Aurukun is a town and coastal locality in the Shire of Aurukun in Far North Queensland, Australia.
“Law and order is a major challenge and I want council to make this a priority, to support whole-of -community strategies like mediation, and addressing the home-brew problem.
“Housing and overcrowding is an ongoing issue and I will be advocating for the outstations to be opened so people who wish to live out on country can make it their primary place of residence.”
Mayor Tamwoy has started to address these issues, appealing to Aurukun residents and stakeholders to help develop a community safety plan, to document both the current and future response to community safety and improve the standard of living in the Aurukun township, which is home to more than 99 per cent of the shire’s approximately 1300 residents. The beauty of the region is on show, however, thanks to the annual ‘Living in Aurukun’ photography competition, which was won this year by Kendall Ryff who perfectly captured a beautiful Aurukun sunset.
Kendall’s photograph titled Miriam Doing What She Loves, won the best photo of the competition, best photo by an Aurukun resident and the ‘activity’ category for capturing Miriam Peinkinna casting a net at Aurukun waterfront, looking towards the Gulf of Carpentaria during a stunning sunset. Kendall is a teacher at Koolkan Aurukun State School and Miriam Peinkinna is a student at Koolkan Aurukun State School.
Kendall Ryff 's photograph entitled 'Doing what she loves' which won the 2020 ‘Living in Aurukun’ photography competition.
Kendall won a return airfare and cash prizes for his winning photograph, thanks to local businesses Kang Kang Café, BlackStar Radio, CBC Staff Selection, Sodexo and Skytrans who sponsored the competition, and kindly shared his cash prize with Miriam.
Garry Namponan, Wik-Alkan/Wik-Ngatharr people, Australia b.1960 / Yellow-patched camp dog 2006 / Carved milkwood with natural pigments and synthetic polymer paint / 86 x 50 x 30cm / Purchased 2007. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Garry Namponan
The Aurukun community’s cultural knowledge and willingness to share, coupled with the remarkable beauty of their country, make this one of very few remaining places where visitors can immerse themselves in Aboriginal heritage and learn about the culture from the people, first hand.
Aurukun Shire Council’s new youth leader
Introducing Councillor Jayden Marrott, 22, Aurukun Shire Council’s new youth leader, who aims to show young people can make a change in their community.
“We need more young people to be involved in creating change,” Councillor Marrott said.
Councillor Jayden Marrott, 22, Aurukun Shire Council’s new youth leader
“I went away to boarding school and found there wasn’t much for the 12 to 18-year age group to do when they returned home from school.
“I want to encourage activities on country, sporting opportunities and training that will lead to jobs.”
Councillor Marrott is from the Wanam clan, born in Cairns, and has been a resident of Aurukun since 2010. After graduating from Ipswich Grammar in 2016, Councillor Marrott worked for community agencies and the Aurukun Shire Council. He is currently part of the Bama Services crew remodelling the Aurukun dump.Councillor Marrott has been appointed to the following portfolios:
• Employment and training
• Youth, sport and recreation
• Arts, craft and culture
Congratulations on your new role Councillor Marrott!