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					Northern Peninsula Area
Community Overview
Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) communities: Bamaga; Injinoo; New Mapoon; Seisia; and Umagico.
Location
 Northern Cape York.
 920 km north-west of Cairns.
Population
 Approximately 2260 people (at 30 June 2008).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Groups
 Five tribal groups: Anggamuthi (seven Rivers – western), Atambaya (McDonnell), Wuthathi (Whites and
   south-eastern), Yadhaikgana (Cairns Cross – eastern), Gudang (Red lsland, Somerset – northern).
 Kala Kawa Ya (Saibai Islanders), Torres Strait Creole, Kalaw Kawaw Ya/ Kalaw Lagaw Ya, Mauritian
   Creole, Tjukanji, and Kriol, languages are spoken.
Mayor
 Cr Joseph Elu.
Alcohol Restrictions
 On 2 January 2009, the carriage limit for alcohol in the NPA communities was amended to:
  2 litres of non-fortified wine, and 11.25 litres (1 carton of 30 cans) of any strength beer; or
    2 litres of non-fortified wine and 9 litres (1 carton of 24 cans) of pre-mixed spirits.
    An Alcohol Management Plan originally commenced in the NPA communities on 14 April 2004.

Key Initiatives and Services
Housing Improvement Program
During this quarter 715 maintenance work orders were completed on dwellings, one upgrade was
completed, one new construction was completed and two factory-built dwellings were delivered. A total of
476 dwellings are listed as social housing stock at end June.
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.
Commitment for skills and prospects of graduates
During this quarter, the NPA State College made a new Service Commitment and action plan, which is that
every graduating Year 12 student will have the skills and knowledge to go to university, obtain a traineeship
or apprenticeship, or gain full-time employment. This will be achieved by training programs from the
Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE from 2010, industry placements, upgrade of the trade centre
and science laboratory and employment of a school-to-work transition officer.
Boost to teaching English-as-a-Second-Language
During this quarter, teachers completed intensive training and coaching in working with students who speak
an Indigenous Language or Aboriginal English at home.
Re-invigorating the Parents and Citizens’ Association
During this quarter, community involvement in education was strengthened by re-invigorating the Parents
and Citizens’ Association and establishing the NPA Ngurpai Ikama Ikya Council to direct the education and
training agenda in the NPA.
Addressing school attendance
During this quarter, a public education campaign was held to improve school attendance.
Wild River Rangers
During this quarter, funding was allocated to employ six rangers and a coordinator for four years. The
Department of Environment and Resource Management facilitated the development of a partnership
between the Council and land trust to collaboratively manage the ranger program.
Bush camping sites project
The project, identified in the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Tourism Development Action Plan,
aims to stimulate tourism through the establishment and development of bush camp infrastructure. It is due
for completion in the near future.
Economic commercial fishing enterprise and employment
From 9 to 12 June 2009, NPA fishing operations were assessed, including the potential for a joint fisheries
operation with Puchiwu Fishing Ltd, Lockhart River. This initiative has the potential to maximise return for
both the NPA communities and Lockhart Fishery operations.
Indigenous Employment and Training Officers
During this quarter, Indigenous Employment and Training Officers assisted seven people from NPA
communities, and one person completed a Civil Construction (Plant Operator) Traineeship and two people
completed Civil Construction (Plant Operator) Apprenticeships. Indigenous Employment and Training
Officers provide culturally appropriate, mentoring and support services to Indigenous apprentices and
trainees to enhance retention and completion rates.
Deadly Ears program
From 27 April to 1 May 2009, 59 children attended the ear health clinic and 35 children received an
audiological assessment. The program aims to address the high rate of chronic ear disease amongst
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It does this by working in partnership with Indigenous
communities.
Community Governance Improvement Strategy
Through the strategy, one NPA Councillor and two council employees 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, one NPA participant undertook Justice of the Peace Magistrates Court refresher
training to refine their skills.
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, the Remote Communities Service Unit resumed work with the NPA Construction
Alliance and will progress to restoration activities, if access to water is obtained, by the end of August 2009.
Approximately ten Indigenous workers were engaged for the initial works. However, 15 workers are now
engaged to carry out the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements restoration and Auslink
project between Sailors Hill and Captain Billy’s turnoff through Heathlands Reserve.


Hospital Admissions for Assault Related Conditions

In 2008/09, the rate of hospital admissions of NPA residents for assault related conditions was 4.4 per
1,000 persons (see Figure 40). This rate was similar to the rate for 2007/08 (4.1 per 1,000 persons).
The annual rate of hospital admissions of NPA residents for assault related conditions was relatively low
and stable from 2001/02 to 2003/04.
The annual rate of admissions increased to 13.6 per 1,000 persons in 2005/06, but has since decreased
significantly to 4.1 per 1,000 persons in 2007/08 and 4.4 per 1,000 persons in 2008/09.
The Queensland rate of hospital admissions for assault was 1.4 per 1,000 persons in 2008/09.
In the June 2009 quarter, there was one admission of a resident of the NPA to hospital for an assault
related condition (see Table 37). This was less than the March 2009 quarter (4) and the same as the June
2008 quarter (1).

Figure 1: Annual rate of admissions to hospital for assault related conditions, 2001/02 to 2008/099
                                       Rate per 1000 persons        Qld rate of admissions for
                                                                              assault
             2001/02                                6.2                         1.4
             2002/03                                5.7                         1.4
             2003/04                                5.7                         1.4
             2004/05                               11.3                         1.4
             2005/06                               13.6                         1.4
             2006/07                                9.8                         1.4
             2007/08                                4.1                         1.4
             2008/09                                4.4                         1.4


Table 1: Count of hospital admissions for assault – most recent 5 quarters

  Year          2008                               2009
 Quarter         Jun       Sep         Dec         Mar    Jun


  Total           1          2          3           4      1



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 the NPA showed an increase1 from 50.0 per
1,000 persons in 2007/08 to 57.4 per 1,000 persons in 2008/09 (see Figure 41).
In the NPA in 2008/09, more than half of all offences against the person were considered serious offences.
In the June 2009 quarter, there were 30 reported offences against the person in the NPA (see Table 38).
This was similar to the March 2009 quarter (33) and more than the June 2008 quarter (26).

Figure 2: Annual rate of reported offences against the person (serious and other), 2002/03 to 2008/09
                                                   Rate          Queensland reported offence
                                                                 rate for offences against the
        Financial Year                                                  person 2007-08
           2002/03                                 31.4                        7.4
           2003/04                                 28.3                        7.4
           2004/05                                 41.3                        7.4
           2005/06                                 55.7                        7.4
           2006/07                                 54.3                        7.4
           2007/08                                 50.0                        7.4
           2008/09                                 57.4                        7.4




   1
    .     This is not statistically significant.
Table 2: Count of reported offences against the person – most recent 5 quarters

  Year         2008                            2009
 Quarter        Jun       Sep        Dec       Mar        Jun

 Serious        15         17        20         18         19
  Other         11         19        11         15        11

  Total         26         36        31         33         30



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, 81 distinct individuals have been convicted of 84
charges for breaches of alcohol carriage restrictions in Northern Peninsula Area. In the two years 2006/07
and 2007/08, there were only six and four convictions respectively. In contrast, in 2008/09 there were 39
charges resulting in a conviction (a rate of 17.2 per 1,000 persons).
In the June 2009 quarter, there were 21 charges resulting in a conviction for breaches of the alcohol
carriage limits. This was more than the March 2009 quarter (10) and more than the June 2008 quarter (1).

Note: Due to the small number of convictions no graph is presented.

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General unpublished data
Please read the technical notes prior to using these data.




Child Safety

In the June 2009 quarter, less than five children were the subject of a new substantiated notification of
harm.2 Less than five children were admitted to finalised child protection orders.3


School Attendance

In term two 2009, the average student attendance rate at Northern Peninsula Area State College was 58.5
per cent, which is a decrease on term two 2008 (63.7 per cent) (see Figure 42).




   2
    .     Children who are the subject of a substantiated notification are a different cohort to those admitted to a finalised child
          protection order.
   3
    .     Data are extracted by community where harm occurred.
Figure 3: Average student attendance rate, semester 1 2006 to term 2 2009


                              Northern
                              Peninsula              All
   School Period                Area              Queensland
    Sem 1 2006                     75.2
    Sem 2 2006                     74.8
    Sem 1 2007                     77.1
    Sem 2 2007                     65.5
    Term 1 2008                    72.8                 91.1
    Term 2 2008                    63.7                 91.1
    Term 3 2008                    63.3                 91.1
    Term 4 2008                    55.9                 91.1
    Term 1 2009                    69.1                 91.1
    Term 2 2009                    58.5                 91.1

Source: Department of Education and Training unpublished data. Please read the technical notes prior to using these data.

				
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