Yarrabah Apprentices part of Social Enterprise Project



Thanks to all of you for your help with this project. I hope you like the results.


The radio program with Yarrabah in it is now here http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bestpractice/mind-your-business-part-2/9614554


Yarrabah is in the last third of it. The program will be on Radio National on the weekend, tomorrow at 5am (!) and Sunday at 12.30, and next Tuesday at 11.30am.

I think Cairns ABC Breakfast will also play it next week.


And in case you didn’t hear it, this was the first episode, all about Mihaven and Cairns http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bestpractice/mind-your-business/9598376

2016 Local Government Election Results

It is official
Mayor – Ross Andrews
Councillors – Michael Lanky Sands, Nadine Cannon, Colin Cedric Snr, Ian Patterson
Post Election Meeting will be held at 10.00 am on Monday 4 April, 2016 at the Council Chambers.
Election Results before preferences can be found on the ECQ Website www.ecq.qld.gov.au

Local Government Election 19 March, 2016 – How to Vote

The Queensland local government quadrennial elections will be held on Saturday 19 March 2016. It is compulsory for all enrolled voters to vote in this election.

You can read more about the 2016 local government quadrennial elections at the ECQ website. If you have any questions about the election, call the ECQ Voter’s Helpline on 1300 881 665 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or between 8am to 6pm on Polling Day, Saturday 19 March.

Where to vote (polling booths)

  • Pre-poll (in person) voting starts on Monday 7 March at Chief Executive Office, Council Administration office, Sawmill Road, Yarrabah. You can pre-poll vote between 9am and 5pm on 14-18 March
  • On Polling Day 19 March, polling booths will open at the Yarrabah State Primary Campus, Noble Drive.


Candidate advertising


Candidates can place election advertising as soon as an election has been announced. All advertising needs to be removed within 7 days of the election being held.


Location and placement


The main consideration when installing election advertising by roadsides is the safety of motorists and pedestrians .It is appreciated if candidates could place their advertising so it doesn’t prevent the maintenance of the area (mowing etc) by placing their ads near other infrastructure.

Advertising should be placed so:

  • Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have a clear view of traffic
  • Road users aren’t distracted
  • Pedestrians have a clear path
  • It doesn’t create visual clutter
  • Signage cannot be attached to traffic signs or signals or any other council signage or building.


Size and materials 


Election advertising becomes part of the city’s amenity and therefore needs to fit in with the surrounds.


Crime and Corruption Commission information for candidates


The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) remind candidates for the 2016 local government election to run an honest campaign. History shows a spike in the number of complaints made to the CCC during local government elections. These complaints can come from a variety of sources including candidates and members of the public. The CCC will treat all genuine complaints confidentially and assess them independently and objectively. However, making baseless complaints to the CCC and then publicising the fact can cause serious reputational damage, including to the person making the complaint. Knowingly making a complaint that is not true can also be a criminal offence.



Local Government Elections 19 March, 2016

MAYOR Nominations  (4 received) as they will appear on the Ballot Paper

ANDREWS, Ross James

NOBLE, Rico Frederick

NEAL, Errol


COUNCILLOR Nominations (16 received) as they will appear on the Ballot Paper

SANDS, Michael Lanky

YEATMAN, Ernestine


CEDRIC, Colin Snr



NEAL, Paula

KYLE, Mary Jean

FOURMILE, Anthony Clifton

CANNON, Nadine

JOHNSON, Elverina

WALSH, Bevan

THOMAS, Harvey

KYNUNA, Darren John Blake

PATTERSON, Howard Hardy Lloyd

THOMAS, James Dean





Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council – Logo




The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council have formally adopted a new logo. The logo was selected as a result of a competition that the Council ran last year.


The successful entrant was Ms. Cassandra Ambrym.


The interpretation of the logo design as told by Cassandra is as follows:


The shield represents the community as a whole.


The black dots inside the shield represent the people, and the red line marking beneath the dots represent the blood line for future generations.


The yellow colour inside the shield represents the future that we can have, by making of right decisions for generations to come.


The line across the centre of the shield, represents the track that we walk on into the future. The dots on both sides of this line represent the people walking side by side in unity.


The three sections within the shield from the left hand side it represents the Past, the right hand side represents the Future in which the community are walking in one direction, side by side.


The five people within the centre, represents the elected local body for our community to make the decisions for the future, which will benefit our community.


The fish in the centre of the circle is a barramundi, it is one of our local seafood which we have lived on over the years, it is found in the coastal waters in the bay of Yarrabah.


The boomerang is used to hold the vision that is represented within the shield. It’s purpose is to throw the message that we speak of, to be the voice for our people. To fight for self determination, and to build our dreams in one vision to be heard as “one voice”.


The Council and Senior Management would like to take this opportunity to thank Cassandra for her inspirational and artistic work that has been put into the production of this logo.


Council also thank all other entrants for their participation in this competition.