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 a number of activities that are engaging with the community.  The flagship activities include the Sewing Group whom 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 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

Making the Kowanyama community safe during COVID

Justin Lawrence, our Trade and Tool Supervisor, recently has had his hands full with supplying the community with sanitiser stations so that businesses can meet the hygiene standards required now.

Job Seeker of the Week: Roseshelle Kitchener

Roseshelle Kitchener is our well-deserved Kowanyama job seeker of the week! At the start of the week, being relatively new to the sewing activity, Roseshelle was quite scared of using a sewing machine. She had never touched one before, but under the guidance of Renee, she managed to get through all the hurdles. Roseshelle got…

Job Seeker of the Week: Keifer Soper

Keifer is 24 years old and for the past 17 years has sustained employment within the community more often than not. In 2010 Keifer was employed with VG Steel and completed a two year traineeship with this company in construction, before returning to our caseload and taking part in what was known at that time,…

RISE is proud to announce Natasha Gilbo as our Jobseeker of the Week

It’s fitting that we announce in International Women’s Week, Natash Gilbo as our featured Jobseeker.   RISE Kowanyama CDP manager Anita Skinner said: “Natasha has a great attitude, she works side by side with the men in community and doesn’t shirk the hard work that is required as part of the RISE CDP activities in…