Woorabinda, Queensland

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Woorabinda is located in Queensland
Coordinates 24°7′S 149°27′E / 24.117°S 149.450°E / -24.117; 149.450Coordinates: 24°7′S 149°27′E / 24.117°S 149.450°E / -24.117; 149.450
Population 1,033 (2011)
 • Density 2.642/km2 (6.843/sq mi)
Established 1927
Postcode(s) 4713
Area 391 km2 (151.0 sq mi)
LGA(s) Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn

Woorabinda /ˈwʊərəbɪndə/ is an Aboriginal community in central Queensland, Australia, inland of Rockhampton. At the 2006 census, Woorabinda had a population of 851.[1]

Woorabinda was first established in 1927 as a replacement for the Aboriginal camp at Taroom. People from at least 17 different language groups were forcibly placed in the camp[2] and were under the control of the Chief Protector of Aborigines.

In 1942, during World War II, a Lutheran Aboriginal mission at Cape Bedford on Cape York in far North Queensland was closed and the Aboriginal people were forcibly relocated to Woorabinda. Many died from sickness due to the poor sanitation and inadequate shelter from the frost and cold winter nights of the inland climate. One estimate puts the number of deaths of Bedford people during this period at 235.[3] The survivors were allowed to return to Cape Bedford in 1949 to what is now known as Hopevale.

The Woorabinda community is the only DOGIT Aboriginal community within the Central Queensland region. DOGIT communities have a special type of land tenure which applies only to former Aboriginal reserves. The land title is a system of community level land trusts, owned and administered by the local council.

Woorabinda is about two hours' drive west of Rockhampton and has a population of around 1000 people. There is a much higher proportion of people under the age of 18 in Woorabinda than in the wider non-indigenous community.[4]

See also[edit]

  • McIvor, Roy (2010). Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York. Stories and Art. Roy McIvor. Magabala Books. Broome, Western Australia. ISBN 978-1-921248-22-1.


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