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

Kowanyama Family Fun Day

Kowanyama Family Fun Day Brings The Community Together

    The Kowanyama Family Fun Day saw all of the community come together and bring joy to the faces of the children.   RISE Ventures Kowanyama organised the day in partnership with the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council to coincide with the grand re-opening of the water park.   Team member Shiquea Creek organised the…

The Barefoot Pilot: Tyeisha Clark Learns To Fly

      Tyeisha Clark is a 19-year-old First Nations woman who has dreams with no limits. In fact, she’s already conquered the skies, become a role model in her community and earned herself the title of “The Barefoot Pilot”.    Growing up in Kowanyama, a small Queensland town in Cape York, Tyeisha finished school…

Community Pride Newsletter

Success Stories – Community Pride

Read our latest aspirant success stories, with a spotlight on Community Pride.                  Working in community means being part of the community. An important part of our work is what we call Community Pride. This encompasses community events, clean-ups and grounds keeping, art and cultural programs, and wellbeing…

In-Work Support

Success Stories – In-Work Support for Newly Employed Aspirants

               The RISE Ventures teams in Katherine, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw have been implementing the Trialling Pathways to Real Jobs (TPRJ) program in their communities. An important part of our service to aspirants is In-Work Support which includes helping them settle in, regular check-ins, providing equipment they may need and…