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 […]

DOROTHY SHORT IN COEN - CAPE YORK PENINSULA

WORKING TOWARDS LIVING ON COUNTRY – NESBIT RIVER FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Many of Australia’s remote indigenous communities are in towns and centres that began as church missions, or places to which governments re-located indigenous people from their traditional lands. People were encouraged, or forced,  to move into those towns, often a long way from the country […]

RACING - OFF TO A GOOD START AT LAURA

THE ANNUAL LAURA RACES – STILL GOING STRONG 116 YEARS ON

These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday. – […]

PHIL MONICA ME AND JACINTA AT AURUKUN BOAT RAMP

TUNE IN TO INDIGENOUS RADIO AURUKUN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Our radio station, ABC Far North, covers a huge area of Queensland. Our listening area is just a bit bigger than the state of Victoria. In many areas, we’re the only local station, and there are still places where you can’t hear us, or anything […]

Lake Tinaroo far north Queensland

REMEMBERING THE LONG GONE FNQ TOWN THAT BUILT TINAROO FALLS DAM

In 1952, the Queensland Government approved construction of a dam on the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland. It was the first dam built in Queensland solely for irrigation, and to this day it remains one of the region’s biggest infrastructure projects. It took six […]

VADER IS A GOOD BOY – AND A TOP NOTCH CRIME FIGHTER

Vader is a fearless four-legged super sleuth who loves fighting crime in far north Queensland. He’s an eight-year-old German Shepherd who’s been in over 80 arrests in the past three years. He’s top dog with the Queensland Police dog squad in Cairns. His most recent […]

AURUKUN MEMORIAL HONOURS CAPE YORK INDIGENOUS MILITARY SERVICE

Anzac Day services will be held across far north Queensland tomorrow. Regular Anzac events have been held at Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula, for some time now – but this year they’re unveiling a memorial to indigenous men from the community who served in […]

CROYDON STATE SCHOOL KIDS RELEASE THEIR FIRST RECORD

Just after four o’clock this afternoon, the students of Croydon State School heard  their song on the radio for the first time. Croydon is in the Gulf Country, one of the last stops on the long road trip from Cairns to Karumba, on the Gulf […]

Derek Walpo Mayor of Aurukun

MEET DEREK WALPO – THE MAYOR OF AURUKUN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

The first Europeans known to have walked on Australian soil were Dutch sailors. In 1605, they steered the Duyfken into the Gulf of Carpentaria and landed at Cape Keerweer on western Cape York, south of Aurukun. Their plans to build a city there did not […]