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Cape-York-Penninsula-Map-250We are a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1996, and owned by the Cape York Aboriginal Charitable Trust, on behalf of the Aboriginal people of Cape York.

We are a unique Indigenous organisation with members that have extensive business experience, knowledgeable in a wide range of skills as well as a rich understanding of Indigenous issues and culture.  We are committed to supporting the Aboriginal people of Cape York and to improve the region's economic and social structures, at the same time as preserving their heritage and culture.  We are committed to the Cape York Agenda, and play a key role in the delivery of Welfare Reform Program initiatives, particularly to the Cape York communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hopevale and Mossman.

Together with other Cape York organisations and our sister organisations – Cape York Partnerships Welfare Reform, Cape York Land Council, Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy – we actively drive the implementation of a broad spectrum of economic, social and cultural development programs that support sustainable long term outcomes designed to improve the lives of Aboriginal people of Cape York.  We provide assistance through policy development, business consultation, research, mentoring, facilitation, training, financial management and other advisory and advocacy services.  While our work is mainly funded by the Commonwealth and State Government, we also receive great support from corporate and philanthropic parties - all of whom have contributed to Balkanu's continuing success.

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More than 50,000 hectares of land at Cape York has been returned to Aboriginal traditional owners, after a 22-year effort that might pave the way for further ancestral land tenure resolutions.  An area of about 54,500 hectares known as Sandstone East, about 90 kilometres north-west of Cooktown, has been returned to the Binthii, Balnaggarr, Nhirrbanh, Wundall and Wunuurr clans after Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt handed over the title deeds at a ceremony at Hopevale on Wednesday.  (read more in Media Releases)


The Peninsula Development Road starts at Lakeland Downs and ends at Weipa. A 558km run (see map attached).  It is one of the vital transport links within the Cape. Running off the PDR just north of the Lockhart River turnoff is the other important link to the Northern Peninsula communities of Bamaga, Seisia, Umagico, New Mapoon and Injinoo.  Fifteen communities will benefit from these important road networks.  (read more in Latest News)



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