THE 6th INDIGENOUS FIRE WORKSHOP GETS UNDERWAY ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA

an environmental remedy, a tonic for bushland, seems a counter-intuitive notion, especially in a nation so determined, for good reasons, to prevent fire in its cities and countryside. But the idea that the right kind of fire at the right time might help rehabilitate “sick” country, […]

Yidinji artist Paul Bong

MEET INDIGENOUS CAIRNS ARTIST PAUL BONG

I’m a keen student of the human condition in all its manifestations, and one of the most fascinating is the way we navigate our way through life, charting a course between safety and danger. We take risks, all the time. Without risk, there would be […]

AURUKUN CAMP DOG CARVING

THE WAY FORWARD FOR INDIGENOUS ART IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

If you ask people to talk about Australian indigenous art, most will think immediately of dot paintings – a style from the central Australian desert, instantly recognisable all over the world as Australian and indigenous. It’s by far the most commercially successful element of our […]

CAPE YORK FERAL PIGS – HOW DO WE STOP THEM KILLING OUR TURTLES?

When Captain Cook landed at the Endeavour River in far north Queensland in 1770, a lot of things changed. Local indigenous people had what was probably their first encounter with Europeans, the outside world became aware of a place that would soon be explored and […]

CREATING AN INDIGENOUS FUTURE IN COEN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Back in 2008, the Queensland and Federal Governments, and the Cape York Institute for Policy & Leadership,  introduced the Cape York Welfare Reform program in four communities –  Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The idea was to find locally informed ways to address social […]

INDIGENOUS VIEWS ON MINING AND WORLD HERITAGE ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

There’s a diversity of views among Cape York indigenous communities on the Australian Government’s recent push for World Heritage listing, and on the prospect of new or expanded mining in the region. The Federal Government has run a long consultation process to muster indigenous support […]