About Pormpuraaw


Pormpuraaw is located on western Cape York Peninsula, about halfway between Karumba and Weipa, and about 650km north of Cairns. 


Kuuk Thaayorre is the predominant language spoken in Pormpuraaw, however a variety of Kugu or Wik languages are also spoken in this region. English is not a first language in this community. The use of an interpreter may be necessary to assist complainants, witnesses, victims and offenders who come before the courts.

History of Pormpuraaw

Pormpuraaw facts and figures

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

Native title information

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

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Visiting Pormpuraaw

Getting to Pormpuraaw

There are several flights per week from Cairns to Pompuraaw, which has an all weather airport that operates 24/7. Road conditions can be difficult in and out of Pormpuraaw, especially during the wet season when large pot holes will appear and roads can be washed out or completely inundated by water. 

Seasonal considerations

Pormpuraaw may be isolated by road for many months of the year during the wet season due to heavy rainfall. During dry seasons, fires can also restrict vehicle access along roads. 

Alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions apply in Pormpuraaw

Local government

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

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Sorry business

Generally no business is conducted in Pormpuraaw during periods of Sorry Business or Sad News. However, essential services such as policing, justice, child safety, health and education continue. To obtain information regarding significant events such as funerals, cultural or social events, contact the Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council. 

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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 works to support the community’s understanding of and access to the justice system by working in conjunction with Shire Council by-laws and victim support agencies.

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

  • participation in community consultations relevant to the CJG’s role within the criminal justice sector
  • 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.

For more information about your local Community Justice Group:

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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 services
  • youth justice and support groups
  • domestic and family violence support
  • drug and alcohol services
  • mens' and women's groups
  • accident, emergency and medical services

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More information

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