Mayor Robbie Sands

Deputy Mayor Cameron Josiah brings a wealth of experience, guidance and drive to his current role in Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council.   Born in Cairns and growing up in Kowanyama, Cameron finished high school in 2005 and landed a coveted role as an AFL development officer, a position which took him throughout the Cape York region and to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

It was his early passion for team sports that saw Cameron excel in providing much-needed leadership and support for young players and their respective careers.

Cameron also led a number of AusKick programs throughout the Cape York and Cairns region, encouraging the youth to pursue their passions and dreams.

Deputy Mayor Cameron Josiah comes from a long lineage of members of Council, with his father and grandparents serving as chairpersons in Kowanyama. His partner Territa Dick was also a Deputy Mayor for Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council.

After working as Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council’s Sports and Recreation Officer for a number of years, he decided to run as Councillor in 2019 and was elected as Deputy Mayor in 2020.

He is incredibly passionate about education opportunities for the young people of Kowanyama, placing a strong emphasis on the completion of school studies or providing traineeships or apprenticeships for students. Deputy Mayor Cameron Josiah also wants to further educate parents on the different career pathways available to their children.

He says he looks forward to a big change in governance across Kowanyama and hopes his strategic goals and vision can be met with a positive reception from the local community.   “I have a passion and drive to see many positive changes happen in our community and am enthusiastic to help overcome the issues we face,” Mr Josiah says.   “We are looking to make things work where they haven’t before and I want to continue implementing programs that allow all of our residents to have various opportunities and live happy and healthy lives.”