31 Sleeps Until Christmas 2018

Only 31 sleeps now until Christmas! O-Hub is here to help you get your budget in order for a Christmas the whole family will enjoy. Here is Aurukun O-Hub Leader Renee with baby Akeelah and Brent. Call or stop by your O-Hub today to make an appointment.

Because of Her, We Can

Throwback to the NAIDOC community celebrations in Aurukun. Since this year's NAIDOC theme was 'Because of Her, We Can', O-Hub and Cape York Employment gifted the community with Honour Wall images of inspiring Aurukun women, who have shaped Aurukun's history and played...

Setting up the Future Generation

Incredible achievement by parents and carers in Cape York, who have contributed this money to our next generations educational needs. Students Education Trust is a Welfare Reform initiative and operates out of our O-Hubs in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge.

Christmas is Coming

The Christmas countdown is on and Gibson Pootchemunka, Matthew Doomagee and Jonah Yunkaporta are getting organised in the Aurukun O-Hub. We're here to help you set goals, establish priorities and manage your money. Head into your local O-Hub to make an appointment....

Finding Lost Super Together

Aurukun received a visit from the First Nations Foundation The Big Super Day Out. Superannuation experts from across Australia visited many remote Indigenous communities to help people find lost super, consolidate accounts, and educate the community on the benefits of...

Partners Building Confidence

It’s great to see our Partners build their confidence and knowledge with banking. This is Darwin who now has the skills to access and use internet banking independently. Darwin is a longstanding partner of ours, he visits us regularly at the Aurukun O-Hub, is very...

Big Super Day Out

We are excited to share some great final statistics from the recent Big Super Day Out. Aurukun: 90 community members supported $832,300.00 superannuation connected Hope Vale: 70 community members supported $1,477,112.00 superannuation connected This day would not have...

Building a More Peaceful, Integrated Community in Aurukun

The ladies in the Aurukun Women's Art Activity recently produced 90 screen printed t-shirts for the Wik Kath Min Project. This is an ongoing project aiming to build a more peaceful, integrated community in Aurukun for all, and bringing together community actors and...

Cape York students to unite for annual music camp

STUDENTS  from the remote indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale will hone their instrumental and vocal skills as part of the 7th annual Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) Cape York Music Program (CYMP). Students from Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale will...

Worth a Thousand Words

Aurukun Shire Council's 'Why I LOVE Aurukun' photo competition is now on!! The photo competition provided the whole Aurukun community to show off how beautiful the community is and what life is like living in paradise. The CYP Aurukun team are really proud to have won...

Yarning Power

The recent Wik Kath Min Craft 2 day workshop saw our Women’s Activity in yarning circles sharing stories. It was a day to share values, family dreams and hope for themselves and their community.

Road Ready

We recently had the Department of Transport visit Aurukun to undertake a licensing day, educating community members on the road rules to successfully obtain their...

Feeding Her Family

When Megan Kerindun signed up for POP she planned to get the whole family involved and it worked like magic. Her children Sadonia and Abraham took on the heavy lifting and enjoyed learning new skills to take over. Megan's favourite thing about her garden is mowing,...

Beautiful Space

Our women’s shed gets prettier every day with each new addition from the women’s activity.

Turning Up for Work

Perry Yunkaporta has been working at the hub since April with a 100% attendance rate. Outside of his work Perry continually involves himself with additional activities engaging with the community, sharing cultural knowledge and providing guidance. We are so proud to...

Awesome Men

Just a few of our awesome workers from Men’s Activity!!

Training our Leaders

Our Aurukun team undertaking a Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership with Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre- RTO...

New Art for our Aurukun Office

You might remember seeing the beginning of Harold Chevathun’s Barra last month.. Well not only has Harold finished his amazing piece – he has donated it to the Aurukun CYE office! Thank you Harold – we LOVE it!!

Passing Down Knowledge

Aunty Dorothy has been busy passing down knowledge to the younger generation to ensure it’s not lost. Recently she has been showing the women how to weave and make grass skirts from collecting the plants, roots and flowers to dying and splitting pandanus...

OPINION: The Government sets the goal posts, only to move them when Indigenous people score

The struggle for rights, even dignity, for Indigenous people in this country could be likened to precariously building a sandcastle in cyclonic conditions. Our government is the tantrum throwing brat that comes in and stomps on our carefully crafted structure. Why?...

‘A tectonic shift in justice’: how the Wik people fought the law and won

If you are going to meet Wik people in Aurukun you may well be directed to the mango tree outside an auntie’s house. It was beneath the shade of this tree that the Wik people gathered and mobilised to fight their native title claims. Under trees, in tents, driving...

Coffee’s Brewing

We are so proud of this Cape York Employment initiative! Creating indigenous-led enterprise, jobs and training for locals in...

Warrior spirits: The Wik women who stood up for their land and communities

The Wik V Queensland case was backed by strength and tenacity of the Traditional Owners, many who were women and leaders in their communities. It was a powerful and potent moment in Australian history. In 1996, the foreground of The High Court, a place most often...

Preparing for House Opening

There is a house opening celebration this month so the community are in preparation for cultural and traditional practices. Women's Activity will be focusing on basket weaving and making grass skirts for the...

Feeding the Kids

The Men’s Activity providing the kids with delicious pancakes on their arrival at school after ‘Walk to School’ day!

Review: Wik vs Queensland

Any first year law student could tell you the importance of Wik Peoples v Queensland [1996] HCA 40. The High Court was asked to examine whether statutory pastoral leases extinguished the rights of native title holders. The political fallout led to one of the longest...

A Work in Progress

Harold Chevathun showcases his talent with his latest piece of work. Once finished - Harold’s Barra will depict an Aurukun sunset, he thoroughly enjoys creating pieces of art that are part of his Aurukun culture.

Sewing Circle

Some of the ladies have taken up sewing. They have done such a great job of learning how to use the machines and are enjoying and producing incredible work.

Ready to Roll

Marty Short-Joe and his family were interested in buying a car for sale in town and came straight to MPower for help. Through the support of MPower staff he was able to compare prices of similar models and kilometers so he knew he was getting the best deal possible....

Beautiful Creations

Cape York Employment is working closely with Aurukun School with shared activities so both women and children can benefit from the needs in the community. The sewing machines were kindly given on lend from the school to fulfil the women's request to make skirts, bags...

Aurukun sits on the west coast of Cape York. Situated on the traditional country of the Wik, Wik Way and Kugu people, the community is home to around 1,500 people.

The total number of community members now taking part in the Cape York Welfare Reform initiative (through participation at the O-Hub) has now reached 961. Of these, 48% visited the O-Hub at least once in the last three months and 39% are signed up to two or more Opportunity Products, which means they are working to improve their lives across multiple areas.

Aurukun community members are making steady progress in building their financial literacy. The MPower programme has worked with individuals and families to create hundreds of budgets that respond to members’ needs and priorities. Community members are taking on more responsibility to ensure that their budgets are up-to-date, and taking advantage of opportunities to meet with our in-house Financial Counsellor. Financial counselling sessions commonly relate to superannuation enquiries, managing debts from high-interest loans and the need for members to build a greater understanding and responsibility for their own financial wellbeing.

By the end of June 2018, 151 Aurukun parents had signed up to Strong Families to further build their parenting knowledge and skills. On average, 74% of those parents participated in one or more Strong Families sessions in the six month period.  A cornerstone of Strong Families are our Families as First Teachers workshops, in which participants learn fun ways of introduce learning through play, early literacy and numeracy – thereby creating a strong educational foundation in early childhood.

The Aurukun O-Hub leads and supports a range of positive community events, including International Womens’ Day, Reconciliation Day and Child Safety Week.  Two SET Fairs were also held where parents and carers were able to access quality educational items at affordable prices.

The O-Hub continues to work collaboratively with other support services as part of its holistic case-management approach to ensure members’ needs are met. Between January and June 2018, 110 internal referrals were made, mainly to MPower and Strong Families, to assist members with money management and parenting skills. A further 156 referrals were made by the O-Hub to other social and economic services, including Cape York Employment, the Wellbeing Centre, Department of Housing and others. Through a coordinated approach, we hope to see community members continue to progress and advance towards their goals of leading healthier, safer and more empowered lives.