Kowanyama, with a population of almost 1200, is a laid back community within Cape York situated between Chillagoe to the east, Normanton to the West and Pormpuraaw to the north. Land of Many Waters is its motto and the claim to fame is the nature of the people whom are amongst the friendliest of the Cape. The community Bakery provides a central  point for meetings and gatherings, opening up 6 days per week for locals and visitors alike, to get fresh bread and a nice café style coffee.

The Kowanyama Community have several activities that are engaging with the community. The flagship activities include the Sewing Group who are making shopping bags from material to do away with plastic bags and make the community green, as well as the trades and tools activity which is always first to lend a hand to support the community in the making of signs, beds and other wooden items for use. Other activities that support the community includes Community Pride which assists the community in keeping the place beautiful and OTK Garden which uses its greenhouse to prepare seedlings for the Market Garden.

We have strong ties to Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Apunipima, Parole, River House, Kowanyama State School where we have adopted the prep class and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Kowanyama Posts

Lavinia Steps Up

Lavinia has gained confidence with Rise’s recent training in Darwin. She has stepped up to help while our operations manager is on leave and has also supported a new staff member. Congratulations to Lavinia for all your hard work and what you are doing for your community.

March IDLU Visit at Kowanyama

We were lucky enough to have IDLU (Indigenous Driver Licensing Program) visit community last March assisting with ID and licencing barriers.

Supporting the Kowanyama Community

Rise Ventures has been busy helping the community of Kowanyama during the tough times of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 virus. The team with the help of Supervisor Alvina Tent, has been sewing face masks as well as assisting the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council with 150 emergency care packages for the local community. Well done to all involved.

Kowanyama White Card Training

We had a great turn out for the recent White Card Training at the MPC (Multi Purpose Centre) in Kowanyama.