Strong Puuya (Life Force)
This is the vision of the Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council.
The Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council encompasses 354,000 hectares of country which includes pristine beaches and internationally significant rainforest areas. Located on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula approximately 800 km north of Cairns by road, the residents of the shire are mostly from six traditional family (language) groups:
Wuthathi from Captain Billy Landing to Olive River
Kuuku Ya’u from Olive River to Nyllichii (creek south of Cape Griffith)
Kanthanumpu from Nyllichii to Lockhart River mouth
Uutaalnganu from Lockhart River mouth to Stony Creek
Umpila from Stony Creek to north of Friendly Point to Breakfast Creek
Kaanju from southern inland of Stony Creek and northern boundaries as far as Batavia
The Lockhart River Township is located about two kilometres inland from the glorious Quintell Beach and is surrounded by the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park.
Situated in the tropics, the region experiences heavy monsoonal rains usually between December and April each year followed by a long dry season. During and immediately following the wet season, Lockhart River is completely isolated by road and accessible only by barge and plane.
Approximately 700 people reside in the Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire, the majority of whom are under 25 years of age. The Shire Council is the main employer in the town so it is always actively seeking ways to bring new projects to the town, to not only provide jobs, but to build skills and knowledge which will assist residents to obtain work in the future. Education is a major focus with parents actively encouraged to be a part of the school community and engage in both curriculum learning episodes and cultural activities.
The shire is steeped in history. From the earliest European contact in 1789, to the original establishment of the Anglican mission in 1924, to the presence of allied troops in the area in the latter stages of World War II and then the establishment of the Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council in 2005, a study of the shire’s story is incredibly interesting.