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Cape York Welfare Reform

The Cape York Welfare Reforms are a partnership between four Cape York communities, the Australian Government, the Queensland Government and the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. The Cape York Welfare Reforms aim to address passive dependence on welfare and rebuild social norms in the communities.

The partnership communities

The Cape York Welfare Reform communities are:

  • Aurukun
  • Coen
  • Hope Vale
  • Mossman Gorge

Aurukun

Aurukun is on the western coast of Cape York and is approximately 900 kilometres northwest of Cairns, and about 200 kilometres south of Weipa. The community had an estimated resident adult population of 969 people as at 30 June 2011[1].

Coen

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[1].

Hope Vale

Hope Vale is situated on the Cape York Peninsula and is 46 kilometres northwest of Cooktown. The estimated resident adult population of Hope Vale was 727 people as at 30 June 2011[1].

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is a small Aboriginal community 75 kilometres north of Cairns, 4 kilometres from Mossman (the nearest town), and approximately 25 kilometres by road from Port Douglas. It is not a discrete Aboriginal community and is part of the Cairns Regional Council area. The community had an estimated resident population of 103 people as at 30 June 2011[2].

Footnote 1: Adults 17 years and over provided by the Government Statistician, Queensland Treasury and Trade based the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing, the Department of Education, Training and Employment student enrolment data and ABS small area unpublished Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data for 2011.
Footnote 2: Total population provided by the Government Statistician, Queensland Treasury and Trade from the 2011 ABS small area unpublished Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data for 2011.