The Elected Council

The Aurukun Shire Council operates under Queensland Government Legislation, namely The Local Government Act 2009. Furthermore, two Regulations working hand-in-glove with the Act are the Financial Planning & Reporting Regulation and the Operations Regulation.

Council is constituted by the Councillors who are elected or appointed to the local government under this Act.

Mayor Barbara Bandicootcha

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    Deputy Mayor Craig Koomeeta

    Cr Craig Koomeeta has been elected Deputy Mayor of Aurukun Shire Council. It is Cr Koomeeta’s second stint on Council having served from 2000-2003 under Jacob Wolmby when he was just 22 years of age. Now 43, the Apalech man has a strong family history in the community. His father Edwin Merkool Koomeeta was a councillor in the eighties and his older sister Vera Koomeeta has just retired as a councillor.

    After leaving Townsville Grammar, Cr Koomeeta returned to Aurukun where he started a career with Queensland Health mowing lawns and worked in various roles before becoming a health officer doing home visits monitoring the health of local residents. He is currently a community enabler with Apunipima.

    Following his first Council term, Cr Koomeeta became a full-time artist at the Wik and Kugu Arts Centre where he created sculptures which he exhibited around the world. Cr Koomeeta also served on the board of Trustees for the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art alongside the likes of former premier Wayne Goss.

      A regular performer at concerts in Aurukun, Cr Koomeeta has written songs in Wik about his community and its five clans, with his first CD released in 2018. His passion for music was ignited after the passing of his adopted daughter at the age of 22.

      Cr Koomeeta and his partner, Community Police Officer Janine Chevathen, enjoy camping at Knox River south of Aurukun where his father is from. “I can’t stop thinking about my favourite memory of our dad gathering us to do family activities on country like fishing, hunting and gathering. Wik is my first language and we used to go out as a family camping to learn traditional cultural practices. As a councillor I want to see our community living in peace like we did in the old days before alcohol infected families and our community.”

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          I can’t stop thinking about my favourite memory of our Dad gathering us to do family activities on country like fishing, hunting and gathering. Wik is my first language and we used to go out as a family camping to learn traditional cultural practices

        Cr Leona Yunkaporta

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        Cr Eloise Yunkaporta

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          CJM

          Cr Jayden Marrott

          A founding member of the Aurukun Youth Advisory Committee, Mr Marrott said he wanted to show that young people can make a change in their community.

          “We need more young people to be involved in creating change,” he said.

          “I went away to boarding school and found there wasn’t much for the 12 to 18 year age group to do when they returned home from school.

          “I want to encourage activities on country, sporting opportunities and training that will lead to jobs.”

          From the Wanam clan, Mr Marrott has been a resident of Aurukun since 2010. He was born in Cairns, but spent much of his time in his family’s communities of Aurukun and Pormpuraaw.

          He boarded at Ipswich Grammar from years 8 to 12 and then attended John Paul College to participate in their sporting Horizons Program. After graduating in 2016 Mr Marrott worked for community agencies and the Aurukun Shire Council in various roles.

            I want to encourage activities on country, sporting opportunities and training that leads to jobs 

          Legal Status

          The Aurukun Shire Council operates under Queensland Government Legislation, namely The Local Government Act 2009. Furthermore, two Regulations working hand-in-glove with the Act are the Financial Planning & Reporting Regulation and the Operations Regulation. Council is constituted by the Councillors who are elected or appointed to the local government under this Act. Councils’ ABN is 32 338 490 426.
          Council’s GST registration is effective from July 1, 2000.

          Land Tenure

          The Council is responsible for land assigned to it under a Lease granted to the Council pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978 over an area of about 750,000 hectares described as Lot 1 on Plan SC211. The term of the Lease has been extended to November 3, 2059.

           

          Location

          The Aurukun Shire is a very remote area of Queensland which is starkly different to most other Queensland shires. Its community is among the most disadvantaged in Australia but it has outstanding potentials for growth and prosperity. The community of Aurukun is located on the north-west coast of the Cape York Peninsula, 200km (2hrs 30mins) by road south of the mining town of Weipa and 790km (11hrs) from Cairns. The community is located within the Aurukun Shire; nearly the entire population (99.6%) lives within the township.

          Socio-Economic Status & Disadvantage

          Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a suite of four summary measures that have been created from Census information. The indexes can be used to explore different aspects of socio-economic conditions by geographic areas. For each index, every geographic area in Australia is given a SEIFA number which shows how disadvantaged that area is compared with other areas in Australia. Aurukun is rated in the poorest 5% of communities Australia-wide. The 34 discrete Indigenous Queensland communities rank below all 123 other Queensland communities and Aurukun is the 11th lowest ranking among them.