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Kowanyama

Services & Facilities

Kowanyama has the following services:

  • Kowanyama State School (Preparatory Year followed by Year 1 to Year 10)
  • Supermarket
  • Queensland Ambulance Service Field Office
  • Guest house
  • Anglican church
  • QLD Police - Six State Police officers are permanently stationed in Kowanyama. Aboriginal Community Police Officers work in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service
  • SES - Volunteer State Emergency Service, Marine Rescue and Rural Fire Brigade groups are established

Environmental Health
Council employs an Environmental Health Worker who works in conjunction with Council and Queensland Health.

Housing
Council owns all community and staff housing.

Gas
All staff houses are equipped with gas stoves. All cylinders are to be paid by the tenant.

Electricity
All Council houses are fitted with card meters. Cards are purchased as required from the Post Office.
The Power House at Kowanyama is owned and operated by Ergon Energy.

Water
Town water supply comes from underground and is fully treated and regularly tested to ensure that it meets NH and MRC guidelines for drinking water.

Sewerage
Kowanyama township is fully sewered.

Garbage
Wheelie bins are collected three times weekly.

Banks
Kowanyama has a Commonwealth Bank Agency situated at the Post Office. Council operates this and an EFTPOS facility. 
The Kowanyama General Store has an ATM inside the premises.
Council operates the Kowanyama Post Office. The Post Office is open from 9 and 12 noon and 1pm to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Freight Transport
Freight is brought into Kowanyama by road weekly during the dry season only? Transport operate this service. Airfreight service is available via the regular air services.

Shopping
A general store sells grocery items, meat, bread, milk and a range of fresh fruit and vegetables and is open six days a week.  Many residents choose to shop direct with major chains in Cairns utilising the regular freight services during the dry season for delivery.  The General Store hours are 8.30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 12 noon. The Store is closed from 12.30 to 1.30 pm Monday to Friday for lunch.

Alcohol Management Plan
As of 31 December 2002, the Kowanyama Alcohol Management Plan became effective and no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the Shire. The Kowanyama restricted area is the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire including all public and private places. This includes the Errk Oykangand National Park (formerly known as the Mitchell-Alice Rivers National Park) and the Mitchell River and:

  • The northern sides of Topsy Creek
  • The northern and southern sides of Colman River.

The rest of the Topsy Creek waterway and the other parts of the Colman River are not part of the restricted area.
No alcohol or homebrew and homebrew equipment is allowed in restricted areas.
It is an offence to drink in a public place anywhere in Queensland.

Communication
2 FM Radio Stations (4K1G and ABC)
4 Television Stations (7 Central, ABC, SBS and Imparja)
Telephone Service (STD/ISD) and Next G Mobiles
Austar Satellite services are also available

Transport
A vehicle is not generally required to move about the township, however, if you wish to enjoy the idyllic outdoor life available on Cape York Peninsula, a boat and four wheel drive are a must.

Council Contacts

Get in touch

Phone: (07) 4083 7100
Email: email/admin)(kowanyama.qld.gov.au

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