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 […]

LYNDAL PHIL AND I ON THE PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD

PICTURES FROM OUR CAPE YORK PENINSULA ROAD TRIP

We did our annual Cape York Peninsula road trip a bit early this year, in June instead of October. It was early in the dry season, the roads were in great shape and we travelled to Lakeland, Laura, Lama Lama National Park, Coen, Wenlock River, […]

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 […]

The Aurukun School Band plays for fellow students for the first time.

AURUKUN SCHOOL BAND COMING TO YARRABAH BAND FESTIVAL

You’ll find the town of Yarrabah about an hour’s drive south-east of Cairns – an indigenous community of some 2500 people, established in the 1890s when Anglican missionary Ernest Gribble encouraged the area’s indigenous people to move to the site of the present-day town. By […]

COEN – THE CAPE YORK QUARANTINE FRONT LINE

Driving on Cape York is an adventure – but some road journeys are a challenge. Any chance for a break from the dust and the corrugations is an opportunity you should take. One place you can stop – if you’re south-bound it’s compulsory – is […]

MUSGRAVE ROAD HOUSE – CAPE YORK PENINSULA

The drive from Cairns to the tip of Cape York is about 1000 kilometres. At the half-way point, you’ll find the historic Musgrave Roadhouse. It’s about midway between Laura & Coen, not far from Princess Charlotte Bay, a few hours drive to Pormpuraaw. There’s fuel, […]

ON THE ROAD TO COEN IN THE RAIN

MY BIG DAY OUT IN COEN CAPE YORK PENINSULA.

Working in radio means I’m always learning. I spend my days asking questions, so I live in a constant flow of information, ideas and stories. It’s a great place to be, and I enjoy sharing it with my radio listeners and blog readers. I learn […]

THE COEN BULL INCIDENT – THE UNEXPECTED PERILS OF LIVE RADIO

Live radio broadcasts can be hair-raising, especially when we get out of the sound-proof booth in Cairns and do a show from the real world. Things go wrong, but the show must go on. Links fail, computers freeze, batteries die. Guests don’t arrive, a thunderstorm […]