VISIT THE AURUKUN ARTS CENTRE – WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

The ABC Far North team visited Aurukun in June, an indigenous community just south of Weipa on western Cape York Peninsula. The town began life in 1904 as a church mission, and over the years it’s become home to about 1200 people from the five […]

VICTORIA TO LEARN FROM CAPE YORK TRADITIONAL FIRE KNOWLEDGE

Our friends down south are often surprised to learn we have a bushfire season here in far north Queensland. It happens earlier than the southern Australian fire season, which is usually at the height of summer. That’s when our wet season is in full swing, […]

AURUKUN MEMORIAL HONOURS CAPE YORK INDIGENOUS MILITARY SERVICE

Anzac Day services and commemorations will be held across far north Queensland tomorrow. Regular Anzac services 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAPE TIMES NEWSPAPER

Whenever I go somewhere I’ve not been before, I make sure to get hold of the local newspaper and tune in to the local radio station. It’s one of the ways I get to know a place. It’s possibly a bit old fashioned, a custom […]