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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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Understanding Council’s structure


Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council is a responsive and efficient organisation, focussed 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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May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, and 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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no community events will take place this year, however the community can still pay tribute to those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Naseem Chetty encourages everyone to pay their respects on National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day on Wednesday (May 6) by lighting a candle at home or participating in a virtual vigil.

“This is something we must all take a stand against,” says CEO Chetty.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is just as important to pause and remember all of those brave individuals affected by domestic and family violence – and particularly, those who are no longer with us as a result of abuse.”

This is an opportunity for residents of Mapoon Aboriginal Shire to unite and send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our community.

In April, the Queensland Government announced a $5.5 million boost to domestic violence services during the COVID-19 pandemic including an increase in funding to crisis hotlines and accommodation.

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:

To participate in a virtual vigil on May 6 visit

The Queensland Government also has online resources at


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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Council elections 2020

Local Government elections are held every 4 years.

The most recent council elections were held on Saturday 28 March 2020.

The formal declaration of results can be viewed on the Electoral Commission Queensland website.

The declared results are:

Mayor Aileen ADDO, Cr. Dawn BRAUN, Cr. Daphne DE JERSEY, Cr. Cameron HUDSON, and Cr. Margaret MARA.


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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.


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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Do you know a great Australian?

Be one of our greatest Australians by giving our nation’s best the recognition they deserve.

CLICK HERE now to have your say on who you feel should be recognised as 2020’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.

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Revisit the Annual Report 17 – 18

Welcome to the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council’s Annual Report 2017-2018.

This report describes Council’s achievements in delivering services to the Mapoon region and shows progress in delivering the actions set out from the Corporate Plan 2018-2023 and the Operational Plan 2017-2018.

The annual report is one of the ways Council connects with the community and is the culmination of regular reporting.

Related: people are currently viewing Council’s Operational Plan 2019 – 20.

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Historical Queensland church project wins funding after 15 years

Today, in collaboration with Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, the Western Cape Communities Trust has announced an incredible $1.65 million investment to rebuild the historical (landmark) Mapoon Church in one of Queensland’s most scenic Top – End regions.

The major investment comes after fifteen years advocating for funding for the significant project.

The WCCT Transition Manager Michelle Kostecki says the aspirations of residents and traditional owners (past and present) to rebuild the church has finally become a reality, regardless of the rejected funding applications they received. 

“The CEO, Mayor and councillors continually look for opportunities to build capacity, strategic partnerships and unity for the community, and the Northern Sub-Regional Trust (NSRT, part of WCCT) is proud to have the financial capacity to support their significant project under community development,” says Ms Kostecki.

Recognising traditional ownership and cultural heritage (site protection), the funding will directly support renovations and the entire redevelopment of a new church in the remote area.

Mayor Aileen Addo says the community is “truly grateful” for the investment.

“For fifteen years, residents of Mapoon Aboriginal Shire, along with other organisations, have been working hard to secure funding support to rebuild the historical town church,” says Cr. Addo.

“Destroyed during the removal of families (in Mapoon) in the 1960’s, the church is an essential infrastructure of high importance, both  culturally and spiritually.”

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Naseem Chetty says the Council has aimed to gain support from both State and Commonwealth Governments for funding support, but has been unsuccessful on every instance.

“It has been a lengthy and tiresome process to gain support for such a culturally (and spiritually) significant historical site,” says Chetty.

“Such critical infrastructure is essential for many around Australia (and the world)… this investment is met with great recognition to the WCCT.”

The Red Beach site for the new building has been pre-approved by all interested parties, with community consultations to commence early in 2019.

“The funding will greatly support our progression and allow our residents a place to worship, pay respects and hold funerals,” says Chetty.

“Also, the project will directly employ approximately 9 local (indigenous) residents on a full time basis, which is an excellent outcome and part of our region goals to empower our community.”