Hope Vale is located 46 km north of Cooktown in Far North Queensland, Australia. Hope Vale is home to various clan groups who speak Guugu Yimithirr and other languages.

Hope Vale was established as a Lutheran Mission in September 1949. Aboriginal people from the Hope Valley and Cape Bedford Missions were settled there.

At the outbreak of the Second World War the people, along with missionary Schwarz, were interned at Woorabinda, near Rockhampton, in Queensland. In just one month, twenty eight people lost their lives with nearly a quarter of the people dying over the next eight years.

In 1986 the community became the first to receive a Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) and formed the Hope Vale Aboriginal Council. In 1997 a Native Title determination was made concerning the lands of the Hope Vale DOGIT.
Hopevale dancers


(above) Hopevale Dancers

Councillors of Hopevale Community:

  • Chairperson: Greg McLean
  • Deputy Chair: Paul Wallace
  • Cr Derek Deemal
  • Cr Shirley Costello
  • Cr June Pearson
  • Cr Russel Gibson
  • Cr Herb McLean
  • Council Clerk: Gary Letts

Hopevale Aboriginal Community
c/o Post Office
Hopevale QLD 4871

Telephone: (07) 4060 9133
Fax: (07) 4060 9131

For more information on Hopevale, visit their web site at http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/hopevale

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