Cape York Enterprises is committed to building business in Cape York Peninsula so that the overwhelming majority of working-age people are actively engaged in real economic activity.

Supporting Cape Businesses

Bama is proud to be supporting local Indigenous businesses on the South of Duckholes project. Eldene Creek and Roger Paii from Kalan Enterprises in Coen are doing great work operating...

Jobs for Cape York Pama

Bama Civil is currently hard at work sealing a 1.65km stretch of the Peninsula Development Road at Ten Mile Creek. The works are part of the $260.5m upgrade to Cape York infrastructure funded by Federal and Queensland Governments. Tyrone, who recently...

Real Job Opportunities

A collaborative partnership between Cape York Employment, Bryant Construction and Australian Training Works has resulted in nine CYE jobseekers gaining employment with Bryant Construction so far. For the next two years these employees will be working on Aurukun’s...

Tourism is Building a Better Future

Roy Gibson speaking on how tourism is making a better future for the people of Cape York.

Hard Work is Paying Off

Lynesse Ludwick is the owner of Lynz Coffee and Food Bar, which she registered as a business in January 2015 after spotting a gap in the local market. "I do wraps, rolls, salads, grilled foods ... I also bake cakes. But I'm famous for my chips and wedges-people love...

Welcoming Campers From Around the World

Kuku Yalanji Elder and Buru Traditional Owner, CJ Fisher, owns and operates Yindilli Camping Ground, located west of Wujal Wujal and offers rainforest and cultural site tours. We assisted in developing a marketing strategy and Yindilli now has a strong online pr...

Yarrabah Gets Great Coffee

Suzanne Andrews of Yarrabah received support from Cape York Enterprises to get her Yarrabah cafe up and running. Suzanne has been operating for over 12 months and employs half a dozen local staff.

Fashions from the Cape

Wild Barra, a start-up fashion business that has partnered with a successful swimwear business based in Sydney. We helped Wild Barra with business coaching, planning, legal, corporate advice during rigorous negot1at1on of shareholding agreement, including equity...

Raising Awareness

At its core, CYT is about developing an Indigenous enterprise that can act as a beachhead for Cape York's first indigenous-controlled industry. In order to achieve this aim, CYT must carve out a place in the market for Indigenous businesses, such as itself, to thrive...

Australasian Social Business Forum

Cape York Enterprises attended the Australasian Social Business Forum in Melbourne. We hosted a stall to raise awareness of the work that we and those we support are doing to improve Indigenous economic participation. The team also had the opportunity to hear and...

Coming to a Store Near You

The first bag of CYT-branded mulch was produced from woodchips generated by the CYT Cooktown Mill in June. The product is now stocked in Cairns hardware stores. By diversifying its product, CYT is able to turn the Mill's waste into another saleable product and...

Building Skills and Work Readiness

In partnership with the Indigenous Driver Licensing Unit (Queensland Transport and Births, Deaths and Marriages), CYE held a range of community licensing days in Aurukun during September. In total, 84 jobseekers attended, really making the most out of this...

Lynz Thrives

Owner and operator of Lynz Coffee and Food Bar in Hope Vale, Lynesse Ludwick, received support from Cape York Enterprises to establish her business and get it off the ground. While Cape York Enterprises is still available for support and assistance where needed, Lyn...

Working on Country a Dream Come True

As a Kaantju/Ayapathu Traditional Owner and Elder, Patricia Claremount deeply values the opportunity to work on country and share stories with others as a new Cultural Heritage Officer with Kalan Enterprises. Although Patricia welcomes her new casual employment, she...

Lending a Helping Hand

Coen jobseekers worked on upgrading the gardens at the local Community Hub (above). This helped participants to build landscaping skills, which are transferrable to future employment.

Yarrabah’s Newest Café

Suzanne Andrews of Yarrabah recently received support from Cape York Enterprises to get her Yarrabah café, YarriCino, up and running. She has now been operating for around three months and has already employed three local staff members. We wish Suzanne all the best...

Securing the Hope Vale Arts and Cultural Centre’s Future

The Hope Vale Art and Cultural Centre is a well-established community hub for local artists, promoting local art, dance and culture. Although the Centre has operated for some seven years now, its funding model was recently disrupted and thus, Cape York Enterprises has...

Creating Economic Opportunity on Country

Kuku Yalanji Elder and Buru Traditional Owner, CJ Fisher, sought advice from Cape York Enterprises to help establish a marketing strategy for his business, Yindilli Camping Ground, located west of Wujal Wujal. Yindilli also offers rainforest and cultural site tours,...

Yarns in a Shady Place

CYE has a hosting arrangement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to run the Shady Place for Men in Aurukun. The Shady Place provides an opportunity for male jobseekers to work with CYE and RFDS staff in overcoming social and other barriers to work. Every day,...

Leading the way for cultural tourism

Cape York Enterprises incubatory business, Maaramaka Walkabout Tours and Campgrounds, is run by Gerald and Irene Hammett of Hope Vale. The couple launched their business in 2010, naming it after a significant local landmark. “Maaramaka is the Indigenous name for the...

Strong Work Ethic Impresses Employer

Angus Pambegan commenced work as a Carpenter’s Apprentice with Strategic Builders in late September. So far, he’s impressed the Site Supervisor with his work ethic. Angus is continuing to build his work-ready skills; he’s on the right...

Stepping Stones to Employment

Liam Kerindun is 17 years old and has been disengaged from school and work. He came to CYE with a clear goal: he wanted to complete his white card training so he could obtain a job. CYE provided Liam with his Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and set up an...

Fifth Generation to Work on Country

It’s been years since Loucian Creek has had a full-time job. With his Cert II in Civil Construction, he is now working with Kalan Enterprises on the road, clocking up his hours. “My ideal job would be working on country. I would be fifth generation working on...

Turtles and Dugongs in Safe Hands

Steven Marpoondin took part in the Aak Puul Ngantam (APN) Rangers turtle and dugong programme. APN returned to Aurukun after a massive 2015 out on country. With the help of CYE, APN are in the process of hosting a Work for the Dole activity to continue the hard work...

Off Welfare Into Work

Vicky Yunkaporta commenced work with CYE Aurukun in March 2015; on 30 September, she reached her 26 week continuous employment milestone. Vicky is now no longer reliant on Centrelink payments. Her daily attendance and commitment to work is incredibly...

Hard Work Paying Off

Lynesse Ludwick is the owner of Lynz Coffee and Food Bar, which she registered as a business in January after spotting a gap in the local market. “I do wraps, rolls, salads, grilled foods… I also bake cakes. But I’m famous for my chips and wedges—people...

Cape York Enterprises creates Indigenous-owned and controlled enterprises of scale to deliver economic development and employment outcomes for Cape York people.

Our mission is to originate, develop and grow portfolio businesses that are, at least initially, wholly owned by Cape York Partnership, and fulfil our Enterprise Objectives –

  1. 100% Indigenous ownership and at least 75% Indigenous employment
  2. Achieve acceptable returns on capital
  3. Establish commercial relationships with Traditional Owners

Cape York Enterprises also has a Business Incubator program supporting Indigenous businesses owned by third parties, and provides commercial advisory services to other Indigenous organisations.