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Sarina

About Sarina

Location

Sarina is located in central Queensland, 37km south of Mackay. 

Languages

English is the main language spoken in Sarina. However, many mainland Aboriginal people in Queensland speak Aboriginal English. In addition, many people in this region may speak Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole). Assistance may be required for some complainants, witnesses, victims and defendants from this region who come before the court.

History of Sarina

Sarina facts and figures

Key social indicators from the 2016 Census for the Sarina community include:

  • 33.1% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over had completed year 12 or equivalent
  • 9.6% 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:

  • 31.6% of dependent children in families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were from jobless families
  • 15.3% unemployment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years
  • 21.7% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years worked in the Transport, postal and warehousing.

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

Native title information

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

Visiting Sarina

Getting to Sarina

Sarina is located approximately 940km north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway, or 420km south from Townsville. It is easily accessible by road, with bus and train services regularly travelling through the area. It is also possible to fly directly to the Whitsunday region from most major airports. There are airports located in Mackay, Proserpine and Townsville. Car hire and accommodation options are available in the community.  

Seasonal considerations

Sarina may be subject to cyclones and flooding during the wet season, which can last from October until April.

Alcohol restrictions

No alcohol restrictions apply in Sarina. 

Local government

Search the local government directory for information about the Mackay Regional Council. 

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Manager, Mackay Office (Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)

Phone: 07 4862 7005
Mobile: 0438 768 269

Sorry business

‘Sorry Business’ is a term used during the time of mourning following the death of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. Torres Strait Islanders may use the terminology ‘Bad or Sad News’. The term can also refer to the past practice of forcibly removing children from their families. The intensity of mourning is reflective of the importance of the family or person who has died. The mourning process enables healing for the family and community involved.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services in Sarina may remain closed on the day of the funeral, however, essential services such as policing, education, health and justice services will continue.

Community justice group

There is currently no community justice group in Sarina.

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

More information

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.