Aboriginal Shire of Pormpuraaw

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Aboriginal Shire of Pormpuraaw
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Location within Queensland
Population833 (2018)[1]
 • Density0.18953/km2 (0.4909/sq mi)
Area4,395 km2 (1,696.9 sq mi)[1]
MayorRichard Tarpencha
Council seatPormpuraaw, Queensland
RegionCape York
State electorate(s)Cook
Federal division(s)Leichhardt
Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteAboriginal Shire of Pormpuraaw
LGAs around Aboriginal Shire of Pormpuraaw:
Gulf of Carpentaria Aurukun Cook
Gulf of Carpentaria Aboriginal Shire of Pormpuraaw Cook
Kowanyama Kowanyama Cook

The Aboriginal Shire of Pormpuraaw is a special local government area which is located on western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. It is managed under a Deed of Grant in Trust under the Local Government (Community Government Areas) Act 2004.


Kuuk Thaayorre (also known as Koko-Daiyuri, Kuku Yak, Thayorre, and used as a generic name for several related languages/dialects) is an Australian Aboriginal Language spoken on Western Cape York, particularly in the area around Pormpuraaw (Edward River). The Thaayorre language region includes the landscape within Pormpuraaw Community Council and the Cook Shire Council.[2]

The area originally was set up as the Edward River Mission in 1938. Aboriginal people from the region were gradually drawn from their traditional lands into the mission settlement.

In 1967 the Anglican church were no longer able to sustain their activities in the area as a Church Mission. The Department of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, a government department, under the Act continued running the affairs of the community.

On 28 July 1987, under the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984, a Deed of Grant in Trust was given to the Pormpuraaw community. Like other DOGIT communities of the time, Pormpuraaw had a town Council elected by Aboriginal people living in the community. The newly formed Pormpuraaw Council assumed responsibility for implementing certain conditions of the DOGIT. Four elected Aboriginal residents plus a mayor hold four year terms of office.


As the Shire is not operated under the Local Government Act and operates the land on behalf of the community, the Shire Council's responsibilities are quite different from a typical local government body. This includes responsibility for fisheries, alcohol management and even operation of some commercial enterprises.

The Pormpuraaw Shire Council operates an Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Pormpuraaw.[3]

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • 2008–2016: Richard Tarpencha[4][5]
  • 2016–2020: Ralph Kendall[6][7]
  • 2020–present: Richard Tarpencha[8]

Current councillors[edit]

2020 - Councillors: Tim Koo-Aga, George Conrad, Andrea Foote & Ronald Kingi Jnr[8]


  1. ^ a b "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Kuuk Thaayorre". State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 20 September 2016. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ "2008 Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "2012 Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "2016 Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Elected Council". Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council. Archived from the original on 8 March 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.[dead link]

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Coordinates: 14°53′53.28″S 141°37′10.08″E / 14.8981333°S 141.6194667°E / -14.8981333; 141.6194667