Aboriginal Shire of Yarrabah

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Aboriginal Shire of Yarrabah
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Location within Queensland
Population 2,722 (2010)[1]
 • Density 17.077/km2 (44.228/sq mi)
Established 1987
Area 159.4 km2 (61.5 sq mi)
Mayor Errol Neal
Council seat Yarrabah, Queensland
Region Far North
State electorate(s) Mulgrave
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
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Website Aboriginal Shire of Yarrabah
LGAs around Aboriginal Shire of Yarrabah:
City of Cairns Coral Sea Coral Sea
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The Aboriginal Shire of Yarrabah is a special local government area in Far North Queensland, Queensland, Australia, east and southeast of Cairns on Cape Grafton. It is managed under a Deed of Grant in Trust under the Local Government (Community Government Areas) Act 2004.


The area originally was set up as an Anglican Mission in 1892. Aboriginal people from the region were gradually drawn or relocated from their traditional lands into the mission settlement. The Gungganydji people were the main group to be settled there.

In the 1960s, the Anglican Church relinquished control of the mission. The Department of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, a government department, under the Act continued running the affairs of the community.

On 29 October 1987, under the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984, a Deed of Grant in Trust was given to the Yarrabah community over the Cape Grafton area. Like other DOGIT communities of the time, Yarrabah had a Community Council elected by Aboriginal people living in the community.


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 employment initiatives.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

Coordinates: 16°55′14″S 145°52′21″E / 16.92056°S 145.87250°E / -16.92056; 145.87250