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Discarded Fishing Line

When fishing lines and hooks are carelessly discarded into the environment they have the potential to keep on injuring and killing a wide range of wildlife.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council urges residents and visitors to always place fishing rubbish, including plastic bait bags and old line – in the bin, and not in our seas.

Fish and marine mammals, birds, and reptiles can become entangled in old-line or snagged by hooks, resulting in serious injury or death.

Shorebirds can become entangled in line while foraging on the shore and land birds will often attempt to incorporate old fishing line into their nests, sometimes with disastrous effects for hatching chicks.

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Mapoon Barra Bash

The Mapoon Barra Bash countdown clock has started.

Be part of Australia’s greatest fishing competition.

Open to all ages, come along and have some fun with your family and friends at Cullen Point, Mapoon.

Beautiful Queensland sunshine, endless coastline, and, easy smiles – we hope to see you there!

BARRA BASH ENTRY FORM

(Please drop off the signed entry form to the Council office or email to Governance@mapoon.qld.gov.au)

BARRA BASH RULES

(Fishing and competition rules)

BARRA BASH POSTER

(Suitable for download and colour print)

FOR ENTRANTS – MINISTERIAL MESSAGE

(Please read the letter from the Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones)

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Investing in community

Investing in and supporting our community remains the primary focus of this year’s budget as Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council continues to improve local infrastructure.

CEO Naseem Chetty said Council was committed to residents and businesses, “progressing the region by improving facilities and enhancing the local lifestyle”.

“Projects planned over the next 12 months will help connect our community and include major transport infrastructure projects, community support solutions, and various smaller projects, including upgrading facilities”, CEO Chetty said.

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Preservation is key

Our residents are becoming more empowered as we work to create a future that is progressive while advancing the region to the next level economically, environmentally, and socially.

We aspire to be innovative, creative, culturally diverse, pristine, and viable in every sense.

And, a keen focus on protecting our precious environment will remain one of our main priorities, for generations yet to walk these lands.

Environmental preservation is key.

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Council’s Structure

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council is a responsive and efficient organisation, focusing on the needs and aspirations of the community while working hard to facilitate sustainable economic growth in the region.

Our Mayor, Councillors, CEO, and entire team aim to progress this pristine region, ensuring Mapoon is well placed to offer greater opportunity for youth and families as our population increases.

Our team is driven, to work hard for Mapoon residents.

 

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Violence Prevention

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council is calling on the community to show their support for those affected by domestic and family violence.

Many support groups anticipate an increase in the incidents of domestic and family violence during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a result of increased financial pressures, self-isolation, and perpetrators of violence being with their partners and other family members for extended periods of time.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Naseem Chetty encourages people to talk to family, friends, or even the ambulance or police if feeling threatened on a daily basis.

“This is something we must all take a stand against.”

The Queensland Police Service has also introduced an online contact option for victims in a situation where it is unsafe for them to call police about domestic and family violence: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/domestic-violence

The Queensland Government also has online resources at https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/support-victims-abuse/domestic-family-violence

For help please call:

In an emergency call the police on Triple Zero (000).

DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811

DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600 636

1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732

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Stay in Mapoon

Dreaming of a stay in beautiful, sunny Mapoon?

Part of Queensland’s scenic top end, there is so much to discover here in Mapoon, an ancient place abundant with art and culture. Mapoon is located at Port Musgrave, Western Cape York in Far North Queensland. A harmonious and remote Aboriginal community with beautiful beaches and a small shop providing fuel, food, and an ATM. The Mapoon community has an Alcohol Management Plan in place, with restrictions on the amount and type of liquor that may be carried on persons or vehicles in the area. Observing the restrictions is a must for all visitors to our community.

BOOK ONLINE NOW

Check-in at the Council Main Office (reception)

Call 07 4082 5208 or 0474 195 577

Email mapoon.accom@mapoon.qld.gov.au

 

 

 

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COVID -19 update

Council is committed to supporting Queensland Health as the lead agency responsible for responding to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will ensure our community is kept informed.

Anyone with health concerns can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website.

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Council services

  • Council undertakes regular business continuity planning to ensure we are well prepared to respond to a range of situations.
  • Council is working closely with Queensland Health as the lead agency responsible for the COVID-19 response.
  • Council is closely monitoring the situation and senior management is regularly meeting to review business operations and service delivery. This webpage will be updated if changes are made to council’s service delivery as a result of COVID-19.
  • Regular updates will continue to be provided to workers, volunteers, contractors and customers will be advised if any changes are required.
  • Council will continue to review operations as the situation evolves. Council services continue to operate as per normal business hours.

 

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Turtles struggle to thrive

In Mapoon Shire, turtle nesting season, which runs from July to October, is underway, but the turtles’ future is not bright.

The greatest threat to turtle nests is feral pigs that dig up and eat the turtle eggs. Other threats include people, driving on beaches, marine pollution such as plastic bags and climate change which is washing away nesting sites, and changing the gender mix of turtles so there are more females than males.

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