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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Remembering Mapoon: Shared history drives resolve for real change

On 15 November 1963, the Queensland Police forcibly removed Aboriginal residents of the Cape York community of Mapoon and relocated them to Bamaga, 200km north. They were taken away on a barge and their homes burnt down. The people of Mapoon had said they didn’t want to move. The government didn’t listen. They thought they knew what was best for our people and made decisions accordingly. Force prevailed over what was fair. First Peoples voices were not heard.
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Scientists hunt for extinct Tasmanian Tiger after possible sightings 0n Cape York

Scientists in northern Australia are preparing to hunt for the Tasmanian tiger following a series of “sightings” of the species, which was declared extinct after the last one died in a zoo in 1936.
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Sunday, 09 October 2016

New DNA technology confirms Aboriginal people as first Australians

A new look at ancient bones with the latest DNA technology has confirmed Aboriginal Australians as the continent's first people.
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Sunday, 09 October 2016

World first genome study reveals rich history of Aboriginal Australians originating on Cape York

World-first genetic research into aboriginal Australians has found that most of the country's indigenous population was founded from a single colonising event which began in Cape York in far north Queensland more than 30,000 years ago.
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Thursday, 01 September 2016

Australia's vast and majestic northern savannahs need more care

Australia"s Top End, Kimberley and Cape York Peninsula evoke images of vast, awe-inspiring and ancient landscapes.
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Thursday, 01 September 2016

Federal Government urged to come clean on Cape York tree clearing intervention

Anger is brewing over the Federal Government's intervention in tree clearing permits on Cape York.
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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Indigenous MP warns of Cape York resistance to World Heritage Listing

Queensland crossbench MP Billy Gordon has warned that he will fight a revived push for a World Heritage listing of Cape York if it endangers indigenous development in the region
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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Link between fire and climate change under the spotlight on Cape York

Desmond Tayley, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor, looks forward to welcoming visitors to the 2016 Indigenous Fire Workshop being held this week in Wujal Wujal.
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Friday, 26 August 2016

The $8.2 billion water bill to clean up the Barrier Reef by 2025 - and where to start

Mention the Great Barrier Reef and most people think of Cairns and The Whitsundays. Most of the Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Cape York and it is in this area that the threat is greatest.
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Army deployment in remote Cape York community a win-win for residents and soldiers

For the past four months the population of a remote Cape York township has nearly tripled thanks to the deployment of a special regiment of the Australian Army.
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Indigenous rangers say tourists with no respect destroying turtle nests on remote Cape York beaches

Turtles already have a survival rate of one in 1,000 reaching adulthood due to predators like sea birds, fish, sharks and crocodiles but rangers say tourists should be added to that list.
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

World first solar plant for Lakeland on Cape York

A world-leading project in far north Queensland is set to combine big battery storage and big solar to supply solar power after sundown and during peak usage times.
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Cape York artist brings ghost net sculptures to Canberra

A senior Indigenous artist has travelled more than 2,300 kilometres from Cape York to Canberra to share the story of his people's ghost net art - sculptures woven from abandoned, lost or discarded fishing nets.
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Goannas return to Cape York beach to threaten turtles

RANGERS working to save vulnerable sea turtles on Western Cape York are slowly winning the battle against feral pigs and dogs, but now face the return of an old predator.
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Miner eyes Cape York for Lithium exploration

Could the lightest metal on the planet do some heavy lifting within the Far North's economy?
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Cape York language lost with the passing of highly respected elder, Tommy George snr

The loss of one of Australia's ancient Aboriginal languages was mourned yesterday with the burial on Cape York of its last fluent speaker.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Chance to celebrate for Cape York community

Aurukun Day is held on August 4 each year to mark the arrival of Presbyterian Missionaries in 1904, who established what was then known as the Archer River Mission.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Land-Clearing Cape York: On the Brink

The fate of vast tracts of Cape York bushland hangs in the balance as a group of Cairns-based indigenous leaders led by Noel Pearson pressures the state MP for Cook, Billy Gordon, to vote against the Palaszczuk Labor Government's new tree-clearing laws.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mulligan, James Venture (1837-1907)

James Venture Mulligan : prospector and explorer of Cape York
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A change to QLD Labor tree clearing laws will lock up Cape York

A sorghum crop and native trees are growing side-by-side on a Cape York property, proving a balance between development and vegetation can be achieved.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Cape York Peninsula grazier looks to new industry

HARVEST of Queensland's northern most sorghum crop is underway, with hopes the project signals the start of a new industry for Cape York Peninsula.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Negotiations underway to re-establish live cattle exports out of Weipa on Cape York

Stakeholders on Cape York are working hard to resurrect the live export trade out of Weipa, with efforts currently underway to source cattle to fill a boat bound for the Philippines later this year.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The untapped potential of Cape York

LAURA grazier Cheree Callaghan believes many of the Northern Australia decision makers have 'no clue' about what's needed to develop the Cape.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Vulnerable listing for Cape York ghost bat sparks calls for protection

A LARGE bat, with wings so white they're almost translucent, could stop a limestone mine proposed for Cape York going ahead.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Cape York, fire-inspired artworks speak of cultural sharing between artists of very different backgrounds

A fascination with fire has sparked an art project that is bringing together people from two very different parts of Australia and cross pollination of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Indigenous forum in Cairns sparks talk of opportunities for Cape York

COMMUNITY leaders are confident that the Indigenous Investments Forum held in Cairns was more than just a talkfest and are excited about what opportunities now lie ahead for Aboriginal Queensland.
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Indigenous rangers on Cape York share stories of country through 3D mapping

Indigenous rangers on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula are using three-dimensional maps of country to preserve their stories and share them with visitors.
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Cape York's ecosystems are worth billions

Australia's Cape York is one of the world's most outstanding natural areas, a status recognised by the United Nations since the 1980s.
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Heat Stress Killing Corals on Cape York section of the Great Barrier Reef

The most severe bleaching is in the far northern sector between Cooktown and the tip of Cape York. Bleaching has also intensified in the area between Cooktown and Townsville.
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Is Australia the home of rice? Study finds domesticated rice varieties have ancestry links to Cape York

A team of plant biologists believes that common rice varieties, domesticated over thousands of years and now grown around the world, may have their ancestry in northern Australia.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A host of organisations with interests in the Cape will host meetings at key Cape York locations

Vegetation management laws and drought are expected to be high on the agenda when Agforce meets with members across Cape York Peninsula next week. The four-day tour will see meetings held in Weipa, Coen, Laura and Cooktown.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Aboriginal traditional owners celebrate return of Cape York land

More than 50,000 hectares of land at Cape York has been returned to Aboriginal traditional owners, after a 22-year effort that might pave the way for further ancestral land tenure resolutions.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Cairns creative nurtures Cape York indigenous art

AS a young and emerging artist, Lisa Michl could see the need for a dedicated place for indigenous artists in Cairns and Cape York to call their own.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Greg's 5500km run to Cape York

IF Pat Farmer can do it in 110 days the NSW Central Coast's own running man Greg Brown can do it in 90.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Palaszczuk government teeters on land-clearing laws concerning Cape York Graziers

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's minority government, already held to ransom by the demands of crossbenchers, faces a new election threat from the Greens over plans to crack down on land clearing.
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

A flying visit: Bird-watching in Cape York and FNQ

Cape york and Far North Queensland presents a magnificent array of birds, for those who care to make the effort
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Cape York kids love learning traditional language

The Pama Language Centre, which has federal funding approved for the next four years, has already had success teaching Guugu Yimidhirr to Hope Vale students.
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Sunday, 06 March 2016

Beach stroll turns into ultimate adventure for Cape York police officers

What was supposed to be a relaxing day out for three Bamaga police officers has turned into a tale for the ages.
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Sunday, 06 March 2016

Driving Indigenous employment on Cape York

It's not just about upgrading a road, the PDR project is symbolic of a new development highway, built by the indigenous people of Cape York.
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Sunday, 06 March 2016

Reviving Cape York languages and keeping them strong

The new Pama Language Centre will assist the indigenous peoples of Cape York Peninsula to revive ancestral languages and safeguard those under threat.
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Sunday, 06 March 2016

We failed our kids on Cape York: Noel Pearson warning on self-determination

Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has urged indigenous communities to take greater care of their children, warning that the quest for self-determination is being undermined by continued neglect and abuse.
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Friday, 19 February 2016

Creating transport links on Cape York connects communities

Living in a remote area can have its challenges, particularly when good local transport options are hard to come by.
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cape York; one of the most remote places in the world

The world is a large place with billions of people occupying various corners of the earth, some much farther than others
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Thursday, 04 February 2016

Cape York traditional fire management assists livestock in Victoria

An innovative project to revive ancient landcare skills has turned heads in North East Victoria. Traditional owners from Cape York in far north Queensland were key contributors in sharing their knowledge with project participants.
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Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Indigenous seal of approval for Cape York link

The $240 million upgrade of the Peninsula Development Road promises to open Cape York, forever changing it's seasonal shutdown with the monsoonal rains and paving the way for a year-round economy that few thought possible.
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Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Reforms help Cape York communities. Potshots from afar do not

For too long many of us have stood by and let the attacks from these people pass by unanswered. Those days have to come to an end. The reforms they are attacking must be protected and defended.
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Monday, 25 January 2016

Marine turtle nesting on Cape York islands hampered by Queensland drought

A Cape York environmental organisation has discovered Queensland's continuing drought is causing problems for marine turtles attempting to nest on an island in the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Monday, 14 December 2015

How an Australian Millionaire Ended up Alone and Shirtless on a Tropical Island off Cape York

In the 1980s David Glasheen was the chairman of a Sydney-based resource syndicate specializing in Papua New Guinean gold mining. He was also active in the stock market, amassing a fortune that peaked at around US $28.4 million, which he sank into luxury harbor-view real estate. That's when the market sank him.
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015

Guilt-free tourism: Would you pay $11 for a carbon-neutral holiday?

This is the good news that's emerged from a study that found the damaging effects of tourism emissions could eventually be eliminated if travellers paid an average of just US$11 per trip.
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Sunday, 06 December 2015

10 Reasons to take a 4wd adventure to Cape York

Standing at The Tip of Australia is the ultimate 4 wheel drive adventure. Especially if you've just tackled the Epic Cape York drive on the legendary Old Telegraph Track. Is it worth the dust and bumpy roads? Absolutely!
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Saturday, 05 December 2015

Cape York indigenous mayors divided on alcohol management

Kowanyama Mayor Robert Holness says sly grogging means state alcohol restrictions make little difference in his community.
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Saturday, 05 December 2015

Cape York traditional owners urge Rio Tinto to prevent 'heartbreaking waste' of timber

Traditional owners on Cape York are urging mining giant Rio Tinto to finalise an agreement which would ensure that timber worth hundreds of millions of dollars is salvaged and not burnt
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Saturday, 05 December 2015

From Cape York to New York

Born of the oldest living culture in world, Wik woman Mavis Ngallametta, has touched the hearts of art enthusiasts all over the world.
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Thursday, 03 December 2015

War of the jaws as dry weather bites Cape York

A lack of food has crocodiles turning on each other in Cape York in a violent war of the jaws.
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015

Fire, land clearing and competition threaten Cape York's palm cockatoo

A STRIKING black-crested cockatoo found only on Cape York has been elevated to vulnerable status, sparking calls to ramp up conservation efforts.
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015

Scientists have captured in Cape York waters, two adult specimens of one of the rarest shark species in Australia.

The elusive speartooth shark, which is listed as critically endangered, was discovered in the Bizant River, near Lakefield, in 1982, but up until now only juveniles have been observed.
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015

Winners are grinners on Cape York as farmers scoop lion's share at carbon auction

Twenty-one graziers in the Cape York region of far north Queensland have secured $36 million, to conduct savannah burning projects, with the money coming just in time to pay down debts and prevent the hottest savannah fires.
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Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Australia's Top 10 Destinations to Experience in 2015 - Cape York, QLD

Located at the far northern tip of Queensland, Cape York is the "end of Australia" in multiple senses - the region is remote and beautiful, featuring a mixture of pristine and untouched coastline, rainforest-draped landscape and surrounding sea that's teeming with marine life,
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Monday, 02 November 2015

Tourism Could Be Next Big Boom In Australia

Australians may witness the tourism sector playing a major role in economy, overtaking coal as the country's second-biggest export, if things are done the right way.
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Michael Fomenko, Cape York's Tarzan

The eccentric son of a Georgian princess, Michael Fomenko spent decades living wild in Cape York . Frank Robson tracks him down
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Cape York - One of the world's last great wilderness areas

The intrinsic beauty of Cape York is that it has remained virtually untouched by humans. The original occupants lived at one with the environment with no plans or need to tame that environment. It provided for their needs and in return they cared for the land.
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