completed her third project with the Hope Vale Community
in Cape York. The project took place over the Queensland
school holidays between Sunday the 24th of September to Saturday
7th of October.
The ANZ bank sponsored the project and
we were thrilled to have them back on board. Their support enables
us to build on the foundation of trust gained in the 2005 project.
As in the 2005 project we were working closely with and
following the lead of the Community Elders and Hope Vale council.
The council pledged “100% support” after the 2005
The project kicked off with two days of short sails from
Cooktown. This was available to the whole community especially
those who cannot make the Lizard Island trip. We then
sailed with two or three boatloads of Community members
to the campsite exclusively booked for 7 days. The traditional
owners of Lizard Island are the Dingaal people of Hope Vale.
This part of the project is about supporting the Elders with
their connection to the young people of Hope Vale on traditional
country. Four Dingaal youngsters visited the island with last
year’s project for the first time in three generations.
This year we extended our stay on Lizard providing the
opportunity for more people to be directly involved.
community gathering was also expanded on the mainland. The
Elders agreed to do this at Cape Flattery about 15 nautical
miles southwest of Lizard Island. This provided an excellent
anchorage in the prevailing southeasterlies. Last year in
excess of 80 people camped at Hammock Beach, a few miles
to the northeast. All had a great time.
Pelican ferried people
between Cape Flattery and Lizard Island, taking people for
day sails, fishing as well as monitoring nearby Sea Country.
The mainland camp was the site for storytelling, traditional
food gathering, celebration and recreation. Queensland Parks
and Wildlife was there to encourage Hope Vale youngsters to
assist in tagging turtles.
Family and friends from Hope Vale
are often separated by the necessity of people’s absence
at distant schools or jobs, so the beach camp was an anticipated
community event in traditional country for some of the participants.
HOPE VALE 2006 BLOG
Read more in the Captains Log.