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Mornington Island

About Mornington Island

Location

Mornington Island is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 440km north of Mount Isa and 28km off the coast of mainlaind Australia. It has a unique natural environment, which has been occupied by the Traditional Owners, the Lardil people, for many thousands of years.

Languages

Lardil and English are he primary languages spoken on Mornington Island. Assistance may be required for some complainants, witnesses, victims and defendants who come before the courts.

History of Mornington Island

Mornington Island facts and figures

Key social indicators from the 2016 Census for the Mornington Island community include:

  • 16.5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over had completed year 12 or equivalent
  • 41.5% of households with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were overcrowded.

The following figures are from the 2011 Census and will be updated later in 2017:

  • 46.5% of dependent children in families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were from jobless families
  • 21.5% unemployment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years
  • 22.7% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years worked in the Public administration and safety industry.

For more 2011 and 2016 census information on education, employment, income, housing figures and more, build a statistical profile for Mornington Island on Know Your Community.

Native title information

Search for native title information on the National Native Title Tribunal website

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Visiting Mornington Island

Getting to Mornington Island

Regular passenger flights from Mount Isa and Cairns to Mornington Island are generally available. 

Seasonal considerations

The wet season for the Gulf of Carpentaria can start as early as November and may go through to May. Before arranging any travel to the community during this time, contact the Mornington Shire Council or the Manager, Government Coordination on 07 4799 7671 or 0477 398 224.  

Alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions apply on Mornington Island.

Local government

Search the local government directory for information about the Mornington Island Aboriginal Shire Council.

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Director Government Coordination, Mornington Island (Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)

Phone: 07 4799 7671
Mobile: 0477 398 224

Mornington Shire Council

Phone: 07 4745 7800
Email:  ceo[@]mornington.qld.gov.au

Sorry business

Upon hearing news of a death within the community, the Mornington Shire Council will close for a period as nominated by the council. The community considers it disrespectful for visitors to the island to walk around the community during the time of a funeral or memorial service. Obtaining instruction from a witness or defendant may be difficult while the community is in mourning. Essential services such as policing, health, education and justice still continue throughout this period. For more information on sorry business visit the North Queensland Land Council website

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Community justice group

The role of the Community Justice Group (CJG) is  to ensure that clients of the service are given appropriate cultural support for Court matters. The CJG also provides cultural reports to the courts at sentencing and bail applications; assistance to the courts in managing community-based offences and networking to implement crime prevention initiatives. 

Members of the CJG work closely with a number of justice agencies including the Queensland Magistrates Court, Department of Corrective Services, Queensland Police Service, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. The CJG assists in supporting the community’s understanding of and access to the justice system by working in conjunction with Murri Courts, the JP Magistrates Program, Shire Council by-laws and victim support agencies.

Key ways in which the CJG is able to assist the community and the courts include:

  • preparation and presentation of written and oral sentencing submissions to the court
  • defendant support and referral (including court support)
  • victim support and referral (including court support)
  • support for debtors wishing to access the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry (SPER)
  • participation in community consultations relevant to the CJG’s role within the criminal justice sector.

The local CJG is:

Junkuri Laka Justice Association Inc.
c/- Post Office, Mornington Island, 4871

Contact: Berry Zondag

Phone: 07 4745 7278 
Email: junkurilaka[@]gmail.com

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Community services

Use the Queensland Government's one place service directory to find up-to-date contact information for local support services including:

  • legal advice and support groups
  • youth justice and support groups
  • domestic and family violence support
  • drug and alcohol services
  • men's and women's groups
  • accident, emergency and medical services.

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More information

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Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.