voice

Provide an authentic and authoritative voice for traditional owners and the laws of the peoples of the region.

native title service

Provide an independent, culturally appropriate, and responsive native title service for our region.

Capacity Building

Build capacity of Registered Native Title Body Corporations (PBCs) to become self-sufficient to meet native title and community development needs.

Protect & Promote

Protect and promote sustainable management of the environment and resources of the region.


Operate traditional owner led employment and training services – Meriba Ged Ngalpun Mab – to increase economic outcomes for our region.


Stronger, respectful, and enduring partnerships for First Nations Peoples with stakeholders to achieve economic, social, and cultural development for our region.


Educate our people and our partners about the importance of native title and the laws and kastoms of our peoples.

Climate Change

Taking urgent action on climate change so that we can support the needs of the present and future generations.

GBK Directors

PBC Members Representative Island Cluster
Mura Badulgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC George Morseu Badu Island Maluilgal Nation
Mer Gedkem Le (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Falen Passi Murray Island Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation
Dauanalgaw (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Thomas Mooka Dauan Island Guda Maluilgal Nation
Erubam Le Traditional Land and Sea Owners (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Jimmy Gela Darnley Island Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation
Garboi (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Nazareth Fauid Central Cluster (Uninhabited) Kulkalgal Nation
Gebaralgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Fred Peters Central cluster Kulkalgal Nation (Uninhabited)
Goemulgaw (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Johnny Kris Mabuiag Island Maluilgal Nation
Magani Lagaugal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Lui Ned David Iama Island Kulkalgal Nation
Malu Kiái (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Dimas Toby Boigu Island Guda Maluilgal Nation
Masigalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC John Morris Masig Island Kulkalgal Nation
Mualgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Iona Cyril Manas Mua Island Maluilgal Nation
Porumalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC TBC Poruma Island Kulkalgal Nation
Saibai Mura Buway (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Mark Herbert Warusam Saibai Island Guda Maluilgal Nation
Ugar Ged Kem Le Zeuber Er Kep Le (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Seriako Stephen Ugar Island Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation
Wakeyama (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC David Ned David Central Cluster Kulkalgal Nation
Warraberalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Kabay Tamu Warraber Island Kulkalgal Nation
Malu Lama Torres Strait (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC Lui Ned David Covers the entire Sea are of TS Covers the entire sea are of the TS  
Badu Ar Mua Migi Lagal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC TBC Western Region Maluilgal Nation
Maluilgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC TBC Western Region Maluilgal Nation