Balkanu (Guugu Yimithirr language) - to make, to build up

We 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.

Cape-York-Penninsula-Map-250We 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.

 
Latest News

Australian Government Moves Indigenous Policy to PM&C

The Australian Government has made significant administrative changes to bring Indigenous policy responsibility and programs into the Prime Minister’s Department.  There is now a dedicated Cabinet Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, and a Parliamentary Secretary, the Hon Alan Tudge MP.

The Government’s key priorities are that the children go to school, adults go to work and the ordinary law of the Land is observed.  The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council has been established to provide advice to the Government on matters relating to Indigenous Australians.

A list of the policies and programs that have been finalised are attached with this letter from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Australian Government Moves Indigenous Policy to PM&C

Heritage Survey for Umpila People

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Horace Rocky, Richard Omeenyo, Grant Omeenyo and family

South of Lockhart River, 21 October, 2013



Umpila Elder Horace Rocky and other family of the Massey River area are working hard on recording important cultural areas on their Umpila Country, south of Lockhart River. The project, funded by the federal government's Indigenous Heritage Program, is helping the family get back onto Country to record traditional knowledge. During a recent survey of cultural sites along the coast from the mouth of the Massey River, Horace and the family walked the Country and video recorded important historical and traditional knowledge.

 

Launch of Cape York Turtle and Dugong Taskforce Plan

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Juunjuwarra Rangers in action

Launch date: October 12, 10am - 2pm, Cairns Esplanade



The Cape York Turtle and Dugong Taskforce has been working on local and regional Plans of Management for Cape York turtle and dugong for the last 12 months and this has culminated in the Completion of the Cape York Turtle and Dugong Regional Plan. The plan was signed off on at the Cape York Turtle and Dugong Taskforce meeting in August and will be officially launched at the Cape York Indigenous land and Sea Management Expo which is being organised by the Taskforce and held on Saturday 12th October on Cairns Esplanade. The event will be a showcase of land and sea management activities by indigenous communities and ranger groups on Cape York and also will include some live music and dancing as well as arts and crafts displays. So come on down and join us.

 

Normanby Heritage Survey

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Bunji Scott, Mike Ross, Dylan Harrigan, Rosyln Harrigan and Ron Harrigan.

Normanby Station, 8 September, 2013

Traditional Owners of the Normanby Station area including Ron Harrigan and family are working on a heritage survey focusing on rock art. They have done an aerial survey and recorded GPS data for significant sites and will return to document these sites on foot with the archaeologist Nolene Cole. They plan to share the information with other traditional owners and make recommendations about protecting and preserving the sites.

 

Jajikal Warra Sea Country 

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Lizzie Olbar and Marie Shipton

Jajikal, Weary Bay, 16 July, 2013

Jajikal Elders Lizzie Olbar and Marie Shipton are working hard on recording important cultural areas on their Sea Country which stretches from the Bloomfield River, north up past Cedar Bay. The project, funded by the federal government's Indigenous Heritage Program, is helping the family get back onto Country to record traditional knowledge. During a recent survey of cultural sites at the mouth of the Bloomfield River, Lizzie showed the family and Balkanu interns, Jess and Shona, how to gather and cook Bulgji (pippies in Kuku Yalangi language), along the intertidal zone.

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