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Aurukun Shire Council

Category: Organisation
Date: 1 January 1978
Sub Category:Local Government
Place:Western Cape York
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Council of the Shire of Aurukun
  • Arukun Shire
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    Summary Information:

    Aurukun Shire Council is located in the territory of the Wik People and was established in 1978 under the Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act (Qld) in order to facilitate exploration and mining on the former Aboriginal Reserve that was degazetted and then gazetted under this Act as a Shire. Aurukun is located on bauxite rich land. The Council manages 7,500 square kilometres of Shire land known as the Aboriginal Land Lease No. 1. The Shire 'is bounded by the Holroyd River and Pormpuraaw Deed of Grant in Trust lands to the south, Cook Shire and Archer Bend National Park to the east, the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cook Shire to the north. The northern boundary however, is fragmented, with the Shire of Aurukun having jurisdiction over two separate parcels of land not joined to the rest of the Shire area' (Arukun Shire website).

    The community was originally a Presbyterian mission established in 1904. In 1975 the community, comprising mainly of Wik peoples, was placed under direct State Government control. Since the liberalisation of the State administration with the passage of the Community Services Act 1984, the Aurukun Shire Council has achieved much in the way of self-management.

    Related Entries

  • Wik Peoples v State of Queensland [2000] FCA 1443 (Determination No. 1) - Respondent
  • Wik Peoples v State of Queensland [2004] FCA 1306 (Determination No. 3) - Respondent
  • Wik Peoples v State of Queensland [2004] FCA 1306 (Determination No. 2) - Respondent
  • Comalco Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Western Cape Communities Co-existence Agreement)
  • Aurukun Township and Access Road Agreement (ILUA)
  • Aurukun Bauxite Project Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Western Cape Regional Partnership Heads of Agreement - Signatory
  • Aurukun Bauxite Development Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Wik Timber Project Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • RTA Weipa Pty Ltd and Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Kwokkunum Access Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Legislation
  • Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act 1978 (Qld)
  • People
  • Wik and Wik-Way People
  • Aurukun Aboriginal Community

  • References

    Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation (2000) Aurukun


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