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Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said a trip to Cooktown and Hope Vale had highlighted some of the positive contributions made by councils and community groups in the region.

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Member for Cook Cynthia Lui with Fred and Erica Deeral at Reconciliation Rocks in Cooktown, where they paid tribute to the late Eric Deeral. Photo courtesy Cape York Weekly

The state MP made a trip up the Mulligan Highway earlier this month.

“Given the vast size of my electorate, it is always fabulous catching up with locals in Cooktown and Hope Vale to see and hear first-hand the progress of state-funded projects, programs and matters where I can assist,” she said.

“In Cooktown I met with a diverse range of services and organisations that are striving to make a positive difference in their community.

“Mick and Karen from the Cooktown District Community Centre spoke enthusiastically about the range of programs they deliver to help locals achieve their aspirations.

“I caught up with the Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals group and Traditional Owners who discussed sustainable land management that supports employment.

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Cook Shire councillors Robyn Holmes and Larissa Hale with Cynthia Lui.
Photo courtesy Cape York Weekly.

“Larissa Hale gave me a grand tour of Yuku-Baja-Muliku that delivers environmental protection work through their Ranger program that applies traditional knowledge in their research practice.

“I sat down with Hope Vale Congress to learn about their economic development aspirations and how they will create positive outcomes for the region.”

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Priscilla Gibson from Rinyirru Lakefield Aboriginal Corporation with Cynthia Lui MP. Photo courtesy Cape York Weekly

Ms Lui said she caught up with Priscilla Gibson from Rinyirru Lakefield Aboriginal Corporation.

“Priscilla spoke about the social determinants of health affecting her community and would like to see more focus placed on preventative health measures to ensure better outcomes for Hope Vale,” the MP said.

“I also caught up with the Hope Vale Justice Group who are a dynamic team of inspiring locals who advocate for better social justice outcomes for their community.

“The stars were aligned as I got to catch up with mayor Jason Woibo and the councillors of Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council.

“We discussed their local initiatives, state-funded projects and aspirations for their community.

“I also met with the Cook Shire mayor Peter Scott and the councillors to discuss state matters.”

Ms Lui also joined Fred and Erica Deeral for a small gathering at Reconciliation Rocks in Cooktown.

“It was a privilege to connect with the children of the late Eric Deeral, who was a former Member for Cook,” she said.

Cape York Weekly 22 March 2022

This article appeared in Cape York Weekly, 22 March 2022.



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