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.

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Kowanyama Bakery

RISE Ventures Celebrates the Opening of the Kowanyama Bakery!

  RISE Ventures Celebrates the Opening of the Kowanyama Bakery!   Wednesday 29 June was a day of celebration for the Kowanyama community with the official re-opening of the Kowanyama Bakery!   This venture is not just about delicious breads and pastries; it signifies a significant step towards economic development and improved health for community residents.  The…

May Newsletter

RISE Ventures May Newsletter

    This monthly newsletter is our opportunity to share with you the latest news, community updates and celebrations across the RISE remote employment, enterprise and community projects space. This month, we are proud to share three successful launches – Pormpuraaw youth engagement, NDIS in Kowanyama and GATHER AROUND, a consulting and training services enterprise! Happy reading! ⭐…

Charmaine Flourishes Running Kowanyama Women’s Hub

Charmaine is a proud Kunjen woman that has lived in Kowanyama all her life. She loves her community, is a well-respected Traditional Owner and a newly elected local Councillor to the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council and looks forward to being of service to the community as one of their representatives. Her greatest accomplishment in life…

The RISE Retail Arts ‘N’ Craft Store is open for business!

  We celebrated the grand opening of the RISE Retail Arts ‘N’ Craft Store in Kowanyama on Wednesday 28 February!   We had 30 community members join us along with the RISE Ventures gardening team, office staff and uLaunch support workers.   Josh, our baker at the Kowanyama Bakery, kept everyone well-fed with a sausage sizzle and…