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Mayor Michael Yam

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Deputy Mayor Territa Dick

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Cr Colin Lawrence

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Cr Colin ‘Billy’ Lawrence Jnr and his partner Diana are the proud parents of 5 children between 9 years and 21 years of age.

Cr Lawrence is a proud Kunjen man and his traditional country is around Dunbar.  Cr Lawrence’s family maintain a strong connection to their traditional lands and regularly spend time hunting, fishing and camping.  The family continues to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the Dunbar outstation.

As a carpenter that has run his own business Cr Lawrence understands the importance of economic empowerment and education in developing a strong and economically empowered community.  Cr Lawrence studied his apprenticeship over 4 years with Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council and became trade qualified in 2011.

During his term as a Councillor he plans initiatives to help his community grow economically and hopes to show leadership to the young men and women of Kowanyama.

 Cr Wendy Wust

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I am married with two adult children.  My husband and I also raised my nephew through traditional adoption and we are now caring for my gorgeous niece.

I was born and raised in Kowanyama and I am the youngest of seven children.  I’m a very proud Yir Thangdel descendant on my mother’s side.

I have lived and worked in Cairns for 30 years and have been employed with both the State and Federal governments, as well as NGO’s.  In 2010, I decided to return to my home community to live and work with and for the people of Kowanyama.

My aspirations as a Councillor are to do the best that I can faithfully and dutifully with the utmost respect for the people of Kowanyama in my portfolio of Health and Education.

Some of my favourite pastimes include fishing and camping on our homelands and being with my families.

 Cr John Fry

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I was elected as a Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Councillor at the March 2016 election and I intend to work every day for this community in my role as a councillor.

I am married with two sons and I have 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I have lived in Kowanyama for the last four years but my family and I have been involved with the Kowanyama community for the last 18 years.

Before coming to Kowanyama I was employed with Qld Rail for 42 years as a Station Master and Line Manager in the operations area.

I follow all sports but my main interests are rugby league and horse racing.  I also enjoy fishing and the outdoors that Kowanyama has to offer


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