Western Cape Communities Coordinating Committee

The Western Cape Communities Coordinating Committee (WCCCC) was established by the WCCCA to ensure all parties to the agreement carry out their obligations and responsibilities. The role of the WCCCC is to monitor, implement and review. The WCCCC has a very different role and responsibilities from those of the WCCT.

Representatives on the Committee are Members, not Directors. The WCCCC has three Sub-Committees: Environment and Heritage; Employment and Training; and Operations (Land Relinquishment and Transfer). Additional Sub-Committees can be formed to deal with specific projects, such as the South of the Embley Project Sub-Committee.

WCCCC Membership

WCCCC membership consists of:

  • 2 members from each of the 11 Traditional Owner Groups
  • 1 member from each of the four Aboriginal Shire Councils, i.e. Aurukun, Mapoon, NPARC (New Mapoon elected representative only) and Napranum
  • 1 member from each of the following: Rio Tinto Weipa; the Cape York Land Council; and the Queensland Government
  • 1 invitee from the Weipa Town Authority (no voting rights)

Appointment to the WCCCC is for a period of two years.

The WCCCC Vision

We will be transparent in monitoring, implementing and reviewing the objectives of the WCCCA to ensure that all parties’ obligations under the Agreement are met.

Coordinating Committee Members 2022 – 2024

  • Matilda John – Alngith
  • Ernest Madua Snr- Alngith
  • Leanne Gordon – Anathangayth
  • Maurice Woodley – Anathangayth
  • Bruce Gibson – Ankamuthi
  • Charles Woosup – Ankamuthi
  • Melanie Wilson – Peppan
  • Marie Pitt – Peppan
  • Albert Bond – Taepadhighi
  • Isabell Hall – Thanikwithi (Chairperson)
  • Carol Yamashita – Thanikwithi
  • Maria Pitt – Tjungundji
  • Geraldine Mamoose – Tjungundji
  • Delora Nixon – Warranggu
  • Patricia Mark – Warranggu
  • Jimmy Coconut – Wathayn
  • Lorraine Coconut – Wathayn
  • Loyla Chevathen – Wik-Waya
  • Kathy Owokran- Wik-Waya
  • Michelle Kostecki – Yupungathi
  • Linda McLachlan – Yupungathi
  • Mayor Barbara Bandicootcha – Aurukun Shire Council
  • Mayor Roy Chevathen – Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Deputy Mayor Justina Reid – Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Cr Marlene Bond – New Mapoon Representative on NPARC
  • Janine Schleich – Rio Tinto
  • Dion Creek – Cape York Land Council
  • Donald Hayes – Queensland State Government
  • Joanne Bryant – Queensland State Government
  • Stefan Le Roux – WCCT
  • Jaime Gane – Weipa Town Authority (no voting rights)

Honorary Members

  • Maryann Coconut – Thanikwithi Elder
  • Beatrice Gordon – Wathayn Elder
  • Lily York – Warranggu Elder
  • Celia Fletcher – Taepadhighi Elder

Members are elected for a 2 year term. The current term expires in around October 2024.

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