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Mayor Phillemon Mosby









Mayor Mosby’s career history derives from a strong foundation in community development and local government service, serving the first two terms as Councillor for our Poruma (Coconut) Island community following the Torres Strait Island Regional Council’s conception in 2008. He has also held many roles within the amalgamated Council and the previous Island Council, such as administration, housing and tenancy management, engagement and advocacy.

Working tirelessly over the last two decades, Mayor Mosby has advocated for the protection and preservation of cultural practice, dance and traditional languages, representing the region and speaking at many national and international forums. This work has also included facilitating the conversation around repatriation of cultural artefacts back to the Torres Strait.

Central to Mayor Mosby’s vision is 'By the people, of the people, for the people' focusing on Council’s accessibility and transparency within our local island communities. This incorporates his commitment to reclaim our unique region and it’s vibrancy, retain our people’s enduring identity and belonging, and regain our culture and rich history.

Mayor Mosby is also currently Chair of the Porumalgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation RNTBC, Chair of the Torres Strait Local Disaster Management Group (TSLDMG), and Deputy Chair of the Torres Strait Traditional Languages Reference Group.


Mayoral Office: Council Chambers, Mimia Street, Poruma (Coconut) Island