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Top Award

Congratulations to the Wik and Kugu Art Centre for the winning the Cairns Regional Art Centre Award and to Garry Namponan for winning the Premier’s Award for Excellence at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF). Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk presented the award to Mr Namponan at CIAF in recognition of … Read More

Aurukun women tell their story through art

Aurukun women will tell their stories of country at a KickArts exhibition opening in Cairns tomorrow (July 13). The exhibition runs until August 5 as part of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) satellite program. Ngan Aurukun Wanch Aak Puul Ngantan Yumpenan (We are Aurukun women making the stories of our country) features 12 artworks … Read More

Aurukun carvers to demonstrate skills at CIAF

Aurukun’s Wik and Kugu artists will give a demonstration of their carving skills at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair on July 14 and 15. The artists will carve their famous camp dogs, called ku, on the lawns of the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 10am-12pm and 2-4pm on both days. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck … Read More

Aurukun CEO earns Public Service Medal

Aurukun Chief Executive Officer Bernie McCarthy has been awarded a Public Service Medal in recognition of his service and leadership to local government over 47 years. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo congratulated Mr McCarthy on working tirelessly to improve the social and economic outlook of Aurukun during his four years as CEO. -“During the … Read More

Photographers love Aurukun

Aurukun’s characters and spectacular skies were among the most popular entries in the Why I Love Aurukun Photo Competition which attracted 138 entries and enormous social media attention. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the competition was so successful that the Council would run it again next year. The winners are: Aurukun Character: Steven … Read More

Speed of 4G improves life in Aurukun

Fast business transactions, speedy download times and reliable mobile phone calls are making Aurukun a happier place to live. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the community had caught up with the modern world in the past three months since Telstra had connected Aurukun to an underground fibre optic network. “Bank transactions which used … Read More

Aurukun Residents and Stakeholders Survey

Aurukun residents and stakeholders are being invited to participate in a community survey.  This is an opportunity to inform Council of your ideas and what you believe is best for the future of our Community and Shire.  The Council looks forward to receiving everyone’s opinions and ideas so that we can improve the services we … Read More

Vote for your favourite photo

Voting closes at 5pm on April 10. Who will win the People’s Choice Award in the I Love Aurukun Amateur Photo Competition? Vote for your favourite photo by liking it on Facebook or emailing The judges have selected 21 photos from the more than 130 entries received.   Please remember voting closes at 5pm on … Read More

Aurukun’s top citizens awarded

Fred Morris Kerindun is Aurukun’s inaugural Citizen of the Year and Ian Peinkinna is the first Young Citizen of the Year. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the Council was recognising the community’s quiet achievers for the first time as part of the nation’s Australia Day celebrations. “These men are an inspiration to our … Read More

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