Out & About: Palm Island

Youpla Ambassador Jamal Idris standing with Palm Island community members Aunty Rosina and Margaret.

6 June 2019

Out & About: Palm Island

The Youpla Team were invited to Palm Island in April to meet with community members at the PCYC.

The Youpla Team met with community members to yarn about the changes to Youpla, listened to community concerns and discussed the bright future for Youpla.

Palm Island, also known as Great Palm Island, or by the Aboriginal name Bwgcolman, is a tropical island with a resident community of about 5,000 people. The settlement is named variously Palm Island, the Mission, Palm Island Settlement or Palm Community.

The island is situated 65 kilometres north of Townsville, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia 800 kilometres north of the Tropic of Capricorn.

It is the main island of the Greater Palm group, and consists of small bays, sandy beaches and steep forested mountains rising to a peak of 548 metres.

We thank the Palm Island community for their warm welcome to our team and for showing us around the Island during our stay. We look forward to returning back to the Island again soon.

Palm Island’s Christopher Bourne shared yarns about his favourite football team the Cowboys, his passion for community and ensuring his mob have a proper burial after working as the community undertaker for 27 years.

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