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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
  • Doomadgee
  • 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 973 people based on data as at 30 June 2013 but incorporating a further release of more detailed population data from the ABS on 28th August 2014[1].

Doomadgee

The township of Doomadgee, lies alongside the Nicholson River, one of the permanent freshwater rivers that flow from the ranges behind Lawn Hill National Park.  Doomadgee is the first (or last) township on the Queensland section of the Savannah Way, and is situated 100 kilometres northwest of Burketown and is only 130 kilometres east of the Northern Territory border.  It is 630 kilometres by road to Mt Isa and 1035 kilometres west of Cairns. The township had an estimated resident adult population of 851 people as at 30 June 2013[1].

Coen

The township of Coen is approximately 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 237 people as at 30 June 2013[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 750 people as at 30 June 2013[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 Douglas Shire Council area. The community had an estimated resident population of 100 people as at 30 June 2013[2].

Footnote 1: Adults 17 years and over provided by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, Queensland Treasury and Trade, based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) small area unpublished preliminary Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data by age and sex for 2013.
Footnote 2: Total population provided by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, Queensland Treasury and Trade from the ABS unpublished ERP data at the Statistical Area level 1 for 2013.