Hopevale

Hopevale is a small community located 45kms north west of Cooktown in Cape York (North Queensland), with a population of approx 1500. Home to the Guugu Yimithirr people, Hopevale was established as a mission in 1886, however in 1942 with the threat of World War II, many mission residents were forced to move to another mission near Rockhamption called Woorabinda. Travelling on foot, many people suffered life threatening and life ending diseases. In 1949, work crews were permitted to return to their homes in Hopevale, with families granted permission to return home in 1950. Hopevale received acknowledgement of their native title rights in December 1997.

Creative Tracks works closely with the HopeVale Arts and Cultural Centre, Hope Vale Radio, PCYC and Council to deliver regular creative workshops and to plan a major local event. In 2016-2017 our young people created a music and dance performance that was performed at the Discovery Festival in Cooktown. This was a significant performance for the community, as it was the first time an Aboriginal perspective and voice was included in the festival. Our young people also created a vibrant percussion piece to celebrate their sacred waterfall. Check out the video below…