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Statement by Aurukun Shire Council Mayor

10 January 2020 After respecting an appropriate amount of time for mourning, Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo has been given the blessing of his family to speak about the events that have unfolded in the community since New Year’s Day. “I understand my family remains in mourning and respect that. However, as the leader … Read More

Aurukun Shire Council Update

Aurukun Shire Council has been responding to requests by Police for assistance since the outbreak of the incident and is attending meetings coordinated by the Police. Chief Executive Officer Bernie McCarthy said Police and Council offered emergency accommodation in Aurukun at the start of the incident. “On Thursday the Police assisted Council in ensuring that … Read More

Public feedback sought on Aurukun Airport redevelopment

Aurukun residents and stakeholders are being asked for feedback on plans to redevelop the airport into a welcoming and functional asset for the remote Cape York community. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the environmentally-friendly design allowed for future growth, improved work conditions for staff and air crews, and easier maintenance. “Aurukun Shire Council … Read More

Wik and Kugu artists launch merchandise

Aurukun’s famous camp dogs and totems of the Wik and Wik Waya people have inspired a range of  Wik and Kugu Arts Centre merchandise to be launched at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).  Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the community’s artists had designed a range of hand-printed quality cotton t-shirts, bags, linen aprons … Read More

Female Wik and Kugu artists paint their stories

28 June 2019 Cultural knowledge is being passed down with the assistance of the Painted Stories Artist Residency for female artists at Aurukun’s Wik and Kugu Arts Centre.  Aurukun Shire Council’s Arts Centre and aged care facility, the Chivaree Centre, partnered with the Pama Language Centre and Cape York Employment for the residency with artist … Read More

Alcohol event not supported in Aurukun

May 31, 2019 Aurukun Shire Council will not proceed with a trial event allowing limited amounts of mid-strength beers to be consumed after the Aurukun community overwhelmingly voted no to reintroducing alcohol in their community. The Council asked service providers and residents if they wanted a one-off event for three hours to trial the consumption … Read More

Aurukun’s Wik and Kugu artists learn new techniques

May 9, 2019 Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo said the artists would launch a range of hand-printed quality cotton t-shirts, bags, linen aprons and tea towels this month. “Featuring designs representing totems relating to the artists’ clan country, this merchandise will initially be available at the Arts Centre in Aurukun,” he said. Male and … Read More

Aurukun boasts longest stretch of Cape York bitumen

Aurukun Access Road has become the longest sealed road in Cape York with the final section of the 79km stretch completed in time for 2019. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo, who regularly drives the road to access Weipa and Cairns for meetings, said the trip would be much safer, especially during the wet season. … Read More

Aurukun Shire Council employees given Deadly Awards

Aged care worker George Warusam is Aurukun Shire Council’s Deadly Employee of the Year and Administration Manager Rhonda Jolliffe is the Volunteer of the Year for 2018. Aurukun Shire Council Mayor Dereck Walpo congratulated the winners and runners-up, and thanked the many Council employees who had been nominated for their strong work ethic. “George Warusam … Read More

Wik and Kugu artist exhibits at prestigious Asia Pacific exhibition

An installation by Wik and Kugu artist Alair Pambegan has been positioned in the entry of the Queensland Art Gallery at the prestigious 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art opening in Brisbane on November 23. Called Kalben,the work portrays the Wik-Mungkan man’s ancestral stories and materials collected from his traditional country along the Archer … Read More

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