News and Events

Recent / Upcoming Community Events

Date Claimers

29th June Mossman Gorge Community Family Fun Day
21st July Opportunities Our Way Careers Expo Mossman Gorge
13-17 July Naidoc week 2015
30 July – 2 August Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF)

NAIDOC Week Celebrations


Sunday 12 July – NAIDOC Deadly Fun Run
Monday 13 July – Flag Raising Ceremony (confirmed)
Tuesday 14 July – Baby Show (not confirmed)
Wednesday 15 July – Elders Family History Luncheon (not confirmed)
Friday 17 July – Street March
Friday 17 July – NAIDOC Family Fun Day

Community Screening Project

BBN obtained funding from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (formerly FAHCSIA) to conduct a clearing and screening project.  The aim of the project was to provide privacy for the community from the many tourists using the main road beside the community. Large overgrown areas were cleared and a series of mounds built and planted with screening plants.  The project has been very successful as can be seen here in the before and after photos.

Screening Before Screening After

Kuku Bama - Kuku Yalanji Language Revival

This project is funded by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  This activity aims to increase knowledge of the Kuku Yalanji language and the ability to speak and understand the language for all age groups of the Yalanji people. We will document, record and teach language through stories, songs, traditional food, place and medicinal knowledge using film, DVD, and books and link this with current dictionary already developed.

The activity will increase cultural knowledge overall. Knowledge of language and culture gives indigenous people pride, understanding and self esteem.  It has been documented that indigenous children who learn an indigenous language perform better in their schooling.

DVD’s and books will be made available to the local schools, library and wider community. This language information will also be uploaded to the Kuku Yalanji website for an international audience to access and so gain a better understanding and respect for the Yalanji people.

BBN and the Mossman Gorge Community are currently involved in Welfare Reform trials.  ILS funding will assist BBN to continue the development of individuals and provide opportunity for local indigenous people to become more involved in cultural opportunities, locally and nationally.  This project will undoubtedly help empower individuals and the community, strengthen and maintain Yalanji culture and create greater economic independence for those involved.  It will enable BBN Inc. to provide indigenous jobs directly or indirectly supported by that program.

Additional benefits to the community will be:

  • Reduced substance abuse
  • Closing the gap – increased social, civic and economic participation
  • Building individual capacity
  • Creating sustainable employment
  • Financial security & independence
  • Reconciliation

Please also see attached language camp schedule from 2014.


Community Children's Playground

Last year BBN identified that a new playground was required for the Mossman Gorge community.  The existing playground was inadequate, did not comply with Australian Standards, had no fencing, limited shade, and only one piece of play equipment.  There are currently 32 Children in the community who get bored easily and there is no bus service to the nearest playground in Mossman, (5 km away).  A new playground area would allow families to connect and socialize in a safe environment and assist children to develop socially and physically.

Healthy educational activities that are “play based”, are a benefit to the community as it promotes positive social behavioural outcomes.  The finished playground area will include an edible garden, which will allow adults to potter in the garden whilst keeping a watch on their children and provide nutritional foods for the families. A wall for art display and community information and seating will be included in the playground, and will be designed by the art and craft group.

The park can also be used for conducting community based cultural programs or activities such as the Kuku Yalanji Language revival project or a Kurrma (feast cooked in the ground).

Lend Lease Foundation has assisted the community with the initial design, costing and construction schedule of the playground area and have provided a Project Manager to oversee the construction phase. This was achieved under the 'Springboard Program' using consulting firm Impact International and involving project managers, architects and other professionals from all around the world.  The local community and BBN staff will provide labour and the Mossman Community Centre has provided staff and volunteers to assist with this worthwhile project.  Many other organisations have also offered voluntary labour assistance if required at the time of construction - e.g. Rotary, Indigenous Volunteers, and Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre is raising funds via a donation box.

Final Playground photo 1  Final Playground photo 2

Bamanga Bubu wishes to thank the following people/groups for their contribution towards the Mossman Gorge playground:

Mitchell Bohm, Royal Flying Doctors, Oakdare, Bendigo Bank – Cairns Community Enterprise, Zammataro Plumbers, , RTS Concreting Atherton, Media Mix, Lendlease Foundation, Kevin Flanagan, Impact International, Raw & More, Inspired Property Solutions, Glengarry Big 4 Caravan Park, Boral Concrete Mossman, Onesteel Reinforcing Cairns, Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Department of Justice, Cape York Partnerships – Pride of Place, A1 Rubber, Barry Preston, ABCC Towing Townsville, Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre, Myles Howell Transport, David Eager Engineer (UPS), Hayden Nickson, On the Spot Signs – Andrew, JLT Insurance brokers, MPDT, Bunnings Cairns/Smithfield, Cairns Hardware (Mossman), Daphne Creek, Advantage Sports & Leisure, Port Douglas Sailmakers, Kennards Hire, North Qld Customs, UDP Group – Christian Matheson, Mpower, Mossman Community Centre, Department of Communities, PCYC, Horis Maintenance, RECS Port Douglas – Peter Dutaillis.


Naidoc week 2014 (PDF)