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A small Aboriginal community on the north and south sides of Bloomfield River in northern Queensland, Wujal Wujal, has an area of 19.94 square kilometres of land, with a population of just 326 people.
Located approximately 30 kilometres north of Cape Tribulation and 60 kilometres south of Cooktown. Wujal Wujal is part of the traditional homelands of the Eastern Kuku (Goo-goo) Yalanji (Ya-lan-gee). The name ‘Wujal Wujal’ or ‘many falls’ is derived from the local language. There are several Indigenous languages spoken within the community.
Local Government Information
The community is administered by the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council and is bounded to the north by the Cook Shire and to the south by Douglas Shire. The Council is responsible for essential services, infrastructure and housing and has a strong commitment to ensuring that all other services such as health, education, law and order, land management, employment and training are available and accessible to all members of the community. Each of the Councillors has portfolio responsibilities covering a number of areas.
The first recorded Europeans to visit the Bloomfield River were Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Frederick Bedwell and Captain Phillip Parker King on board the HMS Mermaid on a hydrological survey of the east coast of Australia. In June 1819, HMS Mermaid anchored in Weary Bay.
On 16 February 1980, the Bloomfield River mission was officially renamed Wujal Wujal. On 29 October 1987, the Aboriginal reserve held by the Queensland Government was transferred to the trusteeship of the council under a Deed of Grant in Trust.
On 1 January 2005, under the Local Government (Community Government Areas) Act 2004, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Council became the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council.