Population – Approximately 300 people

Distance/Location from Derby – Approximately 10 km Southeast

Approved Community Layout Plan – Yes (endorsed September 2003)

The Mowanjum community was established by the Presbyterian mission in the late 1800s. The most recent living area was established in the mid 1970s following government requirements for additional land for the Derby Airport.

The community comprises people from the Wunambal, Worrora and Ngarinyin language groups. The social structure, cultures and languages of these three tribes have much in common, and the community council has representation of each group.

In 1998 the Mowanjum community founded its own art and cultural organisation and subsequently built their own art centre in the community between 2004 – 2006. Since 1998 the community has held the Mowanjum Arts and Cultural Festival which is now one of Australia’s longest running Indigenous festivals. In addition to its successful art and culture movement, the community is well placed to contribute to the expansion and development of agriculture initiatives within the region.

The approved Community Layout Plan prepared by the Department of Planning provides a framework for the future growth and development of the community. A copy of the approved Community Layout Plan can be obtained from the Department of Planning website by clicking here.