Service Providers and Partnerships

Cape York Welfare reform

Mossman Gorge is one of the four Cape York Welfare Reform sites. This program, which began in 2008, aims to rebuild social norms through welfare reforms, education and economic opportunities. Aurukun, Hope Vale and Coen are the other three sites for the trial.

It is a partnership between the Australian and Queensland Governments and the Cape York Institute.

As a part of the Reform program, the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) was established for each community under the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 (Qld).

A key function of the FRC is to safeguard and restore child safety, school attendance, lawful behaviour and responsible tenancy. Coen, Aurukun, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge each have their own Local Commissioners, comprised of local community members.

The Commissioners hold conferences with community members who have been directed to the Commission for the following reasons:

  • Failing to enrol and send children to school;
  • Coming to the attention of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for a child safety matter;
  • Being convicted of an offence in the Magistrates Court; and/or
  • Failing to remedy a breach of a tenancy agreement.

The FRC is able to refer local residents who come before the Commission to support services or for income management of Centrelink benefits.

Mossman Gorge FRC Contact details:

Phone: (07) 4098 1908
Address: Address: Lund Street
MOSSMAN GORGE QLD 4873

Community Justice Group

The Mossman Gorge Elders Justice Group is a non-statutory Community Justice Group (CJG) that is made up of respected community members and plays an active role in justice-related issues affecting the Mossman Gorge community

Members of the group work closely with a number of justice agencies including the Queensland Magistrates Court, Queensland Corrective Services, Queensland Police Service, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. The CJG assists in supporting the community’s understanding of and access to the justice system by working in conjunction with Shire Council by-laws and victim support agencies.

The CJG is able to assist the community and the courts in the following ways:

  • Preparation and presentation of written and oral sentencing submissions to the court;
  • Defendant support and referral (including court support);
  • Victim support and referral (including court support);
  • Support for debtors wishing to access the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry;
  • Participation in community consultations relevant to the CJG’s role within the criminal justice sector; and
  • Cultural counselling and mediation for offenders.

Contact details:

Coordinator: Contact: Christine Lynch
Phone: Phone: (07) 4098 1776
Email: Email: ejn@yalanji.com.au
Postal Address: Address: PO Box 292
MOSSMAN QLD 4873

Mossman Gorge Clinic

This clinic is run by Apunipima Cape York Health Council and is located in Mossman Gorge opposite the Wellbeing Centre. The clinic has two consulting rooms and two exam rooms and provides a comprehensive range of primary health care services supported by a range of visiting services.

Contact details:

Phone: Phone: (07) 4081 5618
Address: Address: Kankarr Street
MOSSMAN GORGE QLD 4873
Opening Hours: Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am and 4.30pm

Apunipima also provides the community with a Health Action Team which is made up of members of the wider community and health professionals. The team is responsible for developing a Community Health Plan designed to meet the specific health needs of the community.

Contact details:

Phone: (07) 4081 5600
Email: reception@apunipima.org.au
Address: 186 McCoombe Street
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Website: www.apunipima.org.au

WawuNgulkurruBungka Family Wellbeing Centre (WBC)

The Wellbeing Centre is funded by the Australian Government and is run by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Staffed five days per week, the Centre operates as a part of the Cape York Welfare Reform Program. It aims to meet the social and emotional wellbeing needs of people affected by or involved in drug and alcohol misuse and family and domestic violence. Services provided include counselling, rehabilitation and case management.

Clients can either self-refer or are referred from the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC).

Contact details:

Phone: (07) 4040 0144
Address: Mossman Gorge Road
MOSSMAN GORGE QLD 4873

Cape York Partnerships

Cape York Partnerships is focused on developing social innovations to empower families to take charge of their lives. It has a major role in the implementation of the Cape York Welfare Reform initiative, of which Mossman Gorge is a participating community. Programs are based around the four key areas of education, housing, economic opportunity and social responsibility. The organisation runs several programs in Mossman Gorge which are aimed at strengthening family relationships, improving parenting skills and helping families meet their own needs.

The Programs are run out of the Mossman Gorge Opportunity Hub based inside the community. Programs include:

  • Parenting programs – ten-week courses aimed at addressing harmful parenting behaviours and promoting parental responsibility;
  • Baby College – building on the existing capabilities of parents by providing a space where impending parents can learn from experienced aunties, uncles and grandparents in the community as well as baby health and parenting professionals;
  • Positive Kids – working with parents and Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy on ways to engage students so that they succeed in secondary school;
  • Strong Families – a specific program for children and families who are actively case managed that works to ensure that families stay together; and
  • Mpower – money management program aimed at ensuring individuals have access to budgeting and financial assistance

Contact details:

Phone: (07) 4060 1056
Email: info@capeyorkpartnerships.com
Website: www.cyp.org.au

Other Partnerships

The Mossman Gorge Accord - Ngana-Bama-Bama Bubu-Mun Dungay Maku Light-Anda-All of us on the Land Towards the Light, 2013 (Contact us on the BBNI online form to request a copy of the MGA - P.O. note possible copyright restrictions)
The Accord has been developed to capture the aspirations of the Mossman Gorge Community in closing the gap on disadvantage, and to create a change and a better future in Mossman Gorge. It has been developed under a collaboration between Australian Government, Queensland Government and BBNI.

Awards

Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Awards Record

  • 1996 Winner - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism, Qld Tourism Awards
  • 1997 Finalist - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism, Qld Tourism Awards
  • 1999 Finalist - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism, Qld Tourism Awards
  • 2005 Winner - Excellence In Innovation Award
  • 2006 Winne - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism, Qld Tourism Awards
  • 2007 Winner - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism, TNQ Tourism
  • 2008 Judges Commendation - Tourism Qld
  • 2008 Winner - Heritage, Cultural & Indigenous Tourism, Qld Tourism Awards
  • 2009 Cassowary Award - Wet Tropics Management Authority
  • 2009 Hall of Fame Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism - TNQ Tourism
  • 2012 > Our guides & staff become part of Mossman Gorge Visitors Centre and continue to win awards!