10 May 2023

Normalising Weipa a key priority: TCICA

| Cape York Weekly
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NORMALISING Weipa as a standalone council is a major priority for one of Cape York’s most powerful organisations.

Ahead of the state election, the Torres and Cape Indigenous Councils Alliance put together a list of priorities for the region.

Normalising Weipa was voted as a major issue that needed to be supported by the candidates.

Keeping the Local Fare Scheme in place was also a major issue for the councils.

“Weipa is integral to the entire Cape, Torres and Gulf region and is a key economic driver for the whole of Far North Queensland, the state and the Australian economy,” TCICA said.

“The Queensland government must commit to a transition plan for Weipa to become a normal local government so that the Weipa community is no longer disadvantaged by its ineligibility for government-funded infrastructure programs and its reliance on Rio Tinto to provide infrastructure for a town that benefits many other industries.

“The community is also an important service and employment hub for the Western Cape communities of Mapoon, Napranum and Aurukun.

“Weipa Town Authority’s involvement in TCICA is a great demonstration of the integral part it plays in the region and the willingness of Weipa to help grow strong and resilient communities right across Cape York.

“However, it is clear that the historical governance arrangements of Weipa are no longer fit for purpose, particularly as Rio Tinto focuses its attention away from Weipa and south to Amrun.

“Whilst mining will remain a key economic driver for many years, industries like construction, fishing, agriculture, tourism, and health services are also drivers, reflecting the move away from mining towards a more diversified economy.”


TCICA is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday.

The full priorities report can be found here https://tcica.com.au/wp-conten…

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