The township of Coen is about halfway between Cairns and the tip of Cape York. It is not a discrete Aboriginal community and is part of Cook Shire. The township had an estimated resident adult population of 238 people as at 30 June 2011.
Commissioner Peter Pedro PETER
Commissioner Peter Pedro PETER (Lama Lama Clan) is an Elder of great significance within the Lama Lama Clan and the wider community. Coen Commissioner Peter is a valued member of the Coen Men’s Group who pass on their skills and knowledge in leatherwork and woodwork to the younger men and produce goods for sale. He teaches the traditional art of carving spears and woomeras, as taught by his Elders and passes on traditional wisdom. Coen Commissioner Peter is also a member of the Coen Justice Group whilst providing respect and leadership as a Local Commissioner.
Commissioner May Mary KEPPLE
Commissioner May Mary Kepple (Winchanum Clan) is an Elder of the Murri Court and a Justice of the Peace (Qualified). Coen Commissioner Kepple has had a variety of positions in retail and sales and currently works part-time at Mulley’s Market. She enjoys painting on canvas and previously managed the Wunthulpu Visitor Centre in Coen. As an accredited foster carer since 2007 she remains committed to the welfare of children, ensuring they receive opportunities for self-development and a bright future. Coen Commissioner Kepple spends her weekends on country with her daughter and grandchildren passing on culture and the ways of the Elders.
Commissioner Garry Lloyd PORT
Commissioner Garry Lloyd PORT (Lama Lama / Kuku Yalanji / Awapathu Clans) is from a well respected Coen family and son of Barry Port, the famous Aboriginal Police tracker. Coen Commissioner Port is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and works fulltime as an Indigenous Administration and Support Worker for Australian Red Cross. In his role with Red Cross he supports patients and families from Cape York and the hinterland whilst they receive medical treatment. He is deeply involved with supporting young people, ensuring they reach their full educational potential, and also volunteers his time to junior sport development, providing guidance for young boys.
Commissioner Elaine Louise LIDDY
Commissioner Elaine Louise LIDDY (Lama Lama Clan) was born in Cairns. She is a fluent Umpithamu language speaker and has contributed to the dictionary of the Umpithamu language. Coen Commissioner Liddy has been pivotal in establishing the Lama Lama Rangers who live and work on the Lama Lama homelands of Port Stewart. She is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and is a highly respected leader of the Lama Lama Clan. Coen Commissioner Liddy devotes her spare time to the care of her homelands and passing on tradition and culture to future generations.
COEN Local Coordinator – Amy Barden
Amy was appointed as the Coen Coordinator in January 2013. Amy has been engaged with the Family Responsibilities Commission for four years and has gained a wealth of experience and community knowledge whilst performing her role as the Active Family Pathways Support Officer for Aurukun, Coen and Mossman Gorge. Amy remains in the Active Family Pathways role for Mossman Gorge and Coen, whilst fulfilling a dual role as the Coen and Mossman Gorge Coordinator. She enjoys spending her free time travelling overseas, learning about different cultures.