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Wujal Wujal

About Wujal Wujal

Location

Wujal Wujal is part of the traditional homelands of the Eastern Kuku [Goo-goo] Yalanji [Ya-lan-gee]. The community is located in eastern Cape York, around 350km by road from Cairns and around 70km south of Cooktown.   

Languages

The main clan group languages present in Wujal Wujal are:

  • Kuku Yalanji [Goo Goo Ya-lan-gee] – Kuku Nyungul and Jalunji are sub groups of this language group
  • Kuku Nyungul [Goo Goo Nung-gul]
  • Jalunji [Ya-lun-gee].

It is believed that there are approximately 500 speakers of contemporised Yalanji language in the area. Kuku Yalanji is one of the only Aboriginal languages to be translated by the Lutheran Church. Aboriginal English is also spoken and assistance may be required for complainants, witnesses, victims and offenders who come before the court.

History of Wujal Wujal

Wujal Wujal facts and figures

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

  • 21.9% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over had completed year 12 or equivalent
  • 32.4% 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:

  • 20.0% of dependent children in families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were from jobless families
  • 21.2% unemployment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 64 years
  • 46.0% 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 for Wujal Wujal, build a statistical profile on Know Your Community.

Native title information

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

Visiting Wujal Wujal

Getting to Wujal Wujal

Wujal Wujal can be accessed either by an inland road or a coastal road from Cairns. The coastal road requires 4WD. The inland road is sealed right through from Cairns to Cooktown, and the road between Cooktown and Wujal Wujal is fully sealed and accessible by 2-wheel drive even in the wet season. 

Seasonal considerations

Both roads may be closed in the wet season due to flooding. Wujal Wujal has an airstrip which provides fly-in access to the community. In the wet season, fly-in access is often the only way in and out of Wujal Wujal. 

Alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions apply in Wujal Wujal

Local government

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

Who to contact if you have questions about your visit

Manager Cooktown Government Coordination Service Centre (Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)

Phone: 07 4082 2002

Mobile: 0427 160 643

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

Phone: 07 4083 9100
Fax: 07 4060 8250
Email: ceo[at]wujalwujalcouncil.qld.gov.au or mayor[at]wujalwujalcouncil.qld.gov.au

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.

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council requests that external agencies respect the community by ceasing visits to, or business in the community for the time of the actual funeral including the church service and cemetery burial. Council offices and activities are closed for this period. This will not apply to judicial or court business, as essential services such as policing, child safety, health, education and justice still continue throughout this period. 

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 Justice Group also delivers a Restorative Justice Program. They have a counsellor, a youth worker and 5 part time staff who take men, women and children on country for cultural activities.

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.

The local CJG for Wujal Wujal is:

Wujal Wujal Justice Group
C/- PO Wujal Wujal, 4871

Contact:

Justice coordinator: Ms Joan Beacroft JP (MagCt)
Director/Chairperson: Doreen Ball

Phone: 07 4060 8373
Mobile: 0428 291 359
Email: wujaljustice[at]gmail.com

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

 

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