Far North Queensland (2013 - Present)

Community Planning with Traditional Owner Groups

Community Planning with Aboriginal Groups to establish an agreed future vision across Community, Country, Economy and Culture and the strategies and steps required to achieve this vision.


The communities are experiencing a range of different, challenges and potential opportunities, which provide the context for each individual Community Plan, which may include, among others:

  • Mining and exploration negotiations
  • Implementation and monitoring of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA) and other agreements
  • Land management and development
  • Natural resource management
  • Practising, preserving and protecting Culture
  • Communications and engagement
  • Establishing partnerships
  • External stakeholder relationships

In the context of these opportunities and challenges, each Community Plan is informed by extensive engagement with community to establish a five–year framework, vision and roadmap to guide the implementation of each community's self–determination aspirations.


  • Community plans are often described as 'roadmaps' that provide communities with the understanding, know-how and inspiration to achieve a prosperous and sustainable future.
  • As such, community plans seek to protect and enhance the good aspects,and to provide ways to understand and address any existing aspects or trends that are not in keeping with the community's 'vision'.

key success factors

  • A successful community plan is built from highly representative input from the community, gathered through an inclusive, culturally appropriate engagement process that includes a number of different consultation activities, in a range of locations that are convenient to the community living on or off Country.
  • Providing an evidence base, formulated from high levels of community representation, that will increase success in future grants and funding applications required to resource a range of strategies and actions.
  • Providing information on the range of grants and resources available to support each strategy in the plans.
  • Establishing agreed community priorities for use in Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA) and other negotiations and collaboration processes with external stakeholder groups.