This website presents information on the Council's community and business activities in the Kowanyama Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) area and tourism information on the beautiful unique region of the Mitchell River delta.
The country consists mainly of wetlands and delta mangroves in the north, extending to forest country of the central peninsula. Kowanyama means “place of many waters” in the Yir Yoront language. The community includes the Kokoberra, Yir Yoront [or Kokomenjen] and Kunjen clans, who each have language and other cultural differences.
In July 1987 the State Government of Queensland implemented legislation for a DOGIT over the lands in the Mitchell River delta, an area of 250 km². The Deed covered the traditional lands of the people of Kowanyama.
Like other DOGIT communities of the time, Kowanyama had a town council elected by Aboriginal people living in the community. The newly formed Kowanyama Council assumed responsibility for implementing certain conditions of the DOGIT.
A note from our CEO
The year that council's financial sustainability improved for the community! Well 2014-2015 was the year that Council’s financial position strengthened to a surplus of $3m which was a massive turnaround on previous years. Cash flow improved...
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