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.

Working Together

Cape York Employment (CYE) kindly accommodated Bama's project crew during the construction of the Coen Sports Field at their property in Coen. As a gesture of appreciation, we made minor improvements and renovations to the house, including installing a privacy screen...

Coen Sports Field

The Coen Sports Field was officially opened on Tuesday, 23rd October by the Hon Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. We are proud to play our role in delivering what is already a much-loved piece of...

Coen Sports Oval Opening

Yesterday was the official opening of the Coen Sports Oval! It was a fantastic morning joined by Minister Cameron Dick, Commissioner Katrina, as well football legends Scotty Prince and Steve Renouf. CYE participants cooked up lunch for everyone in attendance while our...

Adopt a Class

In Coen, our local organisations adopt a class and support students with their learning. We were lucky to work with the Prep students during Term 3. Our preppies are learning about the ecosystem! To assist with this, we invited the students to our office to plant some...

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...

Coen Sports Field Looking Good

A couple of weeks ago, we welcomed Councillor John 'Chook' Giese - Cook Shire Council, Commissioner Katrina Carroll and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES Manager of Government Coordination Fran Maddern to view the progress of the works on the...

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...

All Smiles

The Coen Sports Field upgrade continues to take shape in the capable hands of our experienced project manager, Jono Coker. As you can see from the smile on his face, Jono is loving his time up in Coen and the hospitality shown by the local community.

Male Role Models

Coen Campus recently held a Families are First Teachers workshop facilitating a shirt printing activity for Dad’s and their children. Thank you to all the fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers who...

Building Coen Leaders

Debra, Glen, Trey and Puchaanu take part in our Coen leadership workshop!

Cultural Transmission

James Creek shows family members and friends how to make a traditional woomera on our Family and Culture day last...

Better Gardens

We were delighted to have Charlie Street visiting the Coen team to talk activity resources with our Better Gardens Participation Supervisor, Amos...

Lending a Hand

Last month, we were pleased to be involved in the official opening of the Coen Crisis Centre for Women. The day involved plenty of activity stations, our ladies got creative and made jewellery with beads and decorated jars to take home. A large thanks to our Cape York...

Monday is Learning Day

Donna does a wonderful job of managing 'Our Community team'. We've made Monday our learning day and the ladies in Coen have been busy updating their resumes, applying for blue cards, white cards, birth certificates and drives...

Secret women’s business!

The ladies in Coen have started a new women's gathering on Wednesday nights to talk family, cooking, budgeting and other women's business.

Coen MPower Budgeting Session

Coen O-Hub ran an MPower Budgeting Session in partnership with Cape York Employment and Apunipima wellbeing participants.

Set Fair Coen

The Coen OHub held a Back to School SET Fair at the beginning of this year. SET Fairs like these enable donors to be able to purchase quality and affordable items like lunch boxes, schoolbags, stationary, shoes and socks. The majority of these...

Supporting School Awards

In early December 2017 Coen and Hope Vale CYAAA Schools held their End of Year School Awards. SET contributes to the following awards: Overall Most Improved - $250 SET voucher for school supplies Outstanding Contribution to Music - $200 SET...

Coen Indigenous Literacy Day

In September, Coen celebrated Indigenous Literacy Day. The event brought the community together to share their love of books. Adults gathered at the local kindergarten where the children were excited to get dressed up as their favourite book characters. Events like...

Making Teddy Bears

Parenting Consultant, Carol Fyfe delivers a Family as First Teachers session to a number of parenting partners in Coen. Partners engaged well with making felt teddy bears with their children. Discussion and focus on sensory play, colours and clothing...

Top 3% of the Class

Secondary graduate and currently fourth-year Tertiary Academic Leader from Coen, Shonae Hobson, was included in the Dean's Honours List at the University of Melbourne for her overall academic performance during 2016. The award recognises high-achieving students and...

Promising Young Leaders

Coen jobseeker, Katarna Creek, recently spent a week participating in a Youth Summit in Pormpuraaw with three other young people from Coen. The Summit aims to engage young people, aged 13–17 years, from across Cape York. Participants take part in a variety...

United Against Domestic Violence

CYE and its partners hosted a National White Ribbon Day event in Coen to raise awareness about domestic violence. The event was enjoyed by all who attended and provided a good platform for community engagement.

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...

House Pride

Coen’s annual POP Best Garden in the Village Competition was held in June and all eight entrants put in a great effort. A big congratulations to our winners, Dion Creek and Leisha Murgha, as well as our Runner Up, Rose Johnson. Congratulations also to the...

Enjoying Boarding School

Bobby Bowie (Coen) is enjoying his first year at The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James in Townsville.

Growing Confidence and Giving Back

Lenore Casey graduated from the Excelling Leaders Phase of the Program in 2015 and, since then, has continued to give back to the community through her work at the Cape York Partnership O-Hubs. Although she was originally from Hope Vale, Lenore lived in Normanton for...

Blossoming Families

Marilyn Kepple tends people and plants. As a community counsellor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, she knows the value of regular exercise—and gardening enables her to help both her yard and her children to flourish. “We get out of the house to do gardening...

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...

Coen, in the centre of Cape York, is home to around 400 people, including Umpila or Kaanju as well as descendants of the Umpithamu, Umbuygamu, Ayapathu, Olkolo and Lama Lama groups.

Overall, 313 community members have now signed up to one or more Opportunity Products through the Coen O-Hub; 58% are members of two or more Products. These community members are seeking support and empowerment to improve their knowledge and skills across parenting, financial management, home maintenance, and educational engagement.

Community members are demonstrating increased capabilities and confidence in managing their own financial affairs – evinced by the fact that more than half of the 978 MPower activities undertaking between January and June 2018 were unassisted self-service sessions. The other sessions mostly relate to budgeting, money management support and assisting members to make informed purchasing decisions.

Coen families continue to prioritise their children’s education with $27,242 worth of school items purchased at SET Fairs, CYAAA’s Education Days, and through other suppliers. Average school attendance at the CYAAA Coen campus sits at 91% — on par with the Queensland State average. This is a huge achievement, and demonstrates the value that Coen families place on education. Coen O-Hub works closely with the Coen CYAAA, partnering with the school to identify strategies to constructively manage children’s behaviours in the classroom, and supporting the school’s Adopt-a-Class program, sporting events and family days. Coen O-Hub, Cape York Employment and the Clinic have been working together to promote breakfast as the most important meal of the day to help students remain focused at school.

As a community, Coen is showing particular growth in male participation in the Strong Families program. For example, 20 male community members actively participated in a parenting workshop in January. O-Hub also supported the School’s highly successful Dads 4 Kids activity day, where fathers in the community ran activities including spear making, gardening and creating designs for their own t-shirts.

Coen O-Hub also supports other community services including the Women’s Shelter to combat domestic violence, police workshops on Child Protection and Elder Abuse, and the Clinic’s Sisterhood Health Check. The O-Hub and the Clinic supported Cape York Employment participants to be financially strong through money-management workshops.

Looking ahead, we see a bright future for community members and their families as they avail themselves of the opportunities at hand to further build on their strengths and capabilities.