1 North-eastern Cape York.
2 500 km north-west of Cairns.
1 Approximately 610 people (at 30 June 2008).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Groups
1 Kuuku Ya’u people, and other peoples, including Wuthathi, were removed to Lockhart River
2 Languages spoken are, from north to south: Wuthathi, Kuuku Ya’u, Uutaalnganu, Umpila;
and inland: Kaanju.
1 Cr Rodney Accoom.
1 Lockhart River has a zero alcohol carriage limit. This means no alcohol, home brew or home
brew equipment is allowed in Lockhart River.
2 An Alcohol Management Plan originally commenced in Lockhart River on 3 October 2003.
There has been a zero carriage limit since 17 September 2007.
Key Initiatives and Services
Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL)
From 18 to 22 May 2009, OPAL training was held at the Indigenous Knowledge Centre as part
of a broader State Library of Queensland program to develop digital literacy and online services
available through the internet. Seventeen participants learned how to use digital video and still
cameras, wikis, blogs and social networking tools.
Housing Improvement Program
During this quarter, 366 maintenance work orders were completed on dwellings. A total of 104
dwellings are listed as social housing stock at end June.
Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Officer Program
On 18 May 2009, an officer commenced with the Lockhart River Police-Citizens Youth Club
program and is delivering regular sport and recreation activities.
New buildings and playgrounds for pre-Prep
New buildings and playgrounds for the pre-Prep early education program for three to four year
olds were completed this quarter.
Professional development for pre-Prep staff
From 27 to 29 May 2009, teachers and teacher aides from the pre-Prep service for three to four
year-olds attended a professional development workshop in Cairns.
Parents as First Teachers program
During this quarter, the school began planning for a Parents as First Teachers program which
involves parents working with teachers to develop their children’s literacy and numeracy from
birth to eight years old. A community reference group was established and the official name for
the program will be decided after community consultation.
Child Studies teacher visits and Cairns residential
The teacher of Certificate III in Child Studies, Diploma of Child Studies, Advanced Diploma of
Child Studies frequently visited the community during this quarter. In June 2009, a residential
was held in Cairns.
Strong Community Life program
From 21 to 24 April 2009, program events included music and sports workshops, as well as a
community barbeque and concert. The Council provided strong support and there was a high
level of community participation in all events, which were developed in partnership with the local
Community Development Team. Local singer/ songwriters recorded their own music and over
300 community members participated in the barbeque and concert.
Economic development - Puchiwu Fishing Ltd
This quarter, an ongoing economic development initiative was progressed to help realise the
community aspirations for a fishing industry based in Lockhart River. Indigenous volunteers
were engaged to progress the construction of a fishing hub and accommodation facility.
Western Cape Indigenous Arts Hub
In April 2009, the Hub held its first successful art exhibition New Beginnings, showcasing
emerging western and eastern cape artists at the Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery at the Cairns
TAFE Campus. The opening was attended by over 60 people and the exhibition featured the
works of eight Indigenous artists from Aurukun, Mapoon, Napranum and Lockhart River.
Lockhart River Multi Purpose Centre project
During this quarter, as part of the Indigenous Employment Policy for Queensland Government
Building and Civil Construction Projects (20% Policy), two local Indigenous people were
employed full-time on Stage 1 of this project, which includes upgrading the community store and
the provision of offices and retail shops.
Employment and Training Committee project
During this quarter, negotiations continued with the Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council and
Job Services Australia providers. The project aims to maximise employment and training
opportunities for local Indigenous people on government funded projects within the community.
Maternal and Child Health
The Baby Basket Initiative was received positively in the community. Maternal and child health
nurses and Indigenous Health Workers engaged with pregnant women to reinforce antenatal
and postnatal education and health care. For each antenatal visit attended, a $30 voucher is
provided for fresh fruit and vegetables. Resources were increased with the recruitment of a
range of positions across four communities, including a Population Health Medical Officer,
Program Coordinator, Nurse Educator, and two Primary Health Care Services Implementation
Mental Health and Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Services Outreach Services
During this quarter, an Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Services counsellor position was
recruited, to commence 24 August 2009. The Outreach Service aims to reduce the risk of young
people to chronic disease and extend quality of life by securing additional resources.
Indigenous Environmental Health Infrastructure program
The Department of Infrastructure and Planning provided funding for projects in Lockhart River
relating to water supply and reticulation, sewerage systems, landfill site and waste
management, water meters and demand management. Projects commenced in June 2009 and
are expected to be completed during November 2009.
Community Governance Improvement Strategy
Through the strategy, four Lockhart River Councillors and one council employee are enrolled in
Certificate IV Local Government Administration. The strategy is aimed at councillors and council
staff to enable participants to build capacity and provide skills to improve management
practices. Training is funded by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.
Justice of the Peace Magistrates Court refresher training
From 21 to 23 April 2009, three Lockhart River participants undertook the Justice of the Peace
Magistrates Court refresher training to refine their skills.
Cultural education to divert youths from criminal justice system
During this quarter, the Wulpumu Community Justice Group (CJG), together with community
Elders, delivered cultural education programs to children of various ages who have behavioural
problems. This program focused on respect, relationships and cultural lore. The CJG and Elders
work with the Department of Education and Training, Queensland Police Service and the
Council to identify children in need of cultural education.
Dispute Resolution and Mediation
During this quarter, dispute resolution, by way of community consultation and mediation was
made available by local Police and the Community Justice Group. Rather than relying solely
on enforcement mechanisms, this strategy provides a proactive approach to dealing with
community unrest, usually brought about by the abuse of alcohol. This approach allows the
community and individuals to become part of the solution.
Remote Communities Service Unit
During this quarter, ten Indigenous workers were engaged to carry out restorations under the
Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Some of these workers are also involved
in culvert installation works as part of Lockhart’s Strategic Regional funded project 20 kilometres
east of Lockhart.
Hospital Admissions for Assault Related Conditions
In 2008/09, the rate of hospital admissions of Lockhart River residents was 18.1 per 1,000
persons (see Figure 23). This rate was more than the rate for 2007/08 (14.9 per 1,000 persons).
After 2002/03, there was a significant decrease in the rate of hospital admissions of Lockhart
River residents. This followed the introduction of alcohol restrictions to Lockhart River.
The Queensland rate of hospital admissions for assault was 1.4 per 1,000 persons in 2008/09.
In the June 2009 quarter, there were six admissions of Lockhart River residents to hospital for
assault related conditions (see Table 21). This was more than the March 2009 quarter (4) and
more than the June 2008 quarter (0).
Figure 1: Annual rate of admissions to hospital for assault related conditions, 2001/02 to 2008/09
Rate per 1000 Qld rate of admissions for
2001/02 24.6 1.4
2002/03 58.5 1.4
2003/04 11.4 1.4
2004/05 6.6 1.4
2005/06 21.5 1.4
2006/07 23.4 1.4
2007/08 14.9 1.4
2008/09 18.1 1.4
Table 1: Count of hospital admissions for assault – most recent 5 quarters
Year 2008 2009
Quarter Jun Sep Dec Mar Jun
Total 0 0 1 4 6
Source: Queensland Health unpublished data. Data from 1 April 2009 to 30 June 2009 are preliminary and subject to
change. Please read the technical notes prior to using these data.
Reported offences against the Person
The annual rate of reported offences against the person in Lockhart River decreased from 122.5
per 1,000 persons in 2007/08 to 92.1 per 1,000 persons in 2008/09 (see Figure 24).
In Lockhart River in 2008/09, half of all offences against the person were considered serious
In the June 2009 quarter, there were eight reported offences against the person in Lockhart
River (see Table 22). This was less than the March 2009 quarter (14) and less than the June
2008 quarter (13).
Figure 2: Annual rate of reported offences against the person (serious and other), 2002/03 to 2008/09
Queensland reported offence
Financial Year Rate rate for offences against the
2002/03 85.4 7.4
2003/04 89.7 7.4
2004/05 99.5 7.4
2005/06 152.3 7.4
2006/07 128.5 7.4
2007/08 122.5 7.4
2008/09 92.1 7.4
Table 2: Count of reported offences against the person – most recent 5 quarters.
Year 2008 2009
Quarter Jun Sep Dec Mar Jun
Serious 6 4 14 4 6
Other 7 6 10 10 2
Total 13 10 24 14 8
Source: Queensland Police Service, unpublished data. Data for June 2009 are preliminary. Please read technical notes
prior to using these data
Breaches of sections 168B & C of the Liquor Act 1992
Since the introduction of the Alcohol Management Plan, 202 distinct individuals have been
convicted of 267 charges for breaches of alcohol carriage restrictions in Lockhart River. There
was a significant increase in the rate of charges resulting in a conviction from 56.3 per 1,000
persons in 2007/08 to 133.2 per 1,000 persons in 2008/09 (see Figure 25).
In the June 2009 quarter, there were five charges resulting in a conviction for breaches of the
alcohol carriage limits in Lockhart River (see Table 23). This was less than the March 2009
quarter (38) and similar to the June 2008 quarter (4).
Forty-seven persons without prior convictions for breaches in Lockhart River were convicted of
breaching carriage limits in 2008/09 (individuals convicted are not necessarily residents of the
community) (see Table 24).
Figure 3: Annual rate of charges resulting in a conviction for alcohol carriage offences 2004/05 to 2008/09
Table 3: Count of charges resulting in a conviction, and defendants, for breaches of 168B &C – most recent 5
Year 2008 2009
Quarter Jun Sep Dec Mar Jun
Charges 4 21 14 38 5
s 4 21 14 37 5
Table 4: Count of persons without prior breaches convicted of breaching 168B & C – 2004/05 to 2008/09 (nb. Not a
count of total persons convicted)
Year 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
Total 63 25 29 26 47
Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General unpublished data. Please read the technical notes prior to using
In the June 2009 quarter, less than five children were the subject of a new substantiated
notification of harm and no child was admitted to a finalised child protection order.
In term two 2009, the average student attendance rate at Lockhart State School was 67.5 per
cent, which is similar to the rate achieved in term two 2008 (72.1 per cent) (see Figure 26).
Figure 4: Average student attendance rate, semester 1 2006 to term 2 2009
School Period River Queensland
Sem 1 2006 83.7
Sem 2 2006 86.1
Sem 1 2007 86.1
Sem 2 2007 82.1
Term 1 2008 83.8 91.1
Term 2 2008 72.1 91.1
Term 3 2008 65.5 91.1
Term 4 2008 69.9 91.1
Term 1 2009 79.8 91.1
Term 2 2009 67.5 91.1
Source: Department of Education and Training unpublished data. Please read the technical notes prior to using these