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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.

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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.”

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Airstrip funding will improve connectivity

Some of Australia’s most remote communities will be better connected to vital supplies, transport and medical services thanks to the Federal Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the (RAUP) program was about improving the safety and accessibility of airstrips across remote Australia to better connect communities to the services they need to survive and thrive.

“For many Australians living in remote communities, airstrips are needed to get essential supplies, mail deliveries and potentially lifesaving medical services, as well as connect with education and employment opportunities and travel long distances,” says the Deputy PM.

And, under program funding round 5, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council was awarded amongst the nation’s highest funding, with $975,000.00 invested to support safety works including; new fencing, runway extension, sealed runway and emergency power generators.

Mayor Aileen Addo says the Council worked hard to secure the support, “and we are always extremely excited to welcome investment in our region”.

“The funding will improve safety and access to Mapoon aerodrome, ensuring residents remain better connected to the essential services they need,” says Cr Addo.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Chief Executive Dr Martin Laverty says the remote Australia health service simply “couldn’t operate without this essential funding program”.

“Safety improvements such as night lighting or navigation aids for the Flying Doctor to land in health emergencies at otherwise unserviceable airstrips are of huge importance… the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program saves lives,” explained Dr Laverty.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Ms Naseem Chetty says the organisation is “making big moves to support local indigenous residents”.

“At Council, we are driving change and working hard to strengthen the region, we are in an exciting space and moving in the right direction,” says Chetty.

“It is important for all communities to have great transport links and even more so here, in the pristine Mapoon region, where our local airstrip is a crucial piece of community infrastructure.”

For many Australians living in remote communities, airstrips are needed to get essential supplies, mail deliveries and potentially lifesaving medical services, as well as connect with education and employment opportunities and travel long distances.

The aerodrome safety works are set to commence shortly.


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Paanja draws record crowds

Over the weekend the Paanja Festival was held in the pristine top end town of Mapoon, proudly supported by Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council.

Over four days more than 3000 festival goers rocked out to local and national bands at the 55th anniversary.

The festival commemorates the forced removal of Indigenous people from Mapoon in 1963, and currently sits right up there amongst the four best events in the Cape York peninsula area, along with Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival and Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Ms Naseem Chetty says along with Laura, Pannja is an excellent event to experience the rich Australian Indigenous culture.

“This event is blossoming; we have had record crowds attend, stellar performances and a truly unique vibe this year at Paanja,” says CEO Chetty.

“This year’s event surpassed all expectations and the festival, (contributing an estimate of over $1.3 million annually to the local, remote economy), has truly come of age.”

“Everyone involved had an incredible time, from stall holders to Council support staff, from attendees to artists.”

Mayor Aileen Addo says, it’s been another amazing festival with overwhelming positive feedback from our artists and crowd alike.

“Mapoon has come alive, Paanja is a colourful, cultural celebration, showcasing our heritage as well as some amazing traditional dance performances from across Australia.”

“It is wonderful to see Paanja grow; from a local community festival to an internationally recognised event where artists are reaching out  – keen to be a part of the unique experience.”

And, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council is working hard to deliver for the region; supporting and establishing events like Paanja to shift the region towards greater ownership, empowerment and prosperity.

“Paanja instils great pride and cultural knowledge to all guests that attend, while advancing real employment opportunities for our local creatives and our families – we are blessed to live in one of Australia’s most authentic regions.”

Paanja Festival 2023 aims to be even bigger and better, visit for more information