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

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Mark Furner | New planning scheme paving the way for Yarrabah community

Yarrabah residents will benefit from the introduction of a new Town Planning Scheme this week, which will provide for future development in Yarrabah while protecting cultural heritage and natural assets.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said that the Yarrabah Town Planning Scheme would benefit the development of the local government area.

“I congratulate Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council on reaching this significant milestone. Adoption of this new planning scheme means that the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council has an easy to use plan for their community,” Ms Trad said.

“Importantly it ensures that the leasing of land for development, including housing, is more effective.

“The scheme is a coup for the Yarrabah Council, being the first planning scheme for the local government area.  It will empower the Council to make planning decisions about future development and includes maps showing the preferred location for future housing, industry, government facilities and commercial ventures.”

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Yarrabah was the largest mainland Aboriginal community in Australia and the Town Planning Scheme was designed to meet the current and future needs of the township.

“This is a process that started many years ago and this kind of planning for future development will ensure the needs of the Yarrabah community will be met,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Yarrabah Town Planning Scheme not only aims to prevent poor development outcomes but it will also protect cultural heritage, the environment while giving certainty to the local economy.”

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Local Government Mark Furner commended the support Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council had shown for the plan.

“As Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, I know my Department has been working closely with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council on the development of this planning scheme, to make sure we get it right,” Mr Furner said.

“Our Government will continue to support the Council in the implementation of the planning scheme, particularly to build capacity within Council and assist with processing development applications.”

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Ross Andrews said the planning scheme will help good decision-making.

“The scheme establishes a planning framework for council’s decision making and, in conjunction with master planning being undertaken by the Gunggandji-Mandingalbay Yidinji Peoples Prescribed Body Corporate Aboriginal Corporation, will enable good decisions to be made on future land use in Yarrabah,” Cr Andrews said.

“The planning scheme follows the existing footprint of the community that has developed over time, but takes into consideration more recent information on impacts of climate change on sea level rise, bushfire hazard and the need to provide additional areas for development over the next 10-20 years.”

The Yarrabah Town Planning Scheme came into effect on 16 October 2017.

Media contact:

Deputy Premier’s office – 0429 890 942

Treasurer’s office – 0437 961 831

Minister Furner’s office – 0408 317 992


Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme

Sustainable Planning Act 2009



Notice is given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Statutory Guideline 01/16: Making or amending local planning instruments, that on 26 September 2017, Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council resolved to adopt the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme and the following planning scheme policies:

Planning scheme policy 1 – Heritage places and features Planning scheme policy 2 – Consultation and owner’s consent

in Yarrabah

Planning scheme policy 3 – FNQROC development manual

The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies are the first Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies to be adopted for the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council. The purpose and general effect of the planning scheme is to provide a framework for managing development in the planning scheme area of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council. The purpose and general effect of the planning scheme policies is to support the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme.

The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies have effect onandfrom 16 October 2017.

A copy of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies will be available for inspection and purchase from the Council office at 56 Sawmill Road, Yarrabah, or an electronic copy can be viewed on the Council website.

Janelle Menzies Chief Executive Officer

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

13.10.17 – 45 Local Government Gazette



Students may be parents, family members or friends of a deaf person seeking to improve Course Flyer_CertIICairns_S217_V1their communication skills, or social, community, education or health sector employees wishing to improve their communication with deaf consumers or colleagues, in addition to gaining further knowledge of Deaf history and culture.

This course is designed to provide training in signing in a range of everyday social, employment and personal contexts, and includes an understanding of Deaf community principles and practices.

It teaches participants how to give routine information in Auslan in a number of contexts, identify principle characteristics of Auslan signs, and describe generally the cultural and historical trends and issues of the Deaf community.


 Starts 13 July, 2017

20 Weeks

Wednesday: 6pm to 8:30pm

Training will be provided in an immersive Auslan environment

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Know a Local Legend?

The Queen’s Baton Relay commences its Australian journey on 25 December 2017. Legendary people are needed to deliver Her Majesty’s message to the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
Nominees must be: an Australian Citizen or a lawful resident, available 25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018, and 10 years old or older as at 25 December 2017.

Nominations close 15 May 2017

Backbeach Road Reseal Thursday 4th May 2017 7am to 5pm

Please be advised that Road Works will be underway on Backbeach Road on Thursday 4th May 2017.

This will take place from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Access to properties may be temporary affected, however all attempts to minimise this disturbance will be made.

Please slow down and drive to the conditions of the roads. Safety around Road Works is important for you and for our Crews.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the below number provided.

Best Regards
Dawn Lake
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council
T: 07 4056 9120 ׀ F: 07 4056 9167
56 Sawmill Road
Yarrabah, Qld 4871

170504_ Seal Backbeach Rd[262]


Expressions of Interest: the Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct is seeking applicants/participants within the local community that would like to be considered for training in the Arts Industry.

Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct will be conducting career development workshops from May through to September for any local community members that may be interested and wanting to develop a career in the Visual Arts Industry.

Limited  participants.

Workshop includes:

  • Arts Business Workshop * Identify Suitable Micro Business Training *Computer Training
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Screen Printing
  • Print Making

Materials for these workshops are supplied by the Arts & Cultural Precinct under Council arts policy agreement.

Arts Business Workshops are in partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and UMI ARTS Limited.

For further information and/or to discuss your eligibility to apply for these Training, please contact:

Darrell Harris, Yarrabah Arts & Cultural precinct Manager on 4056 9145 during business hours.

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Classic Family Portraits 30 March 9am. Don’t forget to see ICAN before entering in to an agreement with Classic Family Portraits.

Classic Family Portraits will be in Yarrabah

Date:  30 March 2017

Time: from 9am

Where:  Bishop Malcolm Park

Council strongly recommends that you make an appointment with ICAN before you enter an agreement with Classic Family Portraits.

ICAN will be in Yarrabah between 9:30am and 12pm on Thursday March 30 at their normal office at the Pharmacy Gurriny Builindg in Workshop Street.