"The municipality lies on the shores of Magnificent Creek, a creek of the Mitchell River, 20 kilometers up-country from the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
You can reach Kowanyama via an all-weather runway and in the arid period via dirt road from Pormpuraaw in the northern, Normanton in the southern and Cairns in the eastern part. The Aborigines of the area have been progressively brought from their traditional land to the missions village. Later in 1916, the Mitchell River Missions was established at today's Kowanyama site and the Trubanamen site was closed.
A number of nations occupied their land and did not move to Kowanyama until the 40s. Today, more than 1000 inhabitants are living in Kowanyama, making it one of the biggest municipalities on the Cape York Peninsula. Kowanyama's Aborigines still strongly associate themselves with their native land and with the language, story, songs, dance and story associated with these states.
Associated linguistic groups with the Kowanyama area are Yir Yoront, Yirrk Thangalkl, Koko Bera, Uw Oykangand and Olkola. It was run by the Aboriginal and Islander Affair, a governing group. The Queensland administration introduced law for a 250 km square foot Dunit in the Mitchell River delta in July 1987.
This document included the land traditionally owned by the Kowanyama population. Kowanyama, like other communes of that period, had a city council chosen by Aborigines who lived in the area. A new Kowanyama Council took charge of the implementation of certain provisions of Deogit. Of the Aborigines, seven are appointed for a three-year term.
Many Kowanyama have returned to their traditional country through the Homeland movement since the 1990'. The Kowanyama DOGIT's home countries are: Scrubby Bore, Red Lilly, Ten Mile, Shelfo, Stewart Place, Old Rodeo Ground, Kowanyumal, Duck Hole, Wonya Bore, Kokomenjen Island, Wallaby Island, Joe's Lagoon, Yangr Bore, Eng, Fish Hole, Robert Demaine great older and Thilpi.
The other home countries, which include Oriners Pastoral Lease and Sefton Pastoral Lease, were bought independent of Kowanyama Council and are outside the Kowanyama border. The Kowanyama Communitys Justice Group "Courthouse" A Communitys Justice Group works within Kowanyama. The group is made up of distinguished members of the group.
It meets to debate questions within the city and make suggestions to the Council. There is also a Council of Elders, which is consulting the Kowanyama Council when making a decision. The Kowanyama Land and Nature Resource Managment Officer, Gilbert St. The Kowanyama Land and Nature Resource Managment Officer (KALNRMO) is working to encourage and facilitated the administration of the Kowanyama Land's nature and culture by the Kowanyama population.
KALNRMO has devised a regional planning programme for the Kowanyama area: by advising and managing the municipalities: KALNRMO's efforts have made the Kowanyama church widely recognized as a leading authority on tribal agriculture. Kowanyama has exercised extensive domestic controls over the Mitchell River Delta fishery since 1987, which includes the closing of some areas to non-Aboriginal fishery under state fishery law.
Financed by the corporate revenue of the Kowanyama Absoriginal Council, this operation has given Aborigines direct contact with the river's fishery resources for their own culture and economy. This way the Aborigines can go fishing and hunting as they have done for many thousand years. Kowanyama Rangers are implementing landmanagement strategy in many areas of DO-GIT and patrolling in open and enclosed water as well as tourist and visitors managemen.
The Kowanyama has a small grocery shop selling groceries, food packaging, freezer groceries and ironmongery. It is run by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Associations (DATSIP) and the business is able to procure all goods that are not normally offered for purchase. The Kowanyama River is a 9 room guesthouse with a view of Magnificent Creek in Kowanyama Municipality.
Guesthouse is 100 meters from cultural center and 200 meters from Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council and supermarket. The Kowanyama enjoys a savannah clima (Köppen class Aw). The Kowanyama is served from the streets of Cairns on a daily basis during the drought. The 400-kilometer field path to Chillagoe just south of the village may be flooded by early October wind.
At the end of December, the monsoon winds that isolate the municipality on the streets came in. Monsoon is considered the advent of the rainbow snake named Nhavrr Yoirrpa, which carries the life-giving waters into the country. In the rainy period, which can last until May, the municipality is only served by airplanes, as all other accesses are narrow.
In the rainy period, every weekly we fly perishable goods and food to the area. Cairns Airport, 600 kilometers away, handles all year round through.